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Bottle Caps & Corks: An Amateur Beer & Wine Competition brings together 'Do it yourself' beer and wine enthusiasts

The beer and wine flowed into tiny sample glasses Sunday afternoon at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart during Bottle Caps & Corks: An Amateur Beer & Wine Competition.

The fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County pitted homemade brews and wines against each other with the winners taking home trophies and bragging rights.

“It’s nice when people appreciate what you do,” said Randy Hesser, whose Belgium Tripel Stella Marie won the People’s Choice award for beer. “I hope they do this again.”


Judges Choice for Wine

1st place: Darin Elswick – Cabernet

2nd place: Apple Cider Wine – Bruce and Cassie Stamper

3rd place: Darin Elswick – Cabernet Zinfandel blend

People’s Choice Winner for Wine: Darin Elswick – Cabernet Zinfandel blend


Judges Choice for Beer

1st place: Jeff Thomas – Black IPA

2nd place: Gary Stieglitz – Honey Citrus

3rd place: Gary Stieglitz – Fuggle Nugget

People’s Choice Winner for Beer: Randy Hessler – Stella Marie Belgium Tripel

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