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2008 Topsfield Fair Homebrew Competition Results

The Topsfield Fair Homebrew Competition too place last Saturday. Ryan and I attended the second half of the day and worked as stuards/guest judges. We stayed around for the Best of Show, where a Berliner Weiss was selected as the best brewed to the BJCP style guidlines.

Berliner Weissbier Description:

Berliner Weisse is a top-fermented, bottle conditioned wheat beer made with both traditional warm-fermenting yeasts and lactobacillus culture. They have a rapidly vanishing head and a clear, pale golden straw-coloured appearance. The taste is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness.

Served in wide bulbous stemmed glasses, tourists in Berlin will often order on as a “Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Himbeere” or “Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Waldmeister”. These are syrups that are added to make the sourness more palatable. Himbeere is raspberry (red) and Waldmeister is woodruff (green).

We learned that this was a very complex beer to make. Congratulations Marc and Lars for a job well done.


Ready for something new? Go Brew Yourself!!

Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s Topsfield Fair Homebrew competition!

Thank you to all who submitted homebrews to the competition and to the judges who took the time to review each beer.

It’s not too late to start brewing for next year’s contest. We’ll be accepting entries in late August 2009.

2008 Topsfield Fair Homebrew Competition Results

September 6, 2008 – Sponsored by the Northshore Brewers

87 Entries

Best of Show – Marc Meserney, Lars Andersen – Berliner Weiss

Table 1 – Lagers (5 Entries)
Adam Walsh Salem,MA Dark German style Dopplebock 5C Doppelbock 1 38
Tim & Danielle Broderick South Hamilton,MA Maibock 5A Maibock 2 37.5
Keith Antul Worcester,ma Dortmunder Export 1E Dortmunder Export 3 35
Table 2 – Light / Amber Hybrid (10 Entries)
Christopher Tkoch Charleston,MA Dusseldorf Alt 7C Dusseldorf Altbier 1 36
Alastair Hewitt Wakefield,ma Kolsch 6C Koelsch 2 34
Tom Warin Salem,ma English Summer Ale 6B Blond Ale 3 31.5
Table 3 – English Pale Ale (8 Entries)
Keith Antul Worcester,ma Best bitter 8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter 1 34.4
Alastair Hewitt Wakefield,ma American Barleywine 19C American Barleywine 2 32.5
Fuzzy Falstich Beverly,MA ESB 8C Extra Special/Strong Bitter (EPA) 3 29
Table 4 – Stouts and Porters (8 Entries)
Richard MacPherson Middleton,MA Imperial Stout 13F Russian Imperial Stout 1 38
Richard MacPherson Middleton,MA Sweet Stout 13B Sweet Stout 2 37.5
Chris Clark Newton Lower Falls,ma Oatmeal Stout 13C Oatmeal Stout 3 25.5
Table 5 – IPA (10 Entries)
Alastair Hewitt Wakefield,ma American IPA 14B American IPA 1 35
Alastair Hewitt Wakefield,ma Imperial IPA 14C Imperial IPA 2 29.5
Jeffery Nichols, Leslie Tuttle Salem,MA English IPA 14A English IPA 3 29
Table 6 – Belgian and French (10 Entries)
Keith Antul Worcester,ma Belgian specialty ale stout braggot with honey &
belgian yeast
16E Belgian Specialty 1 39
Keith Antul Worcester,ma Belgian Dark Strong Ale 18E Belgian Dark Strong Ale 2 35
Lawerence George Cambridge,ma Belgian ale with rose petals, cinamon, black
16E Belgian Specialty 3 28.5
Table 7 – American Pale / Amber (10 Entries)
Keith Antul Worcester,ma American Pale Ale 10A American Pale 1 36.5
Chris Polakiewice Salem,MA Deep red hoppy amber ale w honey 10B American Amber 2 35.5
Tom Warin Salem,ma Amarillo/Cascade Pale Ale 10A American Pale 3 34
Table 8 – Scottish Irish and English and American Brown
(10 Entries)
Chris Clark Newton Lower Falls,ma Scottish 80/- with flaked barley 9C Scottish 80/- 1 35
Alastair Hewitt Wakefield,ma Strong Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy 9E Strong Scotch Ale 2 34
Adam Walsh Salem,MA Mild with molassas and maple syrup 11A Mild 3 33
Table 9 – Spice and Herb (6 Entries)
Tim & Danielle Broderick South Hamilton,MA Maple Porter w grade B maple syrup 21A Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer 1 38.5
Tim & Danielle Broderick South Hamilton,MA Christmas spiced beer (apples, cinnamon,
21B Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer 2 31.5
Matt Rodrigues Cranston,RI SHV Chocloate Stout bakers choc, cocoa powder 21A Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer 3 30
Table 10 – Weizen / Sour ales (3 Entries)
size=2>Marc Meserney, Lars Andersen Boston,MA Berliner Weise 17A Berliner Weisse 1 35.5
Joe Gans Newton,ma German Weissbier 15A Weizen 2 35
Christopher Ahearn Gloucester,MA Bavarian Hefeweizen 15A Weizen 3 29.5
Table 11 – Fruit and Specialty Beer (3 Entries)
Bill Torrey Beverly,ma Raspberry APA 20A Fruit Beer 1 40.5
Scott Ofiesh Beverly,ma Blond ale with Blackberry and Strawberry 20A Fruit Beer 2 24.5
Ray Brillant Peabody,MA Watermellon Ale 20A Fruit Beer 3 24
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