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Winners Announced in Alaskan Homebrew Competition

130 entries from 20 states judged


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Juneau, Alaska (October 16, 2017) – The Alaskan Homebrew Competition was held this Saturday, as judges sampled 130 different beers that came from across the state of Alaska, and from 20 states. There were beers, ciders and meads judged in 14 categories, and special recognition was given to the best beer made with a challenge ingredient, Sitka spruce tips.

Judging was conducted under Beer Judging Certification Program rules, with a majority of the judges recognized as beer judges by the BJCP. Judging is done in a “blind” manner so that the origins and brewers of each beer are unknown to the judges.

Best in Show was awarded to a Märzen from Anchorage called “Life on Märzen” that was created by Michael Cragen. Winner of the Challenge Ingredient category was a spruce tip beer from Dillingham, Alaska made by Glenn Martin. For his Best in Show win, Cragen will receive $500 in cash, a trophy, and a trip to Juneau to come and brew with Alaskan Brewing Co. brewers. Challenge Ingredient winner Martin will also receive a trophy and a trip to Juneau to brew at Alaskan Brewing Co.

Rounding out the Best in Show winners in second place was a Sour Beer from Chandler, Arizona called “Douze Hommes Sour” made by Christian Chandler, and in third place was an American Pale Ale called “Cold One for the Boyz,” made by Arvid Koval and EJ Peters from Anchorage.

“We were especially excited by the number of terrific entries from across Alaska and across America,” said Alaskan Brewing spokesman Andy Kline. “Adding the Challenge Ingredient portion of the competition which focused on Sitka spruce tips, also increased interest, and we were happy to see nearly 60 entries that qualified for that portion of the competition.”

Alaskan Brewing provided bags of Sitka spruce tips to hundreds of homebrewers across the country in order to challenge them to creatively use the versatile ingredient.

Full results of the competition are below. For more information and updates, check out Alaskan Brewing Co. online at www.alaskanbeer.com.

 

2017 Alaskan Homebrew Competition

Place

Flight

Name

Name of Beer

Beer Style

City

State

1

Wheat and Blonde Ales

Jerry Nankervis

Sun Kissed Wheat

American Wheat Beer

Juneau

AK

2

David Howard

WFT Blonde

Blonde Ale

Juneau

AK

3

Alec Venechuk

I Actually Prefer Brunettes

Blonde Ale

Juneau

AK

BOS #1

German

Michael Cragen

Life on Marzen

Marzen

Anchorage

AK

2

Alec Venechuk

Narrow Escape

Munich Dunkel

Juneau

AK

1

English

Jeff Michalski

The Graduate

English IPA

St. Louise

MO

2

Daniel Gialanella

Resting Bitter Face

Strong Bitter

Boonton

NJ

1

Brown Ales

Alec Venechuk

Muskeg

American Brown Ale

Juneau

AK

2

Jerry Nankervis

AG Brown Ale

British Brown Ale

Juneau

AK

3

Anthony Strupulis

Sacrificial Brown

American Brown Ale

Anchorage

AK

1

Lager

Tristan McCoy & Kyle Jung

Opa Atem

Kolsch

Tacoma

WA

2

Michael Cragen

Czech Yer Self

Czech Premium Pale Lager

Anchorage

AK

3

Michael Cragen

Helles Other Beers

Munich Helles

Anchorage

AK

BOS #3

Pale Ales

Arvid Koval & EJ Peters

A Cold One for the Boyz

American Pale Ale

Anchorage

AK

2

Mitch Knottingham

Bunsen

American Pale Ale

Juneau

AK

3

Elisha Logan

Mercy Pale

American Pale Ale

Eagle River

AK

1

Fruit, Veg. Beers

Eric Minor

Backyard Berries

Fruit Beer

Anchorage

AK

2

David Howard

Kurt Almost Died Watermelon Wheat

Fruit Beer

Juneau

AK

3

Addison Lippert

Bullfrog's Mustache

Spice, Herb, or Veg

Federal Way

WA

1

Stouts

Mitch Knottingham

St. Oke's Day Stout

Irish Stout

Juneau

AK

2

Anthony Strupulis

Russian Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout

Anchorage

AK

3

Michael Cragen

The Antagonist

Imperial Stout

Anchorage

AK

1

IPA

Casey McGinley

AK IPA

American IPA

Juneau

AK

2

Colt & Jenny Thiel

Bateleur

Specialty IPA: Session

Bailey

CO

3

Nick Carson

Sitka Spruce Black IPA

Specialty IPA: Black IPA

Belgrade

MT

1

DIPA

Alec Venechuk

Double IPA

Double IPA

Juneau

AK

2

Eric Schiff

Summer, Don't Go

Double IPA

Fairbanks

AK

3

Michael Cragen

Double Vision

Double IPA

Anchorage

AK

1

Belgian

Mike Rozema

Plum Smugglers

Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Sparks

NV

2

Will & Manuela Robinson

Trippel Nippel

Belgian Tripel

Juneau

AK

3

Evan Brill

FLP

Saison

Louisville

KY

BOS #2

Sour

Christian Chandler

Douze Hommes Sour

Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer

Chandler

AZ

1

Aged, Smoked

Grant Ficek

Gin-Soaked Tart

Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Juneau

AK

2

Kent Ficek

Feral Nessie

Classic Style Smoked Beer

Juneau

AK

1

Mead, Ciders

Will & Manuela Robinson

Mosiac Cider

New World Cider

Juneau

AK

2

Lou Logan

Oaked Sweet Mead

Sweet Mead

Juneau

AK

3

Shannon Martin

Shannon's Dry Cider

English Cider

Soldotna

AK

2017 Special Ingredient Challenge - Spruce Tips

 

Name

Name of Beer

Beer Style

City

State

Challenge Winner

Glenn Martin

NO NAME

Spice, Herb, or Veg Beer

Dillingham

AK

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