Watershed Homebrewing Competition

The goal of the Watershed Homebrewing Competition is to increase public awareness about water quality.  NEWEA’s Source Water Brewers Competition is a friendly competition that will challenge each brewer to create an original beer using local source water.  Learn More >>

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Questions can be directed to Sara Greenberg or Steven Wolosoff


The Committee is requesting sponsors for this upcoming event.  Companies can sponsor the event for $250. Event sponsors will be recognized on NEWEA’s Home brew webpage; listed on event signage and a company logo printed on the back of the t-shirts that will be given to participants.  Sign Up Here to Sponsor >>

Competition Rules:

  • The NEWEA Watershed Source Water Brewers Competition is open to home brewers.
  • Participation is free.
  • Source water will be available for pick (City of Hartford’s MDC). Bring appropriate containers.  All other ingredients and supplies will be provided by the home brewer.
  • Each home brewer will brew a single 5 gallon batch and may request up to 10 gallons of source water.
  • Brewers may collaborate in the submission of an entry.
  • The beer must be brewed, bottled, and ready to pour at NEWEA’s Committee Appreciation Event in July/August (further details to follow) Depending upon participation, we may request each brewer contribute 6-12 beers for the event.
  • Participating home brewers will receive prestige among NEWEA members and a commemorative t-shirt.


  • The Brew Challenge judging will take place during the NEWEA Member Appreciation Event.
  • Brewers must provide a minimum of  72 oz of their beer, which can be submitted in six-12 oz bottles, cans or a growler.  Entries must be labeled with the brewer’s name and type of beer.
  • Beers may be brought to the NEWEA tent from 5-5:30PM.
  • Award presentation will take place at 6:45PM.  The winner brewer will receive a personalized beer stein commemorating the grand prize beer.