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Thanks to all who participated in the 29th Annual Ales Open.

There were 336 entries judged and 146 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stWuilmer VenegasLa Margara 10A: WeissbierGTA Brews
2ndCasey SzottBig Hop Hugs21A: American IPACowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdTravis MushanskiMystery Basement Juice23D: LambicAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Brewer of the Year (110 Participating Brewers)

1stBrady MacDonald1309.00 Battle River Brewers
Wuilmer Venegas
** Best of Show Participant **
3009.00 GTA Brews
3rdWesley d'Haene1218.00 Cowtown Yeast Wranglers
4thCasey Szott
** Best of Show Participant **
1207.00 Cowtown Yeast Wranglers
5thAdam Bass1116.00
Markus Ebner2006.00
Cory Fletcher1116.00 GTA Brews
Paul Heslop2006.00 Cowtown Yeast Wranglers
Trevor Murray1116.00 Ottawa Homebrew Society

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Homebrew Club of the Year (31 Participating Clubs)

1stGTA Brews7123148.00
2ndCowtown Yeast Wranglers566133.00
3rdAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan216114.00
4thBattle River Brewers140011.00
5thHeadhunters Brewing Club21109.00
Ottawa Homebrew Society11409.00
7thOttawa’s Homebrew Society11308.00
8thTrue Grist20006.00
Winnipeg Brew Bombers20006.00

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 1: Table 1 - Light Lager (Styles 1A, 1B, 2A, 4A, 4B, 5C) (15 entries)

1stGreg PatersonGortmünder5C: German Helles ExportbierHeadhunters Brewing Club
2ndChris HughesDónde Está La Playa2A: International Pale LagerGTA Brews
3rdLennart BeckerMexican Lager1B: American LagerVanBrewers

Table 2: Table 2 - Pilsner (Styles 5A,5D, 3B, 27A6) (13 entries)

1stScott SterlingCzech'ed In3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerTrue Grist
2ndSteven MachtalerThat's What She Saaz3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerHeadhunters Brewing Club
3rdAdam BassPivo, Pivo, Pivo! Oi, Oi, Oi!3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager

Table 3: Table 3 - Europe Amber Lager (7A, 3C, 6A, 6B, 27A1) (9 entries)

1stWuilmer VenegasOnly In Vienna7A: Vienna LagerGTA Brews
2ndShane SchlesingerMowmow6A: MärzenGTA Brews
3rdCarsten WeitemeyerKleiner Kommissar Anton7A: Vienna LagerGTA Brews

Table 4: Table 4 - Dark Lager (Styles 3D, 8A, 8B) (13 entries)

1stArne SchmidtSchwarzbier 8B: SchwarzbierAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan
2ndAdam BassDo You Smell Toast?8A: Munich Dunkel
3rdAaron Krywicki
Co-Brewer: Tyrone Keep
Zero Dark Czechy 3D: Czech Dark LagerHeadhunters Brewing Club

Table 5: Table 5 - Bock (Styles: 4C, 9A, 9B) (6 entries)

1stPaul HeslopJusteis9B: EisbockCowtown Yeast Wranglers
2ndChad KlingBelsnickel Bock9A: Doppelbock VanBrewers
3rdArne SchmidtHast Du Bock?4C: Helles BockAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 6: Table 6 - Light Hybrid Beer (1C, 1D, 5B, 18A) (21 entries)

1stLeif BogwaldBerserker Kolsch5B: KölschIsland Brewers Union (IBU)
2ndBrady MacDonaldM3 Lee1D: American Wheat BeerBattle River Brewers
3rdDavid Ward
Co-Brewer: Scott Lechelt
If You're Not First You're Last 5B: KölschCowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 7: Table 7 - Amber Hybrid Beer (7B, 19B) (4 entries)

1stJosh DavisVest For Your Jimmy19B: California CommonGTA Brews
2ndDavid M Chang-SangFor Unlawful Common Knowledge19B: California CommonGTA Brews
3rdArne SchmidtAltbier 7B: AltbierAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 8: Table 8 - English Pale Ale (11A, 11B, 11C, 12A) (7 entries)

1stAdam BassDoubtful At Best11C: Strong Bitter
2ndReginald P. Picklefeather IIIAble Archer12A: British Golden AleGTA Brews
3rdIsrael MichaudLegacy Code V511B: Best BitterOttawa Homebrew Society

Table 9: Table 9 - Scottish and Irish (14A, 14C, 15A, 17C) (13 entries)

1stPaul HeslopNessie17C: Wee HeavyCowtown Yeast Wranglers
2ndAlexander Kaul60 Pennies For Your Thoughts14A: Scottish LightThe Misty Mountain Mashers
3rdJosh EdwardsRed Leprechaun15A: Irish Red AleBrewnosers

Table 10: Table 10 - American Pale (18B) (11 entries)

1stBrady MacDonaldPale Rider18B: American Pale AleBattle River Brewers
2ndWesley d'HaeneCheck It, Who Wants To Disrespect?18B: American Pale AleCowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdAdam MalejkoAlessandra1018B: American Pale AleCowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 11: Table 11 - Other American (19A, 19B) (6 entries)

1stDaniel MolinskiCall Me Chesty19C: American Brown AleWinnipeg Brew Bombers
2ndBrady MacDonaldBunny Hop Brown19C: American Brown AleBattle River Brewers
3rdSean O’DonnellLoneliness And Cheeseburgers19A: American Amber AleOttawa’s Homebrew Society

Table 12: Table 12 - English Brown (13A, 27A4, 13B) (8 entries)

1stReginald P. Picklefeather IIIDown With Thee Brown13B: British Brown AleGTA Brews
2ndNick HodowskyTiny Pail Brown Ale13B: British Brown AleGTA Brews
3rdDoug CharlishDark Mild 202413A: Dark MildCowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 13: Table 13 - Porter (9C, 13C, 20A) (11 entries)

1stWesley d'HaeneTwo Poles On The Imaginary Axis20A: American PorterCowtown Yeast Wranglers
2ndCory Fletcher
Co-Brewer: Dave Frederick
Back Forty Baltic9C: Baltic PorterGTA Brews
3rdJesse OwensJanky Fluff13C: English PorterMontreAlers

Table 14: Table 14 - Stout (15B, 15C, 16A, 16B) (16 entries)

1stLuke ThiessenWinterpeg16B: Oatmeal Stout
2ndBrady MacDonaldMy Pal Mike16A: Sweet StoutBattle River Brewers
3rdTed ChiltonIrish Stout15B: Irish StoutCowtown Yeast Wranglers
HMShane SchlesingerDarksaber16B: Oatmeal StoutGTA Brews

Table 15: Table 15 - Strong Stout (16C, 16D, 20B, 20C) (9 entries)

1stJoel TremblayRecipe #520C: Imperial Stout
2ndRick AlaszkiewiczChester In The Sky20B: American StoutCowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdDom Labre268 Stout16C: Tropical StoutOttawa's Homebrew Society

Table 16: Table 16 - American IPA (21A) (13 entries)

1stCasey SzottBig Hop Hugs21A: American IPACowtown Yeast Wranglers
2ndJosh DavisDr.Dipert's Revenge21A: American IPAGTA Brews
3rdGreig Frostad21a American IPA21A: American IPAAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 17: Table 17 - IPA (22A. 21B, 21C) (19 entries)

1stShane SchlesingerSeeing Red21B4: Red IPA GTA Brews
2ndWesley d'HaeneTenets Of The Terpene Temple21C: Hazy IPACowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdAndrew FordCms21B: Specialty IPA Cottage Country Brewers/ GTA Brews

Table 18: Table 18 - German Wheat/Rye (10A, 10C, 27A3) (3 entries)

1stWuilmer VenegasLa Margara 10A: WeissbierGTA Brews
2ndChad McCarthyWeizenator10C: Weizenbock VanBrewers
3rdGeorge KoutsoulisG's Hefeweizen 10A: WeissbierAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 19: Table 19 - Belgian and French (24A, 26A, 24B, 25B, 24C) (18 entries)

1stChris Bohaichuk
Co-Brewer: Andrew Purschke
Lisan Al Gaib25B: Saison Edmonton Homebrewers Guild
2ndSean O’DonnellCarry The One24C: Bière de Garde Ottawa’s Homebrew Society
3rdSean O’DonnellUnfortunate Search Results25B: Saison Ottawa’s Homebrew Society
HMRyan PrestonSpeltcaster25B: Saison Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 20: Table 20 - Sour (23A, 23G, 23B, 23C, 23D, 23E, 23F) (10 entries)

1stTravis MushanskiMystery Basement Juice23D: LambicAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan
2ndPatrick BrownLong Runs Are The Worst23A: Berliner WeisseGTA Brews
3rdScott NansonGreat Ceaser's Gose23G: GoseEdmonton Homebrewers Guild

Table 21: Table 21 - Belgian Strong (13 entries)

1stCory FletcherFletcher's Fine Belgian Blond25A: Belgian Blond AleGTA Brews
2ndPatrick PaughThe Double26B: Belgian DubbelIsland Brewers Union
3rdMartin GouletGarden Quad26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleOttawa Home Brew Society

Table 22: Table 22 - Strong (17B, 17D, 22C) (7 entries)

1stMarkus EbnerFws9l22C: American Barleywine
2ndDavid Ward
Co-Brewer: Scott Lechelt
Get Off My Lawn17B: Old AleCowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdSacha IkonicoffDelusions Of Grandeur17B: Old AleOttawa Homebrew Society

Table 23: Table 23 - Fruit Beer (29A, 29B, 29C) (10 entries)

1stChandler Janzen
Co-Brewer: Graham Epp
Cherry RIS29A: Fruit Beer Headhunters Brewing Club
2ndAndrew McCreadyWhat Gose Round: Raspberry29A: Fruit Beer GTA Brews
3rdLeif BogwaldBerserker Brew House Blackberry Porter29A: Fruit Beer Island Brewers Union (IBU)

Table 24: Table 24 - Spice (30A, 30B, 30C) (14 entries)

1stNeal FoyLazy Dog Serrano Porter30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Winnipeg Brew Bombers
2ndKyle Kellam63°38′ N, 19°03′ W Nordic Pale Ale30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer GTA Brews
3rdWesley d'HaeneMore Chocolate On My Drumset30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 25: Table 25 - Smoke and Wood (8 entries)

1stMarkus EbnerSingularity33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
2ndMike PalRauchbier6B: RauchbierBattle River Brewers
3rdDavid SinasacBarley, Spelt, Rye & Oak33A: Wood-Aged Beer Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

Table 26: Table 26 - Special (Part 1) (20 entries)

1stSteve ShawSoniarita29B: Fruit and Spice Beer
2ndCasey SzottCarnage29B: Fruit and Spice Beer Cowtown Yeast Wranglers
3rdRon McReavyRodolph's Raspberry Stout29C: Specialty Fruit Beer GTA Brews

Table 27: Table 27 - Special (Part 2) (14 entries)

1stJim CavillNectaromicon LSX5: New Zealand PilsnerOttawa's Homebrew Society
2ndTina LinemanWholesale Failure, Now With Coconut!34C: Experimental Beer GTA Brews
3rdJesse OwensScampers LSX5: New Zealand PilsnerMontreAlers

Table 28: Table 28 - Mead (Traditional and Fruit) (10 entries)

1stChristian MlotschekMixed Up MelM2E: Melomel True Grist
2ndMike KootSour Grapes M2B: PymentAle & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan
3rdTrevor MurraySaint FiacreM2C: Berry Mead Ottawa Homebrew Society
HMMike KootCor's Last StandM2C: Berry Mead Ale & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 29: Table 29 - Spice and Special Mead (9 entries)

1stTrevor MurraySaint Boniface M3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Ottawa Homebrew Society
2ndTrevor MurraySaint AntonioM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Ottawa Homebrew Society
3rdTravis MushanskiDamn Bees Puked On My BlackberriesM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Ale & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan

Table 30: Table 30 - CIder and Perry (6 entries)

1stAnita LuszszakIt Is Summer To MeC2B: Cider with Other Fruit Cowtown Yeast Wranglers
2ndKen Pearce
Co-Brewer: Wilard Westin
Choix Des PresidentesC1A: New World CiderGTA Brews
3rdCory FletcherVelvet OrchardC2B: Cider with Other Fruit GTA Brews