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Thanks to all who participated in the Wortapalooza.

There were 249 entries judged and 117 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
2ndDirk MontgomeryTsar's Choice20C: Imperial StoutRed Earth Brewers
3rdRyan Kuhn
Co-Brewer: Jack Churchill
Saison 225B: Saison

Best of Show – Cider

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDan AchesonFrench CiderC1C: French CiderUrban Knaves of Grain

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
HMBill BoyerTropikalny Miód Miodowy 2024M4B: Historical MeadNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys

Winning Entries

Table 1: Pale American and International Lager (7 entries)

1stZach Fritts MHPSteenburg Special1B: American LagerClub Wort
2ndChad Faulstick MHPChettyweiser1A: American Light LagerWheeling Alers
3rdGregory Ellwanger MHPLawn Mower Wars1B: American LagerClub Wort

Table 2: American Blond & Cream (10 entries)

1stStephen Schmitt MHPC.J. Parker18A: Blonde AleEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndMark AgostinoGenny I Got Your Number1C: Cream AleChicago Beer Society
3rdChad Faulstick MHPThe 304 #CueCountryRoads18A: Blonde AleWheeling Alers

Table 3: Pale Malty Lagers (5 entries)

1stDmitri TymosHelles4A: Munich HellesClub Wort
2ndDavid Towles MHPHelles Here4A: Munich HellesHigh Plains Drafters [TX]
3rdDirk Montgomery MHPHelles Belles4A: Munich HellesRed Earth Brewers

Table 4: Pale Bitter European (7 entries)

1stRon Barnes MHPHans Gruber5C: German Helles ExportbierKansas City Bier Meisters
2ndMatthew Mead MHPKölsch, I Love Kölschy Kölsch, Here It Goes Down, Down In My Belly!5B: KölschPrimeTime Brewers
3rdRichard RawlingsCarlos27A6: Pre-Prohibition LagerC.H.A.O.S. Brew Club

Table 5: Czech Pilsner (8 entries)

1stStephen Schmitt MHPMini Side Pull Faucet3A: Czech Pale LagerEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndRon Barnes MHPCzech List3A: Czech Pale LagerKansas City Bier Meisters
3rdJoe Skiles MHPGhost Reveries3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 6: Amber Ales & Lagers (13 entries)

1stEric HammelWeinerwalderwasser7A: Vienna Lager
2ndZach Fritts MHPJeff's Vienna7A: Vienna LagerClub Wort
3rdDwain Pannell MHPVienna Lager7A: Vienna Lager256 Brewers

Table 7: Dark Lagers (12 entries)

1stEddie Belter MHPDunkel Ed8A: Munich DunkelSTLBrewhogs
2ndEddie Belter MHPCommon Measure2C: International Dark LagerSTLBrewhogs
3rdJoel NagleMan's Best Friend8A: Munich Dunkel

Table 8: German Pilsners (7 entries)

1stBen Gaylord MHPT&g Pils5D: German Pils
2ndGregory Sanial MHPPils Is A Thing5D: German PilsPrimeTime Brewers
3rdDerek EnglandSchaumburg Schöne Pils5D: German PilsClub Wort

Table 9: Wheat & Rye (13 entries)

1stStephen Schmitt MHPPulp Can Move Baby!24A: WitbierEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndJason CallicoatAmerican Wheat1D: American Wheat Beer
3rdEric HammelZiegenschaum Bock10C: Weizenbock
HMMark AgostinoWeezy10C: Weizenbock Chicago Beer Society

Table 10: Pale British (10 entries)

1stStephen Schmitt MHPSelhurst Park11C: Strong BitterEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndBrett Vodicka MHPHat Trick11B: Best BitterIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
3rdAaron Pigors MHPGolden Throne12A: British Golden AleIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
HMEddie Belter MHPGold Teef12A: British Golden AleSTLBrewhogs

Table 11: Dark British Isles (6 entries)

1stEddie Belter MHPDM Me13A: Dark MildSTLBrewhogs
2ndJohn Futrell MHPCrossing The English Channel13B: British Brown Ale
3rdThomas Musquiez MHP
Co-Brewer: Isai Garza
Not Your Daily Mild13A: Dark MildSan Antonio Cerveceros

Table 14: Strong Stouts (6 entries)

1stDirk Montgomery MHPTsar's Choice20C: Imperial StoutRed Earth Brewers
2ndMike KimbleCat Spit Stout16C: Tropical StoutUrban Knaves of Grain
3rdTimothy Pratt MHPLush20B: American StoutBrew Haven

Table 15: Porters & Small Stouts (8 entries)

1stRoss Stuart MHPAmerican Porter20A: American PorterArizona Society of Homebrewers
2ndMatthew Mead MHPYou Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start In The Morning!16B: Oatmeal StoutPrimeTime Brewers
3rdBrett Vodicka MHPJail Break15B: Irish StoutIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
HMDwain Pannell MHPAm Porter20A: American Porter256 Brewers

Table 16: Strong Ales & Lagers (7 entries)

1stMark AgostinoBaby Got Bock6C: Dunkels BockChicago Beer Society
2ndCraig RanshawMy Damn Recipe22C: American BarleywineClub Wort
3rdDerek EnglandBurninator9A: Doppelbock Club Wort

Table 17: American Pale Ale & NZ Pils (7 entries)

1stDennis Windels3D ChiTown Pale Ale18B: American Pale AleClub Wort
2ndChad Faulstick MHPPoarch's Pale Ale18B: American Pale AleWheeling Alers
3rdFritz Schanz MHPStearman's American Pale Ale18B: American Pale AleDenton County Homebrewers Guild

Table 18: Amber and Brown American Ale (10 entries)

1stJohn Futrell MHPSteaming Anchor Chains19B: California Common
2ndBrian Stephens MHPLet the Wookie Win19C: American Brown AleKeepers of Craft
3rdMatthew Mead MHPRED, White And Blue!19A: American Amber AlePrimeTime Brewers

Table 19: American IPA (8 entries)

1stJoe Skiles MHPMake IPA Clear Again21A: American IPAUrban Knaves of Grain
2ndRyan PecaTriple Threa WCIPA21A: American IPAClub Wort
3rdMark NiemczewskiAin't No Party Like A West Coast Party, Cause A West Coast Party Don't Stop!21A: American IPAClub Wort

Table 20: Specialty IPA (11 entries)

1stSteven McCaw
Co-Brewer: Greg Cima
RyePA21B5: Rye IPA Club Wort
2ndDeborah And Marc Prichard MHPDick Hammerbush21B6: White IPA Red Earth Brewers
3rdJoseph DusslingRye IPA21B5: Rye IPA Brewly Homebrew Club

Table 21: Double and Hazy IPA (12 entries)

1stGregory Ellwanger MHPThicc Boi!!!21C: Hazy IPAClub Wort
2ndRyan Mac MHPA Deux Coeurs22A: Double IPAThe Brü Club
3rdRon Barnes MHPGalactic Republic22A: Double IPAKansas City Bier Meisters

Table 22: Smoked Beers (10 entries)

1stMichael Beck MHPNeue27A3: LichtenhainerIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
2ndThomas Musquiez MHPPegboard Garageziskie27A5: Piwo GrodziskieSan Antonio Cerveceros
3rdJon PhillipsJon P Mezcalarita Gose32B: Specialty Smoked Beer C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club
HMKyle Ernsberger MHPPolish Champagne27A5: Piwo GrodziskieCider, Homebrew, And Mead Production Specialists (CHAMPS)

Table 23: Wild and Sour (10 entries)

1stBill Boyer MHPRed Plum Straight And SourLSX4: Catharina Sour North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndJon PhillipsDragon Of CHAOSLSX4: Catharina Sour C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club
3rdJoe Skiles MHPRust In Peace23B: Flanders Red AleUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 25: Strong Belgian (5 entries)

1stRyan Kuhn
Co-Brewer: Jack Churchill
Saison 225B: Saison
2ndJeffrey Rocker MHPIt's The Time Of The Saison25B: Saison
3rdBeau FlochRunnin Down A Dream25B: Saison

Table 26: Monastic Ales (9 entries)

1stAndrew DeCanniereMingle26C: Belgian Tripel
2ndTom Hayosh
Co-Brewer: Daniel Hayosh
Belgian Dubbel26B: Belgian DubbelClub Wort
3rdJohn Futrell MHPBrew For Ukraine III26C: Belgian Tripel

Table 27: Fruit and Spice (11 entries)

1stBen FentonChardonnay Saison29D: Grape Ale North Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)
2ndJim ThomastonFocus On The Finish29C: Specialty Fruit Beer
3rdArt Kim MHPGrinder Dü30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Illiana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)

Table 28: Specialty & Wood Beers (11 entries)

1stMark AlbersCool Story Bro34B: Mixed-Style Beer
2ndGregory Ellwanger MHPTuba Wine33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Club Wort
3rdDerek EnglandCook County Stout33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Club Wort

Table 29: Traditional & Other Mead (8 entries)

1stBill Boyer MHPTropikalny Miód Miodowy 2024M4B: Historical Mead North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndJim SilversteinDesert MeadM4C: Experimental Mead Club Wort
3rdMatthew Mead MHPLemoncelloM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead PrimeTime Brewers
HMGarrett Freeman MHPSweet Clover TraditionalM1C: Sweet MeadRed Earth Brewers

Table 30: Fruit and Berry Mead (8 entries)

1stJordan WillefordPeachy KeenM2D: Stone Fruit Mead Burnt Barrel Homebrew Club
2ndJoe Skiles MHPBlueBerry SeshM2C: Berry Mead Urban Knaves of Grain
3rdBill Boyer MHPHelp, Help I'm Being Repressed!M2E: Melomel North Georgia Malt Monkeys
HMJason Rohloff MHPCherberry B2M2E: Melomel Beer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 31: Cider (10 entries)

1stDan Acheson MHPFrench CiderC1C: French CiderUrban Knaves of Grain
2ndRon Barnes MHPCaution To The WindC2F: Specialty Cider/PerryKansas City Bier Meisters
3rdAaron Pigors MHPGrinding For the ShinyC1D: New World PerryIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
HMKevin Wojdak MHPBack 2 Back BlackC2E: Cider with Herbs/SpicesUrban Knaves of Grain