By William Brand
Saturday, October 11th, 2008 at 11:46 am in Uncategorized.
DENVER – Now it can be told — the winner of the national Sam Adams Longshot homebrew contest is Alex Drobshoff of Livermoe (CA). His winning beer – chosen from over 1,200 contestants from all over the United States is Traditional Bock.
Boston Beer founder Jim Koch made the announcement at a brunch at Marlowe’s a tony restaurant on the 16th Street mall hjere in Denver.
Alex, a member of the Mad Zymurgists homebrew club, is a regular winner of homebrew contests. But, he said today in Denver, this is really the big one.
The beer will be one of three Longshot beers brewed by Sam Adams/Boston Beer and distributed nationally in February, 2009.
As readers of this blog and my beer columns know, the second beer is a Double IPA, based on the recipe for Ruissian River’s Pliny the Elder. It was brewed by Mike McDole, of Clayton (CA.) How about that — two nationally distributed homebrew-based beers, both created by East Bay homebrewers. Mike’s a member of DOZE, Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts, another prizewinning East Bay homebrew club.
Mike won last year’s contest, but when it came time to brew the beer at Sam Adams Cincinnati brewery, the hop shortage hit. The beer uses seven hops in very liberal additions, it’s about 100 IBU and 8 percent alcohol by volume.
The third Longshot beer was chosen today from three finalists from 100 beers produced by Sam Adams employees around the country. The winner is Karissa Swigart, of Boston. The beer is a cranberry wheat.
Now that’s going to be a six pack isn’t it.
The finalists along with Alec were Chad Warner of Massachusetts, Michael Robinson of New Hampshire and Aaron Schenk of North Carolina.