Thanks to all who participated in the Spooky Brew.

There were 183 entries judged and 100 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSean HannaCivic Duty21A: American IPAChicago Home Brewers Group
2ndJames FairclothMoonless Midnight Ris20C: Imperial StoutChicago Home Brewers Group / CHAOS

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTesfaye Wolde-medhinAdey Ababa, Ethio-European Fusion MeadM4B: Historical Mead

Winning Entries

Table 1: Pale Lagery things (14 entries)

1stTom SnyderDon’t Brew Anything Weird4A: Munich Helles
2ndSean Gagnon
Co-Brewer: Lauren Gagnon
Shift Kicker5B: Kolsch
3rdJeff LandersAnti-Neipa, Cause Haze Kills4A: Munich Helles

Table 2: American Stouts & Porters (8 entries)

1stJames FairclothMoonless Midnight Ris20C: Imperial Stout
2ndDavid DodgeAmerican Stout Vol 120B: American Stout
3rdChristopher AmtNice Mounds20A: American Porter

Table 3: British & Irish Things (10 entries)

1stKristofer Brann
Co-Brewer: Corey Korzenecki
Biscuits And Honey11B: Best Bitter
2ndJohn DoughertyJohn Brown Ale13B: English Brown Ale
3rdScott PointonPointon’s Proper 13A: Dark Mild

Table 4: Ciders & Melomels (9 entries)

1stMark WestmeyerBerry MadnessM2C: Berry Mead
2ndJames FairclothIrving Park Pear CiderC2B: Cider with Other Fruit
3rdJames FairclothLana Wild Fermentation Cider 2016C1A: New World Cider

Table 5: Other Meads (9 entries)

1stTesfaye Wolde-medhinAdey Ababa, Ethio-European Fusion MeadM4B: Historical Mead
2ndKevin WojdakApple Bomb 2016 Cinnamon CyserM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
3rdDaniel Hayosh
Co-Brewer: Tom Hayosh
BraggotM4A: Braggot

Table 6: American IPA (10 entries)

1stSean HannaCivic Duty21A: American IPA
2ndJames FairclothLil Secret Ipa21A: American IPA
3rdTom Hayosh
Co-Brewer: Daniel Hayosh
Cryo Ipa21A: American IPA

Table 7: Pale & Amber American Ale (17 entries)

1stJames FairclothIrving Park Red Ale19A: American Amber Ale
2ndEric TalmadgeSix Simcoe Smash18B: American Pale Ale
3rdDavid Godin
Co-Brewer: Brandon Kopesky
Garden Brew19A: American Amber Ale

Table 8: Dark and/or Strong British Things (7 entries)

1stBrad PaushaThe Black Knight13C: English Porter
2ndRenee Weinberger
Co-Brewer: John D. Blythin
Wee Heavy17C: Wee Heavy
3rdDarren AhrSweet Lovin’ Stout16A: Sweet Stout

Table 9: Specialty IPA (10 entries)

1stTim BrownHipster Season21B: Specialty IPA
2ndFelipe CarmonaAir Guitar Hero 221B: Specialty IPA
3rdEric McfaddenTatooine Sunset - Neipa21B: Specialty IPA

Table 10: Strong and Hoppy American Beer (7 entries)

1stMark WestmeyerHoppily Ever After22A: Double IPA
2ndMark WestmeyerDark Agenda22B: American Strong Ale
3rdJeff LandersDouble Air Guitar Hero22A: Double IPA

Table 11: Fruit & Spice (13 entries)

1stJames FairclothPomegranate Cherry Gose29A: Fruit Beer
2ndChris SchmelzerChillin’ Like A Vanillin30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rdKevin Wojdak
Co-Brewer: Noah Wojdak
Amy’s Energy Coffee Blonde Ale30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Table 12: Dark German Beers (9 entries)

1stJon WeaverGreen Hell7C: Kellerbier
2ndJon WeaverMotorbreath8A: Munich Dunkel
3rdAdam YoungMy Stein Runneth Uber7B: Altbier

Table 13: Amber Lagers (7 entries)

1stTom HayoshLanders Vienna7A: Vienna Lager
2ndJames FairclothIrving Park Vienna Lager7A: Vienna Lager
3rdTim BrownAufstehen6A: Marzen

Table 14: Belgian & German Wheat Beer (7 entries)

1stJason CallicoatBelgian Wit Beer24A: Witbier
2ndJon WeaverThe Frayed Ends Of Sanity 24A: Witbier
3rdDavid DodgeHeffer10A: Weissbier

Table 15: Wild & Sour Beer (14 entries)

1stChris PisneyI Have No Idea28C: Wild Specialty Beer
2ndGregory ZurawiczVulgar Display Of Sour28C: Wild Specialty Beer
3rdJeff LandersLagers Suck23F: Fruit Lambic

Table 16: Belgian Ale (8 entries)

1stJason CallicoatFrench Saison25B: Saison
2ndJon WeaverFor Whom The Bell Tolls25B: Saison
3rdDavid DodgeBelgian Pale24B: Belgian Pale Ale

Table 17: Strong Belgian Ale (9 entries)

1stRenee Weinberger
Co-Brewer: John D. Blythin
The Devil Made Me Do It25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
2ndGary ElliottTrippin’ Tripel26C: Belgian Tripel
3rdYoung MartinForbidden Fruit Golden Strong25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Table 18: Spooky (2 entries)

1stPatrick DubyTouch Of Nature36A: Spooky Brew

Table 19: Everything Else (11 entries)

1stJon WeaverNo Life Til Leather32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer
2ndTom Hayosh
Co-Brewer: Jay Wight
Rye Baltic Porter31A: Alternative Grain Beer
3rdTyler Webb
Co-Brewer: Noah Hopkins
Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Table 20: Smashed Pumpkin (2 entries)

1stJeff Landers
Co-Brewer: Tommy Landers
The Last Pils37A: Smashed Pumpkin