130 entries from 20 states judged
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.
Contact: Andy Kline, Communications Manager, 907.780.5922.
|2017 Alaskan Homebrew Competition|
|Place||Flight||Name||Name of Beer||Beer Style||City||State|
|1||Wheat and Blond 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|
|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|
|Challenge Winner||Glenn Martin||NO NAME||Spice, Herb, or Veg Beer||Dillingham||AK|