Thanks to all who participated in Wortapalooza.

There were 192 entries judged and 103 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners  

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stKen FoleyBarry Weissbier10B: Dunkels WeissbierIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
 2ndDan AchesonWinfield Ate Her9A: DoppelbockUrban Knaves of Grain
 3rdDmitri TymosStardust21C: Hazy IPAClub Wort

Winning Entries  

Table 1: Table 1 – American/International Pale Lagers (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stKevin BrazellWagon Train1B: American Lager
 2ndCaleb MeinkeCisco Stick2A: International Pale LagerMadison Homebrewers & Tasters
 3rdKevin BrazellPoncho Beero2A: International Pale Lager

Table 2: Table 2 – American Wheat/Blonde/Cream (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stIan McLeodPoolside Quencher1C: Cream AleHill Country Hoppers
 2ndMark Albers
Co-Brewer: Tim Wessel
Star Darty18A: Blonde Ale
 3rdDavid BasileThat Damn Ladder!1C: Cream AleJoliet Brewers Guild

Table 3: Table 3 – Pils (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stCaleb MeinkeZealandiaLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerMadison Homebrewers & Tasters
 2ndJohn FutrellCzech Out This Pilsner3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
 3rdDan AchesonKiwi JuiceLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 4: Table 4 – Pale Malty Euro Lagers (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stCaleb Meinke
Co-Brewer: Duane Buscher
Golden Boi5C: German Helles ExportbierMadison Homebrewers & Tasters
 2ndJack CantleA Helles of A Lager4A: Munich Helles
 3rdDustin HenryKveik Munich Helles4A: Munich HellesRedstick Brewmasters

Table 5: Table 5 – Kolsch and Liechtbier (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stCaleb MeinkeSingle Pass5B: KölschMadison Homebrewers & Tasters
 2ndEric HammelUnmassgeblichbier5A: German Leichtbier
 3rdAbel Pina
Co-Brewer: Greg Fitzgerald
Atomic Kolsch5B: KölschSouthern Nevada Ale Fermenters Union (SNAFU)

Table 6: Table 6 – Amber European Beers (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stTimothy BickelDoc-Toberfest6A: MärzenRed Earth Brewers
 2ndAurelio GonzalezAurelio’s Vienna Lager7A: Vienna LagerNorth Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)
 3rdCraig Ranshaw
Co-Brewer: Mark Procter Randy Drumtra Jim Arendt
Vmoto6A: MärzenClub Wort

Table 7: Table 7 – Dark European Lagers (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stDan AchesonWinfield Ate Her9A: Doppelbock Urban Knaves of Grain
 2ndTimothy BickelWe Are Looking At Now, Now8B: SchwarzbierRed Earth Brewers
 3rdDrew RosenbergDark Lager2C: International Dark LagerBeer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 9: Table 9 – Euro Wheat and Rye (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stKen FoleyBarry Weissbier10B: Dunkels WeissbierIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
 2ndAlex DropkinHefe-Lumps and Woozles10A: WeissbierC.H.A.O.S. Brew Club
 3rdGerad MillerCareful Man, There’s A Beverage Here24A: WitbierDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists
 HMAlex SlizHope It’s Still Good!24A: WitbierClub Wort

Table 10: Table 10 – Pale British and Commonwealth (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stStephen SchmittStamford Bridge Pub Ale11B: Best BitterEvanston Homebrew Club
 2ndMark WestmeyerShelby’s Special Bitter11C: Strong BitterBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
 3rdJack CantleOld Road English IPA12C: English IPA

Table 11: Table 11 – Brown British Ales (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stZachary FrittsObituary13C: English PorterMidnight Carboys
 2ndTimothy BickelThat’s What She Said21B3: Brown IPA Red Earth Brewers
 3rdJoel NagleHarry Porter13C: English Porter

Table 12: Table 12 – Scottish & Irish Ales (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stJohn GuilfoilRed Headed Stepchild15A: Irish Red AleClub Wort
 2ndDan AchesonLuck O’ the Somethin’15A: Irish Red AleUrban Knaves of Grain
 3rdGerad MillerThey May Take Our Lives, But They’ll Never Take Our Freedom14C: Scottish ExportDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 13: Table 13 – Dark British (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stMichael PaletWaldorf Milk Stout16A: Sweet Stout
 2ndMike KimbleCat Spit Stout16C: Tropical StoutUrban Knaves of Grain
 3rdDavid BasileCrumpets17D: English Barley WineJoliet Brewers Guild

Table 15: Table 15 – American Pale Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stMonte WeirmanOpening Day Frost18B: American Pale Ale
 2ndZachary FrittsInto the Void18B: American Pale AleMidnight Carboys
 3rdMark Albers
Co-Brewer: Tim Wessel
Marv18B: American Pale Ale

Table 16: Table 16 – American Amber & Brown Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stJeremiah BaerAmbaer Ale19A: American Amber AleEast Side Brewers [IL]
 2ndTaylor MigallaYosemite19B: California CommonBeer Barons of Milwaukee
 3rdKevin WojdakLazy Days Fishing27A2: Kentucky CommonUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 17: Table 17 – American Porter and Stout (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stJoel McGormleyMacK20B: American Stout
 2ndEric HimmlerModel 9720A: American Porter
 3rdArt KimSiberian Antifreeze20C: Imperial StoutIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)

Table 18: Table 18 – American IPA (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stRaymond NonniePliny the Eldest21A: American IPAUrban Knaves of Grain
 2ndAdam JoyceDank IPA21A: American IPASun Prairie Worthogs
 3rdBen GaylordTorn Asunder21A: American IPA

Table 19: Table 19 – NEIPA (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stDmitri TymosStardust21C: Hazy IPAClub Wort
 2ndMonte Weirman
Co-Brewer: Dennis Jabczynski
Piney the Bench Coach22A: Double IPA
 3rdGerad MillerI Heard They Recently Decided To Add More Hops…To It21C: Hazy IPADayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 22: Table 22 – Euro Sour (3 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stStephen SchmittFirst Lambic23D: LambicEvanston Homebrew Club
 2ndJim SilversteinIt’s My Birthday, and I Wants It. My Precious Flanders.23B: Flanders Red AleClub Wort
 3rdCharles PackardBeer 334C: Experimental Beer THIRSTY

Table 23: Table 23 – Belgian Ale – non Trappist (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stBen GaylordSpace Hippie25B: Saison 
 2ndDavid BasileOde To –25B: Saison Joliet Brewers Guild
 3rdAaron SchulzDitzy Belgian25A: Belgian Blond AleAssociation of Bloomington-Normal Brewers
 HMEric Davidson9025B: Saison Chicago Home Brewers Group

Table 24: Table 24 – Trappist Ale (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stAdam JoyceBuzzed Monk26A: Belgian SingleSun Prairie Worthogs
 2ndJeremiah BaerBelgian Brown Baer26B: Belgian DubbelEast Side Brewers [IL]
 3rdAaron SchulzSeeing Tripel26C: Belgian TripelAssociation of Bloomington-Normal Brewers

Table 25: Table 25 – American Wild (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stErik IndaSea Swinger Sour28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 
 2ndDavid BasileMake It28C: Wild Specialty Beer Joliet Brewers Guild
 3rdJack Cantle
Co-Brewer: Andrew Bassett Leah Vaid Tristan Fanning Aaron Hexamor
Hold the Bulldog!28C: Wild Specialty Beer 

Table 26: Table 26 – Fruit Beer (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stDan AchesonFlanders Export – Cherry Chocolate Edition29B: Fruit and Spice Beer Urban Knaves of Grain
 2ndBen GaylordBear Snacks29A: Fruit Beer 
 3rdTimothy BickelWeisse Decisions29A: Fruit Beer Red Earth Brewers

Table 27: Table 27 – Spice Beer (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stRyan McGaugheyPhase 3.5 Mexican Stout30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 
 2ndJoel McGormleyHazel’s Sister30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 
 3rdAlex DropkinMisbehavin’30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club

Table 28: Table 28 – Smoke and Wood (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stLivio Da SilvaBlack Gold33A: Wood-Aged Beer Southern Nevada Ale Fermenters Union (SNAFU)
 2ndDan AchesonPiwo Winfieldizkie27A5: Piwo GrodziskieUrban Knaves of Grain
 3rdJoel McGormleyPirate X33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 

Table 30: Table 30 – Cider & Mead (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stJeff LandersN.E.I.P.A. Are Still Gross – Aka 118 DaysC2D: Ice Cider Urban Knaves of Grain
 2ndJeff LandersAt Least It’s Not An N.E.I.P.A. – Aka 118 DaysM2D: Stone Fruit Mead Urban Knaves of Grain
 3rdJeff PinzinoCranberry CiderC2B: Cider with Other Fruit Beverly Brewers’ Guild

Table 32: Table 32 – Light Riff (3 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stJeff LandersAnd That’s A Wrap – A.K.A. – 118 Days51A: Hop Water Urban Knaves of Grain
 2ndAlex SlizMojito Party51A: Hop Water Club Wort
 3rdJim SilversteinAll That Glitters Is Not Alcoholic51A: Hop Water Club Wort