Homebrewers from across the region were invited to see if their brew was good enough for Best in Show. This is a “just for the fun of it” event and is not sanctioned. Homebrewers chose the category that best represented their beer: Light, Amber, Dark or Specialty.

The 2017 Homebrew Competition Sponsor was Starr Hill Brewery. The Best in Show winner will have the chance to brew their winning recipe with the brewers of Starr Hill at the new Pilot Brewery located in Roanoke, VA.

The 2017 competition drew 51 entries with the winning results listed below.

Best in Show: Michael Czernicki


1st Place: Rodger Thurlow, “Guava Gose” (Fruit Beer)

2nd Place: Ken Knott & Jen Sharp-Knott “Our Orange President” (New England IPA)

3rd Place: David & Kelli Wheeler, “Bastogne Blonde” (Belgian Blonde)


1st Place: Steve Lusk, “Jim’s Special Amber” (American Amber)

2nd Place: Jason Cromer, “Jean-Claude Van Dubbel (Belgian Dubbel)

3rd Place: Curtis Shupe & Jayson Shirey, “Citra-A$$ Down” (American Pale Ale)


1st Place: Justin & Carrie Cox, “Nyet My President” (Whiskey Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout)

2nd Place: Beth Durham, “Baba Yaga” (Russian Imperial Stout)

3rd Place: Ken Knott & Jen Sharp-Knott, “Black Hops” (Black IPA)


1st Place: Michael Czernicki, “Raspberry Beret” (Raspberry Brett)

2nd Place: Trevor Doyle & Brandon Shaver “Yes Wheat Pecan” (Barrel Aged Wheatwine with Toasted Pecans)

3rd Place: Doug & Sara Urquhart, “Hibiscus Berliner Weisse” (Berliner Weisse)