Thanks to all who participated in the 25th Spirit Of Free Beer Homebrew Competition.

There were 406 entries judged and 210 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stEdward Bielaus
Co-Brewer: Boris Barrere
Oaf Fest6A: MarzenBURP
2ndMel ThompsonOops, I Crapped My Pants13A: Dark MildBURP
3rdMichael Driscoll
Co-Brewer: AJ Gubser
Rupert's Favorite32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer

Best of Show – Bill Moe Award

The Bill Moe Award is given to the participant who achieves the highest scoring beer at the competition with a malt extract-based beer.

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1st Lord Fatbottom22C: American BarleywineBURP / DC Homebrewers / 50 West

Winning Entries

Table 1: Light American Beer (12 entries)

1stTrey LovelaceThe Gold Standard1B: American Lager
2ndJohn GroegerBashful Blonde18A: Blonde Ale
3rdMatthew SorrentinoThe Mighty Blondie18A: Blonde Ale
HMDavid MooreDunes 2081A: American Light Lager

Table 2: Pale European Lager (12 entries)

1stAndy Anderson
Co-Brewer: A. J. DeLange
A. J.'s Pils3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
2ndTrey LovelaceTrey's Helles4A: Munich Helles
3rdGreg LeiferCheck +3A: Czech Pale Lager
HMPeter SaundersMaiBock4C: Helles Bock

Table 3: Pale Bitter European Lager (10 entries)

1stRob FarrellPresidential Pils5D: German Pils
2ndRobert Burger
Co-Brewer: Adam Burger
Lawnmower Kolsch 20175B: Kolsch
3rdJason BryantKolsch5B: Kolsch

Table 4: Amber Malty European Lager (13 entries)

1stEdward Bielaus
Co-Brewer: Boris Barrere
Oaf Fest6A: Marzen
2ndMichael MarinoQuickie Bock6C: Dunkels Bock
3rdMel ThompsonCarmelized Sausage6A: Marzen

Table 5: Amber Bitter European Lager (9 entries)

1stPhil CammaranoAnton7A: Vienna Lager
2ndZachary KeimCellar Baby7C: Kellerbier
3rdGreg LeiferVienna Lager7A: Vienna Lager

Table 6: Dark & Strong European Beer (16 entries)

1stTim GerbrachtMunich Dunkel8A: Munich Dunkel
2ndWendy Aaronson
Co-Brewer: Bill Ridgely
Schwarz Wald8B: Schwarzbier
3rdMel ThompsonFlatulator9B: Eisbock
HMBob RouseSlam Dunkels8A: Munich Dunkel

Table 7: Pale British Beer (11 entries)

1stAndy Anderson
Co-Brewer: Kathy Koch
This Ain't Ordinary11A: Ordinary Bitter
2ndBill Ridgely
Co-Brewer: Greg Leifer, Dave White
Three Amigos11B: Best Bitter
3rdMichael MarinoA Summer In Staines12A: English Golden Ale

Table 8: Scottish Ale & Irish Beer (9 entries)

1stBrian HaleMidnight Delight14C: Scottish Export
2ndWendy Aaronson
Co-Brewer: Bill Ridgely
Auld Rabbie Burns14C: Scottish Export
3rdBrian GlassWCBM 680 Mornin' Show Ale15A: Irish Red Ale

Table 9: Stout (19 entries)

1stTom Cannon
Co-Brewer: Colleen Cannon, Pat Crowe, Janet Crowe
Gaping Bunghole Stout15B: Irish Stout
2ndJason Filoon
Co-Brewer: Tim Smith
Chocolate Coffee Stout 20B: American Stout
3rdAdam KoborTsar Imperial Russian Stout20C: Imperial Stout

Table 10: American Pale & Amber Ale (35 entries)

1stAlan YoungGet Lucky18B: American Pale Ale
2ndScott LamondaRambling Red Amber Ale19A: American Amber Ale
3rdMatthew PyleFun With Ekuanot18B: American Pale Ale

Table 11: Brown Ale (11 entries)

1stMel ThompsonOops, I Crapped My Pants13A: Dark Mild
2ndAdam StineOaty McOatface13A: Dark Mild
3rdDavid WhiteBusta' Nutty Brown13B: English Brown Ale

Table 12: Porter (17 entries)

1stEdward Bielaus
Co-Brewer: Boris Barrere
Pachydermus Porter20A: American Porter
2ndOmar Al-nidawiDancing Mice13C: English Porter
3rdAndy Anderson
Co-Brewer: Kathy Koch
Bubbling Mud20A: American Porter

Table 13: IPA (40 entries)

1stDavid White'Murica21A: American IPA
2ndMichael StuppySac Trois IPA21B: Specialty IPA
3rdMatthew PyleClone Wars 121A: American IPA

Table 14: Strong Ale (13 entries)

1stJoe FedericoLord Fatbottom22C: American Barleywine
2ndChristine Perez
Co-Brewer: Ted Perez
Nugget Bomb22B: American Strong Ale
3rdSteve Kranz
Co-Brewer: Fritz Kranz
Old Windsor17B: Old Ale

Table 15: Sour & Wild Ale (25 entries)

1stJamey BarlowWaterloo23A: Berliner Weisse
2ndJamey BarlowVinyl28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
3rdMike ReinitzCuvée Mihály 201323F: Fruit Lambic

Table 16: Belgian Ale & German Wheat (13 entries)

1stAndreas Tudyka
Co-Brewer: Luise Tudyka
Le Bel Jinn24B: Belgian Pale Ale
2ndMatthew PyleToo Strong For Newman10C: Weizenbock
3rdAndreas Tudyka
Co-Brewer: Luise Tudyka
DC Dark Quark10B: Dunkels Weissbier

Table 17: Strong Belgian Ale & Trappist Ale (22 entries)

1stJoe DardenWest End Girls26A: Trappist Single
2ndJohn GroegerBrilliant Blond25A: Belgian Blond Ale
3rdAndrew IppolitoFive Sisters Grisette25B: Saison

Table 18: Fruit Beer (15 entries)

1stSteve MarlerDenied Entry29A: Fruit Beer
2ndJason BryantMango Tango IPA29A: Fruit Beer
3rdRobert AndresLet Them Eat Cake29A: Fruit Beer

Table 19: Spiced Beer (21 entries)

1stZachary KeimFerMeant To Be30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
2ndAlex StoreyFruitcake Ale30C: Winter Seasonal Beer
3rdBrandon Huston
Co-Brewer: Cally Huston
South Of The Border - Horchata Porter30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
HMJeff FerraroBloody Chainsaw - Turd Ferguson30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Table 20: Wood-Aged Beer (20 entries)

1stJason BryantBarrel Stout33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
2ndEd Janiak
Co-Brewer: Joe Drecchio
Vortex Funky Mosaic33A: Wood-Aged Beer
3rdJeff FerraroBloody Chainsaw - Size 12 Bourbon33A: Wood-Aged Beer

Table 21: Specialty Beer (18 entries)

1stMichael Driscoll
Co-Brewer: AJ Gubser
Rupert's Favorite32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer
2ndThomas Pagano
Co-Brewer: Reed Ulrich
Sour Christmas Ale34C: Experimental Beer
3rdTom Cannon
Co-Brewer: Colleen Cannon, Pat Crowe, Janet Crowe
Randy Rudolphs Rauchbier32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer
HMMel ThompsonMorning Crack34C: Experimental Beer

Table 22: Cider (18 entries)

1stChris LanningElderberry Infused Hard CiderC2B: Cider with Other Fruit
2ndRobert BurgerMaple Bourbon CiderC2F: Specialty Cider/Perry
3rdBrian HaleProhibition Dry HoppedC2E: Cider with Herbs/Spices
HMBrian Hale
Co-Brewer: Lucas Rucks
American PieC1A: New World Cider

Table 23: Mead (27 entries)

1stPeter LexBravo Six One Blueberry Mead M3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
2ndStein LanglieHappy Happy Joy JoyM1A: Dry Mead
3rdJoe HurseyLiam's HammerM4A: Braggot
HMJamie Langlie
Co-Brewer: Paul Langie
Prunella CyserM2A: Cyser