2000 Michigan State Fair Homebrew Competition Winners Circle

There were 264 entries in the 2000 Michigan State Fair Homebrew Competition. Winners were announced Saturday, August 26, 2000 at Best-of-Show Judging and Awards Presentation.

The 2000 Best-of-Show Winner was Rick Georgette, who brewed a wonderful Cream Ale. Nice going Rick! All judges and others who tasted the beer after the judging were impressed.

The Rex Halfpenny Award is sponsored by Five Star Products. This award goes to the brewer with the most winning beers in the Homebrew Competition. The award is named in honor of Rex Halfpenny, a Michigan beer activist and publisher of the Michigan Beer Guide. Rex has been actively involved with Michigan beer for years and played a key role in getting Michigan House Bill 4850 passed, which officially made home brewing legal in the State of Michigan. Rex is a BJCP Honorary Master Beer Judge and is currently serving a two year term as BJCP Regional Director. He also founded the Michigan Brewers Guild and served until recently as its Executive Director. He currently serves as Director of Marketing for Rochester Mills Beer Company and Royal Oak Brewery.

The 2000 Rex Halfpenny Award went once again to Rick Georgette, who had five winning entries out of the twelve he entered in the competition. Great job Rick! Wow!

The Winners Circle

5150 American Lager/Light Ale

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Rick Georgette

Cream Ale  

Richard Scott American Lager Downriver Brewers Guild

Rick Georgette Blonde Ale

 

5151 European Pale Lager

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Rick Georgette

Dortmunder Export

Mike Winnie

Czech Mate Pilsener

 

Bob Scholl

2 Dog Helles

AABG

5152 India Pale Ale

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Dave Brown & Colette Harris

Dogface IPA

 

Reed Conner

2 Fisted Ale

C.R.A.F.T

Sandy Barris

Heart of Hops

 Pontiac Brewing Tribe

5152 Bitter/English Pale Ale

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Greg Brown Ol' Red

 

Aaron Lyon The Queen is Still Dead North State Brewers Cooperative

Greg Brown Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale

 

5153 Scottish Ale/Brown Ale/Mild

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Aaron Lyon

Mo' Bitter Brown North State Brewers Cooperative

Ian McClure Winters Heart

 

Jeff Carlson J.R.'s Best Brown Ale Primetime Brewers

5154 American Pale Ale/California Common

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Jeff Carlson Westside Common Primetime Brewers

Rick Georgette American Pale Ale  

Denis Fleming American Dream No Restraints Brew Club
HM  Paul Kensler BB2K A.A.B.G.
HM  Mike Winnie Patriotic Pale  
HM  Bill Gornicki Poppy's APA  

HM 

Thomas Yaeger

American Pale Ale

Downriver Brewers Guild

5155 German Ale/Wheat Beer

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Mike Winnie Alchemy Alt  

Rick Georgette Koelsch

 

David Shellie, Mike Shellie & Jeff Dixon Brewmaster's Koelsch

 

HM  Sandy Barris & Ron Foon Amber Waves Pontiac Brewing Tribe

HM 

Spencer Thomas Bavarian Wiezen

A.A.B.G.

5156 European Amber & Dark Lager/Bock

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Bob Scholl 99 Doppelbock A.A.B.G.

Mike Winnie Davisburg Dunkel  

Greg Brown Vienna Lager  

5157 English & Scottish Strong Ale

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Jeffrey Lazarz Black Lizard

 

Anthony Tantillo I could have been a barleywine old ale F.O.R.D.

Richard Scott Wee Heavy

Downriver Brewers Guild

5158 Barleywine/Imperial Stout

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Eric Fouch Dragon's Breath Primetime Brewers

John Rathmell Realm of Osmodius Imperial Stout

 

Aaron Lyon Stalin's Stout North State Brewers Cooperative

5159 Porter

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Pete Bellecy Brown Porter

A.A.B.G.

Jeff Carlson Plaster Creek Porter

Primetime Brewers

Thomas Yaeger Porter

Downriver Brewers Guild

5160 Stout (Note: Imperial Stout is now in 5158)

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Bill Gornicki Gooch Stout  

Greg Brown Dry Stout  

Dan Fortsch Black Rose Stout

Port Elizabeth Brewers Guild

5161 Belgian Ale/French Ale/Lambic

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Reed Conner Saison DuPont de Nemoir C.R.A.F.T.

Ed & Carol Wolfe P Lambic  

Eric Fouch Big Meat White

Primetime Brewers

HM  John Applegarth  Witbier Primetime Brewers
HM  Bob Scholl Tripel Trouble A.A.B.G.
HM  Craig Wolfangel Graduation Tang #25 A.A.B.G.

5162 Fruit Beer

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Greg Brown Sour Cherry Stout  

David Cords & T.J. Potter Blueberry Hill F.O.R.D.

Jason Smith & Jon Stawowy Heroe Cherry Braggot

 

5163 Spice/Herb/Vegetable/Smoked Beer

Place

Brewer's Name

Beer Name

Club Name

Michael Ireland & Crew Rusalka Rye

 Skyclad Brewing

Jeff Carlson Ginger Spice Ale Primetime Brewers

Michael Zammit

Spice Beer  
HM  Eric Fouch Ol' Punkin Head Primetime Brewers

2000's Prizes

Best of Show

Engraved 5 gallon glass carboy
Femto brewing system from pico Brewing Systems which includes 
two 5-gallon 304 stainless steel kettles with copper clad bottoms, bronze valves, SS lids, copper screen and support, braided stainless steel rubber hose, and thermometer

Rex Halfpenny
Award

Five Star Homebrew Cleaning Kit
engraved mug
engraved pocket knife

1st Place

Ribbon
1 liter engraved mug
a pack of PBW cleaner from Five Star Chemicals

2nd Place

Ribbon
1/2 liter engraved mug
a pack of PBW cleaner from Five Star Chemicals

3rd Place

Ribbon
1/2 liter engraved mug
a pack of PBW cleaner from Five Star Chemicals

Honorable Mention
(for beers scoring 38 or higher)

Ribbon

2000 WINNING RECIPES:

Click here for 1st place RECIPES


We would like to thank our 2000 sponsors, who made this competition possible:

 

Kalamazoo Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor)

Local Color Brewing Co. (Novi)

G.W. Kent (Ann Arbor)

Dragonmead Microbrewery (Warren)

Canal Street Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids)

Five Star Products (Colorado)

Arcadia Brewing Co. (Battle Creek)

Michigan Brewing Co. (Webberville)

Hop Union (Washington)

Briess Malting Co. (Wisconsin)

pico-Brewing Systems (Ypsilanti)

The Home Brew Digest (The Internet)

Motor City Brewing Works (Detroit)

We would also like to acknowledge the beer judges who judged in 2000:

Pat Babcock

Mike Bardalis

Bat Bateman

Doug Beedy

Larry Bell

Pete Bellecy

Tom Blake

Doug Bowman

John Brice

Pete Bussa

Joe Clayton

David Cords

Steve Darnell

Tom Dimmer

Jay Emerson

Dave French

Rick Georgette

Rex Halfpenny

James Halleman

Paul Kensler

Len Lescosky

Mike O'Brien

Jeff Renner

Ron Rucins

Bob Scholl

Ken Schramm

Jason Smith

Tim Surprise

Spencer Thomas

Kelly Victor

Phil Wilcox

Duncan Williams

Mike Winnie

Nancy Wittle

Craig Wolfangel

Ed Wolfe

And the stewards...

Jason Henning

Matt Tomlinson