Our 2016 Winner!

Congratulations
Roland Maheux!

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 Maheux : Altbier

Roland Maheux

Altbier

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.

Check out what Roland had to say about his brew

Casey Leahy : Baltic Porter

Casey Leahy

Baltic Porter

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.

Check out what Casey had to say about his brew.



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

*Finalist

The Judges

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!

Michael Brault

Michael Brault

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

Jerry McMahan

Jerry McMahan

Jerry has been homebrewing for 28 years and is a BJCP Certified judge.

Tom Bedell

Tom Bedell

Tom is BJCP judge and an award-winner beer writer who is currently researching a book on Vermont and its beers.

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.

Kathleen Kolva

Kathleen Kolva

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 Sargent

Wild Bill is Music Director for The Morning Roundup on 98.9 WOKO and loves yummy beer.

Brian Eckert

Brian Eckert

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 Cropley

Tim Cropley

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 Rowlett

Tom Rowlett

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

Zachariah Fike

Zachariah Fike

Zach is the Founder of Purple Hearts Reunited.

Mike Trackim

Mike Trackim

Mike is a Manager/Craft beer liaison for Jolley.

Matthew Frayer

Matthew Frayer

Matthew is a Bartender at Blackback Pub.

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.

Ali Fogel

Ali Fogel

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 Amedore

Graham Amedore

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.

Indy Ewald

Indy Ewald

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.

Mark Ewald

Mark Ewald

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.

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.

Silas Atkins

Silas Atkins

Silas is a Field Reporter for Two Brews Podcast.

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.

Matthew McCarthy

Matthew McCarthy

Matthew is the owner of Three Penny Taproom.

Eric Norsen

Eric Norsen

Eric is a Cellarman at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Matt is the Chef de Cuisine at Blue Bird BBQ.

Kai Gagnon

Kai Gagnon

Kai is the Beer Director at Bluebird BBQ.

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.

Tony Morse

Tony Morse

Tony is a Brewer at Switchback brewery.

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.

Garin Frost

Garin Frost

Garin owns and operates Frost Beer Works.

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.

Sky Barsch

Sky Barsch

Sky is the associate publisher of Vermont Life magazine.

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.

James Branagan

James Branagan

James is a brewer at Whetstone Station.

Skyler Mojica

Skyler Mojica

Skyler is the general manager of Bleu Northeast Seafood in Burlington, VT.

Brian Tomlinson

Brian Tomlinson

Brian is a manager at the Jericho Café and Tavern (JCAT).

Brian Voigt

Brian Voigt

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 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 Cronin

Jesse Cronin

Keg Line Operator, Magic Hat Production Assistant, 4 Quarters Brewing.

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.

Melissa Haskin

Melissa Haskin

Melissa is the Food & Drink Writer at Seven Days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Billy Mossinghoff

Billy Mossinghoff

Billy has been homebrewing for 17 years and is currently the chef/owner/brewmaster at Brewster River Pub & Brewery.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


Mitch Terricciano

Mitch Terricciano

You know him from Mitch & Company on WIZN, Mitch is a beer enthusiast and home brewer.

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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