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The Results are in: $3,627 Raised!


The 4th annual The Dude’s Homebrew Competition is in the books, and we hope everyone had as great a time as we did. We’re $3,627 closer to a cure for cancer today! After all was said and done, The Nihilist Pale Ale by Corey Dudish and Brian Meyer won our competition, as determined by a combination of judges score and voting by those attending. Congratulations to Corey, Brian, and also Dan Potts, whose Red Dragon Welsh Bitter was chosen as Best in Show by our distinguished panel of judges.

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There are many people to thank, starting with Jeff, Dave, Brandon, and the staff at Resurgence Brewing Company, who are the world’s greatest hosts (and makers of wonderful beers).

Thanks also to our fantastic judges panel made up of some of the area’s best brewers: Colin Herzog of Flying Bison Brewing Company, Matt Kahn of Big Ditch Brewing Company, John Domres of Buffalo Brewing Company, and Dave Schiralli of 12 Gates Brewing Company.

Special thanks, also, to the following people and groups:

  • All of the homebrewers who graciously donated their beers and time to the cause. There were so many fantastic, creative beers yesterday. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer group of people than those who are part of our local homebrewing community. (Speaking of, special thanks to Niagara Association of Homebrewers and Sultans of Swig Homebrew Club for supporting this event and cause every year).
  • Alex Placito, who helped assemble our excellent panel of judges and who has supported us from Day 1
  • Premier Gourmet for logistical support, and for having the best beer selection in WNY
  • Russ Burton for providing the awesome soundtrack to yesterday’s event. If anyone is looking for a DJ for their wedding or event, might we suggest Russ Burton Entertainment?
  • Our volunteers at the event who made sure everything ran smoothly: Camille Holmgren, Meg Devine Maxwell, and Ellen Maxwell Notarius.
  • And last but certainly not least, everyone who came out, donated, and participated in yesterday’s event.

Thank you again, everyone! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

The Dude’s Homebrew Competition: $3,180 for crushing cancer

The Dude's Homebrew Competition Photo Album
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The second annual The Dude’s Homebrew Competition is in the books, and we’re another $3,180 closer to a cure for cancer! Here’s what we learned on Saturday:

  • Homebrewers hate cancer.
  • Buffalo has an incredible wealth of talented homebrewers.
  • Our local breweries and brewers (and especially our amazing hosts at Resurgence) are fantastically generous.
  • Buffalonians have a passion for good (and new and inventive) beers.

All $3,180 raised at the event goes directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their mission to cure blood cancers. It’s a cause that’s near and dear to our heart, and we’re so happy to add this to The Dude Hates Cancer’s total of over $500,000 raised since the campaign started in 2006.

There are many people to thank for the success of this event, and the list starts with two groups: a legion of talented, generous, and passionate homebrewers, and the unbelievably kind and generous management and staff at Resurgence Brewing Company. This event wouldn’t have been possible without their contributions, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their sacrifices for this cause.

We’d also like to thank the celebrity judges that came out to officially judge the entries in this year’s competition. Jeff Ware and Dave Collins of Resurgence, Alex Placito of Old First Ward Brewing, Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works, and Matt Kahn and Corey Catalano of Big Ditch Brewing Co. It’s a veritable pantheon of Buffalo brewers, and we’re so grateful for their time and consideration of the beers on hand.

We’d like to thank those that helped organize the event on our behalf. This includes the members of two great homebrew associations in Western New York: Niagara Association of Homebrewers and Sultans of Swig. It also includes Russ Burton, who provided all sound at the event, the amazing management at The Premier Group who provided logistical support including tables, printing, and other considerations, Ellen Notarius, who managed check-in and raffles, and Eric Sliwinski, who helped with setup.

And last, but not least, we’d like to thank everyone who came out in support of the event; tasting, donating, and picking their favorite beers. You love beer and hate cancer, and we couldn’t be happier about that.

Congratulations to our winners, Devin Carman, Brandon Kapral, and Alex Buckley, whose beer “Do You Like Pina Coladas?” won both the Peoples’ Choice vote and the overall top prize. For their efforts, they’ll get to brew a barrel of their beer at Resurgence! Also, congratulations to Mike Cooke and Dave Gruszka, whose beer “Facial Abuse” was selected Best in Show by our panel of judges.

Here are the complete results of our competition:

Overall Top 3

(Combination of Peoples’ Choice and Official Judge scoring)

  1. Do You Like Pina Coladas? – Devin Carman, Brandan Kapral, Alex Buckley (Specialty Beer)
  2. Facial Abuse – Mike Cooke, Dave Gruszka (India Pale Ale)
  3. The Treehorn – Kenny Winkelsas, Eric Tucker (India Pale Ale)

Official Judges – Best in Show Selections:

  1. Facial Abuse – Mike Cooke, Dave Gruszka (India Pale Ale)
  2. Irish Coffee Stout – Chris Johnson (Oatmeal Stout)
  3. Lil’ Ale Pale Ale – Nathan Brozyna (American Pale Ale)

*Honorable Mention – C4 Habanero Black IPA – John Claeys (Black IPA)

Peoples’ Choice Votes – Top 10 Vote Getters

  1. Do You Like Pina Coladas?136 Votes – Devin Carman, Brandan Kapral, Alex Buckley (Specialty Beer)
  2. Facial Abuse70 Votes – Mike Cooke, Dave Gruszka (India Pale Ale)
  3. The Treehorn52 Votes – Kenny Winkelsas, Eric Tucker (India Pale Ale)
  4. Irish Coffee Stout43 Votes – Chris Johnson (Oatmeal Stout)
  5. Monsta Double Double IPA35 Votes – John DePaolo (Imperial IPA)
  6. C4 Habanero Black IPA34 Votes – John Claeys (Black IPA)
  7. 88 MPH Doc Brown Ale31 Votes – Collin Corcoran (British Brown Ale)
  8. Honey Kolsch Red31 Votes – Raizin (Red Kolsch)
  9. Hippsterpotamus (a.k.a. Summer Socks)29 Votes – Drew Hardin (American Pale Ale)
  10. Nine Toes Amber Ale23 Votes – Dan Potts (American Amber Ale)