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Friday, 09 May 2014 11:57

Golden Urinal homebrew award staying in New Jersey

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It looks like the Golden Urinal will be staying in New Jersey.

South Jersey’s Barley Legal Homebrewers club, one of the largest, if not THE largest, organized homebrew club in the Garden State, took home the Golden Urinal beer tap following last year’s annual National Homebrewers Conference, held in June in the club’s back yard of Philadelphia (the club meets every first Tuesday of the month at Iron Hill brewpub’s Maple Shade location).

The award used to be given to the club that brought the most kegs of homebrew to the national conference. When Barley Legal’s 80 or so members showed up at the 2013 conference with more than 130 kegs, Pissoir d’Or, as the Golden Urinal is also known, became the club’s to keep.

The American Homebrewers Association decided, after bestowing the urinal/tap upon Barley Legal, to end the annual practice, club President Evan Fritz tells Beer-Stained Letter.

Evan took some time out from the Barley Legal crowd’s observance of Big Brew last Saturday (May 3rd) to talk about the award on camera.

Barley Legal is a juggernaut of a homebrew club: Two of its members just went pro by opening Village Idiot Brewing in Mount Holly, and the guys behind Spellbound Brewing, also in Mount Holly, are club alums.

This isn’t the first time the AHA has changed course (coincidentally, perhaps) after the South Jersey homebrewers notched a win in an AHA event.

Three years ago, the club’s entry in the AHA’s Big Brew video contest won most-viewed, a victory that followed a 2010 AHA video contest win by the club (disclosure: Barley Legal’s video entries were shot and edited by Beer-Stained Letter).

When Big Brew 2012 rolled around, the AHA scrapped the 4-year-old video contest, without giving a reason on its website. (Via email to Beer-Stained Letter, the AHA said it had opted to try other ancillary homebrewer events for Big Brew.)


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