The competition was fierce, but we narrowed it down to 5 winning homebrews. Final judging took place on January 18th for our first regional homebrewing competition, Brew with a Legend, where homebrewers vied for the opportunity to brew their signature recipe with craft beer pioneer and Iron Hill’s co-founder, Mark Edelson.
“We were completely floored by the interest and excitement around this first year of putting on this competition. We received over 186 unique participants with over 360 beers to taste at five designated regional locations and had to narrow it down to just five total,” said Mark Edelson, Director of Brewery Operations for Iron Hill. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to brew with our five creative and talented winners, it’s going to be a busy year ahead.”
Check Mark out on 6ABC talking about the competition:
Winners were selected regionally on Saturday, January 18th at Iron Hill locations in Greater Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and South Carolina. And the winners are:
Greater Philadelphia (Judged at Iron Hill Ardmore) – Lou Casta and Tim Egan with “Dewey Beetem & Howe” – Saison with Beets
New Jersey (Judged at Iron Hill Maple Shade) – Patrick Smith with “Paddy’s Wm. Younger BS Porter” – Porter
Delaware (Judged at Iron Hill Newark) – Matt Ayers with “Belsnickel” – Imperial Porter
Central PA (Judged at Iron Hill Lancaster) – Colby Mullins with “Hop Showers” – Hazy IPA
South Carolina (Judged at Iron Hill Greenville) – David Byer with “I’ve Gotta Get Out of Here” – German-style Schwarzbier
Each of the winning beers will be available on tap at the winner’s regional location with $1 per pint donated to the winner’s charity of choice! The charities selected include Philabundance (Greater Philadelphia Region), Associated Humane Society and Animal Sanctuary at Popcorn Park (New Jersey Region), Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (Delaware Region), Lupus Foundation of America (Central Pennsylvania Region) and PETA. (South Carolina Region). In addition to bragging rights, winning homebrewers will receive a $500 Iron Hill gift card and a sixtel of their prize-winning beer.
Next up: Brew Days! We'll be brewing these winning beers in mid- to late February and they will be releasing on tap at select Iron Hill locations in March. Stay tuned for details on where and when you can get your hands on a pint of these homebrews!