Our 2017 Winner!

Congratulations
Ted Ortiz Y Pino!

Ted’s 2017 winning Fruit Sour, Squeeze The Day, is a perfect introduction to sour beer. This medium body kettle-soured beer was brewed with the peel of four citrus fruits and proved to be a refreshingly tart crowd-pleaser.

2017 Finalists

Chris Kesler : New England IPA

Chris Kesler

New England IPA

Chris Kesler of Jericho, VT started homebrewing within the last couple of years and has quickly become a "faithful fanatic" when it comes to developing unique IPAs.

Chris’s New England IPA "Disco Montage" is an exciting new take on the IPA. This hazy, hop-forward, and well-balanced brew is designed to deliver a creamy mouthfeel, awesome aroma, and great juicy flavor.

Check out Chris's Brew Day at 14th Star

Ted Ortiz Y Pino : Fruit Sour

Ted Ortiz Y Pino

Fruit Sour

Ted Ortiz Y Pino of Georgia, VT began brewing in 2010 and has been studying brewing in his spare time. He’s constantly experimenting with new recipes, ingredients, and techniques trying to make beers that are unique and ultimately make people smile.

Ted’s Fruit Sour "Squeeze The Day" is a perfect introduction to sour beer. This medium body kettle-soured beer is brewed with the peel of four citrus fruits and aims to be a refreshingly tart crowd-pleaser.

Check out Ted's Brew Day at 14th Star


Congratulations to the Round One Finalists!

  • Neil Allison (x2)
  • John Brooklyn
  • Jake Claro
  • Maddie Cotter
  • Ryan Dudley
  • Craig Evans
  • Aaron Fogg
  • Jonathan Fuller
  • Nick Guertin
  • Dennis Hill
  • Ken Hughes
  • Jim Huntington
  • Chris Kesler*
  • Brian Mulhall
  • Ted Ortiz Y Pino*
  • Shane Racette (x2)
  • David Randall
  • Pete Sandon
  • Mike Shellito
  • Matthew Snelling
  • Michael Staub
  • Robert Stephens
  • Joe Swan & Dan Macandrews

The Judges

Anna Walsh

Anna Walsh

Anna is the General Manager of the Skinny Pancake on UVM campus (their only location that doesn't serve beer!). However, as a VT native, she's a craft beer enthusiast and a firm believer that you're not drinking alone if you're with your dog.

Jason Pierson

Jason Pierson

Jason had his first craft brew at Four Peaks Brewing in AZ over 10 years ago and hasn't looked back. Having enjoyed beer from both the east and west coast scene, he is always open to opportunities to expand his craft brew palate!

Vinny Petrarca

Vinny Petrarca

Vinny, Owner of the Blue Stone, is constantly in awe of the ever changing beer movement, and is just happy to be here.

Kevin Perry

Kevin Perry

Kevin is the Beverage Supervisor for Jolley Stores.

Levi Kraemer

Levi Kraemer

Levi is the owner of North Hero Hops and Agriculture and a Cellarman at 14th Star Brewery.

Ed Hopper

Ed Hopper

Ed works for Von Trapp Brewing and is a Backyard hop farmer.

Joel Shedd

Joel Shedd

Joel began his "Beer Journey" in 1993 when he brewed his first Beer with his father while attending NECI. Blending his love for beer and food, Joel has conducted beer & food pairing dinners and occasionally brews with local brewers.

Hailey Goodman

Hailey Goodman

Hailey is director of Sales and Marketing for Drop-In Brewing Company and has spent time brewing with Vilija, both on a 15bbl system and a homebrew pilot system.

Ryan Salminen

Ryan Salminen

"Cellar Savant" and "Boss of the Brewhouse" are two of the many ways Ryan has been described. He began brewing in 2013 and loves all things beer. He's currently a brewer at 14th Star and makes a mean spaghetti sauce.

Casey Brooks

Casey Brooks

Casey is a brewer at The Alchemist in Waterbury. She is also a BJCP recognized judge, American Brewers Guild graduate, and occasional homebrewer.

Prescott Stanton

Prescott Stanton

Prescott is a brewer at 14th Star Brewing Company.

Scott Miley

Scott Miley

Scott came to Vermont for college from the Boston area. During his time in school, he developed a love of Vermont craft beer. Ever since Scott has explored Vermont for the best beer and trying local craft beer is a must wherever he travels.

Alex Cort

Alex Cort

Alex is the Assistant General Manager at Higher Ground. He loves the opportunity to provide patrons with delicious beverages with a healthy helping of live music. Rock n roll forever.

Joseph Nagle

Joseph Nagle

Joseph is a native Vermonter, passionate homebrewer, and a wicked craft beer aficionado who is currently working for Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville.

Kendra Mills

Kendra Mills

Kendra spends her time as a vegetable herder and cheese monger. She appreciates the efforts and creativity of craft beer makers who provide Vermonters with delicious varieties of beer.

Jamie Munson

Jamie Munson

Jamie is a moderator for a craft beer group on social media and a longtime craft beer enthusiast. He loves sharing and talking about beer!

Jessica Grimm

Jessica Grimm

Jessica is a Cicerone® Certified Server at Hen of the Wood Burlington and has been with the company since their opening of the Burlington location in September of 2013.

Travis Perrotte

Travis Perrotte

Travis is a hophead who has been working in the brewing industry for years starting as an employee with the Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Growler Garage, and is currently a full-time Bartender for Stone Corral Brewing.

Doug Hood

Doug Hood

Doug loves exploring Vermont beer, making home brews, and working at 14th Star Brewing Co.

Randy Fortin

Randy Fortin

Randy is Craft Beer Brand Manager at Farrell Distributing and has 30 years of experience in the industry... one beer at a time.

Chelsie Brown

Chelsie Brown

Chelsie is the General Manager & beer buyer at the Worthy Burger.

Scott Doherty

Scott Doherty

A southern Maine coastal boy at heart, Scott is Sommelier, General Manager and Co-Wine Director for Dedalus Wine Bar and has been working in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry for over 20 years.

Kris Nelson

Kris Nelson

Co-founder and co-owner of Citizen Cider, Kris has a broad love for all things beer. A lover and a fighter for good causes, he believes that positive change in the world can be made through high-quality beverages.

Scott Barbick

Scott Barbick

Scott is a biologist and a contributor to craft beer podcast, Two Brews. Scott likes to photograph his beer as much as he likes to homebrew it.

Amy Morrison

Amy Morrison

Amy is the Executive Director at Stowe Area Association, loves all things Vermont, and has dabbled in the art of homebrewing.

JT Ficociello

JT Ficociello

JT started brewing beer at the ripe age of 14 while growing up in Burlington, VT. He is currently the owner and head brewer of Kaya’s Place Hotel and Brewery and BriBri Springs Brewery in Costa Rica.

Evie Carter

Evie Carter

Evie began her adventures in the beer industry working at The Lake Tahoe Brewing Company over 13 years ago. Now as a bartender and manager of The Farmhouse Tap and Grill she loves making craft beer more approachable for everyone.

Mike Chait

Mike Chait

Mike comes to us from Smugglers’ Notch Resort, where he is PR Director. His favorite kind of beer is served cold, outdoors, and always after snowboarding.

Jeff Alexander

Jeff Alexander

Events and Sponsorships Manager at Killington and Pico Mountain who slides sideways, paddles standing up, bikes downhill and drinks beer.

Will Peters

Will Peters

Will is the owner of Cold Brewtus. He became a semi-professional beer drinker 4 years ago when he and his wife started having kids.

Roland Maheux

Roland Maheux

A homebrewer since 1992 and winner of the 2016 competition, Roland is excited to help choose who his torch gets passed too!

Tim & Amy Brady

Tim & Amy Brady

Tim (chief beer maker) and Amy (pub princess) are the founders of Whetstone Craft Beer & Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro Vermont.

Eric Warnstedt

Eric Warnstedt

Eric, primarily known as “Brother of Christina” also keeps from twiddling his thumbs by being a 6 time James Beard Nominee and Co-Owner at Hen of the Wood and Doc Ponds.

Jesse Woods

Jesse Woods

Jesse grew up in a AB house, yet his appreciation of craft beer blew up with the Vermont craft beer explosion. He not only loves VT beer, but also the friendships created by the industry!

George Bergin

George Bergin

George is Company Ogre and a Partner at the Beverage Warehouse. A self proclaimed expert in all that he does, he believes he is the inspiration for the Dos Equis “Most interesting Man in the World" campaign.

Mary Anne Sheahan

Mary Anne Sheahan

Mary Anne is the Executive Director of Leadership Champlain and also directs the Chamber of Commerce Workforce Education and Development, promoting and retaining workforce talent in Vermont.

Peter Diederich

Peter Diederich

Pete, an Instructional Designer with the University of Vermont, is the man behind the curtain for the Business of Craft Beer program. He’s an avid craft beer fan and occasional home brewer.

Meghan Sheradin

Meghan Sheradin

Meghan has worked for the Vermont Fresh Network for 14 years. She drinks beer!

Christina Warnstedt

Christina Warnstedt

Christina is the front of house personality at Hen of the Wood. Finding her curious palette wandering one day while floating down a river drinking a Coors Light and then piquing in the wine world and evolving through all things beverage.

Dan Cardozo

Dan Cardozo

Dan has been spinning tales and rock, folk, jazz and blues tunes on Independent Radio - The Point - WNCS for decades. He's an east coast kid, but acquired his beer chops in the taverns of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Mike Trioli

Mike Trioli

Mike is a sales rep for Localvore Today in Burlington, VT and loves all things local — especially great beer and food! He has been known to enjoy a beer after a Mountain Bike ride or skiing here in Vermont.

Billy Dages

Billy Dages

Billy is a homebrewer with over 10 years of experience working in the Food and Beverage industry at various locations including the original WaterWorks.

Stan Costa

Stan Costa

Stan has been actively involved in many aspects of the beer world over the last 5 years. Former Brewing Apprentice at Westfield River Brewing, Event Coordinator for the Vermont Technical College Brew Fest, The Dancing Clerk at the Beverage Warehouse, and beer consumer at home.

Michael Brault

Michael Brault

Michael is an administrator of a social media craft beer forum and local craft beer enthusiast.

Nate Formalarie

Nate Formalarie

Nate works for the dedicated farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative. He enjoys seriously sharp cheddar and seriously unique brew.

Brent Hallenbeck

Brent Hallenbeck

Brent has covered arts and entertainment for the Burlington Free Press since 2004 and frequently contributes stories about beer to the Free Press food section, Savorvore.

Ryan Thibault

Ryan Thibault

Ryan is a Partner / Creative Director at Independent Allied, a Stowe, VT based design firm specializing in bike, ski, craft beer and spirits industries.

Tom Rowlett

Tom Rowlett

Tom is the Beer Manager for Doc Ponds, a member of the Alchemist canning crew and Certified Cicerone®.

Mike Trackim

Mike Trackim

Mike is a Manager/Craft beer liaison for Jolley.

Erik Sandblom

Erik Sandblom

BJCP Certified Beer Judge Erik Sandblom first became interested in brewing over 20 years ago and has been a member of the Green Mountain Mashers homebrew club for almost as long.

Dan Hament

Dan Hament

Dan has been homebrewing since 1982 and a judge for 25 years.

Kevin Hanson

Kevin Hanson

Brewer at Hogback Mountain Brewing in Bristol, Kevin has been homebrewing since the late 70’s when it was legalized by Jimmy Carter.

Ted Assur

Ted Assur

Ted Assur is a recent transplant to the area. He has been a BJCP Certified judge for 5 years, and has judged over 20 competitions.

Jodi Whalen

Jodi Whalen

Jodi was the first microbrewery sales rep in the State of Vermont in the early 90's when she worked for Catamount Brewing and currently owns August First Bakery & Cafe with her husband, Phil.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

Ben is the Owner/Head Brewer of Northern Bayou Cold Brew, a worldwide beer explorer, homebrew enthusiast, and frequent pro brew collaborator.

Sas Stewart

Sas Stewart

Sas is the Co-founder and Director of Strategy for Stonecutter Spirits.

Liam O'Farrell

Liam O'Farrell

Liam is the owner of the Growler Garage.

Matt Weldon

Matt Weldon

Matt is a parent, volunteer, production manager, and beer guzzler who once used hops he grew to make soap.

Shane Rumrill

Shane Rumrill

Shane is a part time homebrewer, and full time Alchemist brewery employee / beer drinker.

Mike Skwar

Mike Skwar

Mike works at 4 quarters brewing, Beverage warehouse, and is a self proclaimed beer consuming champion.

Ricky the Meadmaker

Ricky the Meadmaker

Ricky the Meadmaker makes mead at Groennfell Meadery.

Dori Baker

Dori Baker

Dori is Farrell Distributing's fine wine and craft beer team route jumper.

Justin Gould

Justin Gould

Justin is the Chief Beer Officer at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Justin Lombardo

Justin Lombardo

Justin is the assistant Beer Manager at Beverage Warehouse.

Maegan Gorton

Maegan Gorton

Maegan is Switchback Brewing Company's Territory Sales Manager.

Pam Brisjar

Pam Brisjar

Pam is the "Princess of Vermont Beer".

Cameron  Keitel

Cameron Keitel

Cameron is the Food and Beverage Manager for Hotel Vermont.

Isaac Colby

Isaac Colby

Isaac works at Beverage Warehouse and 4 Quarters Brewing.

Joel T. Bedard

Joel T. Bedard

Joel is the Founder & CEO of The Vermont Hemp Company — collaborators of hemp brews offered by Stone Corral, Prohibition Pig and Green Empire Brewing—Joel is at the forefront of Cannabis-infused and hemped craft ales.

Ruth Miller

Ruth Miller

As the Beer & Cheese Maven, Ruth has curated and presented beer & cheese pairings at beer fests, Beer Weeks, VT Cheesemakers Festival and brewpubs since 2006, and writes articles for Brew Your Own Magazine.

Chris Cheeseman

Chris Cheeseman

Chris owns Cheese Factory Automotive, is a regional VW / Audi guru, and a part time mustache enthusiast.

Taylor DeLisle

Taylor DeLisle

Taylor is the Growler Garage's Growler Guru & Bar Czar.

William McNeil

William McNeil

William is the Co- Owner Doc Ponds & Hen of the Wood.

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 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.

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.

Bob Russell

Bob Russell

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson

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

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

Angela Gerace

Angela Gerace

In 2013 Angela's hobby and passion became an award winning adventure. Her company, Tipsy Pickle, LLC, creates crisp flavorful pickles made with local ingredients including Vermont craft brews and spirits.

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.


Steve Gagner

Steve Gagner

Steve founded 14th Star Brewing Co. upon returning from Afghanistan in 2011 and is a former President of the Vermont Brewers Association.

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