Winners of Bell's Homebrew Competition announced at All Stouts Day

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By: Eric Strader
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Eric Strader

Each year Bell’s Brewery announces the winners of its homebrew contest during the annual All Stouts Day. This year was the 5th annual Homebrew Competition, and the 6th annual All Stouts Day.

Many of the stouts offered at last Sunday’s event are available on draft at the Eccentric Cafe only, so if you were not able to get to the event, here is what you missed on the tap list:

I am very fortunate to have enjoyed every beer on that list except Cinnamon Sunrise Stout, and I have heard only very good comments from my beer buddies. This has become my number one wanted beer from Bell’s, so I will have to keep my eyes on the tap cam.

This year Matt VanNatter’s California Common style beer, brewed with coffee, beat out 161 other entries to take first place in the homebrew competition.

As the top prize, he will brew his recipe at Bell’s original brewery, which will then go on tap at Bell’s Eccentric Café. He will also attend the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver as a guest of Bell’s Brewery and compete alongside a Bell’s brewer in the Pro-Am Competition.

“Judges were again impressed with the quality of the beers this year,” said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager and competition organizer. “There was a lot of experimentation like in past years but overall, very solid beers.”

Out of the 162 entries, 12 home brewers were honored as top placements. Teri Grossman took second place for her Pale Ale brewed with mango and habanero, and third place went to Laurie Newman for her Belgian Dubbel brewed with oranges.

Also placing in the top six are (in order): Dawn Updike (hoppy Pale Ale), Lauren David (Cherry Beer) and Kevin Cole (Amber/Brown Ale).

This year’s runners up are:

  • Patrick Kean – IPA
  • Tony Cafarelli – American Pale Ale
  • Vaughn Vargo-Alevras – Berliner Weisse with Michigan Tart Cherries
  • Mike McCoy – Brown Ale with Blueberries
  • Dave Lyman – India Brown Ale
  • Jay VanBuskirk – Double IPA

Check with Bell’s General store for more information about when the winning brew will be tapped. Judges’ comments will be available at the General Store as well.

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