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The winners of the 2017 Bell's Homebrew Competition are ...

8th Annual Bell's Homebrew Competition

The winners of our Bell’s 8th Annual Homebrew Competition were announced during this year's 9th Annual All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Café on Sunday.

Six homebrewers placed out of the 136 entries submitted this year.

First place went to Steve Vroegop of Kalamazoo for his Saison brewed with Damson plums and New Zealand Rakau hops.

Vroegop will brew his recipe at our original brewery to then go on tap at the Café. He will also head to the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver as a guest of Bell’s and compete alongside a Bell’s brewer in the Pro-Am Competition.

“This year’s competition brought plenty of experimentation and interesting ingredient choices, said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Operations Manager and competition organizer. There was also a strong representation of New England style IPAs, Belgian beers and sour beers.”

Second place went to Ryan Schippers for his Northeast IPA.

Third place went to James Weber for his ale brewed with Indiana plums.

This year’s runners up are (in no particular order):

  • Patrick Coonan – Belgian-style dubbel with blueberries
  • David Fulkerson – New England IPA
  • Ben Hoff – Ale brewed with cilantro, lime and tomatillos

 “This competition is an incredibly important part of how we support the homebrew community here in our hometown and beyond, said Laura Bell, Bell’s CEO. From ingredients, to equipment to advice, our General Store team is continuing a legacy started even before we were a brewery. It is incredible to see the enthusiasm and passion for this craft is so many.”

Look for more information about when this year’s winning recipe will be tapped at the Café as soon as it is available online here and on our social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Cheers and congratulations to everyone!


2016: Freedom of Peach, a hoppy saison brewed with peaches from Evan Monroe

2015: Bale So Hard, a farmhouse ale brewed with HBC 438 and Mosaic hops, from David Hellen

2014: Coffee Mustache, a California common style beer brewed with coffee, from Matt VanNatter

2013: Proud Mitten, a dry hopped IPA/pale ale made with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops, from David Lyman

2012: Manden Med Leen, a black IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, from Nick Rodammer

2011: A Bit of Heat from Geoff Groff, brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros

2010: Oscar’s Folly, a collaborative IPA from Jarrett Cupp, Bailey Cupp and Paul Gentz

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