Palm Springs Air Museum – Saturday, November 3 2012

Local beer Home Brew contest sets new record for entries

Palm SpringsHome Brewing Competition — A “Sanctioned” Home Brew Competition is a huge part of the upcoming Props and Hops Craft Beer Conclave and the official judging took place this past Saturday with the help of the Coachella Valley Home Brewers Club, Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert, Black Market Brewing in Temecula and MorBeer from Riverside, CA. .  Club President/local brewmaster Chris Anderson put out the call for judges and over 30 highly qualified and thirsty people volunteered their time and palettes to help choose the best beers in categories from American Ales to Russian Stouts. Over 60 beers were entered (up from 41 last year) into the competition and came from home brewers all over Southern California and Nevada with many unique entries like a Watermelon and a Jalapeno/Mango beer. Judging started promptly at 10:00 am and after almost 6 hours of sipping and discussion, the winners were chosen for each of the 13 categories and then the top judges moved onto the “Best of Show” award and by 11:00 pm that was also decided. All the winners will be announced at a Meet-n-Greet ceremony at 10:00 am this Saturday at the Palm Springs Air Museum and announced again during the Props and Hops festivities.

Media personality, event producer and “Minister of Culinary Awareness” Cliff Young is bringing together an assortment of his personally taste-tested and hand-selected favorite craft beers from the world’s top breweries for the “Props & Hops” Craft Beer Conclave on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA.  Cliff, host of Out To Eat, is curating the event, and fellow gourmand Bobby Bognar, host of the nationally-airing History Channel program Food Tech, will MC. The event will feature some of Cliff’s favorite gourmet food trucks serving up fare specifically selected to pair well with craft beers. Also scheduled to perform is Bobby’s world-renowned rock band The Piper Downs.


Advance tickets are only $30 for general admission, which includes 8 beer tasting tickets (additional tickets are available for a nominal cost).  A limited number of VIP passes are available for $75.  The VIP package includes a souvenir glass and early admission into the event. VIP guests also eat free from the Gourmet Food Trucks. The private VIP Area will be stocked with extra munchies, seating, free water & soda, plus Swag! (what’s an event without SWAG?).

In keeping with host Cliff Young’s pay-it-forward philosophy, all beer proceeds from the “Props & Hops” Craft Beer Conclave will benefit the select local charities including the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Says Cliff Young of anticipation for the beer event, “We encourage the general public, craft beer aficionados, and home brew enthusiasts to join us on November 10 because supporting a great cause is the real reason we’re hosting this event. Bringing together the crème de la crème of craft beers and specifically paired gourmet food truck cuisine, along with great music and a Home Brew contest just makes for an all-around great day!”

Additional details (including a listing of all vendors and entertainment), and to purchase tickets visit the event’s website at:

About Cliff Young, Event Curator

For over 30 years, Cliff Young has traversed the globe seeking out culinary offerings from five-star to hole-in-the-wall restaurants. He also created and runs an award-winning coffee roasting business, Inland Empire Coffee. Chris stays on the forefront of food & cuisine trends while hosting radio shows and writing, directing, and hosting the award-winning Out To Eat television program (airing on KVCR-PBS).

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