Winners Announced in Alaskan Homebrew Competition

Winners Announced in Alaskan Homebrew Competition

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                                                                                     


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
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
Challenge Winner Glenn Martin NO NAME Spice, Herb, or Veg Beer Dillingham AK