The 8th annual Siciliano's Homebrew Party was held at Townsend Park on Saturday, May 14th. The weather was a little on the chilly side with a bit of rain here and there. It made no difference though, most people brought their own shelters or were able to set up on the porch of the picnic shelter. The park was packed with homebrewers from all over Michigan, each with plenty of their own brew to share with others. Members from Primetime Brewers and BOTL were there with their keg systems. Food provided by Siciliano's Market and entertainment from local blues legend Jimmie Stagger made the day extra special.
The MOB had three members in attendance that entered beer in the contest. Tim Borreson entered a Dunkelweizen, Ross Zigenthaler entered an Extra Special/Strong Bitter and Russ Smith entered an American Stout.
Once all of the medals were passed out, the winners of the gold medals were invited back up to the stage for the announcement of the winner of The Best Of Show award. The winner of this award not only gets bragging rights forever but they get their name engraved on the coveted Siciliano's Cup and they get to brew their beer at The Hop Cat in downtown Grand Rapids.
The announcer said that because there were so many excellent beers they had to limit the contenders for the Best Of Show to those with scores of 46 and higher. Since I had a score of 42, I was not going to win but Ross was still in the running. After a brief pause to build the excitement, they announced that the winner of the Siciliano's Market 2011 homebrew competition Best Of Show was Ross Zigenthaler. Ziggy "The Hauler" hauled one in for The MOB! Way to go Ross!