Thanks To All Who Participated in the Spooky Brew

There were 272 entries judged and 171 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

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Thank you for your interest in the Spooky Brew organized by Chicago Beer Society. Be sure to read the competition rules.

Best of Show Winners 

BOS - Beer

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Blue Ribbon Lager 1C: Premium American Lager MHTG
2nd Dustin Wakeman
Co-Brewer: Robert Lange, Blake Hedlin, Kain Knowles
Pleasure Lies In Evil 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Red Gate Brewers

BOS - Cider

No entries are eligible.

BOS - Mead

No entries are eligible.

Overall Winners

Mead and Ciders

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Karen Schaar Shy Chai 26A: Metheglin MUGZ
2nd Dustin Wakeman Pomegranate Cider 28B: Fruit Cider Red Gate Brewers

Spooky

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Calvin Rowland Green Brain Stew 29A: Spooky Urban Knaves of Grain

Smashed Pumkin

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Roger Masson Puking Lily’s Vomit Beer 30A: Smashed Pumpkin BOSS

Witches

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Joanna Janczurewicz Derry Cider 31A: Witches’ Brew
2nd Karen Schaar Karen & Kendra Kick It 31A: Witches’ Brew MUGZ
3rd Jennifer Osiol Massasauga Strike 31A: Witches’ Brew

Winning Entries 

Table 1: Light Lagers (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Blue Ribbon Lager 1C: Premium American Lager MHTG
2nd Adam Meyers Helles 1D: Munich Helles The Brewing Network
3rd Dan Lechner Grumbler 1D: Munich Helles

Table 2: Pilsners (7 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Chris Pisney Classic American Pilsner 2C: Classic American Pilsner Chicago Beer Society
2nd Jordan Von Kluck
Co-Brewer: Jeremy Steinberg
Hoppy Yellow Beer 2B: Bohemian Pilsener Square Kegs
3rd Brian Eichhorn I Am A Saint 2A: German Pilsner (Pils) HOPS! Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside!

Table 3: Amber & Dark Lagers (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Bob Hinley Doynk Octoberfest 3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen Midnight Carboys
2nd Chuck Fort Chuck’s Dunkel 4B: Munich Dunkel Urban Knaves of Grain
3rd Ken Todd BD Fest Bier 3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen Urban Knaves of Grain

Table 4: Bocks (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jon Morman Eisbock 5D: Eisbock Missouri Mashers (MoM)
2nd Adam Meyers Doppelbock 5C: Doppelbock The Brewing Network
3rd Tom Luers
Co-Brewer: Jon Luers
Hells Bells Rockin Rolling (T54) 5A: Maibock/Helles Bock Bloatarian Brewing League

Table 5: Hybrid Beers (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Eric Wood
Co-Brewer: Mike Bogolia
Trophy Wife American Wheat 6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer
2nd Doug Newberry Chesty LaRue 6C: Kolsch UKG
3rd Justin Hynes Kylie’s Kolsch 6C: Kolsch

Table 6: English, Irish & Scottish Ales (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Bob Alvord Medium Bitter Bog 8B: Special/Best/Premium Bitter ukg/cbs
2nd Aaron Reif Irish Red Ale 9D: Irish Red Ale Iowa Brewers Union
3rd Dan Lechner Oddball 8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter

Table 7: American Ales (22 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Randall Knoebel
Co-Brewer: Mike Chmelik
Paulina Brown 10C: American Brown Ale
2nd Chris Pisney American Pale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale Chicago Beer Society
3rd Joe Porter Session Hop 10A: American Pale Ale none

Table 8: English Brown Ales & Brown Porter (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dan Lechner Griese Monkey 11C: Northern English Brown Ale
2nd Thomas M. Frank
Co-Brewer: Steve Anthony
Flagship City Mild 11A: Mild HAZARD Homebrewing
3rd Adam Meyers English Mild 11A: Mild The Brewing Network

Table 9: Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American Stouts (7 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Chris Valleau Valleaudated 13B: Sweet Stout
2nd Christopher Hay "One Fell Swoop" 13E: American Stout The Brewing Network
3rd Ted Roknich Dry Irish Stout 13A: Dry Stout

Table 10: Foreign & Russian Imperial Stouts (7 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Mike OKeefe Zero Dark Thirsty 13D: Foreign Extra Stout
2nd Calvin Rowland Stout At The Devil 13F: Imperial Stout Urban Knaves of Grain
3rd Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Foreign Extra Stout No. 1 13D: Foreign Extra Stout MHTG

Table 11: India Pale Ale (15 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Adam Meyers Hop Breeze 14C: Imperial IPA The Brewing Network
2nd Tom Luers
Co-Brewer: Jon Luers
Noble Nickle Nose (T52) 14C: Imperial IPA Bloatarian Brewing League
3rd Adam Smith Green Hell 14B: American IPA

Table 12: German & Belgian Wheats (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Bob Alvord Heir Of The Weisse Dog 15A: Weizen/Weissbier ukg/cbs
2nd Brian Moulton Reynolds Farms Heifer 15A: Weizen/Weissbier Chicago Beer Society
3rd Adam Smith Sunny Herbert 16A: Witbier

Table 13: Robust & Baltic Porters (6 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Shaun Niemeyer Alchemy Baltic Porter No. 4 12C: Baltic Porter MHTG
2nd Christopher Hay Big Black Dog 12B: Robust Porter The Brewing Network
3rd Kevin Paul Whoopinstick Porter 12C: Baltic Porter C.R.A.F.T

Table 14: Belgian Pale Ale & Saison (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Justin Hynes CK’s Belgian Pale Ale 16B: Belgian Pale Ale
2nd Jeff Hughes Barn Cat 16C: Saison CRAFT
3rd Jessica Smith Augustine 16C: Saison Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers

Table 15: Belgian Specialty & Blond Ale (10 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dustin Wakeman
Co-Brewer: Robert Lange, Blake Hedlin, Kain Knowles
Pleasure Lies In Evil 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Red Gate Brewers
2nd Matt Holley Summer’s Only Option 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale
3rd Joe Kotvan Sherman Tank 7 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale

Table 16: Belgian Strong Ale (13 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Mike Seaman Monk Spunk 18A: Belgian Blond Ale UKG
2nd Daniel Fick Dubbel 18B: Belgian Dubbel CRAFT
3rd Joe Kotvan Drunk Monk Indeed 18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Table 17: Strong Ales & Strong Scotch Ale (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Scot Schaar Jaberweocky 19B: English Barleywine
2nd Bradley Reeg Geezer 19A: Old Ale CBS
3rd Randall Knoebel
Co-Brewer: Anna Knoebel
Methuselah ’13 19C: American Barleywine

Table 18: Fruit Beers & Sours (11 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ken Todd I’m Toasted Porter 20A: Fruit Beer Urban Knaves of Grain
2nd Chris Valleau Persephone 20A: Fruit Beer
3rd Jonathan Kissinger Two Beer Into Kegs To Drink 17A: Berliner Weisse

Table 19: Spice/Herb/Vegetable (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dustin Wakeman
Co-Brewer: Robert Lange
Biggie Shorty Saison 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Red Gate Brewers
2nd Ken Todd Pie-Eyed Pumpkin Ale 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Urban Knaves of Grain
3rd Tom Gustafson The ReAnimator 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Chicago Beer Society

Table 20: Smoked & Wood-Aged Beer (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Sean Curry Up In Smoke 22A: Classic Rauchbier Evanston Homebrew Club
2nd Scot Schaar Stick A Cork In It 22C: Wood-Aged Beer
3rd Sean Curry Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Evanston Homebrew Club

Table 21: Specialty Beer (12 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matt Holley Black IPA 23A: Specialty Beer
2nd Scot Schaar French Quarter Stout 23A: Specialty Beer
3rd Jordan Von Kluck
Co-Brewer: Jeremy Steinberg
Hop Candy 23A: Specialty Beer Square Kegs

Table 22: Traditional Meads & Ciders (7 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dustin Wakeman
Co-Brewer: Derek Wakeman
Pomegranate Cider 28B: Fruit Cider Red Gate Brewers
2nd Daniel Fick Mesquite 24C: Sweet Mead CRAFT
3rd Jeff Sparrow Rocket 24A: Dry Mead cbs

Table 23: Other Fruit Melomel (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Brian Eichhorn Ghoul Slayer 25C: Other Fruit Melomel HOPS! Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside!
2nd Eileen Uchima
Co-Brewer: Heather Uchima
Naperbrook Morat 25C: Other Fruit Melomel Urban Knaves of Grain
3rd Karen Schaar Red Bramble 25C: Other Fruit Melomel MUGZ

Table 24: Pyment & Other Mead (8 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Karen Schaar Shy Chai 26A: Metheglin MUGZ
2nd Scot Schaar Little Dark Heart 25B: Pyment
3rd Kevin Wojdak Viking’s Tears 26A: Metheglin Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG)

Table 25: Spooky Brew (3 entries)

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Table 26: Smashed Pumpkin (3 entries)

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Table 27: Witches' Brew (5 entries)

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