COMSTOCK, Mich. – Winners of the 7th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition were announced Nov. 6 during the 8th Annual All Stouts Day at Bell’s Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.
Eleven homebrewers placed out of the 146 that submitted this year.
First place went to Evan Monroe for his hoppy Saison brewed with peaches.
Monroe will get to brew his recipe at Bell’s original brewery to then go on tap at the adjacent Café. He will also head to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver as a guest of Bell’s and compete alongside a Bell’s brewer in the Pro-Am Competition.
“Our judges saw a lot of experimentation again this year and overall, there was a solid mix of traditional beer styles and those that pushed style definition. Our top winners reflect that mix very well,” said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Operations Manager and competition organizer.
Second place went to brothers Chad Hutson and Daryl Hutson for their Belgian Double IPA.
Third place went to Jay Vanbuskirk for his Black IPA.
This year’s runners up are (in no particular order):
- Ross Winter – Imperial Stout w/bourbon soaked oak chips
- Steve Morren – Sour Brown Ale
- Kevin Kolk – Hibiscus and ginger fruit beer
- Andy Akers – Belgian Wit/American Pale Ale hybrid
- David Cohoe – Golden Ale with a roasty character
- David Lyman (2013 competition winner) – IPA
- Stephen Hardy – IPA
- David Nowell – Grape Saison
“The number and skill of those who have competed over the years is incredibly inspiring. We are very proud to support this community and to see that familiar drive and passion reflected by so many,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President and Co-owner.
More information about when this year’s winning recipe will be tapped at the Café will be released as it becomes available. Judges’ comments are available to be picked up at the Bell’s General Store.
Previous first place winners include –
2015: Bale So Hard, a Farmhouse Ale brewed with HBC 438 and Mosaic hops, from David Hellen
2014: Coffee Mustache, a California Common style beer brewed with coffee, from Matt VanNatter.
2013: Proud Mitten, a dry hopped IPA/Pale Ale made with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops, from David Lyman.
2012: Manden Med Leen, a black IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, from Nick Rodammer.
2011: A Bit of Heat from Geoff Groff, brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros.
2010: Oscar’s Folly, a collaborative IPA from Jarrett Cupp, Bailey Cupp and Paul Gentz.