UPDATE: Winners listed below!

Our 4th annual Sam Adams / DC Homebrewers homebrew contest is almost upon us! In previous years, the winners have gone to GABF, Oktoberfest, and the Sam Adams brewery in Boston. This year, the winner will be going to the Yakima Valley in Washington for the hop harvest. It must smell amazing.

We had the preliminary judging Tuesday night, and there are 15 winners moving forward to the final round, which is THIS SATURDAY (April 26th), starting at noon at City Tap House near Chinatown (http://www.citytaphousedc.com/). There will be a celebrity panel of judges picking the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. There will also be a “crowd favorite” prize picked by the attendees, so come taste some wonderful beers and pick your favorite. Winners and awards will be presented at 4:00.

Here are the brewers who made it into the finals:

  • Erich Streckfuss
  • Scott Janish
  • Robert Fink
  • Ryan Costello
  • Jake Grover
  • Sean Gugger
  • Mark Niciu
  • Justin Pats
  • Greg Kendall
  • Tim Arndt
  • Joe Yeado
  • Brian Pinke
  • Daniel Peterson
  • Joe Bump
  • Brooke Heaton

Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to charity. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online: http://www.citytaphousedc.com/events/4th-annual-dc-homebrewers-sam-adams-competition/15

Your ticket price includes the beer tasting, a tasting glass to take home, some munchies, and – of course – a great time drinking great homebrew with your friends and fellow club members.

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Here are the winners:

First – Brian Pinke – Steam Engenius – California Common with smoked malt.

Second – Mark Niciu – Richard Softy Ale – Vanilla bean-aged English Barleywine

Third – Joe Yeado – Saison Brett – Belgian Saison with brettanomyces in secondary

Crowd Favorite – Ryan Costello – Raquelita’s Ale – IPA with summer ingredients: basil, honey, peppercorn, and lemon peel.

Congrats to the winners, and thanks to all who entered, as well as the volunteers who helped make it happen. Most of all – thanks to Sam Adams for sponsoring this.


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