Ask any homebrewer and they will say homebrewing is one of the greatest examples of inefficient brewing and brewing the hard way. For more than two decades Sam Adams’ has recognized and celebrated passionate homebrewers through the LongShot American Homebrew Contest Contest. The contest has evolved over the years and now aims to help amateur brewers take the next step to professional brewing. This year’s applicants submitted videos touting their passion for brewing and why they want to leave their day job to follow their dream of going pro. A panel then selected the top finalists to submit their best homebrew for review by expert judges and brewers including Jim Koch.
Eric Pierce, of Framingham, Mass, who brewed a Grisette-style beer, was named this year’s winner and will be awarded the grand prize: a scholarship to the Siebel Institute’s online brewing education program, a one-week “Brewership,” and a trip to the Great American Beer Festival. The Brewership is a fully-immersive experience at the Sam Adams Brewery that will allow Eric to work alongside the team of Sam Adams brewers, learning about the nuts and bolts needed to run a brewery including ingredients sourcing, quality assurance testing, packaging and more.
What Eric has to say:
“I began this journey in my garage saying, ‘if there was ever a long shot, that would be me,’ so saying I am excited is an understatement. I can’t wait for the next chapter and look forward to working with the Sam Adams team.
Learn more about Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest at www.samueladams.com/longshot.