Welcome to the Midwinter Homebrew Competition Website

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 White Winter Winery will be partnering with us in 2018 to give some amateur brewers, mead, and cider makers with some excellent opportunities.

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Midwinter Homebrew Competition.

There were 632 entries judged and 301 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyle
1stNicholas SlayDeath By Hop21A: American IPA
2ndJeff MuseOld Screwups22C: American Barleywine

Best of Show – Cider

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyle
1stEdward WalkowskiBaxter's Ice CiderC2D: Ice Cider

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyle
1stKrzysztof PlizgaRaspberry TrójniakM4B: Historical Mead

Best of Show – Milwaukee Brewing Company California Common Ramp Up

One California Common entry (BJCP Category 19B) will be chosen to be ramped up and brewed by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House*.

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJosh Strupp
Co-Brewer: Dan Kramer
Wankersteinbier19B: California CommonBeer Barons of Milwaukee

Best of Show – Moonlight Meadery Pro Am Qualifier

One Mead entry (BJCP categories M1, M2, M3, M4) will qualify for the Moonlight Meadery 2017 Pro Am Competition**.

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJosh LandyUnkown TroubleM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadPrimary Fermenters Brewers and Vintners

Best of Show – White Winter Winery Cider Ramp Up

One Cider entry (BJCP Categories C1 & C2) will be chosen & made with White Winter Winery***.

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stEdward WalkowskiBaxter's Ice CiderC2D: Ice CiderScranton Brewers Guild

Winning Entries

Table 1: Standard American (22 entries)

1stJustin Molenaur
Co-Brewer: Bill Verhoff
Billy Light1A: American Light Lager
2ndJeff LandersI Like Turtles 1D: American Wheat Beer
3rdAric DaulBulgar Display of Power1D: American Wheat Beer

Table 2: International/Czech (13 entries)

1stJeff LandersLast Year's Pils Scored An 11.53B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
2ndDean WienschYoung One V32B: International Amber Lager
3rdWayne DoucetteLynn's Lager2A: International Pale Lager

Table 3: Pale European Beer (22 entries)

1stMetts PotterCrispy Pils5D: German Pils
2ndPaul FowlerHoppy Helles4A: Munich Helles
3rdJeff MusePils Please5D: German Pils

Table 4: Amber European Beer (29 entries)

1stJeff LandersHasselhoffen III7A: Vienna Lager
2ndAllen SmithPlaying With the Big Boys 7A: Vienna Lager
3rdTrey LovelaceDunkels Bock6C: Dunkels Bock

Table 5: Dark/Strong European (21 entries)

1stBen SchreinerImperial Oktoberfest9A: Doppelbock
2ndDave BanceEasy D9A: Doppelbock
3rdJosh Strupp
Co-Brewer: Dan Kramer
#waygdwirgc? The Lesser9A: Doppelbock

Table 6: German Wheat (9 entries)

1stRoss DruckenmillerBoston Calling10A: Weissbier
2ndDoug BrownAsk Me About My Weizenbock10C: Weizenbock
3rdPaul FehrenbachRed Wiess10B: Dunkels Weissbier

Table 7: Bitters/Commonwealth (15 entries)

1stDoug BrownSpry Chicken Golden Ale12A: English Golden Ale
2ndKevin BenczBp11C: Strong Bitter
3rdJoe GerteisYou Are Forgiven11A: Ordinary Bitter

Table 8: Brown Brittish (23 entries)

1stAllen SmithOne Yeast To Rule Them All13A: Dark Mild
2ndMatthew Witterschein
Co-Brewer: John Degroote
Chewy's Brown Ale13B: English Brown Ale
3rdCarolyn Stephens
Co-Brewer: Sabrina Aiello
Minerva13C: English Porter

Table 9: Scottish/Irish (16 entries)

1stBrad SchwerWhen Irish Ryes Are Smiling15A: Irish Red Ale
2ndMichael AndesBlack Dog Curse II15B: Irish Stout
3rdErnie SmithJust A Wee Bier14C: Scottish Export

Table 10: Dark/Strong Brittish (29 entries)

1stCaleb MeinkePhatae Scotch Ale17C: Wee Heavy
2ndDavid Byer
Co-Brewer: John O'Brien
Don't Swallow the Cap17D: English Barleywine
3rdTim OelkeTims Oatmeal Stout 16B: Oatmeal Stout

Table 11: Pale American (13 entries)

1stBryan HuffordTreble Clef: Summer Fest18A: Blonde Ale
2ndAaron Cahn
Co-Brewer: Connor Firth
Apa318B: American Pale Ale
3rdKevin BenczBt18B: American Pale Ale

Table 12: Amber/Brown American (39 entries)

1stAdrian EastwickCal Common19B: California Common
2ndKevin BenczFmnba19C: American Brown Ale
3rdRobert RysBilliwhack19B: California Common

Table 13: American Porter/Stout (33 entries)

1stMike NevilleKaity's Porter20A: American Porter
2ndJames CotnerRis201720C: Imperial Stout
3rdMatthew Witterschein
Co-Brewer: John Degroote
Pecan Porter20A: American Porter

Table 14: American IPA (24 entries)

1stNicholas SlayDeath By Hop21A: American IPA
2ndKevin BenczW621A: American IPA
3rdMetts PotterMore Citra!21A: American IPA

Table 15: Specialty IPA (27 entries)

1stDavid DuffEagle Eye IPA21B: Specialty IPA
2ndBob Sytsma
Co-Brewer: Wes Sytsma
Juniper Eyepa21B: Specialty IPA
3rdDave BancePlan (Ip)A21B2: Black IPA

Table 16: Strong American (20 entries)

1stJeff MuseOld Screwups22C: American Barleywine
2ndBlake AperAmerican Barleywine22C: American Barleywine
3rdRyan StackAmerican Barley Wine22C: American Barleywine

Table 17: Belgian Ales (24 entries)

1stBrock SelleckMyrye Saison25B: Saison
2ndDoug BrownOui Frere24C: Biere de Garde
3rdKevin BenczNw24A: Witbier

Table 18: Trappist Ale (30 entries)

1stAaron Potter
Co-Brewer: Cullen Dunn
Round 1 Tripel26C: Belgian Tripel
2ndGary LockwoodEnkel Belgisch26A: Trappist Single
3rdJeff MuseDubbel, Dubbel, Boil and Trouble26B: Belgian Dubbel

Table 19: Wild/Sour (17 entries)

1stZacc HutchingsSnazberry23B: Flanders Red Ale
2ndGary LockwoodRaspberry Lemon Tart28C: Wild Specialty Beer
3rdTim OelkePucker Up Hophead 28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer

Table 20: Spiced Beer (38 entries)

1stJared Sutliff
Co-Brewer: Eric Kostecky, Dan Jensen
Leftovers30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
2ndJeremy RiesThe Chaser30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rdLogan CisewskiButterfinger Stout30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Table 21: Wood Beer (27 entries)

1stRenee Weinberger
Co-Brewer: John D. Blythin
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Monstrosity33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
2ndJoel McGormleyDark Cellar - Cognac 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
3rdJared Sutliff
Co-Brewer: Patrick McHugh, Jon Greene, Mike Borchert, Rahshal Kowal, Joel Taylor
Huge 'tun - Bear Valley Blend33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Table 22: Other Beers (33 entries)

1stAmey PatwardhanAmbrosia 34A: Clone Beer
2ndJim VliegSmoked Imperial Pilsner32B: Specialty Smoked Beer
3rdJason MayerlWordless Toothless27A6: Kentucky Common

Table 23: Standard Cider/Perry (11 entries)

1stBrad RamseyCiderC1A: New World Cider
2ndEdward WalkowskiBaxter's PerryC1D: New World Perry
3rdJay FreiseFunky CiderC1A: New World Cider

Table 24: Specialty Cider/Perry (16 entries)

1stEdward WalkowskiBaxter's Ice CiderC2D: Ice Cider
2ndTim MingerGrandma's Apple PieC2E: Cider with Herbs/Spices
3rdJosh LandyPure EvilC2F: Specialty Cider/Perry

Table 25: Traditional Mead (13 entries)

1stKevin WojdakThhpptpt Raspberry TraditionalM1C: Sweet Mead
2ndJeremy Goehring
Co-Brewer: Dustin Deisher
RiverwoodM1B: Semi-Sweet Mead
3rdGayle BorchertOb MeadM1C: Sweet Mead

Table 26: Cyser/Pyment/Melomel (21 entries)

1stJeremy OlsenPurple PowerM2E: Melomel
2ndJay KashCyserM2A: Cyser
3rdPaul FowlerSweet RideM2E: Melomel

Table 27: Berry/Stone Fruit (17 entries)

1stJosh LandyTomfoolery & SkullduggeryM2D: Stone Fruit Mead
2ndEdward WalkowskiBaxter's Black Currant MeadM2C: Berry Mead
3rdAnthony QuallsBlueberry BombM2C: Berry Mead

Table 28: Spiced Mead (17 entries)

1stJosh LandyUnkown TroubleM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
2ndDiana Kane
Co-Brewer: Jeff Kane
Cherry Chipotle MeadM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
3rdTom PuskarichPomona NectarM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead

Table 29: Specialty Mead (13 entries)

1stKrzysztof PlizgaRaspberry TrójniakM4B: Historical Mead
2ndJosh MahoneyButterfly PeaM4C: Experimental Mead
3rdMarek LeczyckiSofia 2.0M4B: Historical Mead