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By Darren Link

Brewster’s Cup January Competition Results February 7, 2012 in by Darren Link

I want to thank everyone who entered this first leg of the 2012 Brewster’s Cup. Everyone who entered may pick-up their judges sheets at BrewTensils or the DRAFT meeting on Fri. We received an overwhelming 102 entries, which almost tripled last years January competition. We even had to spread the judging out over 2 days!

Best in Show Winners

1. Jeffrey Mcelfresh- Berliner Weisse

2. Randy Simmons & Jake Browning- Classic Rauchbier

3. Neil Chabut – Belgian Golden Strong

4. Marcus Fredrick- Schwarzbier

5. Ben Mockabee- American Amber


This is a YEAR ROUND competition, it’s only the beginning. Get your beers ready for the next leg!

March 1st-Registration Opens

March 17th- Drop-off Begins

March 31st- Registration & drop-off closes


Cheers! Darren



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