Homebrew Competition brings in 64
entries vying for Best of the Best in 2016
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[June 09, 2016]
- On Saturday at the Pigs & Swigs festival, Mother Nature had a menu
of her own for the day. She began by serving up some light rain
showers that left festival goers and participants seeking shelter
for a short time. Then she blessed the day with heavy clouds, short
bursts of sunshine, light breezes, and mild temperatures. Though
some may have studied the sky and wondered what she would serve up
next, most would have agreed that the breeze and the mild
temperatures made for a perfect combination for a downtown festival.
At the Pigs and Swigs, there were a couple of competitions going
on Saturday afternoon. While those barbecuing were busy preparing
for the KCBS, brewers were hoping their home made beer would be
named the best of the best in this year's Home Brew Competition.
The Lincoln Knights of Columbus has perfected the Bags Tournament to
a science, and on Saturday were on hand holding a bracket tournament
the majority of the afternoon.
At the Homebrew Competition, 64 entries were made by 25 competitors.
To assure a blind judging, each entry was given a number and stored
away in a refrigeration unit near the judges tables. Beers were
brought out one at a time for judges to sample and judge.
As the brews were judged, Michelle Bauer worked to tally scores,
which were then posted on a board outside the judges tent. By 4 p.m.
all 64 entries had been judged, and the top six scorers were circled
on the board.
The judges were then asked to select the Best in Show from the top
The top six contenders were Brent Sperry of Petersburg, Tony
Zurkammer of Lincoln, Mark Lewis of Bloomington, Todd Bauer of
Lincoln, Roy Lee of Greenview, and Cole Claypool of Mason City. Each
of the top six received a gold medal, presented by Bauer.
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The top three were then named. The Second Runner-up was named
first and was Mark Lewis of Bloomington. (Lewis was not present for
the presentation.) The First Runner Up was Tony Zurkammer of Lincoln
and the award for Best of Show went to Brent Sperry of Petersburg.
Brent Sperry and Tony
Zurkammer stand at the scoreboard, Saturday evening after being
named Best in Show and First Runner Up in the Pigs and Swigs
At 4 p.m., guests started arriving for the food pairing event. Hill
Top Catering provided a variety of barbecue style foods, which were
paired up with craft beers provided by the Spirited Republic in
During the dinner event, the students from Lincoln College set up on
the under the awning of By the Bean. With bass violin, guitar, and
saxophone, the trio offered up-tempo music that lightly drifted
across the dining tent.
Later in the evening, there would be live music on the stage at the
corner of Broadway and Keokuk.