Brew or Cry 2015

Brewers Challenge 2015

WINNER:  Karl Siekart

New Format
4 Team Captains have been chosen and they are last years winner Hannah Stoffs, former EL-Hefe Jeff Scanlan, old school member Karl Siekert and club secretary Garry Puzach, as soon as teams are drafted you will be notified which team you are on and what style of beer you will be brewing.

Each Team Captain will draft club members, forming teams of at least 4 brewers. After teams have a total of 4 brewers, additional brewers will then be placed onto teams until there are no more eligible brewers left in the club. Where upon any new members joining the club shall be added to existing teams by way of the draft order.

The team captains that are chosen to face-off during the challenge will mutually agree on 2 styles of beer from the 2015 BJCP style guidelines for the first 2 competitions and will agree on a clone beer recipe for the third style, each brewer will have to use the same extract or all-grain recipe for the clone beer.

Once a style of beer has been agreed upon, it must be presented to the e-board and placed in the competition log. Selections made by team captains are based on a first come, first serve basis, and each set of two teams are required to have a different beer choice so that there are not 3 of the same beer style to judge.

If teams are unable to agree upon a style of beer, then the e-board will choose a style of beer that is in the team’s best interest to brew!

Each team may enter a maximum of 4 beers per competition, which will subsequently be judged and placed in order from 1st through 8th place. Everyone that is on a team must brew for at least one of the competitions and can brew for all three if they want. It will be up to the captain to determine who brews for which round, a captain could have the whole team brew and then select the best beers to move into that round but remember that each brewer on a team must be judged in one of the rounds.

Winning team after 3 rounds will face off against each other and the top 3 or 4 top scoring individual brewers (determined by the E-Board) for the grand prize and bragging rights of 2015 Brewer of the Year for the SPWH!

Team Point totals
1st =20   2nd=18   3rd=16   4th=14   5th=12   6th=10   7th=8   8th=6

Extra points can be awarded for entering into a competition outside the club. Only one
competition score will be awarded per beer in the Brew or Cry challenge but brewers
may enter multiple competitions to get the best possible score counted. Points can be
awarded up to the 3rd round judging.

Extra points are awarded of BJCP scores
20-30 = 2   30-40 = 4   40-45 = 6   45-50 = 10

Individual Point totals
1st =20   2nd =18   3rd =16   4th =14   5th =12   6th =10   7th =8   8th =6  9th=4   10 =2

Team Rosters

(C) Denotes Team Captain, Rosters follow in alphabetical order

 Team Karl

Josh Krutz

Dan Mickelson

Dan Nelson

Mike Manders

Ruben Mota

Chris Villenueva

 Team Garry

Zak Holmes

Colin Hormig

Charlie Marcotte

Mary Martin

Rod Melotte

Garry Taurick

 Team Jeff

Jamie Braatz

Micah Bristol

Theron Issacson

Jason Mayerl

Andy Widstrand

Peter Zoellner

Kris Hinzman

 Team Hannah

Brian Brockman

Troy Bronk

Joel Franke

Greg Schultz

Brian Sellung

Dale Wieselman



Round 1
1st Style Brew

Karl vs Garry – English IPA

Jeff vs Hannah


Round 2
2nd Style Brew

Karl vs Jeff

Garry vs Hannah – Double IPA

Round 3
Clone Beer

Karl vs Hannah

Garry vs Jeff

List of Styles by Difficulty


Point Standings

Team Scoreboard

166 Team Karl
158 Team Garry
138 Team Hannah
134 Team Jeff

Brewer Stats

50 Stoffs, Hannah
50 Mickelson, Dan
48 Siekert, Karl
46 Puzach, Garry
40 Mayerl, Jason
38 Kurutz, Josh
36 Marcotte, Charlie
32 Issacson, Theron
32 Holmes, Zak
30 Zoellner, Peter
26 Franke, Joel
24 Martin, Mary
20 Schulz, Greg
18 Villanueva, Chris
18 Brockman, Brian
16 Mota, Rubin
16 Melotte, Rod
14 Scanlan, Jeff
14 Hinzman, Kris
12 Bristol, Micah
12 Sellung, Brian
10 Nelson, Dan
10 Wieselman, Dale
8 Hormig, Collin
6 Widstrand, Andy
2 Bronk, Troy
0 Manders, Mike
0 Braatz, Jamieann

Round 1 Results

English IPA

(Teams: Karl v. Garry)

1 Mickelson, Dan
2 Villanueva, Chris
3 Siekert, Karl
3 Puzach, Garry
5 Holmes, Zak
6 Melotte, Rod
7 Hormig, Collin
8 Kurutz, Josh
9 Mota, Rubin
9 Nelson, Dan

American Stout

(Teams: Jeff v. Hannah)

1 Stoffs, Hannah
2 Franke, Joel
3 Schulz, Greg
4 Zoellner, Peter
5 Bristol, Micah
6 Wieselman, Dale
7 Scanlan, Jeff
8 Mayerl, Jason
8 Widstrand, Andy
10 Issacson, Theron

Round 2 Results


(Teams: Karl v. Jeff)

1 Issacson, Theron
2 Kurutz, Josh
3 Mayerl, Jason
4 Siekert, Karl
5 Mota, Rubin
6 Mickelson, Dan
7 Zoellner, Peter
8 Nelson, Dan

Imperial IPA

(Teams: Garry v. Hannah)

1 Marcotte, Charlie
2 Brockman, Brian
3 Holmes, Zak
4 Stoffs, Hannah
5 Martin, Mary
6 Puzach, Garry
7 Franke, Joel
8 Melotte, Rod
9 Schulz, Greg
10 Bronk, Troy
11 Sellung, Brian

Round 3 Results

Vienna Lager
Great Lakes – Elliot Ness CLONE

(Teams: Karl v. Hannah)

1 Mickelson, Dan
2 Siekert, Karl
3 Stoffs, Hannah
4 Kurutz, Josh
5 Sellung, Brian

Rogue – Dead Guy Ale CLONE

(Teams: Garry v. Jeff)

1 Puzach, Garry
2 Mayerl, Jason
3 Marcotte, Charlie
4 Hinzman, Kris
5 Martin, Mary
6 Issacson, Theron
7 Zoellner, Peter
8 Scanlan, Jeff
9 Holmes, Zak

Round 4 Results

There were quite a few who made the cut for the final round, only five were brave enough to take on the American Strong Ale (2015 BJCP category 22b).  Garry Puzzach and Hannah Stoffs brewed up some fantastic contenders, but there was one beer that was a clear winner.  Karl Siekart’s beer bested everyone, reigning supreme as the 2015 Brew or Cry Champion.

  1. Karl S
  2. Garry P
  3. Hannah S
  4. Jason M
  5. Dan M