ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) It's year four of the contest that gives homebrewers a chance to take their small-batch beers big time! Winooski's Beverage Warehouse teamed up with Farrell Distributing and 14th Star Brewing in St. Albans to create the "Make the Cut" homebrew challenge.
Eighty people entered. Professional beer tasters, industry experts, beer fans and the media, including our Darren Perron, picked their favorites. Twenty-three made it to the masters round. Four moved on to the founders round. And finally, two brews made the cut.
Drum roll, please! Your finalists are: Bryan Landerman and Greg Goyette, who made an Ekuanot Specialty IPA called "Our Saving Grace;" and Aaron Ritchie, who named his Catharina-style sour "Tropical Graffiti."
Now, the finalists will brew pilot batches of their beers at 14th Star. They will be distributed to numerous bars and restaurants in April for the head-to-head people's vote. That's where you get to decide which you like best.
The winning brew gets a commercial run of kegs and canned beers for statewide distribution, $1,000 and a featured spot at the Vermont Brewers Fest in July.
Cheers to the finalists!