2023 Bluegrass Cup Homebrew Competition

The Bluegrass Cup is the premiere Central Kentucky Homebrew Competition. Every summer the competition attracts the best brewers and judges from around the country to the beautiful Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky. The 2023 Bluegrass Cup is happening on February 11th, 2023 at Shrewsbury Hall at Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.. Check out the Bluegrass Cup competition website, https://bluegrasscup.brewcomp.com, for details.

2023 Bluegrass Cup Winners

Table 1: Dark and Strong European Beer (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTimothy BickelGood Dog Baltic PorterBaltic PorterRed Earth Brewers
2ndTimothy BickelWe Are Looking At Now, NowSchwarzbierRed Earth Brewers
3rdGerad MillerI'm A Loner, Dottie, A RebelEisbockDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 2: Brown British Beer (16 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stGary O'GormanBrowntown AleBritish Brown AleBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndDirk FranzenWhitechappel NightsDark MildBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdClay BunnNot Your Taddy's PorterEnglish PorterBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
HMDavid MossBbbBritish Brown AleBrewers Anonymous

Table 3: Dark and Strong British Beer (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stRyan HardingTaste Old To MeOld AleBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndFredrick MontgomeryJeff's Not HeavyWee HeavyRed Earth Brewers
3rdChuck BeardsleeHouse Beardslee Old AleOld AleButler County Brewing Society (BCBS)
HMNate WeisenbergerWeeWee Heavy 

Table 4: Pale and Strong American Ale (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stKevin WagnerOne. Ping. Only. American Pale Ale 
2ndDirk FranzenAcross The RubiconWheatwineBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdKevin BrazellGlitter And Gold Blonde Ale 

Table 5: Amber and Brown American Beer (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stLee SolomonOld Hound DogPre-Prohibition PorterBarley Mob Brewers
2ndJed LengerichElektronAmerican Amber AleMASH Fort Wayne Homebrew Club
3rdJeffrey RockerStonington SteamshipCalifornia Common 

Table 6: American Porter and Stout (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stCarl TeacheyDouble EbonyImperial StoutWinston-Salem Wort Hawgs Homebrew Club
2ndClay BunnAm Stout V2American StoutBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdJerry RuffWilliam's Best ChristmasAmerican StoutNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
HMDan AchesonFirst Times The Charm?American StoutUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 7: IPAs (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDirk FranzenZombifiedAmerican IPABrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
2ndGerad MillerThe Smell Of Napalm In The MorningSpecialty IPADayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists
3rdJoe BrewerBrown MadnessBrown IPABrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
HMAdrian SutherlandAmerihazeAmerican IPACarolina Brewmasters

Table 8: Smoked and Wood Aged (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael RensingDan FlashesSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerCincinnati Malt Infusers
2ndJoshua JacksonSmoked English PorterClassic Style Smoked BeerMid-State Brew Crew
3rdCraig GardoneOak Aged BarleywineSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD

Table 9: Belgian Ales (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stFritz SchanzStearman's SaisonSaisonDenton County Homebrewers Guild
2ndErik GruberSunny Side UpSaison 
3rdMichael RensingLisa Frank's Trapper KeeperBière de GardeCincinnati Malt Infusers

Table 10: Spiced Beer (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stAdrian SutherlandHoly Hibiscus Spice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerCarolina Brewmasters
2ndTim MillerBuck Jaw Winter Scottish AleWinter Seasonal BeerMid-State Brew Crew
3rdTimothy BickelPretty In PinkSpice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerRed Earth Brewers

Table 11: Cider (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJed LengerichAll Hopped UpCider with Herbs/SpicesMASH Fort Wayne Homebrew Club
2ndNik VolkertCranapple CiderNew World CiderScioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists (SODZ)
3rdTimothy WicklundApple FestSpecialty Cider/PerryKeepers of Craft

Table 12: Mead (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBill BoyerThe Black Knight V2Berry MeadNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndBill BoyerTurkish Bazaar Pomegranate TeaFruit and Spice MeadNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
3rdBen HohSkinny Dog Buckwheat Honey MeadSemi-Sweet MeadBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 13: Standard American Beer (16 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stScott SteenburgEl Dorado American LagerAmerican LagerFoam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)
2ndJeremiah BaerCorny BaerCream AleEast Side Brewers [IL]
3rdGuy GradyShrub LightAmerican Light LagerCentral Arkansas Fermenters
HMTimothy BickelSkinny Pete American Wheat BeerRed Earth Brewers

Table 14: International and Czech Lager (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDan AchesonFun With SinamarInternational Dark LagerUrban Knaves of Grain
2ndAdrian SutherlandGolden SkiesCzech Premium Pale LagerCarolina Brewmasters
3rdJoshua ThorsenKrásná Temný (Beautifully Dark)Czech Dark LagerMid-State Brew Crew
HMFritz SchanzStearman's International Pale LagerInternational Pale LagerDenton County Homebrewers Guild

Table 15: Pale Malty European Lager (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stScott SteenburgMunich HellesMunich HellesFoam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)
2ndPaul CahillBier At The Fest IIFestbierBarley Mob Brewers
3rdChad MedfordThe BridesmaidMunich HellesRed Earth Brewers

Table 16: Pale Bitter and European Lager and Ales (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJoshua CooperPilsenerGerman Pils 
2ndBen SookyingKings GoldKölschCrown of the Valley Brewing Society
3rdGuy GradyLeichtsaber German LeichtbierCentral Arkansas Fermenters
HMKevin BrazellExit 14British Golden Ale 

Table 17: Amber Malty European Lager (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stFritz SchanzStearman's Dunkels BockDunkels BockDenton County Homebrewers Guild
2ndGerad MillerThere Can Be Only OneDunkels BockDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists
3rdChad MedfordFo' SchnitzelMärzenRed Earth Brewers
HMDeborah & Marc PrichardJohn MillerRauchbierKansas City Bier Meisters

Table 18: Amber Bitter European Lager (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTimothy WicklundSump Pump WaterAltbierKeepers of Craft
2ndBen SookyingHodl My Beer BroVienna LagerCrown of the Valley Brewing Society
3rdDan AchesonJeff's ViennaVienna LagerUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 19: German Wheat Beer (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeremiah BaerDunkels WeissbaerDunkels WeissbierEast Side Brewers [IL]
2ndCraig GardoneBelgian Triple In DisguiseWeizenbockLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
3rdGary O'GormanChoose Your WeissWeissbierBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 20: British Bitter (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stScott SteenburgVersion #5Strong BitterFoam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)
2ndJohn WalkerMarston's Pedigree CloneOrdinary BitterBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdKevin WagnerExtra Sensory BeerceptionStrong Bitter 
HMDan AchesonNot Your Bitter Daughter In-LawOrdinary BitterUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 21: Sour and Wild Ales (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeremiah Baer Ambaer Cherry HibiscusWild Specialty BeerEast Side Brewers [IL]
2ndClay BunnI'll Be Your BlackberryWild Specialty BeerBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdCraig GardoneJean Claude Van Damn!Flanders Red AleLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
HMJoe Brewer19 Bbf FlandersFlanders Red AleBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)

Table 22: Scottish and Irish Beer (15 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stKristopher HopperIs Something Burning?Scottish LightFerm [IL]
2ndDirk FranzenPub Crawl StoutIrish StoutBrewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK)
3rdJonathan WurthIrish StoutIrish StoutLouisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society, LTD
HMJoshua CooperBig DaddyIrish Stout 

Table 23: Monastic Ales (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeremiah BaerBaer TrappBelgian SingleEast Side Brewers [IL]
2ndGlenn ThompsonDubbleBelgian DubbelMid-State Brew Crew
3rdLee SolomonThird TripleBelgian TripelBarley Mob Brewers

Table 24: Fruit Beer (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stGlenn ThompsonNo Fizzy Poison SummerFruit BeerMid-State Brew Crew
2ndPaul TagertMangoseFruit BeerBattleground Brewers Guild
3rdJoshua ThorsenStrawberry Lager Fruit BeerMid-State Brew Crew

Table 25: Miscellaneous (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stFritz SchanzStearman's RoggenbierRoggenbierDenton County Homebrewers Guild
2ndFritz SchanzStearman's Rye AmberAlternative Grain BeerDenton County Homebrewers Guild
3rdTim MillerBuck Jaw Peppermint StoutExperimental BeerMid-State Brew Crew

Past Year’s Winners