Baja Oktoberfest 2014
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Freak’N Brewing Company’s grand opening is on Saturday Sept 27.  Noon to 8pm.
Address: 9299 W. Olive Ave., Peoria.  (at the Olive Business Park near Loop 101 and Olive Avenue)

Ribbon Cutting 1:30p

Live Music:
All Stringz Considered Noon-3:30p
Organ Grinder 4-8p

Food Trucks
And of course…

$3 Freak’N Beer!!!!!
Bring your 64oz growlers for $10 Fills!!

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Grab your favorite stein, dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and get your taste buds ready, because Baja Oktoberfest is coming to Tucson. The Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild wants to bring the German excitement to Tucson, but with an Arizona craft beer twist.

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Not only will there be an abundance of brews flowing at each brewery’s booth, Baja Oktoberfest is will also feature signature German and American dishes from local food trucks, fun games like a brat eating contest, Car Pull, Everyone knows in Arizona, we like to do things our own way. So, instead of traditional German brews, Baja Oktoberfest will feature all Tucson breweries and craft breweries across the state. The Arizona Craft Breweries guild has invited all Arizona breweries to participate and selected a few out of state breweries to join the fun. This is the largest celebration of Arizona craft beer event in Tucson

When: October 18th from 5:00 – 10:00pm (4:00pm entry for VIP)

Where: Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium (2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713)

This is the largest celebration of Arizona craft beer event in Tucson

Proceeds benefit Tu Nidito

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Jeremy Voeltz Wins Top Award at World’s Largest Beer Competition

American Homebrewers Association’s National
Homebrew Competition Sees 8,100+ Entries

Grand Rapids, Mich. • June TK, 2014 — Jeremy Voeltz of Lakeside, AZ was presented the Ninkasi Award given to the brewer with the most wins in the 36th annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition. The award was announced June 14 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference awards banquet held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Jeremy Voeltz claimed the Ninkasi Award with one gold and one bronze medal. Voeltz earned the gold medal for his Hop Canyon Habanero IPA entered in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category and a bronze medal for his Cherry Oak-EE, a cherry mead aged on oak, entered as an Open Category Mead.

The 2014 National Homebrew Competition had a total 8,172 homebrewed entries from 3,181 homebrewers located in 49 states and Washington D.C., U.S. Military APO, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Israel, Iceland and Puerto Rico.

The first round took place at 12 regional sites across the country. The top three entries at each site in each of the 28 beer style categories advance to the final round of the competition, held every year at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.

This year, the final round of judging took place June 12 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference, where 969 entries were evaluated by some of the top beer judges in the country. Entrants win points toward the Ninkasi Award for every final round medal earned in the 28 categories.

“Even just qualifying for the final round of the National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious homebrew competition, is tremendously impressive. Then to win the Ninkasi Award—beating out thousands of competitors—is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Janis Gross, Director, National Homebrew Competition. “Jeremy Voeltz is officially one of the best homebrewers in the world.”

“I’m extremely honored to have won such a prestigious homebrewing award,” said Voeltz. “The outpouring of congratulations and support from so many people has been overwhelming – especially with the homebrew clubs: our own clubs in Arizona (Arizona Society of Homebrewers, Brewmasters Anonymous, and Tucson Homebrew Club) and other clubs around the country such as the Austin Zealots, QUAFF out of San Diego, Evanston in Illinois, etc. It’s great how tight-knit and open with information and collaboration most of the homebrewers are.”

The AHA National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider being produced by homebrewers worldwide. Over its 36-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 111,247 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers. The Homebrewer of the Year award is sponsored by Muntons Malted Ingredients.

A complete list of winners at the National Homebrew Competition can be found here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/winners/.

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Attention, Tucson Artists: Submissions Accepted Starting Today for Baja Oktoberfest Poster Contest

 One Lucky Artist to Win Once-on-a-Lifetime Sales Opportunity at October Event

TUCSON, Arizona –Break out the steins and brush off those lederhosen, because Baja Oktoberfest is taking over Tucson this fall. And one lucky local artist will take center stage at the premier food and beer festival when their original design is selected as the event’s official poster.

Area artists of all types are encouraged to enter the contest between June 3 – July 1, 2014, by submitting their entrees to the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild at art@craftbeeraz.com . The content of the poster is up for creative interpretation, although winning entries will illustrate both the German cultural component of the occasion and it’s uniquely Arizonan, Sonoran Desert setting. It should portray the Arizona craft beer scene with some Tucson specific elements.

“Tucson is known for having an inherently creative artistic community,” said Steve Tracy, President, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s a city ripe with artistic talent, and Oktoberfest offers a great opportunity for one local artist to showcase – and sell – their best work in front of a broad, culturally appreciative audience.”

Three poster contest finalists will be selected by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, and will have their designs displayed at Tucson breweries from July 1 through July 10. The public is invited to visit these breweries and vote for their favorite. A winner will be crowned July 12. The poster will be the official poster of the Inaugural Arizona Craft Brewers Guild’s Baja Oktoberfest.

The Baja Oktoberfest will take place October 17 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium from 4-10pm. Tickets for the event will be on sale soon. This event will feature Arizona Craft Beer, local bands, German food, music and games. It is a 21 and over event.

Not only will the winning poster be used for promotional purposes, but the winning artist will also be invited to set up shop at the affair and sell their best work throughout the duration of the event. Posters can be designed using illustration, typography, photography, mixed media or virtually any graphic design technique. The winner will also be given 4 VIP tickets to the Baja Oktoberfest.

“Oktoberfest is more than just an opportunity to drink beer and celebrate German culture, although there will be plenty of that going on,” said Rob Fullmer, Executive Director, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. “This is a great way for our city to further cultivate its artistic culture, and to show the world just how much talent we have here in Tucson.”

For more information on Baja Oktoberfest and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, visit CraftBeerAZ.com.

ABOUT THE ARIZONA CRAFTBREWERSGUILD:

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was established in 1998 and represents 49 microbreweries across the state. The guild promotes the craft brewing industry in Arizona by providing educational opportunities to brewers, distributors and consumers. The guild promotes quality craft beers and the responsible consumption of those products.

Media Contact:

Tiffany Jarratt-Shultz

Up Agency

480.586.6711

Tiffany@up-agency.com

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Heading to Lake Havasu this summer??? College Street Brewhouse is a must stop!!