Competitions

UNYHA 2014 Competition Results & Sponsors

 

 

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Upstate New York Homebrewers Association

36th Annual/25th Empire State Open/HOTY-I Qualifier

HOMEBREW COMPETITION

RESULTS & SPONSORS


 

 

Sponsors

Styles

Sponsors


 

 

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Rohrbach Brewing

HOST of the Annual Competition

ENGLISH, SCOTTISH and IRISH ALES

 

11 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Brendan Palfreyman, Kimberlee DeFazio

Entry Name: Wolf & Lion Scottish Ale

Style: Scottish Export 80/-

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Bill Faust

Entry Name: Dread God Scotch

Style: Strong Scotch Ale

3rd Place
Brewer(s): Phillip Sovocool, Ivan Velazquez

Entry Name: Dexters Red

Style: Irish Red Ale

 

 

 

Southtown Beverage

Drop-off Location Host


 

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Niagara Traditions

Drop-off Location Host

AMBER, DARK & STRONG LAGERS

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Andy Weigel

Entry Name: Vienna Lager V3

Style: Vienna Lager

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Schwarz Malt Liquor

Style: Schwarzbier

 

3rd Place
Brewer(s): Houston Cervantes

Entry Name: Doppelbock

Style: Doppelbock

 

 

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EJ Wren Homebrew

Drop-off Location Host


 

5 Star Chemicals

Platinum Sponsor

LIGHT and AMBER HYBRIDS

 

9 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Brian Milleville

Entry Name: Bubbly Stuff

Style: Blonde Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: Alstadt Bier

Style: Dusseldorf Altbier


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Steven Landgren' Nithin Cherian, Sally VanHarken, Peter Leas, Ed Paulsen, Paul VanHorn

Entry Name: Common Knowledge

Style: California Common Beer

 

 

 
 

 

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Rogue Ales

Gold Sponsor

ENGLISH, SCOTTISH and IRISH ALES

 

11 entries

 

1st Place

Brewer(s): Brendan Palfreyman, Kimberlee DeFazio

Entry Name: Wolf & Lion Scottish Ale

Style: Scottish Export 80/-

 

2nd Place

Brewer(s): Bill Faust

Entry Name: Dread God Scotch

Style: Strong Scotch Ale

 

3rd Place

Brewer(s): Phillip Sovocool, Ivan Velazquez

Entry Name: Dexters Red

Style: Irish Red Ale

 

 

 

Alexanders Malt

Gold Sponsor

 


 

 

American Homebrewers Association

AHA Sanctioned Event

Gold Sponsor

 AMERICAN PALE ALES

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Alex Magill

Entry Name: Sharkception Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Jonathan Capozzi

Entry Name: Pineshadows Pale

Style: American Pale Ale

 

3rd Place
Brewer(s): Nick Martinson

Entry Name: Pine Valley Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

 

 

Dundee - North American Breweries

Gold Sponsor

   

 

 

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Sierra Nevada Brewing

Gold Sponsor

 

AMERIAN AMBER and BROWN ALES

 

12 entries

 

1st Place

Brewer(s): Bob Lewandowski, Ray Lewandowski

Entry Name: Dead Deer Walking

Style: American Brown Ale

 

2nd Place

Brewer(s): Preston Christensen, Derek Stork

Entry Name: Unprepared Brown

Style: American Brown Ale

 

3rd Place

Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: Wave That Flag!

Style: American Amber Ale

 

Honorable Mention

Brewer(s): Adam Odegard

Entry Name: Amber Man

Style: American Amber Ale

 

 

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Craft Meister - National Chemical

Gold Sponsor

 

 


 

 

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Brewers Best - LD Carlson

Gold Sponsor

MILD and PORTER

 

12 entries

 

1st Place

Brewer(s): Brendan Palfreyman

Entry Name: Baffled King Robust Porter

Style: Robust Porter

 

2nd Place

Brewer(s): Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Another Golden Ticket

Style: Baltic Porter

 

3rd Place

Brewer(s): Travis Wood, Jason Taylor

Entry Name: Tower Of Power Porter

Style: Robust Porter

 

 

Cargill Malt Specialty Products Group

Gold Sponsor

 


 

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Mr. Goodbar

Gold Sponsor

STOUT

 

 

15 entries

 

1st Place

Brewer(s): Andrew Jones

Entry Name: Corvus

Style: Foreign Extra Stout

 

2nd Place

Brewer(s): Phillip Sovocool, Jackie Sovocool

Entry Name: Brewport Stout

Style: Dry Stout

 

3rd Place

Brewer(s): Gregory Sherman

Entry Name: Kodiak Solomon Beer

Style: American Stout

 

Honorable Mention:

Brewer(s): Matt Fairbrother, Kathy Fairbrother

Entry Name: Kentucky Fat Frog

Style: Dry Stout

 

 

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Empire Brewing

Gold Sponsor

 


 

Blickmann Engineering

Silver Sponsor

ENGLISH and AMERICAN IPA

 

 21 entries

 

1st Place

Brewer(s): Ben Maeso

Entry Name: Olfactory Cannon

Style: American IPA

 

 2nd Place

Brewer(s): Scott Barnhart, Dustin Chamberlain

Entry Name: IPA

Style: American IPA

 

3rd Place

Brewer(s): Joshua Slade

Entry Name: Angry Groundhog IPA

Style: American IPA

 

 

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 Kegworks

Silver Sponsor

  
 

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ProFlow Dynamics

Silver Sponsor

IMPERIAL IPA

 

11 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Matt Fairbrother, Kathy Fairbrother

Entry Name: Elder Frog

Style: Imperial IPA

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Tyler Smerlick, Christine Hohnholt

Entry Name: Cold Cut Combo

Style: Imperial IPA


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Brian Milleville

Entry Name: Double Down

Style: Imperial IPA

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Marcus Palmisano

Entry Name: Citrillo

Style: Imperial IPA

 

 

Beers Of The World

Silver Sponsor

 


 

 

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Twisted Rail Brewery

Silver Sponsor

GERMAN WHEAT and RYE BEERS

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Roggae

Style: Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Andrew Jones

Entry Name: Not So Weizen

Style: Weizen/Weissbier


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Andy Weigel

Entry Name: Dunkelweizen... A Whole Keg Of It And I Don't Even Like It.

Style: Dunkelweizen

 

 

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HomeBrewStuff

Silver Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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White Labs

Silver Sponsor

WIT, BELGIAN PALE and BIERE DE GARDE

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: Guard My Biere

Style: Biere de Garde

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Mike Pietropaoli

Entry Name: Putain Biere De Garde

Style: Biere de Garde


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Keith McCullum, Steve Howles

Entry Name: Belgo Pale Ale

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

 

 

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Tap Handles

Silver Sponsor

 


 

 

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Party Pig Quoin

Silver Sponsor

SAISON

 

7 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Nathan Crane, Devin Jagoda

Entry Name: Resistance Ryeson

Style: Saison

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Timothy Rouse

Entry Name: Bella Saison

Style: Saison


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Michael Messenger, Michael Decker

Entry Name: Southwoods Saison

Style: Saison

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Bob Charboneau, Chris Shand

Entry Name: Rye Saison

Style: Saison

 

 

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Yakima Valley Hops

Silver Sponsor

 

 


 

 

 

Magic Hat Brewing

Bronze Sponsor


 

 

BELGIAN SPECIALTY BEERS

 

8 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Wally Kopinski

Entry Name: Brussels Big Beer

Style: Belgian Specialty Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Bob Charboneau

Entry Name: Oaked Brett Rye Saison

Style: Belgian Specialty Ale


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Ben Maeso

Entry Name: Cherry Poppins

Style: Belgian Specialty Ale

 

 

 

Pizza Plant

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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Wyeast Laboratories

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

SOUR ALES

 

9 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: A Perfect Blend

Style: Gueuze

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Douglas Brainard

Entry Name: Waiting For Framboise

Style: Fruit Lambic


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Andrew Garland

Entry Name: Flanders Red Ale

Style: Flanders Red Ale

 

 

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Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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All About Beer Magazine

Bronze Sponsor

 

BELGIAN STRONG ALES

 

12 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Sean Coughlin

Entry Name: Abbey Cat

Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Mark Zambron

Entry Name: Tripel Bypass

Style: Belgian Tripel


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Nashville’s 18

Style: Belgian Dubbel

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: Night Terror

Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

 

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Middle Ages Brewing

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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Allagash Brewing

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

STRONG ALES & SMOKE/WOOD-AGED BEERS

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Mike Nolan

Entry Name: Barely Wine

Style: American Barleywine

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Rob Sells

Entry Name: Old And In The Way

Style: Old Ale


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Walter Strassburg

Entry Name: Olde Wood

Style: Wood-Aged Beer

 

 

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Innovative Catering

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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AJ's Beer Warehouse

Bronze Sponsor

FRUIT BEERS

 

9 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Paul Grenier, MKB Brewing Company

Entry Name: Maltipass

Style: Fruit Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Andrew Jones

Entry Name: Cotton Candy Beer

Style: Fruit Beer


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Chris Teets

Entry Name: Tanga Wheat

Style: Fruit Beer

 

 

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Beer & Brewing Magazine

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 


 

 

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Heavy Seas Brewing

Bronze Sponsor

SPICE, HERB, VEG BEERS

 

18 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Rob Kriegel, Ed Paulson, Kristy Miner

Entry Name: R.E.K.’s Imperial Stout

Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Spencer Lanning

Entry Name: The Dark Side Imperial Stout

Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Al Schichler

Entry Name: Double Chocolate Stout

Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Gregory Sherman

Entry Name: Brown Chai

Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

 

 

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Alternative Brews

Bronze Sponsor

 


 

 

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Briess Industries, Inc.

Bronze Sponsor

SPECIALTY BEER

 

20 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Ben Maeso

Entry Name: La Brewha

Style: Specialty Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Gregory Sherman

Entry Name: Gotlandsdricka

Style: Specialty Beer


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Joshua Slade

Entry Name: The Great Brown

Style: Specialty Beer

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): George Braun

Entry Name: Spring Thaw IPL

Style: Specialty Beer

 

 

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Lake Placid Pub

Bronze Sponsor

 


 

 

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Tap and Mallet

Bronze Sponsor

TRADITIONAL and FRUIT MEAD

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Michael Slattery

Entry Name: Mead

Style: Semi-Sweet Mead

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Alan Mack

Entry Name: Cherry Melomel

Style: Other Fruit Melomel


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Matthew Slattery

Entry Name: Mead

Style: Semi-Sweet Mead

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Dana Edgell

Entry Name: Mead

Style: Dry Mead

 

 

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Southern Tier Brewing

Bronze Sponsor

 

 


 

 

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Brooklyn Brewery

Bronze Sponsor

 

OTHER MEAD

 

10 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Douglas Brainard

Entry Name: Nights In White Satin

Style: Open Category Mead

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Alan Mack

Entry Name: Mead #8

Style: Open Category Mead


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Alan Mack

Entry Name: Maple Mead

Style: Open Category Mead

 

 

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Basic Brewing Radio

Bronze Sponsor

 


 

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Hobby Beverage

Bronze Sponsor

CIDER & PERRY

 

16 entries

 

1st Place
Brewer(s): Jeremy Buczek

Entry Name: Brett Barrel Aged Cider

Style: Other Specialty Cider or Perry

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Mike Pietropaoli

Entry Name: Attica Cider

Style: Common Cider


3rd Place
Brewer(s): Joe Lenhardt, Alan Mack, Andy Walker

Entry Name: Bon Appetit

Style: French Cider

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Keith McCullum, Tim McCullum

Entry Name: St. Valentine’s Sweet Cider

Style: French Cider

 

 

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CB Craft Brewers

Bronze Sponsor

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

BEST OF SHOW:
BEER


1st Place
Brewer(s): Sean Coughlin

Entry Name: Abbey Cat

Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer(s): Brian Milleville

Entry Name: Daus Haus

Style: German Pilsner (Pils)

 

3rd Place
Brewer(s): Brian Milleville

Entry Name: Bubbly Stuff

Style: Blonde Ale

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer(s): Nathan Crane, Devin Jagoda

Entry Name: Resistance Ryeson

Style:  Saison

 

 

BEST OF SHOW:

CIDER and MEAD

 

 

Brewer(s): Michael Slattery

Entry Name: Mead

Style: Semi-Sweet Mead

 

 

   
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UNYHA 2017 Competition Is Complete

 

Upstate New York Homebrewers Association
39th Annual
HOMEBREW COMPETITION

— May 6, 2017 —

 

The UNYHA 39th annual Homebrew Competition is now complete!  The winners, along with our generous sponsors, are listed on the UNYHA 2017 Competition Results & Sponsors page.

Score sheets and awards will be available for pick up at the May 10 UNYHA meeting. You need not be a member of UNYHA to attend the meeting or to pick up prizes and score sheets. Awards and score sheets that are not picked up will be mailed back to participants.

Congratulations to all winning brewers, thanks to everyone for entering and special thanks to all our wonderful sponsors!

BJCP Exam Resources

BJCP Test Prep Aids

This is a list of unofficial resources I've developed over the years to help people prepare for the BJCP exams.

5 Common Mistakes on the BJCP Tasting Exam - Drawn from my experience as an examinee, grader, judge and contest entrant. If you're prepping for the tasting exam, this is the one article you need to read. Although it sounds like hype, assuming you're otherwise adequately prepared, this article will boost your score by 5-10 points and pretty much guarantee that  you get a passing score. If you're already well prepared, this article will help you get a score of 80+. PDF Version

Apprentice to Master Scoresheets in 5 Steps - A more elaborate version of "5 Common Mistakes," which gives detailed examples of the differences between unacceptable, borderline, adequate and great scoresheets. I've actually seen all of the mistakes mentioned in this document. Useful for folks taking the BJCP tasting exam who have a bit more time, or who learn better from examples than lists. Also useful for new exam graders who want to learn the rationale behind assigning exams to a particular "scoring band." PDF Version

Comparison of BJCP Beer Substyles - A handy crib sheet for prepping for any of the exams, whether qualifier, tasting or written proficiency. It covers most of the differences between the different beer styles in a particular category, misses some of them. A good exercise for an advanced student would be to catch the things I've missed! PDF Version

7 Steps to Great Beer Judging - I seem to be big into numbered lists. This one is an outline intended as a crash course for people who are judging for the first time. Possibly useful for people prepping for the tasting exam, since it explains how to write a decent scoresheet. Designed as a companion to the Instant Beer Troubleshooting Guide. PDF Version

Instant Beer Troubleshooting Guide - A "cheat sheet" designed for people judging for the first time which goes into a bit more explanation about off-flavors in beer than the official BJCP Beer Faults Web Page but not quite as much as the BJCP Beer Exam Study Guide. Intended as a companion document for "Seven Steps to Great Beer Judging," this guide helps absolute novice judges give decent feedback based the most common origins of the most common beer faults. Possibly useful for people taking the tasting or online qualifier exams who are still a bit shaky on their troubleshooting skills. But, not a substitute for actual study and judging experience. PDF Version

How to Prepare for the BJCP Qualifier and Tasting Exams - This one goes into a lot of detail, perhaps even too much. Lots of useful advice, but painfully geeky and not for everyone. For advanced students only. PDF Version

Tom's Unofficial Guide to the BJCP Written Exam - Pretty rough, since it was cut and pasted in a hurry from a much more complete study guide I wrote, but never released, on how to prep for the legacy BJCP exam. It owes a LOT to Al Boyce's BJCP Exam for Dummies, but has been reworked to address the new written exam format and to reflect the changed purpose of the written exam (i.e., an exam for judges aiming for the higher BJCP ranks). It deliberately doesn't include specific recipes for the recipe question, just outlines of what you need to cover. Design your own! PDF Version

BJCP Beer Style Flashcards - Part training aid, part polemic against actual and percieved faults in the 2008 style guidelines. It breaks out each style in the guidelines in tabular form by aspects of Aroma, Appearance, Flavor and Mouthfeel. More oriented towards the old "legacy" exam, but still some utility for the new exam formats. Warning: This is a big file at over 1 Mb, the PDF is even bigger. PDF Version

Acceptable Characteristics in Various Beer Styles - A table which lists which traits are acceptable in certain styles of beer, even though they could be considered faults in other styles,  Limited usefulness due to the format, but could be helpful for folks prepping for the written or tasting exams, or as a crib sheet for people taking the online qualifier exam. PDF Version

Al Boyce's BJCP Exam for Dummies, 2013 Edition (PDF ONLY) - Not by me, but a very useful resource for anyone taking the written exam. Keep in mind that the written exam is designed as a test of advanced judging skills and that examinees are expected to show signs of independent thought. So, don't just parrot the answers in this guide.

Washington Area Homebrewers Association BJCP Test Prep Materials - Originally designed for the legacy exam, now updated for the new format exams. Probably the best repository of BJCP exam prep and judge training documents on the web.

WAHA BJCP Tasting Class Binder - A folder of documents pertaining to the tasting exam from the WAHA site. Lots of good info.

Judging and Sensory Analysis Aids

How to Judge Beer - Not really a test prep document, more like "Obsessive Nerd's 50 Page Guide to Beer Judging." Guaranteed to make something as inherently sexy and fun as beer tasting incredibly tedious. For amusement purposes only, and only by the easily amused. PDF Version

Beer Flavor Wheel - A flavor wheel for beer in graphic and tabular form. PDF Version

Beer and Wine Flavor Wheel - Two flavor wheels in tabular form. Loads of fun! PDF Version

Complete Beer Fault Guide - An e-book which goes into extensive detail about every sensory element found in beer, or pretty damn close to it. Extra Geeky. PDF Version

BJCP Competition Data Collection Project - 2013 NHC First Round

This year Janis Gross from the AHA was kind enough to send me an anonymized list of all the beer, mead and cider entries entered in the NHC 1st Round contests, nearly 7800 entries! I crunched the numbers and broke out the beers in each category by percentages, as well as trying to make some sense out of all the specialty entries in categories 16E, 20-23, 25-26, and 28. My data is here (Excel format). My analysis of the data is here. (PDF Format) Hint: Homebrewers like hops.

Siebel Off-Flavor Kit Training Aids

The BJCP provides its members with discounted Siebel Off-Flavor Training Kits, and also sends them out for free to folks who are running BICEP Training Sessions or organizing Tasting Exams, but it doesn't provide any instructions on how to use them. These documents are my attempts to fill that gap.

My preferred method of using the kit is to hold four different training sessions, each covering approximately six off-flavors. Class format starts with a short (5-10 minute lecture) while an assistant sets up the pitchers, followed by a self-paced tasting. The short flights make the sessions manageable and keeps everyone's palates reasonably fresh.

Supplies Needed

  • 9 pitchers - 6 for off-flavors, 1 each for water, dump and calibration beer.
  • Hard plastic cups or glass taster glasses sufficient for your class. You can reuse as long as you rinse, but each student should have at least 3 glasss - one for water, one for calibration beer and one for doctored beers.
  • Towels - cloth or paper. Spills happen.
  • Stirring rods (plastic chopsticks work well).
  • Oyster crackers, unsalted saltines, or white bread.
  • Plenty of water. Some of the off-flavors are nasty!
  • Beer - About 14 12-oz. bottles or equivalent. I use Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller Genuine Draught or Full Sail Premium Lager for my doctoring beer, but any fresh, well-made, malt-focused, light-bodied, golden-colored beer, such as a Blonde Ale or Premium American Lager, will work. Avoid strong, dark or hoppy beers unless you're doing advanced training.

Off-Flavor Notes Sheet - Hand out one per person at each tasting. PDF Version

Pitcher Cards - Part 1 (PDF Only) - Yeast Faults.

Pitcher Cards - Part 2 (PDF Only) - Infections.

Pitcher Cards - Part 3 (PDF Only) - Everything Else.

Off-Flavor Training Session 1 - Fermentation Faults Notes - Lecture notes for a guided tasting or study notes for self-paced traing or independent study. Covers most common fermentation faults. PDF Version

Off-Flavor Training Session 2 - Contamination Faults Notes - Lecture notes for a guided tasting or study notes for self-paced traing or independent study. Covers faults which can arise due to microbial contamination. PDF Version

Off-Flavor Training Session 3 - Hops and Aging Faults Notes - Lecture notes for a guided tasting or study notes for self-paced traing or independent study. Covers faults which can arise due to hops or oxidation. PDF Version

Off-Flavor Training Session 4 - Malt and Miscellaneous Faults Notes - Lecture notes for a guided tasting or study notes for self-paced traing or independent study. Covers malt-derived faults as well as "everything else in the kit." PDF Version

Siebel Kit Contents - A table describing all the flavors and concentrations in the Siebel Kit. Much handier than schlepping through MSDS sheets, especially if you want to quickly determine active ingredients or find concentrations in order to titrate doses of a particular flavor. PDF Version

UNYHA 2017 Competition Results & Sponsors

 



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Upstate New York Homebrewers Association

39th Annual

HOMEBREW COMPETITION

RESULTS & SPONSORS





Sponsors


Styles


Sponsors

 
 

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Stoneyard Brewing Company

HOST of the Annual Competition

 

LIGHT LAGERS

BJCP styles: 1B, 1C, 4A, 4B

 

1st Place
Brewer: Brian Richards

Entry Name: Poundage

Style: Munich Helles

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Hemlock Helles

Style: Munich Helles

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Paul Grenier

Entry Name: Deer In Headlights

Style: American Lager

 

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Southtown Beverages

Rochester Drop-off Location

 

 
 

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Niagara Tradition
Homebrew Supplies

Buffalo Area Drop-off Location

 

SPECIALTY IPA

BJCP style: 21B

 

1st Place
Brewer: Quinn Sturge

Entry Name: Whole Trunk IPA

Style: Specialty IPA

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Todd Jech, Jeff Morante

Entry Name: Crimson Tilework

Style: Specialty IPA

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Christian Wolff

Entry Name: Rye IPA

Style: Rye IPA

 

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E.J. Wren Homebrewer

Syracuse Area Drop-off Location


 

 
 


Five Star Chemicals

Platinum Sponsor

 

EUROPEAN LAGERS

BJCP styles: 2C, 3B, 3C, 3D, 5D, 6A, 6C, 7A, 7C, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B

 

1st Place
Brewers: Travis Fisher, Danielle Fisher

Entry Name: Danni's Double Decock Dopplebock

Style: Doppelbock

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Steven Landgren

Entry Name: Ur Einbeck

Style: Dunkels Bock

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Kevin DiTondo

Entry Name: Dangle Dunkel

Style: Munich Dunkel

 

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American Homebrewers Assocation

Platinum Sponsor

 

 
 

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Genesee Brew House

Platinum Sponsor

 

FRUIT BEER

BJCP styles: 29A, 29B, 29C

 

1st Place
Brewers: David Nazzaro, Ronald Nazzaro

Entry Name: Cumquat Saison

Style: Fruit Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Moku Niu

Style: Fruit Beer

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Paul Grenier

Entry Name: Apri-Cot-Dabra

Style: Fruit Beer

 

 
 
 

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Mr. Goodbar

Gold Sponsor

 

SPICED, HERB, VEGETABLE BEER

BJCP styles: 30A, 30B, 30C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Aztec Stout

Style: Spiced, Herb, Vegetable Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Geoff Heusinger, Mike Eagan

Entry Name: Morning Joe

Style: Spiced, Herb, Vegetable Beer

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Will Gardiner

Entry Name: XOXO

Style: Spiced, Herb, Vegetable Beer

 

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Empire Brewing Company

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LD Carlson

Gold Sponsor

 

HYBRIDS

BJCP styles: 1D, 5B, 7B, 18A

 

1st Place
Brewer: Rebecca Merusi

Entry Name: Helen's Blonde

Style: Blonde Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Kyle Erickson

Entry Name: Kolsch

Style: Kolsch

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Kevin DiTondo

Entry Name: Penalty Kill Kolsch

Style: Kolsch

 

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Lake Beverage Corporation

Gold Sponsor

 

 
 

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Craft Meister National Chemicals

Gold Sponsor

 

GERMAN WHEAT & RYE

BJCP styles: 10A, 10B

 

1st Place
Brewer: Andrew Jones

Entry Name: Weizen

Style: Weissbier

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Mike Eagan, Ian Calder

Entry Name: Heuseweizen

Style: Weissbier

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Erik Reinheimer

Entry Name: 2017 Hefeweizen

Style: Weissbier

 

 
 
 

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White Labs Yeast

Gold Sponsor

 

ENGLISH BROWNS

BJCP styles: 13A, 13B, 13C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Christian Wolff

Entry Name: British Dark Mild

Style: Dark Mild

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Wally Kopinski, Wally Jr. Kopinski

Entry Name: Working Man Porter

Style: English Porter

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Tyler Miller

Entry Name: British Shorthair

Style: Dark Mild

 

 
 
 

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Mayer's Cider Mill

Gold Sponsor

 

SOUR ALES

BJCP styles: 23A, 23B, 23F, 28B, 28C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Ken DeMarree

Entry Name: Sundried Sour

Style: Wild Specialty Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Erik Reinheimer

Entry Name: Flanders Red

Style: Flanders Red Ale

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Ken DeMarree

Entry Name: Casey At The Bat

Style: Sour Beer

 

 
 
 

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Hobby Beverage Minibrew

Gold Sponsor

 

ENGLISH PALE ALES

BJCP styles: 11A, 11B, 11C, 12A

 

1st Place
Brewers: Andrew Brooks, Patricia Brooks

Entry Name: Joshua

Style: Strong Bitter

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Keith McCullum, Steve Howles

Entry Name: Eckankar Snakebite Bitter

Style: Strong Bitter

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Easy ESB

Style: Strong Bitter

 

 
 
 

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Cargill Malt

Gold Sponsor

 

SCOTTISH & IRISH ALES

BJCP styles: 14B, 14C, 15A, 15B, 15C, 17C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Tim Bergstresser

Entry Name: Shut Ye Geggie

Style: Wee Heavy

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Vince Natali

Entry Name: Smuggler's Irish Stout

Style: Irish Stout

 

3rd Place
Brewers: Steven Landgren, Peter Leas, Roger & Darlene Magrin, Matt Killeen, Mark Hall

Entry Name: He Ain't Heavy

Style: Wee Heavy

 

 
 
 

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The Blue Tusk

Silver Sponsor

 

AMERICAN ALES

BJCP styles: 18B, 19A, 19C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Cosmos

Style: American Pale Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Hollen Groff

Entry Name: Maple Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Multibeast

Style: American Pale Ale

 

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CB Craft Brewers

Silver Sponsor

 

 
 

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Rohrbach Brewing Company

Silver Sponsor

 

BIG ALES

BJCP styles: 17B, 22B, 22C, 22D

 

1st Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Big Decisions

Style: American Strong Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Mark Scibilia

Entry Name: Wheat Heavy

Style: Wheatwine

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Timothy Young

Entry Name: Maharani

Style: American Barleywine

 

 
 
 

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Railhead Brewing Company

Silver Sponsor

 

PORTERS

BJCP styles: 9C, 20A

 

1st Place
Brewer: Rachel Spallina

Entry Name: Busty Porter

Style: American Porter

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Brian Richards

Entry Name: Nomadic

Style: American Porter

 

3rd Place
Brewers: Keith McCullum, Steve Howles

Entry Name: New Year Porter

Style: American Porter

 

 
 
 
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Blichmann Engineering

Silver Sponsor

 

STOUTS

BJCP styles: 16A, 16B, 16C, 20B, 20C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Austin George

Entry Name: Tropical Stout Maria

Style: Tropical Stout

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Steve Zoller

Entry Name: Who Is Feeling Imperial?

Style: Imperial Stout

 

3rd Place
Brewers: Steven Landgren, Dan Kingsley, Mark Hall, Matt Killeen, Brian Albrecht, Jim & Marsha Haak

Entry Name: Dark & Silky

Style: Oatmeal Stout

 

 
 
 

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Pro Flow Dynamics

Silver Sponsor

 

IPA

BJCP styles: 12C, 21A

 

1st Place
Brewer: Thomas Ocque

Entry Name: Anyway, An IPA

Style: American IPA

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Peter Woodworth

Entry Name: Stonethrowers IPA

Style: American IPA

 

3rd Place
Brewers: Nicholas Gratch, Jon Roberts

Entry Name: Citra Fury

Style: American IPA

 

 
 
 

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Taphandles

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DOUBLE IPA

BJCP styles: 22A

 

1st Place
Brewer: Mike Rich

Entry Name: Double IPA

Style: Double IPA

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Kyle Erickson

Entry Name: I See Double IPA

Style: Double IPA

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Christopher Gadawski, Jonathan Carter

Entry Name: Paltry Misgivings

Style: Double IPA

 

 
 
 

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Prison City Brewing

Bronze Sponsor

 

BELGIAN & FRENCH ALES

BJCP styles: 24A, 24B, 25B, 26A

 

1st Place
Brewer: John Sullivan

Entry Name: Single Trap

Style: Trappist Single

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Sean Harnett

Entry Name: A Fine Mistake

Style: Saison

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Jason Chang

Entry Name: Saison DuChang

Style: Saison

 

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Briess Malt & Ingredients

Bronze Sponsor

 

 
 

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Middle Ages Brewing Company

Bronze Sponsor

 

BIG BELGIAN ALES

BJCP styles: 25A, 25C, 26B, 26C, 26D

 

1st Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: South Gilpin Abbey

Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Derek Edinger

Entry Name: Quadrupel Monk

Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Mark Zanatian

Entry Name: Charade

Style: Belgian Blond Ale

 

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AJ'S Beer Warehouse

Bronze Sponsor

 

 
 


Tap & Mallet

Bronze Sponsor

 

SMOKE & WOOD ALES

BJCP styles: 6B, 32A, 33A, 33B

 

1st Place
Brewer: James Burt

Entry Name: Smoke On The Water

Style: Rauchbier

 

2nd Place
Brewers: Paul Grenier, Dave Luckenbach

Entry Name: Swallow Your Soul

Style: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Al Schichler

Entry Name: Old Rasputin Clone

Style: Wood-Aged Beer

 

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Pizza Plant

Bronze Sponsor

 

 
 

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Heavy Seas Beer

Bronze Sponsor

 

SPECIALTY BEER

BJCP styles: 27A, 31A, 31B, 34A, 34B, 34C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Bob Charboneau

Entry Name: All Mixed Up

Style: Mixed-Style Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Craig Sherwood

Entry Name: Spruce Juice

Style: Experimental Beer

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Michael Slattery

Entry Name: Rye Stout

Style: Alternative Grain Beer

 

 
 
 

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Beers of the World

Bronze Sponsor

 

CIDERS & MEADS

BJCP styles: C1A, C1B, C2A, C2B, C2C, C2D, C2E, C2F, M1A, M1B, M1C, M2A, M4A, M4C

 

1st Place
Brewer: Stephen Wilson

Entry Name: Snow White

Style: Ice Cider

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Pommedemonium

Style: New World Cider

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Steven Landgren

Entry Name: Ole Smokey

Style: Braggot

 

 
 
 
 

BEST OF SHOW

 

1st Place
Brewer: Phil Boulanger

Entry Name: Aztec Stout

Style: 30A - Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

 

2nd Place
Brewer: Stephen Wilson

Entry Name: Snow White

Style: C2D - Ice Cider

 

3rd Place
Brewer: Andrew Jones

Entry Name: Weizen

Style: 10A - Weissbier

 

Honorable Mention
Brewer: Ken DeMarree

Entry Name: Sundried Sour

Style: 28C - Wild Specialty Beer

 
 
 
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BICEP Documents

Back in the spring, I offered a ten-part technical course designed to help folks prep for the BJCP exams. Class notes were mailed to attendees, but I haven't made them available on the website until now. They're pretty good, but they contain a few mistakes and they cover a lot of material which isn't covered on the exams. Use them with care.

BICEP 1

BICEP 2

BICEP 3

BICEP 4

BICEP 5

BICEP 6

BICEP 7

BICEP 8

BICEP 9

BICEP 10

Club members place in the first round of NHC competition

The winners of the first round of judging for the National Homebrew Competition have been announced and no surprise that UNYHA has solid representation!

Congrats to Thomas Ocque, Phil Boulanger, and Steven Landgren! Good luck to the beers going onto the final round next month!

Folks can look up other winners and competition info on the AHA website.

Judging and Stewarding Opportunities

In addition to supporting competitions in the region by sending in entries, you can also help out by volunteering to be a judge or steward.

Read more...

Future AHA Events, Competitions

Future AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Events and Homebrew Competitions:

Each Competition may have its own special rules. Read the competition rules carefully!

 

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