Many of the best laboratories for testing and perfecting new beer recipes are tucked away in garages and basements. The folks brewing these batches are more than weekend warriors, they are part scientist and artist, and an integral part of the craft beer movement.

The Fort Worth Weekly is committed to covering the local craft beer movement through this online column, and now we’re announcing our next endeavor — an annual homebrewers competition. We’re narrowing down the event location from a handful of popular venues and will announce our choice next week along with the final event date (mid November).

Our panel of judges is still being finalized, but I can tell you that reps from Martin House Brewing, Rahr & Sons Brewery, Collective Brewing Project, Ryan McWhorter of Panther Island Brewery, beerpeddler Tony Drewry, and others are slated to be on the panel.  Plus, we’re planning to host local professional brewers for a series of Q&A sessions with ardent craft beer fans.


You don’t have to be a homebrewer to appreciate this weekend event. We will have popular food trucks plus local brews for sale and live music.

Here is how to register for the Homebrew Throwdown:

E-mail (include Homebrew Throwdown in the subject line) and give us your name, along with the name(s) of anyone else you are co-entering with, and your address. We will accept the first 100 folks who register. Once accepted, we will e-mail you the official application form. Entrees must be received by November 1. Don’t forget to follow On Tap in Fort Worth for important event updates.

For rules and entree categories click here.

For more info, contact

On Tap this Week:

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k run

OK, this one isn’t this week, but you’ll be glad for the heads-up. Rahr & Sons hosts an annual Oktoberfest 5k that benefits Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation. Attendees, including runners, are highly encouraged to dress in their best German-inspired costumes for the event where they will get to enjoy live German Polka music, Bavarian treats, and craft beer samples in a biergarten. There also will be a stein-hoisting competition, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be on hand for a special keg tapping ceremony. You can register here.

On tap for next week is a homebrewers 101 course from the experts. I’ll be visiting Greg Etzel and Brendon “Stubby” Stubblefield of Stubby’s Texas Brewing Inc. If you’ve ever thought about homebrewing or want to get some advice from the professionals, you won’t want to miss this one. Feel free to send some questions for the duo, and I’ll include you in the story.