Black Forest taps ‘Shamrocks’ event

By on January 16, 2015

Black Forest tap competition will benefit ‘Shamrocks’ event

Fancy yourself a brew master? Enjoy dabbling in the dark art of fermentation? If you think your malt has what it takes, enter Black Forest Brewery’s inaugural Sixth Tap Competition. The competition kicks off Jan. 26.Black Forest Paper

“The Black Forest Brewery, which opened this past December, has a Sixth Tap that will be utilized for community fundraising opportunities,” explains Bob Harter, owner of Black Forest Brewery and 1777 Americana Bed & Breakfast. “Sixth Tap Competitions will be held throughout the year for home brewers to compete with their own recipes.”

Winners will have their recipes brewed on Black Forest Brewery’s system. Their beer will then “own” the Sixth Tap until the next competition begins.

A percentage of the proceeds from the entry fee will be donated to a rotating benefit organization. Shamrocks & Shenanigans, a new event for the community, will be the first beneficiary of the brew contest. Shamrocks & Shenanigans, held March 7 at the American Legion, Ephrata, is a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza benefiting the Winters Leadership Memorial and Ephrata Public Library. The event features live bands, “Kilmaine Saints” and “Down By The Glenside,” Hooley’s School of Irish Dance, contests, prizes and much more.

“This is a great concept. Guests who attend the Shamrocks & Shenanigans event will be the first to taste the winning ale, which will actually be called Shamrocks & Shenanigans,” said Joy Ashley, Ephrata Public Library’s director of development, “This partnership with Black Forest Brewery is a perfect fit for our new event. I’m grateful that it’s worked out.”

The competition fee is $30 per entry. Because of the “Irish flare,” the following requirements have been set:

  1. Entry form and fee payment must be submitted by Jan. 18.
  2. Brew samples must be submitted by Jan. 26 ­28.
  3. All entries must provide two unmarked 12 ounce bottles of their brew.
  4. The style of beer must be consistent with an Irish Red Ale.
  5. Home brewers only, please.
  6. First 40 applicants received are eligible to compete.

The winner will be announced Feb. 1 at the Black Forest Brewery. All entries will be invited to attend a private “edutainment” event that evening between 6 and 8 p.m.

“It’s our way of giving back to our neighbors,” said Harter. “Shamrocks and Shenanigans will be our first fundraising event and we are quite excited to be partnered with this activity!”

To access a competition entry form, visit under the “Blog” tab or visit their Facebook page.

Forms may also be picked up at Black Forest Brewery and Ephrata Public Library.

Shamrocks & Shenanigan tickets can be purchased online at

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