Good Beer Festival and Home Brew Competition

Beautiful weather, great beer, and an even better crowd. That sums up the 3rd annual Good Beer Festival. October 13th and 14th could not have gone any better. The attendance just on Saturday almost beat out last year’s weekend total. This festival is growing in popularity very quickly and according to a number of breweries, its one of the best around.

I would list all the breweries but that would take too long. Take a look at the website for a full list. I've included some photos of the ones I thought stood out. I can’t wait to see what next year is like. I’m thinking they will need to expand the festival grounds in order to fit all the attendees. Great problem to have.

Sunday was the first annual Good Beer Home Brew Competition. There were some last minute cancelations from judges that kind of had us on our toes. But thanks to the miracle worker know as Doug and some of his friends, we found all the judges we need. Quickly, big thanks goes out to everyone of you judges. Thank you so much for your hard work and answering the call. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. We made some great friends and had a blast.

The day started for the judges around 12:30. The judging lasted until around 4 with the results being announced at 4:30. There were a few hiccups early on. These will be worked out before next year’s competition. The top 3 are shown below. There were only 38 entries this year due to the very short notice. We will be holding this competition again next year and expect many more entries. So if you’re a bjcp certified judge let us know. We would love to have you.

Good Beer Home Brew – Best in Show

1) Mike Piorunski – Saison

2) Doug Dixon – Special Premium Bitter

3) Matthew Shockley – Fruit Beer

It was a great weekend to say the least. Thank you to Andy Kitzrow and the Wicomico County Parks and Rec Department as well as all the volunteers that made this event possible. Things went as smoothly as possible and it wouldn't have been possible without you all. Looking forward to doing it all again next year. And for those of you that didn’t make it this year, we expect to see you there. CHEERS!!

P.S. A big thank you to Dan Woodall. The home brew competition would not have been possible without your help.