Club Only Competitions

We hold various competitions throughout the year to celebrate the diversity and talent of all of the great brewers in our club. Throughout the year we will hold style specific competitions that will be judged by a panel of non participating members and guest judges.

JBG Brewer of the Year Rules:

  • Top 3 places will receive points: 5 points for 1st place, 4 points for 2nd place, and 3 points for 3rd place
  • Every other entry will receive one point for entering
  • Brewer/Collaboration w/the most points at the end of the year is Brewer of the Year
  • For collaboration brewers to receive points, the brewers involved must be a part of at least two of the following brewing activities:
    • Recipe Design
    • Active participation during brew day
    • Pay for ingredients
    • Assist with fermentation
    • Assist with bottling/kegging
  • All collaboration brewers will receive the placement points
  • In the event of a year-end tie the cumulative judge's points obtained throughout the competitions will be used to break the tie
  • Only ONE entry per brewer per competition, including collaboration brews.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each competition and brewer of the year!
  • Drop-off entries will be accepted, please arrange date and time with a board member
  • Failure to follow the competition guidelines will result in NO points awarded!

March-Irish Beers

Brew an Irish Red or Irish Stout using an Irish yeast and following the BJCP guidelines 15A-Irish Red, 15B-Irish Stout, 15C-Irish Extra Stout.

Irish Beer Winners
  1. Michael Davidson - Irish Red
  2. Kyle Vester - Irish Red
  3. Kyle Vester - Irish Stout

March-Charlie Orr/Drunk Monk

We will be awarding Brew of the Year points to any member who medals in one of these outside competitions. Brewers will receive 3 points for a gold, 2 points for a silver, and 1 point for a bronze. A maximum of 10 points is available per brewer for these competitions.

Charlie Orr Winners
  1. Michael Davidson - 5 points
  2. Mark Lekovish - 2 points
  3. Paul Bidne - 2 points
  4. Kyle Vester - 1 point
Drunk Monk
  1.  Mark Lekovish - 3 Points

May - American Pale Ale

A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, with enough malt backbone to keep the beer balanced and drinkable.

APA Winners

July - Fruited Sour

Brew up any kind of sour base beer you'd like, be it a kettle, mash or traditionally soured beer and add fruit (puree, whole or extract).

Fruited Sour Winners

October - Cereal Beer Challenge!

The cereal beer challenge returns! Break out your favorite bowl and pour yourself a bowl-full of delicious cereal inspired libation. Each participant will blindly select a type of cereal, then brew a beer using the cereal. The cereal can be added at any point in the process and in any amount, but will be disclosed to the judges so you want it present. Style and recipe are open for this comp so use your imagination.

Cereal Challenge Winners

December - Big and Dark

The myth... The legend... The mother of all JBG competitions! Brew any style you want as long as it's big (8.5 ABV or higher) and dark (30 SRM or higher)! This competition is where legends are made, so get brewing early.

Big and Dark Winners

2019 Brewer of the Year Standings

  1. Michael Davidson - 10 points
  2. Kyle Vester - 8 points
  3. Mark Lekovish - 5 points

Previous Brewers of the Year

  • 2018 - Doug Walling
  • 2017 - Joel Rakoski
  • 2016 - Joel Rakoski
  • 2015 - Jason Janes
  • 2014 - Jason Janes
Brewer of the Year 2018