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Iron Brewer V


ALEiens Only Competition

Starts July 29, 2014 - Finished April 28, 2015

21 Teams - Three Rounds - One winner!

$10 Entry per team

Iron Brewer is our in-house, ALEiens only competition.  Your chance to show off, secure some prizes, and (most importantly) gain bragging rights as one of the best brewers in the Club!  100% of the entry fee goes towards prizes, along with yearly dues meeting we will use to pick up some swanky prizes for First, Second, and Third prize!

This can be a team competition, giving you the opportunity to pair up with one or more of your fellow ALEiens, if you want to.  Single person teams are allowed.  We are looking for at least 16 teams, and a bracket system will be used as you advance through each round of the competition.

July 29, 2014 

Pick Round 1 ingredients

You will pick 1 of 4 regions: India, Southeast Asia, Mediterranean, or Latin America. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a beer inspired by the ingredients that define that region. You have a lot of room to be creative here, but the link to a particular region should be clear. There are no style restrictions otherwise. Have fun!



1. Eivind Sandstrand- 1st Place

2. Jeff Lewis- 2nd Place

3. Joe & Natalie DeChico

4. Glenn & Keith Locke & Stephen Brescia

5. Tom Cassidy & Alex Mustico


1. Denise & Kurt Schiller- 1st Place

2. Justin & Amber Dyjak

3. Bryon Howe

4. Scott Mangold- 2nd Place

5. Jake Gardner & Chris Chantry

6. Jim Coates


1. Jess Streeter

2. Dave Drass- Wild Card

3. Tim Roche & Eric Landolfi- 2nd Place

4. Justin Hutton & Dave

5. Blaise Fougere- 1st Place


1. Lothar Knuttel- 2nd Place

2. Chris Speece

3. Sean Sliwinski & Steve McCollick

4. Mike Grippi- 1st Place

5. Meredith Rebar & Garrett Willams

October 28, 2014

Round 1 entries DUE & judging

Pick Round 2 ingredients

Round 2 Specs: Let's get SMASH'd     Due 1/27/15


Maris Otter and Nelson Sauvin

1. Mike Grippi

2. Tim R & Eric L

3. Jeff Lewis

Munich and Moteuka

1. Matt Knuttel

2. Eivind & Nathan

3. Dave Drass

Pale/Rye (Minimum 40% Rye) & Topaz

1. Kurt & Denise S

2. Scott Mangold

3. Blaise F

Don't worry extract brewers: There are LME versions of Maris and Munich, and Rye (which is partially rye like wheat extract is only partially wheat, thus the 40% minimum for all-grain users)


January 27, 2015

Round 2 winners ANNOUNCED:

Moteuka and Munich: Eivind and Nathan

Marris Otter and Nelson Sauvin: Mike Grippi

Rye Topaz: Scot Mangold

Round 3 Assignment finally revealed: 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Enclosed, you will find a s’mores. Not just any s’mores. A DiBruno Bros S’more, made with dark chocolate and soft almond torrone stacked on a slab of Scharfe Maxx cheese, to be served at room temperature.

The Scharfe Maxx cheese is a raw cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland. Crafted at Studer Dairy near the Swiss-German border, this cheesy knockout hits first with its smell –sweet barnyard air—and swings second with its flavor—sautéed onions, beefy pungency, and a nutty bite. This stinky alpine cheese is richly complex with the taste of milk, herbs, and onions, with a smooth, almost fudgy texture.

Eat this bite of food. Savor it. Now make a beer that pairs with it. That’s right, no style restrictions, no ingredient limitations. Your only challenge is to make a beer that pairs well with the s’mores. The best pairing wins. The judges (club officers, our friends at dibrunos, our friends at NCBC, and an overall club vote) will rank each of the finalists to determine who has created the best pairing.  

Which means everyone in the club will be eating smores for that meeting. YAY CHEESE!

April 21, 2015

Round 3 entries DUE & judged by "all star panel" 

April 28, 2015


Judging (officers, guest judges, and the club vote) will commence, cheese will be eaten,

Iron Brewer Winners Announced


MIKE GRIPPI with English Brown Ale

Congrats to our reigning champ!


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Comment by Eivind Sandstrand on October 29, 2014 at 2:20pm
D-oh! Of course!! This should be fun

Comment by Natalie DeChico on October 29, 2014 at 2:07pm

Comment by Natalie DeChico on October 29, 2014 at 2:01pm
No Eivind, just that single hop and that single malt. Amount of malt used, Yeast and hop addition times & amounts are all up to you.
SMaSH- Single Malt & Single Hop

Comment by Eivind Sandstrand on October 29, 2014 at 1:36pm

Just so I'm clear on the rules for round #2: Are we allowed to use any other grains or hops than the ones given?

Comment by Blaise Fougere on July 31, 2014 at 3:41pm
I want in....please





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