Four Ohioans — including a husband and wife from Akron — were winners at the recent American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition. The event coincided with the 36th annual National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Ohio winners are their places are:
• Larry Reuter of Akron, first place in the smoke-flavored and wood-aged beer category. He’s a member of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists. The beer was made with his wife Donna.
• Cassidy Shibiya of Harrison, first place in the light hybrid beer category.
• Donna Reuter of Akron, second place in the India pale ale category. She’s a member of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists. The beer was made with husband Larry.
• Brent McGrady of Delaware, third place in the Scottish and Irish ale category. He’s a member of the Delaware Ohio Homebrewers.
The Scioto, Olentangy & Darby Zymurgists also tied for sixth place in the AHA Club of the Year competition.
The association said there were 8,172 beers judged in the competition this year, making it the world’s largest beer contest.
“This year’s National Homebrew Competition fielded the largest group of entrants in the competition’s 36 year history,” AHA Director Gary Glass said in a prepared statement. “The level of competition has never been higher, meaning the National Homebrew Competition winners are truly among the most talented brewers in the world.”
Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills, Fla., won the Homebrewer of the Year award with his best-in-show entry in the Scottish and Irish ale category. The Meadmaker of the Year award was presented to Matthew Weide of Minneapolis, Minn., for his melomel, and Edward Walkowski from North Abington Township, Pa., won the Cidermaker of the Year award.
For a full list of winners, click here.