august 17-august 19, 2018

SAND CREEK festival, inc. PRESENTS

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the hard redz summer brew-off


Saturday, August 17, 2019

 12:00 – 3:00      VIP Judging Admission





 The Hard Redz Summer Brew-off is a great way to celebrate the Craft Brewing and Wheat Heritage in Kansas. The Hard Redz Summer Brew-off connects craft brewing to Newton’s economic roots in wheat-growing. The Kansas Wheat Commission has partnered with the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival to create an event that explores these two industries.


Brewing often uses a type of wheat called soft, white, spring wheat - it is planted in the spring. But Kansas is known for its hard, red, winter wheat. It is planted in the fall but gets its name from lying dormant through the winter. It has more tannins in the kernel and delivers a more robust, earthy, complex flavor profile. Mennonite immigrants like Bernhard Warkentin, of Newton, presented this to America in the heart of Kansas and made this region the breadbasket of the world! Click for more information on “The Wheat State!


Public Information


  Sample and judge home brewing at it's finest along with 3-4 local craft brewering companies, including Aero Plains Brewery, while listening to orignal beer drinking German Polks music by the Meridian Shriner Polka Band. To be a VIP Judge for this event you must pay $10 at the gate. You will receive your souvenir beer cup with tickets for craft beer and a judging packet to vote on your favorite home brewed beer.



Brewers Information


10:00 AM           Set up time

11:00 PM           Private BJCP Judging

11:00 AM           Q&A Session w/ Professional Brewers

12:00 – 3:00      VIP Public Admission

3:00 pm             Awards Ceremony


Who is coming: Here is a list of the brewers who have already entered. Remember we are limited to the first 25 to pay their deposit.


     1)   10 Grand Brewers - Newton

     2)   Cole D Sack Brewing - Newton

     3)   Red Green Brewing - Newton





Requirement #1 - Hard Red Wheat Labeling: Entries shall be marked as Hard Red (brewed using at least 20% Hard Red Wheat) or Non Hard Red Other (if brewed in kit form or less than 20% Hard Red Wheat) All are varieties of beers are welcome, but the focus (and special award category) is on our Kansas heritage as the Wheat State. Depending on the amount of beers turned in for judging that are not Hard Red, other sub categories may be utilized. We hope to see a field of red wheat and other beers.


Requirement #2 – Number of Entries: Each brewer may enter up to THREE of their best home brews.


Requirement #3 - Sampling Tent: Brewers will bring a minimum of 2 total gallons to dispense in 2oz samples (which are provided by the festival). Brew may be dispensed from kegs, bottles, etc. and should represent one or more different brews. Bringing more options may please the VIP public judges and increase voter appeal! (combined, all brews needn’t exceed 2 gallons). Brewers are welcome to include samples that were not submitted for BJCP judging. Souvenir growlers will be emptied at 3:00 for counting and sampling will immediately stop at 3pm as well.The awards are announced after the Saucy & Glazed BBQ awards.


Entry: $8/per entry (3 maximum), with registration through


Deadline: The deadline for paying and registering your beer on is Monday, 08/09/19 at midnight and beer turned into Greg at B&B Lumber (1601 W 1st St Newton, KS 67114) by Wednesday, August 14th at 5:00pm We highly encourage early entries. We have refrigerated or temperature controlled 75-78 degree storage till time of judging.


Booths: A booth deposit is NOT required to secure your 15'x15' tent space. BUT, any entry into the contest HAS to be represented with a booth. In other words, you have to be present and serve VIP judges beer in order to enter the contest.


Participants will also get to keep their souvenir labeled beer growler that each booth uses for public voting!


Booth Workers:  Each brewer may have four team members allowed in the enclosed area and MUST be 21 or older. Also, every competitor entering the grounds must purchase a button in order to enter the gournds.


Number of Contestants: 25 (first 25 to enter beginning March 1)


VIP Judging: The VIP Ticket holders will vote on “Best Garage Crafter” between 12:00-3:00 pm. Votes will be may be based on beer taste, brewer friendliness, booth spirit, best labeling or art or whatever they like. Remember, these judges have no specific criteria. (no music will be allowed in the Hard Redz Brew-off area)


BJCP Private Judging: This is a BJCP sanctioned competition, with private judging prior to the public event.



Prizes: Trophies/Plaques Only (no cash prizes are allowed by law in this event)


  • Categories:
  • Best Hard Red: BJCP Hard Red winner earns the honor of being brewed and served at Aero Plains Brewery.
    • Prize: Trophy/Plaque
    • Beer recipe to be brewed by Aero Plains Brewing
  • Best Brewer: This Non-Hard Red winner will be chosen by BJCP judges.
    • Prize: Trophy/Plaque
  • Best Garage Crafter: Based on public invitation judge vote
    • Prize: Trophy/Plaque
  • Best Tent Display: Based on committee vote and decision of which brewer’s tent and set up is the most interactive, most fun, thematic, friendly, decorated, et cetera. This vote is entirely subjective. (no music will be allowed in the Hard Redz Brew-off area)
    • Prize: Trophy/Plaque


What to Bring:

  1. Tent: Bring a standard 10’x10’, up to 14'x14' booth tent, or something equivalent. (no electricity provided, and no generators allowed)
  2. Tables & Chairs: Bring a table or two, to serve your samples on and chairs for you to be comfortable.
  3. Booth Decorations: Bring your logo, banner or whatever you want to make your booth fun, attractive and festive.


THANK YOU: We would like to say thank you for your participation and for sharing your brew with us. State law prohibits compensation, so please accept our profuse gratitude.





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