The Oswegoland Park District hosted the inaugural Best Bridge Brews Home Brew Contest on Friday. This new contest was held in connection with the Brew at the Bridge Craft Beer Festival held in downtown Oswego Saturday.
Over 40 entries were received in five different categories. Judges were from the 51st Street Ward Beer Company and Tangled Roots Brewing Company.
In the Belgians category, first place went to Tony Daniels for “The Dirty Dozen - Cherry Edition” (Belgian Quadruple Ale), second place went to Michael Jacobs for “Next to the Farmhouse Ale” (Saison), and third place went to David LeForce for “The Frog” (Saison).
In the Hoppy category, first place went to Kevin Holt for “Ishallah” (American IPA), second place went to Paul Herrara for “WPA” (Wheat APA), and third place went to Chad Marvin for “Hockey Hair” (Pale Ale).
In the Light Ales & Lagers category, first place went to James Addis for “Not Another Oktoberfest” (Marzen with Rye), second place went to Chad Marvin for “May the Schwarz Be With You” (Schwarzbier), and third place went to Michael Jacobs for “Ein Gelbes Bier” (German Helles Exportbier).
In the Ambers & Browns, first place went to Michael Jacobs for “Piper Down” (Wee Heavy), and second place went to James Addis for “Belter Diddies” (Scottish Wee Heavy).
In the Dark beers category, first place went to Kyle Funfsinn for “Trump's Tiny Hands” (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout), second place went to Paul Herrera for “Imperial Dan” (Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout), and third place went to Derek Ridge for “Marathon Stout” (Imperial Stout).
Best Bridge Brew
There was such debate over the winner of the Best Bridge Brew (overall Best of Show), that there were two co-winners. Thank you to Brandon Wright of Werk Force Brewing Co. and Steve Adams and Mike Billy of the Tangled Roots Brewing Company for partnering to ramp-up the winning Best Bridge Brews and serve one on tap in each of their tasting rooms. Winners were James Addis for “Not Another Oktoberfest” (Marzen with Rye) and Tony Daniels for “The Dirty Dozen - Cherry Edition” (Belgian Quadruple Ale).
The special Brew Newbie Award (for the highest scoring entry from someone who has never entered a contest before) went to David LeForce for “The Frog” (Saison).
Several Home Brew clubs participate in Brew at the Bridge, and this contest has allowed them the opportunity to earn some serious bragging rights. They were able to vie for the traveling “King of Clubs” trophy that went to the club that has the highest average score for all of their entries. The Spent Grain Society will get to hang on to the trophy until next year, when the results of the 2017 Best Bridge Brews Home Brew Contest will determine if it gets a new home.