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July 21, 2017

Winners at the County Fair

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We wrapped up the sixth annual El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition Saturday with an awards ceremony on the fairgrounds in Calhan, which included a special appearance from County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, who spoke briefly about his efforts to establish a brewing school in Colorado Springs.

This year, we expanded the competition to include California Commons, sessionable British beers like bitters, and some summery historical styles like gose. All 86 entries were judged to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines on July 11 at WineCrafters Homebrew Supply. More than 25 volunteers, most of them Brew Brothers members, donated their time to help make the competition a success — thank you!

Nearly a quarter of this year’s homebrew entries were submitted by Brew Brothers members, and members won a third of the awards! Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all the winners, including our own John Landreman, Don Douglas and Gary Gagnon! Here’s a full list of the winning beers and brewers:

Lagers and Pilsners

  1. Michael Bradford – Ostinato (Munich Helles)
  2. Joshua Boldt – Malty Sanchez (Vienna Lager)
  3. Andrew Mclean – (American Lager)

Hybrid Beers

  1. Gary Gagnon – Kolsch For The Masses (Kolsch)
  2. Trevor Lovato – Waimea Cali Common (California Common)
  3. Ken Williams – Shield Maiden (Blonde Ale)

Wheat & Rye Beers

  1. John Landreman – (Weissbier)
  2. Joshua Bowen – Summer Weiss (Weissbier)
  3. Gary Gagnon – Dunkel My Pony (Dunkels Weissbier)

Belgium Ales

  1. Connor Kelly – Orono Saison (Saison)
  2. John Landreman – Franco-Belgian Saison (Saison)
  3. Mark Pennick – (Belgian Pale Ale)

British/Commonwealth Beers

  1. John Landreman – Willamette ESB (Strong Bitter)
  2. Don Douglas – Golden Crown (English Golden Ale)
  3. Don Douglas – Archibald The Grim (Scottish Light)

Pale Ales

  1. Jacob Lindholm – The “Originals” Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)
  2. Yuri Sanchez – SUBURBIA ( American IPA)
  3. Will Trail – Return Of Space MONKey (Belgian IPA)

Specialty Beers

  1. Jacob Lindholm – Jake’s Vanilla Porter (Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer)
  2. Mark Pennick – Tremendous Wall Green Chili Agave Wheat (Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer)
  3. Nicholas Berlingieri – Mallory Square Summer Ale (Fruit Beer)



February 22, 2017

Pictures from the 2017 Peterson AFB Homebrew Festival and Awards Ceremony

by jhoward
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January 11, 2017

The 12th Annual Peterson Air Force Base Homebrew Competition is Coming Soon!

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September 6, 2016

2016 Iron Brewer pairings

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The Iron Brewer challenge is based on the TV show “Iron Chef”. The board has selected the “Secret” ingredients and pairs of homebrewers will compete to see who can brew the best beer using…. *drumroll*…. Maple and *anything* that starts with the letter ‘B’! This means bourbon, bacon, brown sugar, butter(?), or anything you can think of to make your beer the best.

We’ll judge the entries at the November meeting so that should leave a fair amount of time to get brewing on this.

Here’s the list for our 2016 Iron Brewer competition, to date:

Iron Brewer Pairs

Mike Madsen Todd Horak
Josh ‘Fester’ Howard Ryan Hannigan
John ‘Safe’ Haven Mike ‘Axe’ Bordick
Chuck Page Dan Powell
Chris Daniel Johns
Stephen ‘Ator’ Shelton Michael
Ray Smith Eric Mitchell
Mark Welte Some guy from Pueblo?
Gary ‘G2″ Gagnon Dave Carpenter

9 teams, so a pretty good sampling.

July 17, 2016

El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition Winners

by jhoward
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Best of Show

1st  Place Matthew Eckhart


American Wheat Beer

2nd Place Cory Town


American Pale Ale

3rd Place Cody Woodside

Neighborhood Blonde

American Blonde Ale

Category 1: Lagers & Pilsners

1st  Place Patrick Harrison


Czech Premium Pale Lager

2nd Place Pete Skrebetz

Dirty Hippie

Czech Premium Pale Lager

3rd Place Pete Skrebetz

Lakeside Lager

International Pale Lager

Category 2: Light Ales

1st  Place Cody Woodside

Neighborhood Blonde

American Blonde Ale

2nd Place Gary Gagnon

Kolsch V.2


3rd Place John Wiley & Elizabeth Hartman

Craft Conditioned Kolsch


Category 3: Pale Ales

1st  Place Cory Town


American Pale Ale

2nd Place Mark Wingert


Specialty IPA

3rd Place Dave Haas

Zombie Dust

American IPA

Category 4: Wheat Beers

1st  Place Matthew Eckhart


American Wheat Beer

2nd Place Madison Child

I Get Wheat

American Wheat Beer

3rd Place Kirk Blackmon

Beat the Heat Hefeweizen


Category 5: Belgian Ales

1st  Place Jim Adams

Shoo Fly Saison


2nd Place Joshua Fogg

SS Saison II


3rd Place Nick Zeman

WITtier Than You


Category 6: Specialty Beers

1st  Place Michael Bostwick

Joshua’s Tree

Fruit Beer

2nd Place Josh Howard

Blackberry Pie

Fruit Beer

3rd Place Joshua Walton

Raspberry Wheat

Fruit Beer


Results can also be found on Brewscene under the Awards tab.


February 23, 2016

Peterson Homebrew Fest 2016 is in the Books!

by jhoward
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Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 Peterson AFB Homebrew Fest a success this year!

All the volunteers who put in many hours sorting beers, collecting beers, collecting donations, and organizing the judging, festival, and events deserve a big round of applause!  Big thanks to Curtis and the staff at the Peterson AFB Club for hosting this great event year after year as well!

The winners of the Homebrew competition can be found on Brewscene HERE. Click on Awards to see the results.  *Editors note:  There was consolidation of categories to the NHC standards, and this resulted in most of the homebrew results being pushed down the list from where you might expect them, just keep scrolling

As always, we want to thank our generous sponsors, with special thanks to the following companies who provided some fantastic prizes for our top winners:


Spike Brewing Provided a Stainless Steel Kettle with valve and thermometer
Hobby Beverage provided a Minibrew conical fermenter
SS Brewing Technology provided a stainless fermenter
Brewing Tools provided a Beer Box system








Cheers to our sponsors!  Click on the images above to check out their sites!

Here’s a few photos from the festival, featuring a few of the talented homebrewers who took home some hardware at the fest:

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We also want to take a moment to recognize our own John Landreman who was celebrating 20 years as a National ranked BJCP judge!

CakeLandy & Cake

March 3, 2015

Photo Recap from the 2015 PAFB Homebrew Festival

February 19, 2015

PAFB 2015 Homebrew Festival and Competition Sponsors

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February 8, 2015

Register for Access to the Peterson Homebrew Festival

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Please register on the following list if you:

  1. Judged or Stewarded at the Competition juding events.
  2. Plan to pour your homebrew at the fest.

List is available here.

You MUST be on this list to obtain access to the base on the evening of February 20th.

Cutoff for registration is February 16th!


July 1, 2014

El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition

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El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition


Click Here to View or Download the 2014 El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition Flyer

Welcome to the 3rd annual El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition! The El Paso County Fair Homebrew competition is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned event.

Entries due: July 13th

Judging: July 19th

Awards after judging at the County Fair

The following Summer beer styles will be accepted referencing the BJCP Style Guidelines:

1 Light Lager

2 Pils

6 Light Hybrid

10 American Ale

15 German Wheat & Rye

16 Belgian and French

20 Fruit Beer

Entries will be accepted from July 1st-13th. Register electronically at Only one beer per BJCP subcategory. The entry fee is $6, please use PayPal to make your payment. For each entry, submit 2 bottles with a bottle ID form attached to each by rubber bands. Bottles should have no labels or other identifying markings aside from the bottle ID form. ID forms can be printed from the registration website once you’ve registered your beer.

Please note that due to the limited amount of styles, we are capping the competition at 100 entries.

Drop your beer off from 8 am-4pm, or ship to the Fairgrounds by July 13th. Drop or Ship to:

Special Events Coordinator

El Paso County Fair and Event Complex

366 10th Street

Calhan, CO 80808

Local Drop-off locations during normal business hours:

Rocky Mountain Brewery

Old West Brewing Supplies

Judging will take place on July 19th at the fairgrounds and will be in accordance with the BJCP guidelines.

Ribbons will be awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Also, there will be a best in show award given out. The awards will be presented at the Fair on July 19th along with the score sheets. If you are not present, score sheets will be mailed to you.

Contact Info: Suzan McCoy (719) 520-7882, Rich Mock (719) 332-8896, Pete Skrebetz (719) 291-2188