The first quarterly internal club competition this year was the Spice Rack Challenge. Basically, the idea was to brew a beer that featured/highlighted a spice from your spice rack/cabinet. We had 12 entries from club members, which was a great turnout for an internal competition. These competitions are free to enter and are open only to club members.
The drop off deadline was Monday, April 13, and judging was done on Saturday, April 18. And the results are in! On behalf of the judging panel, wehave to say these were some fantastic beers. Several were on par with some commercial beers we’ve had. Great job to all who submitted beers.
We had 4 beers advance to Best of Show. The difference in final points of the 4 beers averaged less than 2 points. It was super close!
1st Place: Matt Eisenbrener with his Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
2nd Place: Chris Olden with his Holy Mole Caliente Stout
3rd Place: Daniel Schrock with his American Blonde Ale with Cinnamon
Honorable Mention: Michael Thomas for his Tart of Lightness Gose with Toasted Coriander
Besides bragging rights, Matt will have the honor of picking the featured ingredient in our summer club brew challenge. More on that very soon. As always, the more competitions you enter, the more club points you earn. Thank you to the 12 brewers that did a fantastic job competing in the Spice Rack Challenge.