The Manhattan Homebrew Cup Results

The first ever Manhattan Homebrew Cup took place on Saturday 16th of September. Certified Beer Judges spent the day tasting and deliberating over which beer was to be crowned the winner. 159 entries were judged in total. Homebrewers from all over New York and even many out-of-state brewers submitted their beers to compete for the Grand Prize. This is where Yonkers Brewery steps in. Yonkers Brewery have always supported the homebrew community and as the competitions main sponsor will be brewing the 1st Place Beer on their 7 barrel system in Yonkers, N.Y.

We would like to congratulate John DiSpirito on achieving 1st Place in this year’s competition. John’s fantastic Kolsh “Meister Chau” was undoubtedly this years favourite among the judges. Keep an eye out for “Meister Chau” as you will be seeing it on the Taps of Draught 55 and at Yonkers Brewery in the coming weeks. This is a fantastic achievement for John Dispirito and we wish him the best of luck in his brewing career.

 This Years Winner

Beer Name: Meister Chau
Style: 5B Kolsh
Brewer: John DiSpirito
Club Name=Handgrenades Homebrew and Craft Beer Club (Baldwin, NY)

If you did not win you will still receive feedback on your beer entries in the coming weeks. The results are as follows.

Best of Show:
1st Place: John DiSpirito – Kolsh
2nd Place: Brian Shanagher – American IPA
3rd Place: Aaron Frazen – Coffee Porter Clone

Award Category #1: LAGERS
1st Place: John Dispirito – Kolsh
2nd Place: Ron Barnes – Schwarbier
3rd Place: Denis Delgrosso Jr – Festbier

Award Category #2: WHEAT BEERS
1st Place: Macorix Perera – Weissbier
2nd Place: Michael Sell – Saison
3rd Place: Bob Hart – Bier de Garde

Award Category #3: DARK ALES
1st Place: Gregg Kelley – British Brown Ale
2nd Place: Frank Vercillo – Scottish Heavy
3rd Place: Kevin Drozenski – Alternative Sugar Beer

Award Category #4: PALE ALES
1st Place: Brian Jones – Belgian Pale Ale
2nd Place: Thomas Beach – American Pale Ale
3rd Place: Jeremy Gross – American Pale Ale

Award Category #5: IPA’S
1st Place: Brian Shanagher – American IPA
2nd Place: Chase Gorman – American IOS
3rd Place: Alex Soto – Double IPA

Award Category #6: PORTERS & STOUTS
1st Place: Aaron Fraser – Coffee Porter Clone
2nd Place: Ben Jankowski – Imperial Stout
3rd Place: Michael Murphy – Specialty Wood Aged Beer

Award Category #7: STRONG ALES
1st Place: Kevin Drozenski – American Barleywine
2nd Place: Michael Sell – Old Ale
3rd Place: Denis Delgrosso Jr – Belgian Tripel

Award Category #8: FRUIT BEERS
1st Place: Phil Clarke – Raspberry Brown Porter
2nd Place: Joseph Kuchinskas – Pale Ales with Apricot
3rd Place: Ross Allen – Raspberry Berlinerweiss

Award Category #9: SOUR BEERS
1st Place: Jeff Smeitana – Fruit Lambic
2nd Place: Denis Delgrosso Jr – Brett Beer
3rd Place: Shane Duggan – Brett Beer

Award Category #10: MEADS & CIDER
1st Place: Roger Wanner – Spice, Herb or Vegetable Mead
2nd Place: Peter Tripp – New World Cider
3rd Place: Thomas Weber – Cider With Other Fruit

We would like to thank all homebrewer and judges for their participation in this event and for our sponsors for helping to make it happen. Without such an incredible community of people a competition like this could never have taken place. We are priveledged to have had such a great reception for our first homebrew competition. It will not be our last.

Keep an eye out for news about the Tapping Event of the winning beer “Meister Chau”