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So you think you can beat Bob’s brew?

April 20, 2013 · Updated 1:27 PM

Bob Vietzke challenges other islanders to the home brew contest at the Cider and Mead Festival on May 11. / Contributed photo

All you Orcas Island cider home brewers, it’s time to brew your best to beat Bob Vietzke, first place winner of the Cider Home Brew Competition at last year’s Cider and Mead Festival.

He’ll be in it again this year with another batch of his prize-winning cider. Vietzke challenges any cider or mead home brewer on Orcas Island who thinks theirs is better to try to take away his bid to win “Best Orcas Brew of the Fest” for the second year in a row.

The Orcas Home Brew Competition, open only to Orcas Island home brewers, is part of the Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival on May 11 in the Eastsound Village Green from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside the Orcas Farmers’ Market.

More than 20 hard cider and mead producers including Finnriver, Sky River, Alpenfire, Honey Run, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Hidden Valley, Tieton Cider Works, Chaucers Mead, Crispin, 2 Towns, and Snowdrift are expected to gather under the tasting tent offering up to 100 varieties of ciders and meads produced in the Great Northwest and parts beyond. Orcas Island musicians will be entertaining the throng and the Home Brew Competition to beat Vietzke will be held in the afternoon around 2 p.m.

Adults over 21 will enter the tasting tent to sample amazing ciders and meads for an admission fee starting at $5, net proceeds of which benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program.

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