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Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2015 Midwinter Homebrew Competition

There were 800 entries judged and 369 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

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About the Midwinter Homebrew Competition

The focus of this competition is to provide good feedback to all entrants and reward talented beer, mead, and cider making. All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges. All mead entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Mead Endorsed Judges.

Professional Ramp Ups and Pro Am Qualifiers

Our friends at the Milwaukee Brewing Company, Moonlight Meadery, and Water Street Brewery will be partnering with us in 2015 to give some amature brewers, mead, and cider makers with some excellent opportunities.

Milwaukee Brewing Company - Will choose one Extra Special / Strong Bitter entry (BJCP category 8C) to be brewed up at the Milwaukee Ale House.

Moonlight Meadery - Will choose one Mead entry (BJCP categories 24 A-C, 25 A-C, 26A, & 26C) to qualify for their 2015 Pro Am Competition.

Water Street Brewery - Will choose one Cider entry (BJCP categories 27 & 28) to be made at the Water Street Brewery.

Additional details can be found by clicking here.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Joe Nielsen Dubbel 18B: Belgian Dubbel Grain Bang
2nd Kevin Robertson
Co-Brewer: Tom Bohn
Nutty Englishman (Nut Brown Ale) 11C: Northern English Brown Ale

Best of Show – Cider

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Stephen Mayo Plain Ol’ Cider 27A: Common Cider Seacoast Homebrew Club

Best of Show – Mead

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ted Gisske
Co-Brewer: Frieda Synnestvedt
Aronia Cyser 25C: Other Fruit Melomel Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild

Best of Show – Milwaukee Brewing Company ESB Ramp Up

One Extra Special / Strong Bitter entry (BJCP Category 8C) will be chosen to be ramped up and brewed by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House*.

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Josh Strupp I Entered Three Bottles This Year 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) Milwaukee Beer Barons

Best of Show – Moonlight Meadery Pro Am Qualifier

One Mead entry (BJCP categories 24, 25, & 26, excluding Braggot) will qualify for Moonlight Meadery’s 2015 Pro Am Competition**.

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Scot Schaar Angels In The Wilderness 26C: Open Category Mead River's Edge Fermentation Society

Best of Show – Water Street Brewery Cider Ramp Up

One Cider entry (BJCP Categories 27 & 28) will be chosen & made with Water Street Brewery***.

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st David Hopper 2014 Cherry Cider 28B: Fruit Cider Chicago Home Brewers Group

Winning Entries

Table 1: Standard American Beer (21 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Brandon Zeddies Old No. 27 1C: Premium American Lager Oshkosh Cool Kids Club
2nd Wayne Doucette Standard Lager 1B: Standard American Lager River City Brewers
3rd Brandon Zeddies Cali Dreamin’ 6A: Cream Ale Oshkosh Cool Kids Club

Table 2: Pale Malty European Lager (26 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Keith Bradley
Co-Brewer: Pam Bradley
Hell Yes 1D: Munich Helles Austin Zealots
2nd Richard Cardenas My, My, My 5A: Maibock/Helles Bock Central Wisconsin Vintners & Brewers
3rd Kyle Sisco Helles 1D: Munich Helles Primary Fermenters

Table 3: Pale Bitter European Beer (29 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Wayne Doucette Train Wreck 1E: Dortmunder Export River City Brewers
2nd Joe Edidin German Pils 2A: German Pilsner (Pils) Tennessee Valley Homebrewers
3rd Paul Nanian Drzet Palce 2B: Bohemian Pilsener Baker River Homebrew Club

Table 4: Amber Malty European Lager (30 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Charles Fort Chuck’s Bock 5B: Traditional Bock Urban Knaves of Grain
2nd Charles Fort Chuck’s Oktoberfest 3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen Urban Knaves of Grain
3rd Bob Manke Uncle Buddy’s Bock 5B: Traditional Bock Beer Barons of Milwaukee
HM Stacy Myers Smoked Goodness 22A: Classic Rauchbier Horsemen of the Hopocalypse

Table 5: Amber Bitter European Beer (19 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Rob Yeo Last Waltz Lager 3A: Vienna Lager Brewligans
2nd Paul Nanian Sundenesser 7C: Dusseldorf Altbier Baker River Homebrew Club
3rd Cam Hanson Bernstein 3A: Vienna Lager

Table 6: Dark European Lager (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Petr Bachan Dunkl 4B: Munich Dunkel Saint Paul HBC
2nd David Worth Back In Black 4C: Schwarzbier Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild
3rd Tim Thomssen Drunkel Tim 4B: Munich Dunkel Lincoln Lagers!

Table 7: Strong European Lager (20 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Bill Nesseth Doppelbock 5C: Doppelbock
2nd Justin Minikel Taddy’s Revenge 12C: Baltic Porter
3rd David Merz Winter Warmer 5D: Eisbock Marquette Homebrewers

Table 8: German Wheat Beer (26 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Keith Bradley
Co-Brewer: Pam Bradley
On The Sly 15C: Weizenbock Austin Zealots
2nd Patrick Kealiher Kealaner Weisse 15A: Weizen/Weissbier Iowa/Minnesota Society of Brewers
3rd Matthew Naikelis Pigskin Weizenbock 15C: Weizenbock

Table 9: English Bitter (44 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Nicholas Damoth Manhattans Best 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) San Francisco homebrewers guild
2nd Paul Nanian Ecdysiast 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) Baker River Homebrew Club
3rd Sig Copple Waitangi ESB 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) Beer Barons

Table 10: Brown English Beer (21 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Robertson
Co-Brewer: Tom Bohn
Nutty Englishman (Nut Brown Ale) 11C: Northern English Brown Ale
2nd Kevin Kearney Barwench 11A: Mild
3rd Kyle Sisco The Brown Note 12A: Brown Porter Primary Fermenters

Table 11: Scottish Ale (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Christopher Schaeffer 60 Shilling 9A: Scottish Light 60/-
2nd Erik Dorfner
Co-Brewer: Michael Vergolina
Out Come The Stallions 9C: Scottish Export 80/- WeStallions
3rd Kyle Sisco Scottish Export 9C: Scottish Export 80/- Primary Fermenters

Table 12: Irish Beer (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ben Schreiner Riona Red 9D: Irish Red Ale Bull Falls Homebrew Club
2nd Shannon Speight Black Irish Kiss 13A: Dry Stout Glass City Mashers
3rd Dennis Mitchell WTF! This Isn’t Guinness! 13A: Dry Stout Arizona Society of Homebrewers

Table 13: Dark British Beer (29 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Thomas Frazier TransAtlantic Stout 13D: Foreign Extra Stout
2nd Brad Pausha Sweet And Stout V2 13B: Sweet Stout Square Kegs
3rd Patrick Clancy 1875 Milk Stout (13) 13B: Sweet Stout mohonk

Table 14: Strong Brittish Ale (28 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st John Blythin
Co-Brewer: Renee Weinberger
Wee Heavy 9E: Strong Scotch Ale Beer Barons of Milwaukee
2nd Scot Schaar Jaberwocky 19B: English Barleywine River's Edge Fermentation Society
3rd Joe Nielsen Sheep In A Kilt 9E: Strong Scotch Ale Grain Bang

Table 15: Pale American Beer (28 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st John Mulligan Once Blonded Twice Shy 6B: Blonde Ale Glass City Mashers
2nd Gary Lockwood In The Mood 10A: American Pale Ale MHTG
3rd Brian Eichhorn Patchwork Guarantee 10A: American Pale Ale HOPS! Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside
HM Chris Burger
Co-Brewer: Shane
Chi-MoCitra Pale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale Red Arrow Homebrew Club

Table 16: Dark American Beer (27 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Schlosser Red Ale II 10B: American Amber Ale Beer Barons of Milwaukee
2nd Brandon Zeddies Ontario St. Common 7B: California Common Beer Oshkosh Cool Kids Club
3rd Austin Jones
Co-Brewer: Dan Cox
Uncle John’s Brown Ale 10C: American Brown Ale Iowa Brewers Union

Table 17: American Porter and Stout (28 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Steve Schember PortUR 12B: Robust Porter
2nd Austin Jones
Co-Brewer: Dan Cox
Hungry Cow Stout 13E: American Stout Iowa Brewers Union
3rd Alex Andreev Siberian Porter 12B: Robust Porter MHTG

Table 18: Russian Imperial Stout (19 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Boody
Co-Brewer: Phil Romine
4th St Reserve 13F: Imperial Stout Minnesota Homebrewers Association
2nd Victor Williams
Co-Brewer: David Hardeman
NYD 2014 RIS 13F: Imperial Stout Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rd Tyler Fitzgerald Spear Ruler Stout 13F: Imperial Stout Beer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 19: American IPA (30 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Patrick Clancy 1829 IPA (12) 14B: American IPA mohonk
2nd Paul Fowler Off The Top 14B: American IPA Chop & Brew
3rd Mark Westmeyer Ticked-Off Terrier 14B: American IPA Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)

Table 20: Strong American Ale (22 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jared Gilbert This Petty Pace 19C: American Barleywine
2nd Keith Bradley
Co-Brewer: Pam Bradley
Hop Fusion 14C: Imperial IPA Austin Zealots
3rd Mike Sorenson Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk? 14C: Imperial IPA

Table 21: European Sour Ale (11 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Wojdak
Co-Brewer: Bob Kay
Kilted Hop - Bug Juice 17A: Berliner Weisse Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG)
2nd Dan Schlosser Flanders Red 3.50 17B: Flanders Red Ale Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rd Robert Roehre
Co-Brewer: B.O.M.B.
Freaks And Krieks 17F: Fruit Lambic Belle City Homebrewers and Vintners

Table 22: Belgian Ale (20 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Joe Rezendes Blond Trappist Table Beer (Patersbier) 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale N/A
2nd Patrick Clancy 1758 Witbier (8) 16A: Witbier mohonk
3rd Paul Slaght Chamomile Wheat 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale

Table 23: Strong Belgian Ale (27 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st James Werner Saison Lamont 16C: Saison
2nd Nicholas Damoth Road To Nowhere 16C: Saison San Francisco homebrewers guild
3rd Matthew Nycz Belgian Golden Strong 18D: Belgian Golden Strong Ale The HomeBros

Table 24: Trappist Ale (28 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Joe Nielsen Dubbel 18B: Belgian Dubbel Grain Bang
2nd James Werner 3four2 Quad 18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
3rd Zacc Hutchings The Doubler 18B: Belgian Dubbel

Table 25: Specialty Sour and Brett Beers (25 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Barrett Tillman BlackManBrew.Com 34A: Specialty Sour and Brett Beers North Texas Homebrewers Association
2nd Tim Thomssen Raspberry Tart 34A: Specialty Sour and Brett Beers Lincoln Lagers!
3rd Jason Chang Goseface Killah 34A: Specialty Sour and Brett Beers

Table 26: Spice and Fruit Beer (62 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Chad Bevers Coffee Fauxbraxas 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Association of Bloomington Normal Brewers
2nd Tim Thomssen Koo Koo For Coconuts! 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Lincoln Lagers!
3rd Bill Nesseth Cranberry Wit 20A: Fruit Beer

Table 27: Smoke and Wood-Aged Beer (30 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Boody
Co-Brewer: Phil Romine
BB 4th St Reserve 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Minnesota Homebrewers Association
2nd Bryan Bieszk Dark Matter 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Brewligans
3rd Robert Roehre
Co-Brewer: John Skantz
Imperial Pirate Porter 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Belle City Homebrewers and Vintners

Table 28: Specialty Beer (34 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Steve Swanson Honey Nut Brown 23A: Specialty Beer
2nd Tim Thomssen You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate! 23A: Specialty Beer Lincoln Lagers!
3rd David Worth Fiesta Porter 23A: Specialty Beer Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild

Table 29: Traditional Mead (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Robert Eltringham Old Babylon 24C: Sweet Mead
2nd Scot Schaar Cause Cheap Is How I Feel 24B: Semi-Sweet Mead River's Edge Fermentation Society
3rd Tom Hayosh Clover Honey Mead 24A: Dry Mead
HM Jonathan Luers Wild Gravity 24B: Semi-Sweet Mead austin zealots

Table 30: Fruit Mead (6 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ted Gisske
Co-Brewer: Frieda Synnestvedt
Aronia Cyser 25C: Other Fruit Melomel Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild
2nd Brian Eichhorn
Co-Brewer: Jennifer Mende
Rock And Roll Suicide 25C: Other Fruit Melomel HOPS! Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside
3rd Jerry Payton Blackberry Melomel 25C: Other Fruit Melomel Glass City Mashers

Table 31: Other Mead (11 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Robert Eltringham Long House 26C: Open Category Mead
2nd Scot Schaar Angels In The Wilderness 26C: Open Category Mead River's Edge Fermentation Society
3rd Scot Schaar Guilty By Association 26C: Open Category Mead River's Edge Fermentation Society

Table 32: Standard Cider and Perry (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Stephen Mayo Plain Ol’ Cider 27A: Common Cider Seacoast Homebrew Club
2nd Scot Schaar Pale Sun 27A: Common Cider River's Edge Fermentation Society
3rd Adam Bogac Red Bottom Shoes 2014 27A: Common Cider BABBLE

Table 33: Specialty Cider and Perry (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Scot Schaar Lonely Sinking Feeling 28B: Fruit Cider River's Edge Fermentation Society
2nd David Hopper 2014 Cherry Cider 28B: Fruit Cider Chicago Home Brewers Group
3rd Jason Cambora Bourbon Wood Aged Cider 28D: Other Specialty Cider or Perry The Brewing Network

Table 34: Specialty IPA (16 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Paul Nanian Rye For An Eye 32A: Specialty IPA Baker River Homebrew Club
2nd Andrew Roth Belgian Fruity IPA 32A: Specialty IPA Central Wisconsin Vinters & Brewers
3rd James Wischer Black IPA 32A: Specialty IPA Beer Barons of Milwaukee