Battle of the Brews a Huge Success

From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank all of the guests, homebrewers and judges who made our inaugural Battle of the Brews a resounding success! Mother Nature co-operated and gave us great weather. The brats from Kinderhook Tap were seriously the best I’ve ever had. The staff and volunteers from the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry were enthusiastic and brought their passion to the party.

Marty Nachel, author of Homebrewing for Dummies, was one of our celebrity judges along with Paul Kreiner of Burke Beverage and Chris Withey of Kinderhook Tap. They voted Jeffrey Sobczynski Homebrewer of the Year. And the People’s Choice award, Master Hopster, went to Daryl Hoedtke! In addition to their Battle trophies, both winners also received $100 gift certificates to Kinderhook Tap.

Plans are already in the works for making next year’s competition bigger and better. Stay tuned!





Judges Paul Kreiner, Chris Withey and Marty Nachel with Maria Onesto Moran of Green Home Experts and Jeffrey Sobczynski, Homebrewer of the Year.



Judges and Queen Bee with Daryl Hoedtke, Master Hopster

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