Beer Fest 2016: Homebrew Championship Winners Announced

After a one-year hiatus, the Door County Homebrewing Championships returned as part of the Door County Beer Festival in 2016. More than 95 beers were entered in the contest, organized by brewing enthusiast Justin Minikel.

“The focus of this competition is to provide good feedback to all entrants and reward talented brewers making great beer,” said Minikel, an Oak Creek resident and certified BJCP Beer Judge who got his start judging at the 2013 Door County Homebrew Championship.

Judging took place May 21 in Baileys Harbor, with 24 judges and stewards donating their time to judge and provide feedback on this year’s entries.

Minikel rounded up great swag for the judges from generous breweries and brewing stores throughout Wisconsin, including: Badger State Brewing Co., Titletown Brewing Co., Door County Brewing Co., Hop to It, Northern Brewer, The Wine and Hop Shop, Five Star Chemicals, and The Birchwood Lodge provided lodging and Peninsula Pulse provided judging space and materials for the contest.


2016 Door County Homebrew Championships Winners

Each category winner listed by brewer, entry and style.


Best of Show

Mark Flynn, Belgian Chocolate, Specialty Fruit Beer


Amber and Brown Ales

Randy Pratt, California Common, California Common


Amber Lagers

Randy Pratt, I Don’t Like October, Marzen


Belgian and French

Tim Mannion, Belgian Blond Ale, Belgian Blond Ale


British Beers

Joshua Boldt, Doc Brown, English Brown Ale


Dark Lagers

Brad Pausha, DNA, Munich Dunkel


Pale Ales and IPAs

Hunter Navarro, Plug-in Baby, American IPA


Pale Lagers

Ben Young, To HELLES With the Cubs BOCK, Munich Helles


Sour Beers

Tim Mannion, Golden Sour, Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer


Specialty Beers

Mark Flynn, Belgian Chocolate, Specialty Fruit Beer


Stouts and Porters

Joshua Boldt, Gorilla Milk, Sweet Stout


Strong or Imperial Beers

Dan Schlosser, Barley Wine 2014, English Barleywine


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