Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant conducted their final round of judging for Brew with a Legend, a regional beer competition where homebrewers vied for the opportunity to brew their signature recipe with craft beer pioneer and Iron Hill’s co-founder, Mark Edelson.
“We were completely floored by the interest and excitement around this first year of putting on this competition. We received over 186 unique participants with over 360 beers to taste at five designated regional locations and had to narrow it down to just five total,” says Mark Edelson, Director of Brewery Operations for Iron Hill. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to brew with our five creative and talented winners, it’s going to be a busy year ahead.”
Winners were selected regionally on Saturday, January 18 at Iron Hill locations in Greater Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and South Carolina. The winning homebrewers are listed below:
- Greater Philadelphia (Judged at Iron Hill Ardmore) – Lou Casta and Tim Egan with “Dewey Beetem & Howe” – Saison with Beets
- New Jersey (Judged at Iron Hill Maple Shade) – Patrick Smith with “Paddy’s Wm. Younger BS Porter” – Porter
- Delaware (Judged at Iron Hill Newark) – Matt Ayers with “Belsnickel” – Imperial Porter
- Central PA (Judged at Iron Hill Lancaster) – Colby Mullins with “Hop Showers” – Hazy IPA
- South Carolina (Judged at Iron Hill Greenville) – David Byer with “I’ve Gotta Get Out of Here” – German-style Schwarzbier
In keeping with Iron Hill’s tradition of community involvement, each of the winning beers will be available on tap at the winner’s home location with $1 per pint donated to the winner’s charity of choice as well as a dedicated Give 20, a fundraising evening where the selected non-profits can earn twenty percent of food sales. The charities selected included Philabundance (Greater Philadelphia Region), Associated Humane Society and Animal Sanctuary at Popcorn Park (New Jersey Region), Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (Delaware Region), Lupus Foundation of America (Central Pennsylvania Region) and PETA. (South Carolina Region). In addition to bragging rights, winning homebrewers will receive a $500 Iron Hill gift card and a sixtel of their prize-winning beer.