Congratulations to Chilly Water Brewing and Foam Blowers of Indiana Home Brew Club!

Each year brewers from around the country with a strong concentration from Indiana compete in the Indiana Brewers’ Cup Competition: The Indiana State Fair Home Brew and Professional Brew Competition. This is one of nation’s largest beer competitions, having almost 1,300 total entries, with awards to both Professional Breweries as well as home brewers.

This year in the Pro Brewers awards Chilly Water Brewery of near downtown Indianapolis was awarded both Indiana Brewery of the Year and Grand Championship Brewery. They took the Best of Show brew award for professionals with a Scotch Ale. Chilly Water is the brain child of experienced local brewer Skip Duvall, who has worked at several other local breweries before opening this, his own trendy and hip music-based locale near Fountain Square just over one year ago (June 29, 1914). Dan Krzywicki is head brewer; Congrats to both Skip and Dan! Indianabeer.com caught up with Dan a couple of months ago and had a really interesting Saison as well as a Bird Song Belgian Ale that had nice character from Belgian yeast! Dan told me business was good and they’ve been quite pleased with the response to the beers! Chilly Water at 719 Virginia Ave #105, (Indianapolis) may be more packed once everyone learns of these awards! For our original story on the Chilly Water Opening CLICK HERE

By our count, looking only at GOLD Medals (first place in each category) Bier brewery had the most at 3 total. Considering TOTAL Medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) Chilly Water tied with Bier for top count at 6 each.

The Foam Blowers of Indiana Home Brew Club (full disclosure: two of us who blog here are members of the “FBI”) came away with Homebrew Club of the Year Award (based on total points) due to so many active and winning home brewing members as well as the Bill Friday Club Award (most points/total entries of the club). Bill Friday was a legendary home brewer and home brew promoter who visited many early clubs and touched many of our lives!

Tim Palmer OF Fishers, IN, a Foam Blowers of Indiana member, won Homebrewer of the year and had the Best of Show for home brew: a Helles Lager.

Our list of Professional Gold Medal winners by category is at the bottom of this posting!

Remember: BEER FESTS

The “Grand-Daddy of all Indiana Beer Festivals” is July 18, with 102 Indiana and Guest breweries pouring! Below is a list and links for some upcoming events!

July 18: Indiana Microbrews Festival – by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, Military Park (new venue), Indianapolis, CLICK HERE FOR INFO

July 25: GNAWBrew, Gnaw Bone, near Nashville, IN, Great time and you can CAMP!! CLICK HERE FOR INFO

August 1: Brew Haven, New Haven, IN, CLICK HERE FOR INFO

August 8: Pints in the Park, Highland, IN, CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Brewers Cup Gold Medals: Professional Breweries

Category 1 Light Lager (10 Entries)
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Columbus Ohio Gold Standard

Category 2 Pilsner (16 Entries)
Sun King Brewery Indianapolis Indiana Popcorn Pilsner

Category 3 European Amber Lager (12 Entries)
Mad Anthony Brewing Company Fort Wayne Indiana Auburn Lager

Category 4 Dark Lager (8 Entries)
Chilly Water Brewing Company Indianapolis Indiana Dark Side of the Munich

Category 5 Bock (11 Entries)
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Columbus Ohio Sustinator

Category 6 Light Hybrid Beer (38 Entries)
Bier Brewery Indianapolis Indiana Special K

Category 7 Amber Hybrid Beer (7 Entries)
Flix Brewhouse – Carmel Carmel Indiana Generation Alt

Category 8 English Pale Ale (14 Entries)
Bier Brewery Indianapolis Indiana ESB

Category 9 Scottish and Irish Ale (17 Entries)
Chilly Water Brewing Company Indianapolis Indiana Dance to the Storm

Category 10 American Ale (46 Entries)
Quaff On Brewing Company Nashville Indiana Trigger Hoppy

Category 11 English Brown Ale (18 Entries)
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Indianpolis Indiana Bull Dog Brown

Category 12 Porter (22 Entries)
Quaff On Brewing Company Nashville Indiana Busted Toe

Category 13 Stout (28 Entries)
Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. Greenwood Indiana U.S. Stout

Category 14 India Pale Ale (IPA) (55 Entries)
Mission Brewery San Diego California Shipwrecked Double IPA

Category 15 German Wheat and Rye Beer (18 Entries)
Fountain Square Brewery Indianapolis Indiana Hero Hefe Jr.

Category 16 Belgian and French Ale (30 Entries)
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Indianpolis Indiana Agrarian Queen

Category 17 Sour Ale (17 Entries)
Upland Brewing Co. Bloomington Indiana Paw Paw

Category 18 Belgian Strong Ale (21 Entries)
St. Joseph Brewery and Public House Indianapolis Indiana Benevolent Belgian Blond

Category 19 Strong Ale (10 Entries)
Bier Brewery Indianapolis Indiana Barleywhine

Category 20 Fruit Beer (15 Entries)
Tin Man Brewing Company Evansville Indiana Wired White IPA

Category 21 Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (24 Entries)
Latitude 42 Brewing co. Portage Michigan Island Fever

Category 22 Smoke-Flavored & Wood-Aged Beer (37 Entries)
Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati Ohio Pappy’s Ink

Category 23 Specialty Beer (23 Entries)
Bell’s Brewery Inc Galesburg Michigan Oarsman

Category Mead (5 Entries)
New Day Craft Mead & Cider Indianapolis Indiana Washington’s Folly

Category Cider (6 Entries)
McClure’s Orchard/Winery Peru Indiana jerry’s cherries