Homebrewer Greg Irving made an experimental IPA earlier this year that didn't go over that well with his dad. His father tasted it and concluded, "This beer is awful." He wanted to dump it out.
On Friday night, (Oct. 31) that same beer was announced as the winner of the 2014 West Point Market Bottle My Brew Ohio Homebrew Challenge. Irving received $1,000 and his beer will be brewed commercially next year by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron.
"Even though this was first, it doesn't win in my dad's book," Irving, of Strongsville, said with a laugh shortly after he was announced as the winner during the Best of Ohio craft beer tasting.
"The world doesn't need another IPA, but I'm honored," he added.
Irving's brew bested about 75 others entered in the competition.
His IPA was made with Comet hops. "I was looking for a big punch of hop aroma and flavor and I think I succeeded," Irving said. "It's a beer that's very approachable to a lot of drinkers."
It's the third year that West Point Market in Akron has held the contest. Irving finished second in the inaugural competition in 2012.
West Point owner Rick Vernon said it makes sense for the upscale grocery to hold the competition because of the artisan approach of homebrewers and how well beer pairs with food.
Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway said he expects the beer will be brewed in March for an April release. It will be available in six-packs.
The other winners who finished in the top 10 were:
2. Paul Harden: Baltic porter.
3. Larry Reuter: American stout.
4. Keith McFarlane: Belgian-style pale ale.
5. Keith Kneisley: Porter
6. Tom Prochaska: Vanilla stout.
7. Donna Reuter: Brown Ale.
8. Joseph Karpinski: Stout
9. Nick Fantozzi: Watermelon wheat.
10. Scott Menicos: Stout.