Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stone 2012 AHA Rally/Competition Recap

The Stone AHA Rally and March Madness Homebrew Competition was held last Saturday on March 10th and as usual had a very large turnout. Over 400 people RSVP'd for the event. I'm not sure there that many people actually attended, but the gardens were still teeming with people. There were a number of delicious beers that day. There were several I knew instantly were going to be top finishers including Ken Schmitz's Pillow Mint at the Ritz mint chocolate stout, Mango Haberno IPA, and Scott's Big IPL. The top 5 vote-getters were selected to be evaluated by a panel from Stone and the top 4 were announced. My beer ultimately did not finish in the top 4, but the three mentioned above finished 1, 2, and 4th with PP Steeze Imperial Coffee Vanilla Porter coming in third.

I also had the chance to meet up with a fellow homebrewer and blogger, Scott at SNB Brewing (Scott's Big IPL). He has an extensive write up of the Rally and I appreciate shout out for my Pirate's Breakfast Imperial Oatmeal Stout. We'll see what's in store for next year. In the mean time - I've got just 3 days left of studying for the BJCP exam on Saturday March 17th!
Greg Koch (CEO Stone) giving one of several speeches/announcements.
Pirate's Breakfast eagerly waiting to be served.
There's Pirate's Breakfast on the line up.
These are all of the beers that were served in bottles;
The other side of the garden had all the draft beers.


  1. Your Pirate Breakfast really was an excellent beer. I was remarking to Daniel how much I enjoyed it and how it was smoother then my own Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Imperial Rhino Stout 2011. A very well crafted beer.

    It was also great getting to meet you, OC/SD collaboration one day...?


  2. A collaboration brew sounds like a great plan!