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Thanks to all who participated in the Bluegrass Cup Homebrew Competition 2024.

There were 280 entries judged and 166 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJustin Holman10th Anniversary Ale26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleCider, Homebrew, And Mead Production Specialists (CHAMPS)
2ndMark RoseFrodo's FavoriteLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerTucson Homebrew Club
3rdDavid HowellEnglish Dark Mild13A: Dark MildZymurgists of the Ozarks

Badass of the Bluegrass (85 Participating Brewers)

1stBrandon Edwards2119.00 Keepers of Craft

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 2: Am Lagers, Cream and Blonde Ales (11 entries)

1stDaniel Kukuk MHPParty Barge1A: American Light LagerMotor City Mashers
2ndKevin Olson MHPMike's Got His Swimmin Jeans On18A: Blonde AleZZHops Homebrewing Club
3rdDeborah And Marc Prichard MHPI Only Drum Naked1C: Cream AleRed Earth Brewers

Table 3: Altbier (5 entries)

1stJavier MurilloAvgBru Altbier7B: AltbierThe Brü Club
2ndSteve MiccoAvg Bru Alt In All It's Just Another Bier In The Hall 7B: AltbierThe Brü Club
3rdBen Gansemer MHPCtrl+Altbier+Delete7B: AltbierThe Brü Club

Table 4: American Pale Ale (8 entries)

1stColby Reineke MHPPale Ale18B: American Pale AleMinnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndAdam McConnell MHPGlad I Had All These Hops Around 18B: American Pale AleRed Earth Brewers
3rdMatt HunsworthHipster Skull18B: American Pale AleBrewers Anonymous

Table 5: Spice, herb, & vegetable beer (8 entries)

1stAlex RezmerskiKY Pecommon30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Louisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
2ndBrandon Christian
Co-Brewer: Carla Christian
Mexican Chocolate Stout30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Seven City Brewers
3rdByron Bird MHPCoco Porter30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer High Plains Drafters [TX]

Table 6: Int'l and Czech Amber & Dark Lagers (7 entries)

1stDavid Howell MHPCzech Amber Lager3C: Czech Amber LagerZymurgists of the Ozarks
2ndKevin Olson MHPTemny3D: Czech Dark LagerZZHops Homebrewing Club
3rdBrandon Christian
Co-Brewer: Carla Christian
Amber Lager2B: International Amber LagerSeven City Brewers

Table 7: International and Czech Pale Lagers (8 entries)

1stMark Rose MHPFrodo's FavoriteLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerTucson Homebrew Club
2ndBrandon Christian
Co-Brewer: Carla Christian
Mexican Lager2A: International Pale Lager Seven City Brewers
3rdNick & Heather Hartley MHPThe Kiwi That Saved MeLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerRed Earth Brewers

Table 8: Wheat beers (12 entries)

1stJeff LehmkuhlerAll Wit & No Brain24A: WitbierBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndCaleb LeeBachelor Party1D: American Wheat BeerRed Earth Brewers
3rdDirk Montgomery MHPVanOverveld 24A: WitbierRed Earth Brewers
HMJack Cantle MHPKing Lear's Wheat Beer1D: American Wheat BeerNorth Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)

Table 11: Bitters and Commonwealth Ales (7 entries)

1stJeff CaseCSB - Clairemont Strong Bitter11C: Strong BitterQUAFF
2ndColby Reineke MHPBritish Golden Ale12A: British Golden Ale Minnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdJohn WalkerMongrel Beer11B: Best BitterBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 12: Brown British (8 entries)

1stDavid Howell MHPEnglish Dark Mild13A: Dark MildZymurgists of the Ozarks
2ndJack Cantle MHPWhite Hart Mild13A: Dark MildNorth Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)
3rdGerad Miller MHPLike An EMO Kid13A: Dark MildDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 13: Strong Sippers (11 entries)

1stBill Boyer MHPO Fortuna9A: Doppelbock North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndMichael Rensing MHP#meanbrews Thanks Matt22B: American Strong AleCider, Homebrew, And Mead Production Specialists (CHAMPS)
3rdNathan NeelyTropic Thunder22D: WheatwineRocket City Brewers

Table 14: Irish Red and Scottish Ales (8 entries)

1stDeborah And Marc Prichard MHPCrusty Ears And Nipples14C: Scottish ExportRed Earth Brewers
2ndFritz Schanz MHPStearman's Irish Red Ale15A: Irish Red AleDenton County Homebrewers Guild
3rdCaleb LeeIrish Red15A: Irish Red AleRed Earth Brewers
HMEmilio Aquino MHPColora15A: Irish Red AleBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 15: British and Irish Stouts (9 entries)

1stTimothy Wicklund MHPBlended Goodness15C: Irish Extra StoutKeepers of Craft
2ndDirk Montgomery MHPOld Walking Stick15C: Irish Extra StoutRed Earth Brewers
3rdJonathan WurthMissed It16D: Foreign Extra StoutLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD

Table 16: Smoked and Mixed Style (10 entries)

1stPeder Johnsen MHPPiwo Grodziski27A5: Piwo GrodziskieThe Brü Club
2ndTimothy Wicklund MHPFreshly Shorn IPA34B: Mixed-Style Beer Keepers of Craft
3rdScott BlackCampfires & Cassettes6B: RauchbierLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD

Table 17: Wood Aged (7 entries)

1stBrandon Edwards MHPAmburanarama33A: Wood-Aged Beer Keepers of Craft
2ndSam Hoopes MHP
Co-Brewer: Scott Koehler
Poshel Na Khuy Putin33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer NINJA Homebrewers
3rdMichael Rensing MHPMaude33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Cider, Homebrew, And Mead Production Specialists (CHAMPS)

Table 18: Fruit, Seasonal, Alternate Fermentables (14 entries)

1stClay Bunn
Co-Brewer: Don Harpring
Ironed Out Porter30C: Winter Seasonal Beer Brewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndEvan BrillThat's It Pineapple29A: Fruit Beer Louisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
3rdRobert Dugan MHPJenkem Juice29A: Fruit Beer The Brü Club

Table 19: American Stout (11 entries)

1stDwight Wilson MHPBlack Beauty 20C: Imperial StoutO-Town Hop Heads
2ndEvan BrillScary Owl20C: Imperial StoutLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
3rdGary O’GormanMash Madness Candy Stout20B: American StoutBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 20: American Porter (14 entries)

1stBrent Langdon MHPRoad To Gold Porter20A: American PorterThe Brü Club
2ndFrank Osborne MHPBackwatch Porter Avebru20A: American PorterThe Brü Club
3rdFritz Schanz MHPStearman's Pre-Prohibition Porter27A7: Pre-Prohibition PorterDenton County Homebrewers Guild
HMPeder Johnsen MHPAmerican Porter20A: American PorterThe Brü Club

Table 21: Amber European Beers (8 entries)

1stChad Medford MHPFo' Schnitzel6A: MärzenRed Earth Brewers
2ndLawrence Bolton MHPVienna Lager7A: Vienna LagerBoneyard Union of Zymurgical Zealots (BUZZ)
3rdJoe D'Auria MHPBicentennial Bock 6C: Dunkels BockMetro South Homebrew League (MASH HOLES)

Table 22: Pale Malty European Lager (6 entries)

1stAlex RezmerskiHelles4A: Munich HellesLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
2ndBrandon Edwards MHPFestivus4B: FestbierKeepers of Craft
3rdDaniel Jent MHPHard Day's Helles4A: Munich HellesZymurgists of the Ozarks
HMAlex RezmerskiCliftyfest4B: FestbierLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD

Table 23: Pale Bitter European (12 entries)

1stScott JoinesBayern Pils5D: German PilsCarboy Junkies
2ndAdam Lund MHPAnytime Someone Tells Me That I Can't Do Something, I Want To Fart More. 5A: German LeichtbierHigh Street Homebrew Club
3rdDirk Montgomery MHPKiller Kolsch5B: KölschRed Earth Brewers

Table 24: Dark European Lager (6 entries)

1stLawrence Bolton MHPSchwarzbier8B: SchwarzbierBoneyard Union of Zymurgical Zealots (BUZZ)
2ndChad Medford MHPMunich Dunkel8A: Munich DunkelRed Earth Brewers
3rdAlex RezmerskiDunkel8A: Munich DunkelLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD

Table 25: Belgian Ales (5 entries)

1stJohn WalkerGrizzly Gris25A: Belgian Blond AleBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndJoseph Belevender MHPHold A Path To The North24C: Bière de Garde Motor City Mashers
3rdGerad Miller MHPDo Blondes Have More Fun?25A: Belgian Blond AleDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 26: Strong Belgian Ales (6 entries)

1stJoe D'Auria MHPLittle Grey One25B: Saison Metro South Homebrew League (MASH HOLES)
2ndRyan SarhanUninspired Saison25B: Saison Brewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 27: Monastic Ales (13 entries)

1stJustin Holman MHP10th Anniversary Ale26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleCider, Homebrew, And Mead Production Specialists (CHAMPS)
2ndKeith Rodenhauser
Co-Brewer: Ashlee Rodenhauser
Tripash26C: Belgian TripelBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdKevin Olson MHPHot Singles Are Waiting For Your Call26A: Belgian SingleZZHops Homebrewing Club
HMCaleb LeeOld World Dubbel #526B: Belgian DubbelRed Earth Brewers

Table 29: American IPAs (14 entries)

1stEvan BrillI Didn't Hear No Bell21C: Hazy IPALouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
2ndColby Reineke MHPIpa21A: American IPAMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdBrandon Edwards MHPGarbage Water21B5: Rye IPA Keepers of Craft

Table 30: American Wild Ales (6 entries)

1stNick & Heather Hartley MHPThank You Pritchards23G: GoseRed Earth Brewers
2ndBrent Langdon MHPJagger's Collab28A: Brett Beer The Brü Club
3rdHaven Schultz MHPExcelsior - Blackberry28C: Wild Specialty Beer The Brü Club

Table 31: American Amber and Brown Ales (13 entries)

1stJonathan WurthUntitled19C: American Brown AleLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
2ndAlex RezmerskiKentucky Common27A2: Kentucky CommonLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
3rdDwight Wilson MHPCalifornia Love19B: California CommonO-Town Hop Heads

Table 32: Cider & Perry (15 entries)

1stBrandon Edwards MHPNot Too Sweet!C1B: English CiderKeepers of Craft
2ndChad Medford MHPTart Berry CiderC2B: Cider with Other Fruit Red Earth Brewers
3rdRobert Dugan MHPDickens CiderC1A: New World CiderThe Brü Club

Table 33: Mead (17 entries)

1stKyle DucharmeAronia Cerise M4B: Historical Mead Green Mountain Mashers
2ndKyle DucharmeHairy VetchM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadGreen Mountain Mashers
3rdJeff CaseNew BeeM1C: Sweet MeadQUAFF