Archive – 2018-2019 Intra-Club Competitions

2018-2019 Season

June 2018: American-Style Session and Standard IPAs

IPA variants that are under 7.5% ABV. All entries should be true to the declared style. No wood-aged, fruit, funk, or spice variants for this quarterly comp.

Winner: Geoff Humphrey with his New England IPA.

September 2018: Iron Buddy Brew – Summer Ales

Our annual Iron Buddy Brew competition. As in years past, brewers newer to the club will be paired with veterans. Much like Iron Chef, each Iron Buddy Brew team will design and brew a beer in one of the styles listed below using a common secret ingredient and two or more double-secret ingredients. These ingredients will be chosen at random from limited lists at the June general meeting. 

  • Cream Ale (BJCP 1C)
  • American Wheat (BJCP 1D)
  • Kolsch (BJCP 5B)
  • Weissbier (BJCP 10A)
  • Blonde Ale (BJCP 18A)
  • American Pale Ale (BJCP 18B)
  • Fruit/spice/adjunct variants of any above style according to the Iron Buddy Brew guidelines

Here are the 2018 secret and double-secret ingredients as chosen at random by the Wheel of Destiny at the June meeting. Remember, all your chosen ingredients should be detectable in the finished beer.

Secret ingredient:
  • El Dorado hops
Double-secret ingredients (teams must pick at least two):
  • Spelt
  • Peaches
  • Lemongrass
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Rose hips
  • Cranberries

Winners: Rob Kausch and Dan Croll with their peach and raspberry Kolsch.

November 2018: Fantasy Brewing Draft Beers

Those participating in the RHBC Fantasy Brewing Draft will compete with their Fantasy “team” creations. The winner judged by a panel of experienced and BJCP judges will receive 70% of the Fantasy Brewing buy-in kitty, the runner up will receive 30%. Popular vote winner at the meeting will receive a special prize.

Participants must brew a beer with only the seven ingredients they drafted:

  • 1 malt variety
  • 1 hop variety
  • 1 yeast variety
  • 1 adjunct/spice/sugar/fruit
  • 3 “flex” ingredients of any category (malt, hop, yeast, adjunct/spice/sugar/fruit)


  • 1st Place: Mike Bostwick with his German-style lager
  • 2nd Place: Chris Egolf with his Saison with peaches
  • People’s Choice: Mike Bostwick with his German-style lager

December 2018: Belgian- and French-Style Ales

Biere de Rock Logo

In preparation for Biere de Rock and the Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines homebrew competition. All entries should be true to the declared style. No wood-aged, fruit, sour, funk, or spice variants for this quarterly comp.

Winner: Dan Croll with his Belgian Pale

February 2019: Big Beers

Big Beers Logo

True, this is off-schedule, but it’s a great time of year to feature the big, warming beers of winter. Also convenient that it’s a month after the Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines festival.

Winner: Chris Egolf with his 9-year-old Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

March 2019: Session and Standard Stouts

Traditional time of year for stouts, for RHBC members and others.