Jasper Strassenfest Homebrew Contest

From Conrad Stenftenagel and Jessica Condra:

How do you judge 23 hoppy beers in a three hour period? I don't know since I was pouring the Amber Ales, however I must say that I am sympathetic to the two gents attacking the deed.

Saturday, August 1st 2015 was the 8th Annual Homebrew contest at the Jasper Strassenfest in Jasper, Indiana. With the chance to have your beer featured at the local Basket Case Brewing, the competition was close. In the end it came down to a classically clean and pleasantly sweet light and a dark roasted hazelnut vanilla brown ale, and isn't that how it should be? Clean and classic vs dark and new, the battle of the ages.

The Dubois County Suds Club was set up by 10am for registration at Snaps located just off the square in Jasper, a great place for food and an array of Indiana beers (I enjoyed a few of the Bloomington Brewing Company's Ruby Bloom and a lovely pulled pork wrap while pouring for the judges). As the coolers filled with bottles it became apparent that “Hoppy” was the brew of choice for many brewers. Registration ended at 10:45am with totals of 6 light, 12 wheat, 14 amber, 23 hoppy, 13 dark, 6 imperial and 16 specialty.

Judging was based on BJCP guidelines and there were two judges per category. Each category awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with all seven 1st place winners moving to the best of show round. The best of show consisted of three judges who battled it down to a top two, light vs dark. In the end the Best of Show was t
he Hazelnut Vanilla Brown Ale brewed by Bobby Edge. Edge had a great day earning six awards including the coveted Best In Show. This delicious, and yes I did get my sample, will be featured at Basketcase Brewing at the Millhouse restaurant in Jasper, Indiana...once it is brewed for the masses I would expect sometime this fall.

Light Beer (6 entries)
Sponsor: Superior Ag Resources Co-Op Evansville
1) Jeff Beach - Knobstone Lager
2) Jason Lueken - KBC Cream Ale
3) Ben Klem - KBC It's A Girl Lager

Wheat Beer (12 entries)
Sponsor: Schnitz Brewery & Pub
1) Rod Myers - Weizenheimer Weizenbock
2) Jason Lueken - KBC At My Wit's End Witbier
3) Karl Block - Effervescence Wheat

Amber Beer (14 entries)
Sponsor: Southern Indiana Butcher, Brewer, & BBQ Supply
1) Dan Herman - Fall Classic Octoberfest
2) Craig Pierce - Dirty American Brown Ale
3) Bobby Edge - Yellow Creek American Amber Ale

Hoppy Beer (23 entries)
Sponsor: Tin Man Brewing Company
1) Chris Brumley - Sir Citra Lot American Pale Ale
2) Bobby Edge - Yellow Creek IPA
3) Justin Rumbach - Young Grasshoppa' IPA

Dark Beer (13 entries)
Sponsor: Gambrinus Libation Emporium
1) Bobby Edge - Hazelnut Vanilla Brown Ale
2) Bobby Edge - High Irie Coffee Vanilla Porter
3) Kenny & Nikki Lucas - Hoodie Fuzz Sweet Stout

Specialty Beer (16 entries)
Sponsor: Carson's Brewery
1) Curt Hall - Bacon Smoked Helles Bock
2) Ben Spandau - Ghost Pepper Chocolate Stout
3) Bobby Edge - High Lonesome Brown Ale
Imperial Beer (6 entries)

Sponsor: Snaps
1) Dan Herman - Face Punch Double IPA
2) Scott Emerson - Hopslam Clone
3) Jeff Beach - Hilda Russian Imperial Stout

Best of Show (chosen from the seven first-place winners):
Sponsor: Cellar on the Square
Bobby Edge - Hazelnut Vanilla Brown Ale

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