Our 2015 Winner!

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Congratulations
Brett Seymour!

In a beer scene that is dominated by hops, Brett’s 2015 Make The Cut winning submission, Salute Your Schwarz, proves that the right combination of malts can be just as interesting as the right combination of hops. This traditional, easy drinking, German style dark lager, is the perfect introduction to dark beers.

The 2015 Finalists

Tom Poole : Belgian Witbier

Tom Poole

Belgian Witbier

Tom Poole is a physical therapist and homebrewer of eight years from Rutland, VT. Tom never brews the same beer twice and is always trying to craft the perfect pint for family and friends to enjoy.

The hallucinating haze of Tom’s Belgian Witbier is due to the high level of unfiltered, protein rich wheat. Balanced by coriander and sweet orange peel then rounded out with generous carbonation, this easy drinking beer is perfect after a day of hiking, running or just relaxing.

Check out Tom's Brew Day at 14th Star

Brett Seymour : Schwarzbier

Brett Seymour

Schwarzbier

Brett Seymour lives in the Mad River Valley, surrounded by the green mountains and good beer. As a member of the Green Mountain Mashers and a homebrewer of seven years Brett constantly wants to brew and drink new styles of beer.

In a beer scene that is currently dominated by hops, Brett’s Schwarzbier proves that the right combination of malts can be just as interesting as the right combination of hops. This traditional, easy drinking, German style dark lager, is the perfect introduction to dark beers.

Check out Brett's Brew Day at 14th Star


Congratulations to the Top 50 Homebrewers

  • Steven Alberico
  • Tyler Miller
  • Kevin Arthur
  • April Morovich
  • Bill Balistreri
  • Joe Noonan
  • Sean Bianchi
  • Nikolas Ohanian
  • Sean Brady
  • Daren Orr
  • David Camp
  • Christopher Parris
  • James Casey
  • Andrew Patterson
  • Peter Clark
  • Tom Poole*
  • Nick Clore
  • Kiev Rattee
  • Christopher Deapo
  • Patrick Ripley
  • Stephen DeVries
  • Gary Ruberti
  • Christopher Donovan
  • Erik Sandblom
  • Eamon Duane
  • Ryan Satterfield
  • Jeffrey Dumont
  • Brett Seymour*
  • Derek Eatinger
  • James Sherrard Jr.
  • Marke Englert
  • Samuel Slater
  • Eric Fernald
  • Matt Snelling
  • Michael Gaidys
  • Matthew Spence
  • Cary Giguere
  • Scott Tousignant
  • Nate Ginsbury
  • Michael Vita
  • Leonard Halvorson
  • James Welch
  • Dean Locke
  • Robert Wellman
  • Ben Marlow
  • Richard Wheeler
  • Peter McAlenney
  • Anne Whyte
  • Matthew McClallen
  • Chris Wiltshire

*Finalist

The Judges

Paul Sayler

Paul Sayler

Paul founded Zero Gravity Craft Brewery at American Flatbread in 2004, which has grown to the point of a new 30-barrel production brewery on Pine Street in Burlington.

Steve Parkes

Steve Parkes

As owner and faculty member of the ABG, Steve has had the opportunity to consult on various brewing projects, including both brewpubs and microbreweries throughout the United States.

Jason Dennis

Jason Dennis

As manager of the Beverage Warehouse, Jason has a sharp mind for business and a palate that has cultivated beer, wine, and liquor selections throughout the northeast.

Dan Sartwell

Dan Sartwell

Dan is an accomplished brewer who has worked in several of Vermont’s well-known breweries and brewpubs and is currently Brewmaster at 14th Star Brewing Co.

Ryan Chaffin

Ryan Chaffin

As Farrell Distributing's Director of Marketing Ryan loves the Vermont brew scene, and is proud to have been a part of it for over 15 years.

Jason Merrill

Jason Merrill

Jason oversees all operations for the Worthy Group and is the beer buyer for the Worthy Kitchen.

Jason Strempek

Jason Strempek

State Craft Beer Manager at Farrell Distributing and Cicerone® Certified Beer Server, Jason enjoys a hands-on approach managing brands directly at retail and within the Sales Team.

Josh Trombley

Josh Trombley

Josh has worked in distribution side of craft beer for the last 15 years currently working for the best distributor, Farrell distributing.

Michael Czok

Michael Czok

A hobbyist brewer since 2010, Michael currently operates Bent Hill Brewery where he strives to produce abstract creations.

Seth Leonard

Seth Leonard

Seth is Mayor of Winooski and a Homebrewer of 7 years.

Marty Bonneau

Marty Bonneau

Owner and brewer of Good Water Brewery in Williston, Marty is an award winning homebrewer with over 25 years experience, a BJCP Certified Judge, and has a degree form the American Brewer's Guild.

Hillary DelRoss

Hillary DelRoss

Hilary loves to try new beer and highlights one of her favorites each month in Vermont Sports Magazine’s Gear and Beer column.

Daniel Phelan

Daniel Phelan

Daniel is GM of The Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub where he designates most of the draft lines to Vermont beers.

Courtney Kaup

Courtney Kaup

Courtney is a well-rounded beer aficionado and a Physical Therapist at Peak Performance.

Bob Russell

Bob Russell

Bob resides in Stowe and is the Co-founder of Collective Arts Brewing in Toronto, Ontario.

Dave Birmingham

Dave Birmingham

Dave worked as a beertender for 13 years and still misses it today. He believes in the mantra, "Life is too short to drink shitty beer!"

Brandon Mayes

Brandon Mayes

Brandon is the Quality Assurance Manager at Long Trail Brewing Company. He is passionate about all things relating to beer and became a BJCP judge in 2013.

Matt Canning

Matt Canning

As beer concierge of Hotel Vermont, Matt helps his guest find Vermont’s most sought after beers while highlighting lesser known local favorites.

Jesse Luberoff

Jesse Luberoff

Jesse has worked in the front of restaurants for 15 years now, and is currently a full time bartender at Leunigs Bistro and Mule Bar.

Kyle Lewis

Kyle Lewis

A native Vermonter and avid skier since she was two years old, it is only natural that Ski Vermont Director of Marketing Kyle Lewis found love in the craft beer in Vermont.

Jake Spillane

Jake Spillane

Jake is most likely identified as the guy with the big red beard at Beverage Warehouse, and is known for always having on point beer advice for all.

Andrew Leichthammer

Andrew Leichthammer

An avid homebrewer for the last 7 years, Andrew is the Bar Manager at Mule Bar. When not tending bar he can usually be found racking beer into secondary or writing a new recipe.

James Hughes

James Hughes

James started home brewing at law school in Concord, NH and won a trip to Munich's Octoberfest as a guest of the Spaten brewery.

Paul Hale

Paul Hale

Paul is managing partner and head brewer at Queen City Brewery in Burlington. He has brewed as a hobby for over 25 years, developing recipes for nearly 50 beer styles. Paul is a BJCP Certified Judge.

Dave Hurne

Dave Hurne

Dave has been a Bartender/Food & Beverage professional for 15 years and has organized numerous beer and food pairing events.

Quinn Delahanty

Quinn Delahanty

Long Trail Brewing Company’s own Quinn Delahanty has spent the past 4+ years immersed in the Vermont craft beer scene.

Jason Zuliani

Jason Zuliani

Jason fell in love with Burlington on a bar stool at the Vermont Pub and Brewery over 15 years ago. Since that time, Jason has been a sommelier, beverage director and wine director, founded two successful businesses, and has built a wonderful family in Burlington.

Sam Nelis

Sam Nelis

Sam has been in the bar-tending industry for about 5 years, and is currently the bar manager at Waterworks Food + Drink in Winooski, VT.

Josh Wellenstein

Josh Wellenstein

A local healthcare provider, Josh has enjoyed his exposure to craft beers since relocating to Vermont in 2009, and his beer sensibilities have increased exponentially.

Patrick Luce

Patrick Luce

Patrick has been buying beer at Hunger Mountain Coop for the last 8-10 years and has been amazed at the craft beer movement here in the great state of Vermont.

Sue Bette

Sue Bette

Since founding Bluebird Restaurants in 2009 Sue has been psyched to have a front row seat to the growth, development, and overall awesomeness that's happened in Craft Beer scene here in Vermont.

Jim Hsieh

Jim Hsieh

Jim has been in restaurants and bars for over 15 years. He enjoys his role as Service Manager at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill where the beer flows like wine and burger lovers flock like the salmon of Capistrano.

Scott Kerner

Scott Kerner

Scott started working in the craft beer industry in 1999 and has helped open Three Penny Taproom as well as The Mad Taco, and Mule Bar.

Alex Rheaume

Alex Rheaume

What started as a pint has turned into a self proclaimed craft beer addiction for Alex who thinks there is a craft beer out there for everyone, you just have to find it!

Jonny Rushfirth

Jonny Rushfirth

Jonny got into the biz working at the Beverage Warehouse of Winooski. He now lives in Massachusetts where he is the beer guy at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton.

Troy Levy

Troy Levy

As Director of Sales and Marketing at Lost Nation, Troy thinks those who can’t brew, drink!

Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson

Nate was an homebrewer and economist for six years before becoming the brewer at Prohibition Pig's new brewery.

Brock Bill

Brock Bill

Currently working at Mule Bar, Brock is a homebrewer and photographer that can't get enough of shooting craft beer... a "beertographer" if you will.

Ashley Ethier

Ashley Ethier

Ashley is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server at Leunig's and The Daily Planet who is dedicated to educating locals and visitors alike on the VT beer scene.

Derek Piette

Derek Piette

Derek discovered that he liked beer after a day on the slopes or a long mountain bike ride.

Kelly Klein

Kelly Klein

Kelly is the owner and CEO of Groennfell Meadery in Colchester and although Kelly makes mead commercially, she is a beer fanatic as a hobby.

Brennan Neill

Brennan Neill

Brennan's love of craft beer all started on his first night of legal drinking spent at the Vermont Pub and Brewery in 1996, and he hasn't looked back.

Steve Cook

Steve Cook

A homebrewer of 4 years, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Steve Cook has worked closely with Vermont’s craft beer brands during his 8 years in office.

Jordon Arthur Lewis

Jordon Arthur Lewis

Having only gotten into craft beer a little over a year, Jordon has approached the hobby with passion and fervor. He is exactly the type of person who your beers will "speak too".

Brittney Hibbs

Brittney Hibbs

Brittney is the morning TV anchor for Local 22 WVNY and Local 44 WFFF as well as host and producer for the weekly TV segment, 'What's on Tap?', a segment aimed to educate beer drinkers on how Vermont craft beer is made.

Evan Goldfried

Evan Goldfried

If you are reading this, chances are Evan sold you beer. Evan was the buyer at the B-Dubs for the three years and he is psyched to try some rocking homebrews!

Kristin Lawson

Kristin Lawson

As a bartender and a manager at Farmhouse Tap & Grill Kristin is no stranger to introducing folks to new beer. She loves getting her mind blown and her palate unraveled by any beer she can get her hands on.

Tony O'Rourke

Tony O'Rourke

Calmont Beverage's Tony O'Rourke has consumed and served plenty of cold ones. A Vermonter since 1997, Tony remembers when the craft beer movement was just getting started.

Hannah Palmer Egan

Hannah Palmer Egan

Hannah is a food and drink writer at Seven Days. Before she started writing about beer professionally, she spent years developing her brew-views as a server and bartender at craft beer pubs in Colorado and New York.

Scott Moody

Scott Moody

Drinking unconventional beers for as long as he can remember, Scott is currently working at Beverage Warehouse and 4 Quarters. He believes that the best part of the craft beer movement is the camaraderie and shared experiences with others.

Michelle Risley

Michelle Risley

Michelle has been General Manager of the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and the Mule Bar.

Andre Cerny

Andre Cerny

Andre C. is always on the prowl for great beer. He is that guy hunched over the draft list at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill studiously planning his next pour.

Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell

Introducing "Common Man" judge Jason Farrell. Jason is always on the hunt for good brews and holds the value and tradition of building strong, sustainable communities very high.

Mark Frier

Mark Frier

A homebrewer of 6+ years, Mark started The Reservoir with a focus on Vermont craft beer with 38 draft lines, and recently opened The Bench in Stowe with 24 draft lines. The man knows his beer.

Brian Maloney

Brian Maloney

Starting in the biz working the bottling line at Wachusett Brewery, Brian is now the beer and wine buyer for Healthy Living's South Burlington and Saratoga Springs locations.

@HopSnobbery

@HopSnobbery

@HopSnobbery is the social media alter-ego of an 18 year veteran of the Vermont beer scene. With 1,300+ Twitter followers @HopSnobbery's identity is a mystery, but his love for craft beer is not.

Paul Varricchione

Paul Varricchione

Paul has been a photographer / beer connoisseur since 1995. The first time he smelled boiling wort he knew there was more to beer than just catching a buzz.

Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker

Jeff came to the beer business through the wine door. He is currently the Curator of the Curriculum at Farrell Distributing.

Matt Gadouas

Matt Gadouas

Musician, videographer, and DJ, Matt enjoys a fine brown ale and is a host of the popular craft beer podcast "Two Brews".

Darren Perron

Darren Perron

You can't think of media in Vermont without this man coming to mind. As executive producer, anchor, and award-winning reporter at WCAX - Channel 3 News Darren knows Vermonters are making the tastiest beers in the world.

Bethany Baker

Bethany Baker

You may know her better by her Twitter alias @LipstickNLager, Bethany has enjoyed craft beer as long as she was legally able to.


Year One Photos