Thanks to all who participated in the 31st Annual Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup Challenge.

There were 185 entries judged and 100 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPatrick Williams
Co-Brewer: Alex Williams
Honey do Saison25B: Saison
2ndMegan SawaWant It Painted Black21B2: Black IPABrixie's Brewers
3rdCat WizgirdTiaras Over Tophats13C: English PorterAssociation of Bloomington-Normal Brewers

Best of Show – Cider

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stGeorge TurnerFraunch Cidre 2021C1C: French CiderKuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB)

Chicago Cup Winner (31 Participating Clubs)

1stBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)273023.12
2ndKuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB)21109.04
3rdUrban Knaves of Grain03208.05
4thBrixie's Brewers21008.03
5thJoliet Brewers Guild12007.03
6thEvanston Homebrew Club20006.02
North Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)20006.02
8thScott N Marks11005.02
9thMadison Homebrewers & Tasters10104.02
Cane Island Alers (CIA)10104.02
Sun Prairie Worthogs10104.02
Association of Bloomington-Normal Brewers10104.02
Bacon Ave Brewing10104.02
Motor City Mashers02004.02
15thZZHops Homebrewing Club01103.02
16thIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)10003.01
St. Louis Brews10003.01
18thNordeast Brewers Alliance00202.02
19thBloatarian Brewing League01002.01
Big Easy Homebrewers01002.01
C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club01002.01
22ndDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists00111.01
Kansas City Bier Meisters00101.01
Midnight Carboys00101.01
Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts (PALE)00101.01

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 1: Pale Lager (14 entries)

1stCaleb MeinkeLen’s1A: American Light LagerMadison Homebrewers & Tasters
2ndBill George
Co-Brewer: Joe Froehlich
Lukr Faucets For Christmas Please Jbg Smash Saaz Pilsner3A: Czech Pale LagerJoliet Brewers Guild
3rdDavid BarrettBlessings From Above3B: Czech Premimum Pale LagerBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)

Table 2: Pale Malty European Lager (5 entries)

1stEric WoodFest For The Rest4B: FestbierBrixie's Brewers
2ndDaniel KukukHome Port4B: FestbierMotor City Mashers
3rdDavid BarrettJames Bagge4A: Munich HellesBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)

Table 3: Pale Bitter European Beer (10 entries)

1stBill George
Co-Brewer: Joe Froehlich
Water Of Froehlich Jbg Smash Saaz Pilsner 5A: German LeichtbierJoliet Brewers Guild
2ndRaymond NonnieAustrian Alps5D: German PilsUrban Knaves of Grain
3rdAdam JoyceKolsch!5B: KölschSun Prairie Worthogs

Table 4: Amber European Beer (9 entries)

1stStephen SchmittMärzenbier6A: MärzenEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndJames ToddSgt. Schultz's Alt! Who Goes There?7B: AltbierBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdGerad MillerIt Cost A Man's Life To Get This Out Of Germany6A: MärzenDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 5: Dark European Lager (8 entries)

1stMike OttoSalvationator9A: Doppelbock Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
2ndKevin OlsonLi'l Sebastian8B: SchwarzbierZZHops Homebrewing Club
3rdMichael RensingPrague Bock3D: Czech Dark LagerCane Island Alers (CIA)

Table 6: German Wheat (7 entries)

1stMichael RensingAll My Apes Gone10C: Weizenbock Cane Island Alers (CIA)
2ndMetts PotterFall Weissbier10B: Dunkels WeissbierBloatarian Brewing League
3rdJeremy AndersonHoly Maltrimony10B: Dunkels Weissbier

Table 7: Strong British and American (10 entries)

1stAdam JoyceOdin The Terrible20C: Imperial StoutSun Prairie Worthogs
2ndJoseph Froehlich
Co-Brewer: Bill George
Jason’s Barleywine 17D: English Barley WineJoliet Brewers Guild
3rdMark WestmeyerHopgasam22A: Double IPABrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)

Table 8: British Commonwealth Beer (14 entries)

1stJack CantleWetherspoon's Pub Ale11A: Ordinary BitterNorth Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)
2ndDavid BarrettSouth Side Irish15A: Irish Red AleBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdCaleb MeinkeZealandiaLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerMadison Homebrewers & Tasters

Table 9: Brown British Beer (8 entries)

1stAaron PigorsSir Kay, Kingsbrother13B: British Brown AleIlliana Beer Rackers Union (IBRU)
2ndMichael MorelCat Face Mild13A: Dark MildBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdMike & Stephanie ButlerA Mild Surprise 13A: Dark MildKansas City Bier Meisters

Table 10: American Ale (14 entries)

1stScott PointonChicago Steamer19B: California CommonBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
2ndBrent BronnenbergMr. Stone Pale Ale18B: American Pale AleBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdZachary FrittsThe Art Of Self Defense19A: American Amber AleMidnight Carboys

Table 11: Porters and Stouts (11 entries)

1stCat WizgirdTiaras Over Tophats13C: English PorterAssociation of Bloomington-Normal Brewers
2ndEd BoveZero Dimes16D: Foreign Extra StoutBrewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdStanley Parker
Co-Brewer: Bacon Ave Brewers
Cocoa Kahlua Stout16A: Sweet StoutBacon Ave Brewing

Table 12: American and Specialty IPA (12 entries)

1stMegan SawaWant It Painted Black21B2: Black IPA Brixie's Brewers
2ndDaniel KukukGalactic Pleasure Craft21B: Specialty IPA Motor City Mashers
3rdDoug BulthuisRye Don’t You Stop Talking For A Minute 21B5: Rye IPA Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB)

Table 13: Sour and Wild Ale (5 entries)

1stStephen SchmittSecond Lambic23D: LambicEvanston Homebrew Club
2ndDamon Turner
Co-Brewer: Steve Sekol
Irish You Were My Friend28C: Wild Specialty Beer Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB)
3rdMichael JacobsNot Schlitz28A: Brett Beer Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts (PALE)

Table 14: Belgian and Trappist (15 entries)

1stPatrick Williams
Co-Brewer: Alex Williams
Honey do Saison25B: Saison
2ndMike KimbleMidnight Driver Of A Love MacHine26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleUrban Knaves of Grain
3rdAndrew LockwoodMichael Dubblé26B: Belgian DubbelNordeast Brewers Alliance

Table 15: Fruit Beer (6 entries)

1stEdward O'NeillMan Go Peachy Wheatie29A: Fruit Beer St. Louis Brews
2ndKevin PyleMoonset29A: Fruit Beer Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdKevin OlsonSpring Break! Strawberry Daiquiri!29A: Fruit Beer ZZHops Homebrewing Club

Table 16: Spiced Beer (7 entries)

1stStanley Parker
Co-Brewer: Bacon Ave Brewers
Three Amigos Green Chile Pale Ale30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Bacon Ave Brewing
2ndDavid AshCuke IPA30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club
3rdDan AchesonRighthand Milk Stout - Chocolate Chai Edition30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Urban Knaves of Grain
HMGerad MillerThat's Right, I Am the Pumpkin King30B: Autumn Seasonal Beer Dayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 17: Specialty and Wood Aged Beer (10 entries)

1stJack CantleBourbon Moose -Bba Brown Ale33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer North Urban Brewing Society (NUBS)
2ndTimothy MarksBears On Unicycles33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Scott N Marks

Table 18: Historical, Alternative, and Experimental (6 entries)

1stTimothy MarksBeer 4 Living the High Life27A6: Pre-Prohibition LagerScott N Marks
2ndAlex Williams
Co-Brewer: Patrick Williams
Inky34C: Experimental Beer Big Easy Homebrewers
3rdMark NiemczewskiCold Hearted Snake34B: Mixed-Style Beer Urban Knaves of Grain

Table 19: Cider (5 entries)

1stGeorge TurnerFraunch Cidre 2021C1C: French CiderKuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB)
2ndDan AchesonDaadee Ma's Apple ChaiC2E: Cider with Herbs/Spices Urban Knaves of Grain
3rdAndrew LockwoodYou Know It's Getting Cold Outside When You Go Outside And It's Cold.C2B: Cider with Other Fruit Nordeast Brewers Alliance

Table 20: Mead (9 entries)

1stRyan VigneMorning GrindM4C: Experimental Mead
2ndEd BoveWar RaiderM4C: Experimental Mead Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS)
3rdRyan VigneElderberryM2C: Berry Mead