A few years back several home brewers on YouTube started the SJPORR Experiment. These educational experiments set guidelines for each brewer involved: to use the exact same recipe with the only alteration being the type of hops used in the first experiment and yeast in the second experiment. With each experiment the interest and participation grew.
In 2013 each brewer was given a base recipe with a cap on IBU’s and an overall grain bill of 18 pounds. The interest went world wide with 16 brewers across the United States, 12 brewers from New Zealand, and 8 brewers from the United Kingdom.
Without realising it, we actually had the very first worldwide Homebrewing Challenge. So in 2014 we officially launched and we had 180 brewers from 14 countries around the world participate to brew “A beer that can stand the test of time.” There were no boundaries for this challenge. There is no set IBU, ABV, or grain bill. The only guideline is that the brewer brew their best beer, their “X-Factor” beer, a beer that they would be proud to share around the globe.
The 2014 Sjporr Challenge was a huge success and now it’s time to build from that and make 2015 even better. In 2014 the theme was “Brew Your Best Beer, A Beer That Can Stand The Test Of Time”. It was a totally open competition pitting style against style with Nate Pekoc coming out on Top with his Black IPA, Grant Baker coming in second with a Baltic Porter, and Dan Filihiahekava with his Imperial Russian Stout rounding out the top 3 in the world. Not to mention all the winners and styles from each country.
This years theme is "Brew Local, for the World" pick your style and your ingredients. Civilisation was formed around beers, taverns attracted people, and grew communities, producing beers from local ingredients. Its time to showcase your community, and share it with the world.
So start planning, picking ingredients or a style that you want to bring to the world stage, showcasing your community. More information will be coming out soon, but now its time for you to think about your recipes.
The Challenge is a world wide beer swap, simply brew your beer and swap it with other participating brewers in our country. Each brewer rates each others beer to determine an overall country winner. Once all of the ratings are in, the top 3 beers are swapped with the top 3 beers from each other participating country, to determine the world wide winner.
The following video is a great tutorial on how to package your beer for shipping. Kevin has shipped many beers around the world and knows all the tricks and tips to make sure you beers arrive safety at their required destination.
After having over 2458 beers rated we now have the top 15 brewers out of 180, from 14 countries, who have made it into the World Finals.