Promo for last year's competition, courtesy WTMD
Promo for last year’s competition, courtesy WTMD

Beer festivals are booming in the Baltimore area nowadays, with endless offerings and regular event featuring locally made craft brews. This weekend, Towson University radio station WTMD 89.7 is bringing back its own take on the local beer showcase with a competition for area homebrewers.

The Mighty Pint Homebrew Competition will have more than 30 beers made by regular folks, rather than breweries, from around the area. The crowd will get to pick the winners by popular vote. Additionally, a panel of seven judges, including two apiece from Baltimore craft beer maker The Brewer’s Art and Woodberry-based homebrewing facility Nepenthe, will pick the grand prize winner who gets to brew their recipe at The Brewer’s Art.

This will mark the second year of WTMD’s competition.

“The first year was very successful,” said WTMD station general manager and program director Scott Mullins.”We had a great turnout with local home brewers participating in the event, and beer and music lovers showing up to support to WTMD. There were some amazing beers and meade and it made for a great event.”

Mullins said he expects to build on that success. He hopes to see around 400 people show up this Saturday.

Tickets for the day cost $25. For the price, guests get a commemorative glass and can drink as many samples of good, original beer as they want. There will be live music, too, with a show from blues rock-punk outfit Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols. They’ll be broadcasting live on the station for those who can’t make it.

The 21+ event runs from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, rain or shine. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...