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2019 The Dude's Homebrew Competition (Photo: Kirin Hage)

The Dude’s Homebrew Competition 2019: $5,335 raised!

$5,335 Raised!

THANK YOU! The 2019 The Dude’s Homebrew Competition is in the books, and what a time we had! With 26 great beers on tap and a record turnout, we raised more than $2,000 more than last year’s event!

There are a lot of thanks that need to go around, starting with Jeff Ware, Brandon Woodcock, and the whole Resurgence Brewing Company staff. Our presenting sponsor and host of the event for all six years that we’ve had it, we couldn’t be luckier to have such wonderful hosts.

Thanks also to our other sponsor, Premier Group, our supplier of tables, tasting cups, signage, printing supplies, and more.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the homebrewers who generously donated their beers to this event, and the Buffalo homebrewing community in generally (including the Niagara Association of Homebrewers and Sultans of Swig Home Brewers). We literally couldn’t have done it without them, and they came through with some outstanding beers as always. We say this every year, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better group of people than our local homebrew community.

Big thanks to the official judges of this year’s event, who donated their time and talents to tasting and scoring all of the beers in the competition. Our judges panel was comprised of three talented brewers: Devin Carman from Big Ditch Brewing Company, Matt Conron from Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing Co., and Nick Torgalski of Resurgence Brewing Company.

Our amazing event soundtrack was provided by the incredible Russ Burton of Russ Burton Entertainment. Book him for your next event and you won’t be disappointed!

And, of course, thank you to some wonderful volunteers who helped set up and allow the event to run smoothly: Ellen Notarius, Meg Maxwell, Eric Sliwinski, David Gardon, Tracey Gardon, and Chris Fitzgerald.


Let’s not forget, this was a competition! There were many, many outstanding and creative beers in this week’s field, but a few captured the hearts of our judges and attendees. Congratulations to our winner, Scott McMillan, whose “Another Caucasian, Gary” ran away with the popular vote propelling it to victory. Scott will get to brew a batch of the beer at Resurgence…look out for it on their beer menu later this year!

The winner of the Judges panel voting was “Weisse Weisse, Baby”, a fruit beer by Dan Cray and Jeff Walters.

Here are the complete results for this year’s competition:

Place Brewer(s) Beer Name Style Score*
1 Scott McMillan Another Caucasian, Gary Experimental Beer 150
2 Dan Cray, Jeff Walters Weisse Weisse Baby Fruit Beer 132
3 Andrew House Pucker Up Buttercup Berliner Weisse 124
4 Matt Linde and Mark Linde Coconut Porter American Porter 117
5 Chuck Privitera, Lindsay Taylor, Jeff Blasz, Jason Blasz, Joe Blasz, Paul Blasz, Tom Blasz Double Barrel Brown Ale American Brown Ale 95
6 Justin Rusek, Drew Schaub DDH Dangler Specialty IPA 93
7 Tom Reed, Joel Greinert It’s the F#*%ing Catharina Sour Mixer Catharina Sour 92
8 Ray Murphy Hop to the Razz Fruit Beer 88
9 Ron Stilwell, Kevin McKnight Uncivil Black IPA Specialty IPA 86
10 Brian Butler Chip Shot Specialty IPA 81
11 Brandon Kapral, Alex Buckley F_ It Dude, Let’s Gose Bowling Fruit Beer 81
12 Jon Claeys Strong Men Also Cry Fruit & Spice Beer 77
13 Adam Akers, Matt Donahue, and Carl Janish The Jesus Specialty IPA 61
14 Tim Maxwell, Eric Sliwinski, and Chris Fitzgerald You’re a Hefeweizen, I’m a Hefeweizen…That’s Terrific Weissbier 60
15 Erik Reinheimer Purplexed American Pale Ale 60
16 Jim Krell, Mike Spong The Mule British Brown Ale 59
17 Mike Jurnack Angelic Renewal Imperial Stout 55
18 Ray Zamboni The Stranger’s Chipotle Brown Experimental Beer 49
19 Dan Kaufman, Alex Buckley Pork Butt Brown American Brown Ale 49
20 Keith Curtachio, Dan Cassetta, c/o The Heritage Brewers Guild I Want My Mumme Historical Beer 44
21 Mark Zambron Oxidized Sprockets Vienna Lager 44
22 Josh Steele, Annie Turkowski Fruit of Our Labor Fruit Beer 43
23 Joseph Flett Saison’s for Life Nombre!! Saison 41
24 Michael Sullivan Kentucky Bender American Wild Ale 36
25 Alex Buckley Piggy Pale American Pale Ale 34
26 Eric Burt Cancer Can Go F@#% Itself Belgian IPA 31