Homebrewer’s Ball Winners!

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a beer festival in our Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport, known as “The Community of the Future.”  Many Homebrewers and beer enthusiasts that did not go to the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin made their way down to our gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, to participate in our first annual Homebrewer’s Ball.

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

This year we had twenty two entries that competed to win the prize of having their liquid entry made by our new brewery, Marz Community Brewing Company. Our Marz project started about the same time as Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal some two years ago. After a grueling wait, we are finally up and running and are making some exceptional and delicious brews. You can try them all the time at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and other fine drinking establishments throughout Illinois, if yer interested. We also poured a few brews at the Ball to let these Homebrewers know we are not fucking around.

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

We were delighted that over 140 people showed up to vote for the final four beers that would be entered in the final round of judging by Master Cicerone, David Kahle, Marz Brewing brewer, Tim Lange, and Beer Superfreak and CHAOS Hombrewers club member, Eric Padilla.

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

While we were waiting for the final vote tally and judging we treated everyone to The Doner Men Food truck. If you are smart you will follow them on Twitter and figure out a way to try their German Stye doner wraps, and curry wurst. My god it’s good. And the food pairs perfectly with beer. Attendees were also able to procure an on the spot silk-screened t-shirt, tote bag and/or bar towell from our best buds at Teetsy!

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

The competition was pretty tight. There were about 10 brews within a few votes of each other. The People’s Choice was the Blood of the Bine Imperial IPA by Frank and Danielle Costanzo. And the final award winners of the Hombrewer’s Ball are as follows:

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

Honorable Mention: Morning Rush, a Coffee & Oatmeal Stout • ABV: 8.5%  by Oscar Montenegro + Dany Reyes
Third Place: Blood of the Bine, a Double IPA by Frank and Danielle Costanzo
Second Place: La Ley, a Wheat Beer with fruit and peppers • ABV:5.3%  by Walter Ornelas and Oscar Sanchez
and First Place went to Lazy Susan, an American-style Strong Pale Ale • ABV: 7.35% by Joe Sumrall  and Eric Franklin.

Mash Tun Fest - First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and Ball - August 9 2014 - Co-Prosperity Sphere - MashTunJournal.org

We are super thrilled to have been able to taste so many great brews from Chicagoland based homebrewers. We know some of these guys will be turning pro real soon. Thanks for joining us and see you at the Ball next year!

For  more awesome photos by David Ettinger please visit this link!

 

 

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