Our 2016 Winner!
Roland’s winning Altbier, Verkaufen, is a complex brew with balanced sweetness up front, pleasing mid-palate bitterness, and a crisp finish. This hickory colored, German Alt inspired beer is a blending of new and old brewing practices.
The 2016 Finalists
Roland has always enjoyed a great beer and first dabbled in homebrewing back in 1992.
A complex brew with balanced sweetness up front, pleasing mid-palate bitterness, and a crisp finish. Roland’s hickory colored, German Alt inspired beer is achieved through extended conditioning and the blending of new and old brewing practices.
Casey Leahy of Chester, VT was first introduced to homebrewing by his father over a decade ago. Casey believes beer is a great artistic outlet and enjoys sharing it with others.
Casey’s Baltic Porter is a rich full bodied beer that lets the malt do the talking. Big malt flavors are balanced by hops and a little alcohol warmth. It’s balance makes it smooth, drinkable, and deeply satisfying.
Congratulations to the Top 50 Homebrewers
- Lorcan Ackley
- Steven Alberico
- Bill Balistreri
- Brad Barratt
- Seth Barriws
- Seth Barrows
- Matthew Brankman
- Daniel Brese
- James Casey
- Christopher Donovan
- Jim Duval
- Todd Fearn
- Kevin Foss
- Josh Gregg
- Matt Groff
- Nick Guertin
- John Halley
- Eric Hill
- Michael Holland
- Bryan Landerman
- Spencer Lanning
- Nicholas Largent
- Casey Leahy*
- Ryan Leamy
- Eric Lemire
- Roland Maheux*
- Jared Mailhiot
- Matthew McClallen
- Steven Merrill
- Brian Mulhall
- Joe Nagle
- Steven Nelson
- Joe Noonan
- Charles Norton
- Tim O’Leary
- Ted Ortiz y Pino
- Guy Owens
- Jeff Quint
- Shane Racette
- Aaron Ritchie
- Andrew Sears
- Mike Shellito
- Matt Snelling
- Matt Spence
- Jeff Stoner
- Jeff Stoner
- Jason Stuffle
- Brian Swisher
- Evan Vacarr
- Hal Wilson
- Evan Vacarr
- Hal Wilson
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!
Michael is an administrator of a social media craft beer forum and local craft beer enthusiast.
Jerry has been homebrewing for 28 years and is a BJCP Certified judge.
Tom is BJCP judge and an award-winner beer writer who is currently researching a book on Vermont and its beers.
Nate works for the dedicated farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative. He enjoys seriously sharp cheddar and seriously unique brew.
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 is a Partner / Creative Director at Independent Allied, a Stowe, VT based design firm specializing in bike, ski, craft beer and spirits industries.
Kathleen recently joined the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing as the Sales Manager. She is a long-time beer fan and attempted her first batch of home brew last fall.
Wild Bill Sargent
Wild Bill is Music Director for The Morning Roundup on 98.9 WOKO and loves yummy beer.
Brian is the head brewer and owner of Four Quarters Brewing in Winooski. He is a member of the Green Mountain Mashers, has been homebrewing for more than 15 years, and is a Recognized BJCP judge.
Tim has been a BJCP judge since 2002 and is a member of the Green Mountain Mashers. He takes annual Beercations with his wife Sue seeking local beers of all sorts.
Tom is the Beer Manager for Doc Ponds, a member of the Alchemist canning crew and Certified Cicerone®.
Zach is the Founder of Purple Hearts Reunited.
Mike is a Manager/Craft beer liaison for Jolley.
Matthew is a Bartender at Blackback Pub.
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 has been homebrewing since 1982 and a judge for 25 years.
Ali is the bar manager at the Monkey House in Winooski and helps manage a high end professional bar catering company, Fluid Bar Service. She can't wait to try some delicious local brews!
Graham is the "Beer and wine associate" at Healthy Living Market and a native Vermonter who is passionate about craft beer, fine wine, and good food.
Owner of It’s Good Imports, Indy Ewald has been in a long time relationship with craft beer and Mark Ewald. Indy knows a great beer when she tastes one.
Owner of VT Beer Shepherd, Mark Ewald has over 25 years of experience in the craft beer world and is an avid traveler and learner of craft beer history and styles.
Brewer at Hogback Mountain Brewing in Bristol, Kevin has been homebrewing since the late 70’s when it was legalized by Jimmy Carter.
Silas is a Field Reporter for Two Brews Podcast.
A Certified BJCP judge, Ted is a native of Portland, OR. He's the first-ever winner of the Pure Water Brew competition, making beer from treated effluent.
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 is the Owner/Head Brewer of Northern Bayou Cold Brew, a worldwide beer explorer, homebrew enthusiast, and frequent pro brew collaborator.
Sas Stewart is the co-owner of Stonecutter Spirits, and also an avid aged beer fan who secretly drinks the occasional Canadian lager.
Liam is the owner of the Growler Garage.
Matt is a parent, volunteer, production manager, and beer guzzler who once used hops he grew to make soap.
Matthew is the owner of Three Penny Taproom.
Eric is a Cellarman at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT.
Matt is the Chef de Cuisine at Blue Bird BBQ.
Kai is the Beer Director at Bluebird BBQ.
Shane is a part time homebrewer, and full time Alchemist brewery employee / beer drinker.
Mike works at 4 quarters brewing, Beverage warehouse, and is a self proclaimed beer consuming champion.
Tony is a Brewer at Switchback brewery.
Ricky the Meadmaker
Ricky the Meadmaker makes mead at Groennfell Meadery.
Dori is Farrell Distributing's fine wine and craft beer team route jumper.
Justin is the Chief Beer Officer at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. When he’s not curating the beer at Farmhouse you can find him crushing pilsners and teaching his daughters the subtle nuances of the light lager.
Garin owns and operates Frost Beer Works.
Justin is the assistant Beer Manager at Beverage Warehouse.
Maegan is Switchback Brewing Company's Territory Sales Manager.
Sky is the associate publisher of Vermont Life magazine.
Pam is the "Princess of Vermont Beer".
Cameron is the Food and Beverage Manager for Hotel Vermont.
Isaac works at Beverage Warehouse and 4 Quarters Brewing.
James is a brewer at Whetstone Station.
Skyler is the general manager of Bleu Northeast Seafood in Burlington, VT.
Brian is a manager at the Jericho Café and Tavern (JCAT).
Brian is a Research Professor and one of the driving forces initiating hemp research at UVM and a collaborateur in the development of hemp brews offered by Prohibition Pig, Stone Corral, 4 Quarters and Full Barrel Brewing Co-op.
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.
Jesse is a Brewer at Magic Hat Brewing Company.
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 owns Cheese Factory Automotive, is a regional VW / Audi guru, and a part time mustache enthusiast.
Taylor is the Beer & Wine Associate for Healthy Living. His love of biochemistry, botany, and food fuels a mild obsession with brewing & vinification.
William is the Co- Owner Doc Ponds & Hen of the Wood.
Melissa is the Food & Drink Writer at Seven Days.
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 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.
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 oversees all operations for the Worthy Group and is the beer buyer for the Worthy Kitchen.
Josh has worked in distribution side of craft beer for the last 15 years currently working for the best distributor, Farrell distributing.
Seth is Mayor of Winooski and a Homebrewer of 7 years.
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 resides in Stowe and is the Co-founder of Collective Arts Brewing in Toronto, Ontario.
As beer concierge of Hotel Vermont, Matt helps his guest find Vermont’s most sought after beers while highlighting lesser known local favorites.
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.
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.
Billy has been homebrewing for 17 years and is currently the chef/owner/brewmaster at Brewster River Pub & Brewery.
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 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.
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!
As General Manager of Mule Bar, Troy thinks those who can’t brew, drink!
Nate was an homebrewer and economist for six years before becoming the brewer at Prohibition Pig's new brewery.
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 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.
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
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".
Brit is the host and producer of the weekly TV segment, 'What's on Tap?', aimed to educate beer drinkers on how Vermont craft beer is made.
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.
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 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.
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 has been General Manager of the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and the Mule Bar.
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.
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.
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.
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 has been a Make The Cut judge since year one and is the pseudonym of a 20+ year Vermont beer drinker who co-founded Vermont Beer Week (now @LoveVermontBeer) held in 2015 and 2016.
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.
Musician, videographer, and DJ, Matt enjoys a fine brown ale and is a host of the popular craft beer podcast "Two Brews".
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.
You may know her better by her Twitter & Instagram alias LipstickNLager. Bethany has been a Make the Cut judge since year one. The original founder of Vermont Girls Pint Out, and co-founder of Vermont Beer Week (2015 & 2016) has been enjoying craft beer as long as she was able to.
You know him from Mitch & Company on WIZN, Mitch is a beer enthusiast and home brewer.
Steve founded 14th Star Brewing Co. upon returning from Afghanistan in 2011 and is a former President of the Vermont Brewers Association.