Brewer of the Year (BotY) – 2021

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Note: This year’s competition will utilize styles from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines

All MASH members are eligible to compete in MASH’s Brewer of the Year (B.O.T.Y.) competition. (Limit 1 entry per month for each individual or brew team.) At each month’s meeting, a specific style of beer will be judged. Members collect B.O.T.Y. points for finishing first, second or third in this monthly competition and for receiving awards in BJCP-sanctioned external competitions.

Each entrant must supply a minimum of two12 oz. bottles. Contestants are encouraged to provide additional samples to facilitate sharing with the club at large. To maintain anonymity, bottles should be free of any identifying marks.

The number of judges for the BotY evaluation will be capped at a maximum of 5 per session. Whenever possible, the judging panel shall include at least one BJCP certified judge, Cicerone or professional brewer.

Points Awarded for MASH BOTY competitions are currently:

  • First Place – 5 points
  • Second Place – 4 points
  • Third Place – 3 points
  • Entering a beer – 1 point.

Points Awarded for external competitions are currently:

  • First Place – 5 points
  • Second Place – 4 points
  • Third Place – 3 points
  • Best of Show – Additional 2 points

B.O.T.Y runs from December to November of each year. MASH awards for B.O.T.Y are given out at the Winter Solstice party.

Click on the style name to be directed to the BJCP category description. Good luck to all!

MonthCategoryFirstSecondThird
DecemberN/A – Covid
JanuaryN/A – Covid
FebruaryN/A – Covid
MarchN/A – Covid
AprilN/A – Covid
MayN/A – Covid
JuneOPEN – BEST OF SHOWDavid James
Gueze
Steve Hiller
Lichtenhainer
Macorix Perera
Weissbier
JulyFRUIT BEER
Fruit Beer – 29A
Fruit & Spice Beer – 29B
Specialty Fruit Beer – 29C
Danny Smyth
Brett Beer
Blackberry
Giovanny Reyes
Gose
Lemon, Lime & Strawberry
David James
Wild Ale
Passionfruit
AugustPALE BITTER EUROPEAN BEER
German Leichtbier – 5A
Kölsch – 5B
Germen Helles Exportbier – 5C
German Pils – 5D
SeptemberPALE AMERICAN ALE
Blonde Ale – 18A
American Pale Ale – 18B
OctoberDARK BRITISH BEER
Sweet Stout – 16A
Oatmeal Stout – 16B
Tropical Stout – 16C
Foreign Extra – 16CD
NovemberIPA & SPECIALTY IPA
American IPA – 21A
Specialty IPA (all) – 21B
Past B.O.T.Y. Winners

1996   Scott Ross
1997   Scott Ross
1998   Mark Swenson
1999   F&G (Bob Fischer & Scott Graham)
2000   Joe Berryman
2001   Peter Buschbaum
2002   Denise and Scott Graham
2003   Denise and Scott Graham
2004   Patrick Gibson
2005   Darryl Hickey
2006   Russell Everett
2007   Russell Everett
2008   Denise and Scott Graham
2009   Darryl Hickey
2010   Josh Kritzer
2011   Jon Britton
2012   Dave Kirsten & Bob Billany
2013   Dave Kirsten & Bob Billany
2014   Dave Kirsten & Bob Billany
2015   Matt Waldron
2016   Dave Kirsten & Bob Billany
2017   Geoffrey Shideler
2018   Geoffrey Shideler
2019   Dave Kirsten