Chopped: Homebrew Club Edition

As promised, here are the details for the club 'Chopped'-style homebrew competition we are holding as a club. If you want to participate and are not already involved, read on for more information!

Competition Details

This is a competition based on the show 'Chopped' where you are assigned a random selection of ingredients to brew a beer. You may use any ingredients in addition your pre-assigned ones, and you can use as much or as little of the ingredients as you wish, but you will be judged on how well your beer highlights the ingredients  - through creativity, spirit, flavor, and quality.

Each group was randomly-assigned the following ingredients:

  • Base Malt - This must constitute at least 50% of your grain bill
  • Specialty Grain
  • Two Hops

To reiterate, you may use any additional ingredients and brew your beer with any techniques. But your beer must attempt to highlight the ingredients, not shy away from them.

We have broken competitors into four groups to ensure a wide variety of beers. Below is a listing of each group, the assigned ingredients, and the competitors.

Competitors will present their beers to the Braukline meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 and the group will vote on their favorites.

If you are not yet on a team but want to participate, please email us at and we will assign you to a group! The following are the current groups and competitors:

Group 1


  • Base Malt: Vienna
  • Specialty Grain: Kilned Coffee
  • Hop #1: Galena
  • Hop #2: Tettnanger


  • Mark Slater
  • Ryan Cusick
  • Mike Zydowicz
  • Joe Marinelli

Group 2


  • Base Malt: Golden Promise
  • Specialty Grain: Melanoidin
  • Hop #1: Ahtanum
  • Hop #2: Crystal


  • Zane Nichols
  • Jeff Roach
  • Alex Reynolds
  • Josie Dybe

Group 3


  • Base Malt: RedX
  • Specialty Grain: Black
  • Hop #1: Cluster
  • Hop #2: Palisade


  • Sarah & Chris Gonzales
  • Tony Petz
  • Kevin DelSignore & Jeremy Kerpka
  • Steve Alderfer
  • AJ Driscoll

Group 4


  • Base Malt: Pearl
  • Specialty Grain: Caramel Malt Light (8L)
  • Hop #1: Calypso
  • Hop #2: Saaz


  • Jacob Simon
  • Tom Casey & Ben Brown
  • Andrew Bromley

Group 5


  • Base Malt: Munich Light
  • Specialty Grain: Amber
  • Hop #1: Hallertau Blanc
  • Hop #2: Styrian Goldings


  • Tommy Seckel
  • Alex McDonald
  • Eric Summers
  • Andrew Dunbar