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