ANN ARBOR — Dozens of homebrewing hopefuls descended on the Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Den May 14 for a shot at winning the brewpub’s 6th Annual Mug Club Brew-Off. On the line? The chance to brew a batch of the victorious beer with head brewer Duncan Williams and have it served at Grizzly Peak.
Twenty-six entries — including five IPAs, three pale ales, three stouts, two Belgian tripels, two rye beers and a number of specialty brews like a double American wheat — vied for the crown, which was awarded by Williams and a panel of other local brewers. Included in the panel were Karl Hinbern of Wolverine State Brewing Co., Logan Schaedig of Arbor Brewing Co., John Ritenour of the Corner Brewery and Tim Schmidt of Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery.
Two more familiar faces again walked away with the top honor. Jeff and Susan Rankert, husband-and-wife homebrewers and winners of last year’s Brew-Off, took the prize with their cream ale. The runner-up beer was a juniper rye IPA.
The event, which is not an officially sanctioned Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) event, is held every year in May and is open only to Mug Club members of Grizzly Peak.