Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2014 Schooner Homebrew Championship

There were 556 entries judged and 239 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

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About the Schooner Homebrew Competition and Rock Bottom Professional Ramp Up

The Schooner is a BJCP sanctioned amateur homebrew competition held in conjunction with the Great Lakes Brew Fest. One entry from the Best of Show round will be ramped up by Rock Bottom for serving at the restaurant. Additional details regarding the ramp up can be found by clicking here.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Edward Mathis Abbaye De Czar 16B: Belgian Pale Ale Tri-County Fermenters
2nd Mark Westmeyer Pliny’s Getting Bigger 14B: American IPA Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rd Jim Valsa
Co-Brewer: Dave Auston
Brown Porter 12A: Brown Porter 9th Hour Brewing

Best of Show – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Ramp Up

One entry from the best of show round will be chosen to be ramped up and brewed by David Bass at the Rock Bottom Brewery for serving at the restaurant*.

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Edward Mathis Abbaye De Czar 16B: Belgian Pale Ale Tri-County Fermenters

Winning Entries

Table 1: Light Lagers (13 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Kearney Gold Rush 1E: Dortmunder Export
2nd Tim Thomssen Hayseed Helles 1D: Munich Helles Lincoln Lagers!
3rd Hunter Navarro Lager 1C: Premium American Lager Bull Falls Home Brew Club

Table 2: Pilsner (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Kearney Radegast 2B: Bohemian Pilsener
2nd Dan Reinholdt AOK 2C: Classic American Pilsner Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside! HOPS!
3rd George Mowell Mic Czech 2B: Bohemian Pilsener DC Homebrewers

Table 3: Vienna/Oktoberfest (19 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Erik Dorfner
Co-Brewer: Jessie Torres And Mike Vergolina
Victory Vienna 3A: Vienna Lager
2nd Zak Holmes 5th Annual Oktoberfest 3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen Sun Prairie Worthogs
3rd Keith Huizinga Zingtoberfest 2014 3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen Oak Park Homebrewers

Table 4: Dark Lager (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Houston Cervantes Munich Dunkel 4B: Munich Dunkel
2nd William Becker Munkle 4B: Munich Dunkel
3rd Matt Stever Schwarzvald 4C: Schwarzbier Beer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 5: Bocks (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Tim Thomssen Stagger Bock 5B: Traditional Bock Lincoln Lagers!
2nd Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Maibock No. 2 5A: Maibock/Helles Bock
3rd John Blythin
Co-Brewer: Renee Weinberger
Mark Of The Beast 5C: Doppelbock

Table 6: Cream/Blond/Kolsch (29 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st George Mowell Kolsch II 6C: Kolsch DC Homebrewers
2nd Brandon Zeddies California Dreamin’ 6A: Cream Ale Oshkosh Cool Kids Club
3rd Julie Lawson Kolsch 6C: Kolsch Beer Barons of Milwaukee
HM Tim Thomssen Confused German Blonde 6B: Blonde Ale Lincoln Lagers!

Table 7: Am. Wheat/Rye (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Sikorski American Wheat 6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer Evanston Homebrew Club
2nd Dan Reinholdt
Co-Brewer: Jon Freedlund, Brian Keyes, Shaun Krueger
Amarillo Wheat 6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside! HOPS!
3rd Matthew Howell Gumball Moon 6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer

Table 8: Altbiers/Cali Common (11 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ben Schreiner Opal Altbier 7C: Dusseldorf Altbier Bull Falls Homebrew Club
2nd Jared Gilbert The Boar 7C: Dusseldorf Altbier
3rd Justin Sieglaff Kaizer Alt Zwei 7C: Dusseldorf Altbier

Table 9: English Pale (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Kearney Barkeep Bitter 8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter
2nd Cullen Dunn
Co-Brewer: Brian Dunn & Sam Murphy
Dr. Jeckyll 8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter Central Wisconsin Vintners and Brewers
3rd Bob Alvord I’ve Got You Sussed 8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter UKG

Table 10: Scottish and Irish Ale (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Thomas Moore Wee Husky Scotch Ale 9E: Strong Scotch Ale Men of Beer
2nd Bill Ruef
Co-Brewer: Jessica Murray-Ruef
Pog Mo Thoin 9D: Irish Red Ale
3rd John Blythin
Co-Brewer: Renee Weinberger
Firth Of Clyde 9C: Scottish Export 80/-

Table 11: American Pale Ale (30 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matthew Howell Pinhead Pale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale
2nd Bill Ruef
Co-Brewer: Jessica Murray-Ruef
F*** Yeah!!! 10A: American Pale Ale
3rd Bob Newhouse
Co-Brewer: Jacob Newhouse
Fly Over Country Pale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale NONE

Table 12: American Amber/Brown Ale (18 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Michael Wells The Duke 10C: American Brown Ale Missouri Mashers
2nd Andrew Engel Mr. Brown 10C: American Brown Ale
3rd Andy Waisanen American Brown 10C: American Brown Ale Central Wisconsin Vintner's & Brewer's

Table 13: English Mild / Brown Ale (16 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Adam Meyers English Mild 11A: Mild Chop and Brew
2nd Cullen Dunn Earwig Mild 11A: Mild Central Wisconsin Vintners and Brewers
3rd Brian Wojciechowski Money Shot Mild 11A: Mild

Table 14: Porters (18 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jim Valsa
Co-Brewer: Dave Auston
Brown Porter 12A: Brown Porter 9th Hour Brewing
2nd Rob Spadafore Porter Me All The Way To North Carolina 12B: Robust Porter
3rd Matthew Miller
Co-Brewer: Mike Frentz
Meeko’s Revenge 12A: Brown Porter

Table 15: Dry / For.Ex / Am./ Sweet/Oatmeal Stouts (18 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Tyler Everson Sheboygan Stout 13E: American Stout Sheboygan Sudzzers
2nd Mark Hulsey Coopers Irish Whiskey Stout 13D: Foreign Extra Stout
3rd Michael Kretlow Mikes Stout 13E: American Stout Bull Falls Home Brew Club

Table 16: Imperial Stout (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Tim Thomssen Stout At The Devil 13F: Imperial Stout Lincoln Lagers!
2nd Thomas Moore Siberian Husky Stout 13F: Imperial Stout Men of Beer
3rd Dan Schlosser Imperial Stout 2012 13F: Imperial Stout Beer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 17: American IPA (27 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Mark Westmeyer Pliny’s Getting Bigger 14B: American IPA Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
2nd Robert Poisl Bitter-Sweet 14B: American IPA
3rd Robert Cook Take It Slow 14B: American IPA

Table 18: Imperial IPA (20 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Larry Erbach
Co-Brewer: Adam Calverly, Randy Mans
Imperial IPA 14C: Imperial IPA
2nd Will Didier Not Another Pliny Clone 14C: Imperial IPA Brewligans
3rd Brandon Zeddies Battle Stag 14C: Imperial IPA Oshkosh Cool Kids Club

Table 19: German Wheat and Rye Beer (21 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Zachary Fritts Pork Soda 15A: Weizen/Weissbier Midnight Carboys
2nd Jared Gilbert The Bull 15C: Weizenbock
3rd David Dienberg Hefeweizen 15A: Weizen/Weissbier

Table 20: Witbier / Belgian Pale Ale (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Edward Mathis Abbaye De Czar 16B: Belgian Pale Ale Tri-County Fermenters
2nd Kevin Flynn Witsconsin 16A: Witbier Belle City Homebrewers
3rd Kevin Wojdak
Co-Brewer: Noah Wojdak
Kilted Hop Stan’s Mandolin 16B: Belgian Pale Ale Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG)

Table 21: Saison (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jeremy Vierck The Sun King 16C: Saison
2nd Tyler Fitzgerald Citron Partie 16C: Saison Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rd Mike Dellemann Saison Du Pint 16C: Saison Bull Falls homebrew club

Table 22: Belgian Specialty Ale (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Robert Roehre Alcoves In Bruges 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Belle City Homebrewers and Vintners
2nd Matthew Morrison
Co-Brewer: Alex Sherman
Pater-Ade 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale
3rd William Richartz Farmhouse 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale St Paul Homebrewers
HM Mark Westmeyer
Co-Brewer: 10 Other BOSS Brewers
Psycho Triple 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)

Table 23: Sour Ale (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kevin Flynn Cherry Creek 17F: Fruit Lambic Belle City Homebrewers
2nd Dan Schlosser Oud Bruin Blend 17C: Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rd David Merz Vernal Equinox 17A: Berliner Weisse Marquette Homebrewers
HM Tim Thomssen Spring View Peach Lambic 17F: Fruit Lambic Lincoln Lagers!

Table 24: Pale Belgian Strong Ale (10 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Schlosser Tripel II 18C: Belgian Tripel Beer Barons of Milwaukee
2nd John Blythin
Co-Brewer: Renee Weinberger
The Devil Made Me Do It 18D: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
3rd Daneil Sullivan Tripel 18C: Belgian Tripel North Shore Brew Club

Table 25: Belgian Dubbel / Dark Strong (13 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Belgian Quad No. 2 18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
2nd Kevin Flynn K-Dubs 18B: Belgian Dubbel Belle City Homebrewers
3rd Erik Scott No Coast 8 18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale RAZE

Table 26: Strong Ale (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ed Kennedy Hammered 19B: English Barleywine REFS
2nd Bob Newhouse
Co-Brewer: Jacob Newhouse
Terra’s Favorite Barleywine 19C: American Barleywine NONE
3rd Jared Gilbert Big Mirth 19C: American Barleywine
HM Erik Scott Old Dragon 19A: Old Ale RAZE

Table 27: Fruit beer (18 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Craig Raleigh Kavorka 20A: Fruit Beer
2nd Michael Shady
Co-Brewer: Jayme Whitty
Limon Bear 20A: Fruit Beer Central Wisconsin Vintners & Brewers
3rd Tim Thomssen Raspberry Tart 20A: Fruit Beer Lincoln Lagers!

Table 28: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer/ Xmas (19 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Tim Thomssen You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Lincoln Lagers!
2nd Tyler Everson Pumpky Brewster 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Sheboygan Sudzzers
3rd Rick Wagner
Co-Brewer: Starr Wagner
B.O.E 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Chicago Home Brewers Group

Table 29: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer (25 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Adam Meyers Rauchbier 22A: Classic Rauchbier Chop and Brew
2nd Rick McNabb Olde Galley Hag 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Rick McNabb
3rd Adam Dawson Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 22C: Wood-Aged Beer

Table 30: Specialty Beer (30 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jonathan Greene Double IPL 23A: Specialty Beer Beer Barons
2nd Bob Manke
Co-Brewer: JKesting,MSchwartz,PMchugh,DSullivan,JSutuff,JWichers,BPhetteplace,Danny
JD Aged Old Ale 23A: Specialty Beer Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rd Gregory Pitner MOSAIC BLUNDERBUSS SESSION IPA 23A: Specialty Beer BLOCKHEAD
HM Jon Morman Eis-Stout 23A: Specialty Beer Missouri Mashers

Table 31: Meads (13 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Michael Flynn Dear Darla’s Buckwheat Mead 24B: Semi-Sweet Mead Belle City Brewers & Vinters
2nd Donna Cronce Peachy Keen 26A: Metheglin
3rd Jason Mattson Dracula 25C: Other Fruit Melomel

Table 32: Ciders and Perry (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jennifer Zabel Naughty Cider 27A: Common Cider Belle City
2nd Tim Minger Grandma’s Apple Pie Cider 28D: Other Specialty Cider or Perry Beer Barons
3rd Dionne Holloway Holloway Cider 27A: Common Cider