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Thanks to all who participated in the New Jersey State Fair Homebrew Competition 2023.

There were 216 entries judged and 164 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael Petrick
Co-Brewer: Katrina Edwards
Kanpai30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerThree Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers (TRASH)
2ndDavid GroschCaptain America27A6: Pre-Prohibition LagerGarden State Homebrewers
3rdBarry PolhemusWhammy Wee Heavy17C: Wee HeavyGarden State HomeBrewers
HMChristopher AkocsThe In-Famous El Guapo 10A: WeissbierGarden State Homebrewers

Best of Show – Mead/Cider

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stArthur FrankeIt's Not NutsM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadBergen County Brew Crew

Winning Entries

Table 1: Light American Beers (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDavid GroschCaptain America27A6: Pre-Prohibition LagerGarden State Homebrewers
2ndDavid Grosch867-53091C: Cream AleGarden State Homebrewers
3rdAndres HenaoCitrine1D: American Wheat Beer
HMDavid KerrWet Hot American Wheat Summer1D: American Wheat BeerOcean County Home Brewers

Table 2: International Lagers (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Petrick
Co-Brewer: Katrina Edwards
Baja Bound2A: International Pale LagerThree Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers (TRASH)
2ndCurtis MetrokotsasOnyx2C: International Dark LagerGarden State Homebrewers
3rdCurtis MetrokotsasHades2A: International Pale LagerGarden State Homebrewers

Table 3: Amber European Lagers (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBob SmithOfest6A: MärzenSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
2ndBobby Mierzejwski
Co-Brewer: Larry Bentley
Sound Czech3C: Czech Amber LagerGarden State Homebrewers
3rdBobby MierzejwskiVanity of the Present7B: AltbierGarden State Homebrewers

Table 4: Dark European Lagers (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stRobert GuthnerThe Bock9B: EisbockOcean County Home Brewers
2ndDavid GroschEin Schuss In Die Dunkelheit8A: Munich DunkelGarden State Homebrewers
3rdPaul OdellMay the Schwarzbier With You8B: SchwarzbierNJHOPZ

Table 5: Pale Bitter European Lagers (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stChristopher MullenBay Header Kölsch5B: Kölsch
2ndBob SmithBo Pils3A: Czech Pale LagerSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
3rdBobby MierzejwskiArt Vandaley5C: German Helles ExportbierGarden State Homebrewers

Table 6: Pale Malty European Lagers (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDavid GroschGold Dust Lager4A: Munich HellesGarden State Homebrewers
2ndWalter FrimbergerMunich Helles4A: Munich HellesSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)

Table 7: Pilsners (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stCurtis MetrokotsasMic Czech - Svetle Pivo3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerGarden State Homebrewers
2ndLarry BentleyPolyphonic Pils5D: German PilsGarden State Homebrewers
3rdKeith BlanchardIch Bin Ein Pilsener5D: German PilsMorris Area Society of Homebrewers

Table 8: German Wheat Beers (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stChristopher AkocsThe In-Famous El Guapo 10A: WeissbierGarden State Homebrewers
2ndPaul Jones
Co-Brewer: Khal Weir
Consumption Smoothing 10A: WeissbierMorris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdJohn HayesKingsberry Weizenbock10C: Weizenbock Garden State Homebrewers

Table 9: British Pale Ales (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stLarry BentleyValerie12A: British Golden AleGarden State Homebrewers
2ndBobby MierzejwskiEnglish Motha. do You Speak It?12A: British Golden AleGarden State Homebrewers
3rdLarry BentleyDoris11C: Strong BitterGarden State Homebrewers

Table 10: Dark British Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBob SmithPliers Porter13C: English PorterSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
2ndRichard Cohen
Co-Brewer: Brian Scholder
Dark Side of the Mule16B: Oatmeal StoutMorris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdTom CassidyBourbon Cherry Chocolate Stout16A: Sweet StoutALEiens Homebrew Club

Table 11: Irish Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPaul McDonaldLucky Fire Truck15A: Irish Red AleSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
2ndJordan MargetichTed Baton Was Innocent 15A: Irish Red AleMorris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdKeith BlanchardHitched15A: Irish Red AleMorris Area Society of Homebrewers

Table 12: American Pale Ales (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDavid KerrCaptain Quints Pale Ale 18B: American Pale AleOcean County Home Brewers
2ndKeith KovalWhistle Pig18A: Blonde AleJersey City Brew Club
3rdVictor SbailoGoat Rodeo Blonde18A: Blonde AleOcean County Home Brewers

Table 13: American Dark & Amber Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDaniel PerriganThe Deuce27A2: Kentucky CommonMorris Area Society of Homebrewers
2ndPaul D'AmicoSeamus Dog's Snout Stout20B: American StoutWHALES (Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society)
3rdMark KaniewskiNot This Time Pericone!20A: American PorterGardenstate Homebrewers

Table 14: IPAs (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDavid KerrStratacoaster21A: American IPAOcean County Home Brewers
2ndPeter CookeThe McLaughlin22A: Double IPAGarden State Homebrewers
3rdTodd PorterStrange Cousins From the West Coast22A: Double IPAOcean County Home Brewers

Table 15: Hazy IPAs (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPeter CookeOak Flower21C: Hazy IPAGarden State Homebrewers
2ndKevin DalyJoin the Adventure Hazy IPA21C: Hazy IPAGarden State Homebrewers
3rdGreg WinterburnMark Watney Space Pirate21C: Hazy IPA

Table 16: Strong Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBarry PolhemusWhammy Wee Heavy17C: Wee HeavyGarden State HomeBrewers
2ndChristopher LaSpadaWino Wheat22D: WheatwineMorris Area Society of Homebrewers

Table 17: Belgian Ales (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBob WargoClever Droplets 25B: Saison Garden State Hombrewers
2ndRaymond MonahanSession Saison25B: Saison Morris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdJohn HayesBelgian Golden Stronk25C: Belgian Golden Strong AleGarden State Homebrewers

Table 18: Monastic Ales (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJohn HayesKingsberry Tripel26C: Belgian TripelGarden State Homebrewers
2ndLarry Bentley
Co-Brewer: Curt Metrokotsas
Ace of Spades26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleGarden State Homebrewers
3rdPaul Jones
Co-Brewer: Khal Weir
Or Nothing 26B: Belgian DubbelMorris Area Society of Homebrewers

Table 19: Smoked Beers (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDave TaylorScreendoor Submarine27A5: Piwo GrodziskieKeystone Hops
2ndMike WalonenShore Leave27A: Historical Beer WHALES (Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society)
3rdJohnathan JessenRauch Potato6B: RauchbierLehigh Valley Home Brewers

Table 20: Wood Aged Beers (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stChristopher LaSpadaWino Stout33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Morris Area Society of Homebrewers
2ndPaul McDonaldSludge33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Sussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
3rdRichard Cohen
Co-Brewer: Morris Area Society Of Homebrewers
How Many Mash Members Can Fit In A Barrel?33A: Wood-Aged Beer Morris Area Society of Homebrewers

Table 21: Wild & Sour Beers (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPaul OdellNed Flanders23B: Flanders Red AleNJHOPZ
2ndCurtis MetrokotsasLove Tap 28C: Wild Specialty Beer Garden State Homebrewers
3rdGian SariAsleep At the Typewriter, No Rules!!!23A: Berliner WeisseGarden State Homebrewers

Table 22: Fruit Beers (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMike UlteeBlueberry Porter 231b29A: Fruit Beer PALE ALES (Princeton and Local Environs Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society)
2ndRichard CohenHow do You Like Them Apples?29A: Fruit Beer Morris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdVictor SbailoMahalo!29A: Fruit Beer Ocean County Home Brewers

Table 23: Spice, Herbs & Veggies (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Petrick
Co-Brewer: Katrina Edwards
Kanpai30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers (TRASH)
2ndPaul Jones
Co-Brewer: Khal Weir
Dark Pools30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Morris Area Society of Homebrewers
3rdKendall Alvarez EskewSzechuan Saison Szechuan Saison Szechuan Saison Szechuan Saison Szechuan Saison30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Jersey City Brew Club
HMJason Willard
Co-Brewer: Nancy Willard
Big Ole Fezzifig Holiday Ale30C: Winter Seasonal Beer Jersey City Brew Club

Table 24: Specialty Beers (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMike UlteeMike's Honey Kölsch31B: Alternative Sugar Beer PALE ALES (Princeton and Local Environs Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society)
2ndGreg ManderskiDaddy's Lunch34C: Experimental Beer Garden State Home Brewers Club
3rdDavid GroschDank-O-Lishous34B: Mixed-Style Beer Garden State Homebrewers

Table 25: Ciders (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMark FriesenApple CiderC1A: New World CiderSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)
2ndEdward WalkowskiMr. T's New England CiderC2A: New England Cider Scranton Brewers Guild
3rdTom CassidyHoppy CiderC2F: Specialty Cider/Perry ALEiens Homebrew Club
HMEdward WalkowskiBaxter's PerryC1D: New World PerryScranton Brewers Guild

Table 26: Traditional Meads (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stArthur FrankeIt's Not NutsM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadBergen County Brew Crew
2ndArthur FrankePurple BudsM1C: Sweet MeadBergen County Brew Crew
3rdVictoria ReyeltSick Vix ObM1A: Dry MeadSussex County United Brewers & Alchemists (SCUBA)

Table 27: Fruit Meads (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJon SobelLiar Liar Pyment On FireM2B: PymentGarden State Homebrewers
2ndLaura McCannChibi BloodM2E: Melomel
3rdLaura McCann
Co-Brewer: Chuck McCann
Chibi Bloodied Tooty FruityM4C: Experimental Mead
HMArthur FrankeHerr Lumzeider von HohlfudesM2A: CyserBergen County Brew Crew

Table 28: Spiced Meads (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stGian SariAll the World At Home, JohnM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Garden State Homebrewers
2ndGian Sari"Full Sun"M3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Garden State Homebrewers
3rdGian Sari
Co-Brewer: John Hayes
'fair Trade'M3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Garden State Homebrewers