Maryland Microbrewery Festival and Homebrew Competition

The Maryland Microbrewery Festival is a state-sanctioned event which showcases Maryland craft beer.  It is held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Union Mills Homestead, just north of Westminster, Maryland.  

Part of the Festival's mission is to educate guests about beer, and about how the craft of homebrewing beer is an integral part of Maryland's beer culture.  From the inception of the Maryland Microbrewery Festival in 2005, the Midnight Homebrewers' League has provided the educational component of the Festival's mission.  Our club operates the Homebrewing Education Tent, in which we perform day-long demonstrations of homebrewing beer.  Extract and all-grain brewing methods are demonstrated, and moderated by club members who explain to guests the process of brewing beer as they watch it being done.

In addition to the Homebrewing Education Tent, the club conducts an annual competition in the historic Mill on the grounds of Union Mills Homestead.  This BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition draws entries from all parts of Maryland and the surrounding states.  The 2020 Festival and competition were cancelled like everything else, but we're hoping that 2021 can bring us back to some normalcy.  The 2021 Festival is currently scheduled for September 25, 2021.  Huge thanks go to the Union Mills Homestead, for the privilege of taking part in their annual festival!

Questions?  Email me.  Or ask me over a beer some time soon.  Cheers!

Steve Kranz

Competition Organizer

2017 Prize Winners:

Prize Category First Place Second Place Third Place
 Pale / Light Beers Tyler Dorsey (Westminster) Seth Harkins (Bethesda) David Farb (Rockville)
 German Beers Scott Deans (Washington, DC) Paul Richelmi (Arlington, VA) Charlie Heaps (Sykesville)
 Brittish Beers Omar Al-Nidawi (Washington, DC) Ben Lanier (Chambersburg, PA) Brian Glass (West Friendship)
 Strong Beers Chris Hanyock & Daniel Jacobs (Delmar, DE) Seth Harkins (Bethesda) Lee Mahoney (Odenton)
 American Ales Ryun Wauls (Clarksville) Steve Slaybaugh (Taneytown) Jay Wilkes (Takoma Park)
 IPABrian Jenkins (Hampstead) Michael Rodger (Edgewater) Ryun Wauls (Clarksville)

 Alan Hamm (Stevensville) Paul Richelmi (Arlington, VA) Michael Rodger (Edgewater)
 Sours & Fruit Beers Matthew Josleyn (Greencastle, PA) Shane Duggan (Washington, DC) Matthew Josleyn (Greencastle, PA)
 Spice & Seasonal Beers Steve Slaybaugh (Taneytown) Steve Kranz (Westminster) Chris Hanyock (Delmar, DE)
 Specialty Beers Lee Kexel (Cockeysville) Matthew Josleyn (Greencastle, PA) Steve Kranz (Westminster)
Best Of Show  Chris Hanyock & Daniel Jacobs - Dirty Thirty Gnarleywine (Barleywine)

2016 Prize Winners:

Prize Category First Place Second Place Third Place
 American IPA Brian Jenkins (Hampstead)         Anthony Erdman (Baltimore) John Groeger (Mechanicsville)
 American Pale and Amber Ales Nathan Parrish (Silver Spring) Chris Hanyok (Delmar, DE)     Tyler Dorsey (Westminster)
 Belgian & Sour Ales Lee Mahoney (Odenton) Ed Janiak (Parkton) Alexander Faiella (Belcamp)
 English, Scottish & Irish Beers Steve Slaybaugh (Taneytown) Alan Hamm (Stevensville) Seth Harkins (Bethesda)
 European Ales and Lagers Lee Kexel (Cockeysville) Brian Glass (West Friendship) Nathan Parrish (Silver Spring)
 Fruit, Spice, Vegetable, Experimental BeerGeorge Thiebes (Alexandria, VA) Matthew Ellis (Bethesda) Steve Slaybaugh (Taneytown)
 Other IPA Tom Davis (Silver Spring) Matthew Ellis (Bethesda) Eli Palma (San Diego, CA)
 Stouts, Strong Ales, Wood-Aged Beer Douglas Conner (North Beach) David Woodson (Leesburg, VA) Ed Janiak (Parkton)
 Trappist Ales Nathan James (Silver Spring) Lee Mahoney (Odenton) Matthew Storms (Baltimore)
 Wheat & Rye Beers Alan Hamm (Stevensville) Brian Ferullo (Bel Air) Noah Matesa (Westminster)            
Best Of Show  Lee Kexel (Cockeysville) - Brewtherville Blonde Bock

2015 Prize Winners:

Prize Category

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Light Lagers & Pilsners


Matt Cronin (Chevy Chase, MD)


Chris Ryan (Gaithersburg, MD)


Rob Knighton (Columbia, PA)

Light & Amber Hybrid Beers


Robert Klein (Pasadena, MD)


Benjamin Reynolds (Brooklyn, NY)


Douglas Conner (North Beach, MD)

Wheat Beers


Steven Sevchuk (Ewing, NJ)


Matt Cline (Eldersburg, MD)


Michael Peters (Baltimore, MD)

English & Scottish Ales


Robert Klein (Pasadena, MD)


Mark Furfaro (Mickleton, NJ)


Alan Hamm (Stevensville, MD)

Sour Beers


Clarence Swann (Gettysburg, PA)


Paul Holeva (Fort Washington, MD)


Andrew Ippolito (Germantown, MD)

American Pale & Amber Ales


Peter Malloy (Staten Island, NY)


Matt Cronin (Chevy Chase, MD)


Ken Grzymalski (California, MD)

Brown Ales


Douglas Conner (North Beach, MD)


Matthew Storms (Baltimore, MD)


Scott Benham (Gainesville, VA)

Smoked & Wood-Aged Beer


Kyle Leister (Pikesville, MD)


Steve Kranz (Westminster, MD)


Rob Farrell (Colesville, MD)



Seth Harkins (Bethesda, MD)


Mike Hartley (Abingdon, MD)


Michael Bezanson (Manchester, MD)

Amber & Dark Lager, Bock


Rob Knighton (Columbia, PA)


Daniel Corkran (Adelphi, MD)


Matt Cline (Eldersburg, MD)



Marcus Payne (Alexandria, VA)


Kevin Mapp (Westminster, MD)


Seth Harkins (Bethesda, MD)

American IPA


Mike Hartley (Abingdon, MD)


Matt Cronin (Chevy Chase, MD)


John Van Horn (Edgewater, MD)

Imperial IPA


Fritz Kranz (Baltimore, MD)


John Groeger (Mechanicsville, MD)


Buck Mathers (Hampstead, MD)

Belgian & French Ale


Rob Knighton (Columbia, PA)


Lee Mahony (Odenton, MD)


Michael Branson (Washington, DC)

Specialty Beer


Nathan Parrish (Silver Spring, MD)


Alan Hamm (Stevensonville, MD)


George Mowell (Annapolis, MD)

Strong Ales


Israel Arrietta (Azush, CA)


George Mowell (Annapolis, MD)


Dennis Petersen (Alexandria, VA)

Fruit Beer


Aaron Boroskin (Clarksburg, MD)


James Burck (Sykesville, MD)


Robert Moody (Newberry, Michigan)

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer


Michael Peters (Baltimore, MD)


Jason Sheaves (Falls Church, VA)


Israel Arrieta (Azusa, CA)

 BEST OF SHOW    01-001

 Matt Cronin (Chevy Chase, MD)

 Fuzzy Car Window Dice
 Premium American Lager

The winners list from the 2014 Competition (Best Of Show is in Red):

  1. Alan Hamm (Stevensonville)
  2. Matt Cline (Eldersburg)
  1. Jason Erickson (Woodstock, VA)
  2. Mark Cochran (Owings Mills)
 Belgian Strong:
  1. Gene Seyfferth (Owings Mills)
  2. John Fulton (Blacksburg, VA)
 Light Hibrids:
  1. George Mowell (Silver Spring)
  2. Andy Debenham (Manchester)
  1. Clarence Swann (Westminster)
  2. Charlie Heaps (Eldersburg)
 Specialty Beer:
  1. Devin Huck (Frederick)
  2. Kiel Macey (Pasadena)
 Scottish & Irish Ales:
  1. Steve Kranz (Westminster)
  2. Bob Rouse (Alexandria, VA)
  1. Luis Ponce (Leesburg, VA)
  2. Brian Gaylor (Columbia)
 Fruit Beer
  1. Michael Navas (Glenn Dale)
  2. Paul Hester (Westminster)
 American Ales:
  1. George Mowell (Silver Spring)
  2. Christopher Hanyok (Princess Anne)
 Wheat & Sours:
  1. Robert Place (Bethesda)
  2. Sam Hood (Acworth, GA)
 Herb, Spice, Vegetable Beer:
  1. Jeff Clark (Annapolis)
  2. Brian Gaylor (Columbia)
 English Ales:
  1. Jeff Clark (Annapolis)
  2. Jason Erickson (Woodstock, VA)

 Belgian & French Ales:
  1. Rob Klein (Pasadena)
  2. Lee Mahoney (Odenton)
 Smoked & Wood-Aged Beer:
  1. Paul Hester (Westminster)
  2. Steve Kranz (Westminster)

Below are the 2013 prize category and Best Of Show winners:

Light Lagers & Pilsners
  1. Charlie Heaps - German Pilsner
  2. Vaughn Miller - Munich Helles
Amber and Dark Lagers
  1. Alan Hamm - Schwarzbier
  2. Ben Emrick - Munich Dunkel
Specialty Beer
  1. Matt Ducey - Dark Magic
  2. Greg Reshetiloff - Gratzer
Smoke and Wood Aged Beer
  1. Anthony Erdman - Wine Barrel Saison
  2. Derick McElhaney - Bourbon Barrel Porter
English Brown Ales & Porters
  1. Steve Kranz & Neil Mezebish - Baltic Porter
  2. Lee Kexel - Robust Porter

Fruit Beers
  1. Rhonda Smith - Raspberry Tripel
  2. John Bacon - Peach Summer Ale
Herb, Spice, Vegetable Beers
  1. Daniel Corkran & Carl Davis - Rosemary Rye Beer
  2. Brent Machado - Pumpkin Ale
  1. Kerry Keene - Sweet Stout
  2. Coleman - Sweet Stout
Belgian & French Ales
  1. Frank Filteau - Petit Saison
  2. Tie
    • Jarrod Brennet - Saison
    • Robert Lindsay - Saison
American Ales
  1. Lee Mahoney - American Pale Ale
  2. John Bacon - American Amber Ale
  1. Derik McElhaney - Imperial IPA - 2014 Best of Show
  2. Jarrod Brennet - American IPA
Hybrid Beers
  1. Michael Hickey - Kolsch
  2. Lee Mahoney - Dusselforf Altbier
Belgian Strong Ales
  1. Lee Mahoney - Belgian Dark Strong
  2. Derick McElhaney - Belgian Dubbel
German Wheat & Rye Beer
  1. Alan Hamm - Weizen
  2. Bobby Jarvis & Nate Anderson - German Rye Beer
English, Scottish & Irish Ales
  1. Brent Machado - English Barleywine
  2. Lee Mahoney - Irish Red Ale

Below are the 2012 competition Winners

  1. Greg Reshetiloff - Dark American Lager
  2. Matthew Ducey - Dortmunder Export
English and Scottish Ales
  1. Warren Markert - Strong Scotch Ale
  2. Glenn Codner & Steve Kranz - Strong Scotch Ale
Porters and Stouts
  1. Wes Newton - Russian Imperial Stout
  2. Neil Mezebish & Steve Kranz - Russian Imperial Stout
Belgian Ales
  1. Matthew Crowne - Saison
  2. Steve Kranz - Saison

American Ales
  1. Seth Adams - American Amber Ale
  2. Greg Reshetiloff - American Pale Ale
Strong Ales
  1. Nate Anderson & Bobby Jarvis - American Barleywine
  2. Robert Getz - English Barleywine
Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Spiced Beers
  1. Brian Scheerer - Christmas/Winter Specialty
  2. Greg Reshetiloff - Herb Beer
Belgian Strong Ales
  1. Justin Airing - Belgian Golden Strong
  2. Gary McNamara - Belgian Tripel
  1. Kyle Cogar - American IPA - Best Of Show
  2. Keith Lipford - American IPA
Imperial IPA
  1. Mark Girard - Imperial IPA
  2. Kurt Anderson - Imperial IPA
Wood-Aged and Specialty Beers
  1. Steve Kranz - Wheat Wine aged in Bourbon Barrel
  2. Kyle Cogar - Peanut Butter Porter

2011 Winners:

Best Lagers:

1st Place - Gary McNamara

2nd Place - Keith Lipford

Best Ales:

1st Place - Aaron Long

2nd Place - Michael Gorleski

Best Fruit Beers:

1st Place - Russ Lorber

2nd Place - Robert Jannsen

Best Of Show Winner for 2011:

Keith Lipford, Jake Cowperthwaite, Dave Hershey, Phil Tansill - Traditional Bock

2010 Winners:

Best Lagers:

1st Place - Steve Kranz

2nd Place - Gary McNamara

Best Ales:

1st Place - Eric Lyons

2nd Place - Ben Schwalb

Best of Show Winner for 2010:

Gary McNamara, German Pilsner

2009 Winners:

Category 18B – Belgian Dubbel:

1st Place – Geoff Butts & Kevin Mapp

2nd Place – Russ Lorber

Category 9C – Scottish Export 80:

1st Place – Steve Kranz

2nd Place – Eric Krichinsky

Best of Show Winner for 2009:

Steve Kranz, Scottish Export 80 Shilling Ale

2008 Winners:

Category 8 A. (English Ordinary Bitter)

1st Place:    Charlie Heaps

2nd Place:   Chris and Anna Rawa

Category 12 A. (Brown Porter)

1st Place:    Eric Lyons

2nd Place:   Aaron Herman

Best Of Show Winner for 2008:

Aaron Herman's Juggernaut Brown Porter