Lagerpalooza 2022: Here Are Your Homebrew Competition Winners

Lagerpalooza 2022 Winners

Beer flowed, music blared, and friends mingled. All seemed right with the world. After a couple of years of not-so-ordinary iterations, last Saturday’s Lageraplooza made lager fans forget the recent past.

Lagerpalooza 2022The two-pronged event — a homebrew competition and lager-centric craft beer festival — provides lager lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of the area’s finest.

Bohemian Brewery played host to the May 7 event. To learn more about what you may have missed (or experienced, if you were there), I invite you to read an article I wrote about Lagerpalooza 2022 and listen to a podcast episode with the primary players.

Paul Konopelksi, with co-brewer Dave Elske, nabbed Best of Show honors with a Czech Amber Lager called Simply Elegant. In total, 88 entries were judged.

Winning Ways

Each beer that wins Gold in a sub-category is eligible to vie for Best of Show honors.

Zachary Belles, a member of the Lauter Day Brewers homebrew club, picked up four medals on the day, a gold, a silver, and two bronze. Scott and Dave Anderson won two golds and a bronze.

Attendees at the Lagerpalooza festival sampled the previous year’s Best in Show winner. In this case, we were treated to Chaz Smith’s Nala’s Nectar, a beer that took top honors in 2020.

Smith also won a quartet of medals in 2022. He grabbed gold in the Strong Lagers and India Pale Lagers categories, as well as silver in Dark Lagers and bronze in Standard Amber Lagers.

 Lagerpalooza Best of Show

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPaul Konopelski; Co-Brewer: Dave ElskeSimply Elegant3C: Czech Amber Lager

 Winning Entries

Table 1: Lawnmower Beers (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stScott Anderson; Co-Brewer: Dave AndersonWhat the Hell4A: Munich Helles
2ndJake McQueenHola, Queen2A: International Pale Lager
3rdHunter ConleyHoney Helles4A: Munich Helles

Table 2: Standard Amber Lagers (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPaul Konopelski; Co-Brewer: Dave ElskeSimply Elegant3C: Czech Amber Lager
2ndJeffrey BalchYeastie Boys2B: International Amber Lager
3rdChaz SmithValley View7A: Vienna LagerLauter Day Brewers

Table 3: Czech Pale Lagers (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stScott Anderson; Co-Brewer: Dave AndersonCzech Please3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
2ndKathryn Smith; Co-Brewer: Mathis ZimmermannScenic Route Czech Pilsner3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
3rdMichael FelixPrague Rock Pilsner3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerLauter Day Brewers

Table 4: Dark Lagers (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stCarl TeacheyMenaker2C: International Dark LagerWinston-Salem Wort Hawgs Homebrew Club
2ndChaz SmithBrigadoon Black8B: SchwarzbierLauter Day Brewers
3rdDavid BuchananForbidden Perle8B: Schwarzbier

Table 5: Strong Lagers (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stChaz SmithLostcreek Lager4B: FestbierLauter Day Brewers
2ndDavid FettySchnettlerator9A: DoppelbockBrixie’s Brewers
3rdZachary BellesBelles Bock4C: Helles BockLauter Day Brewers

Table 6: Pale German Bier (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stZachary BellesCarolina Mustache5C: German ExportbierLauter Day Brewers
2ndGuy GradyLeichtsaber5A: German LeichtbierCentral Arkansas Fermenters
3rdDavid BuchananSkinny Dipping Spring Kölsch5B: Kolsch

Table 7: Pilsner (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stRyan HenlineNew Zealand PilsnerPRX5: New Zealand Pilsner
2ndZachary BellesRandy Panini-Makers Poolside Palace5D: German PilsLauter Day Brewers
3rdZachary BellesHome-Woven Handy-Crafts34B: Mixed-Style BeerLauter Day Brewers

Table 8: Strong(er) Amber Lagers (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeffrey BalchDark Helmut8A: Munich Dunkel
2ndScott DeVelbissRauchbier6B: Rauchbier
3rdScott Anderson; Co-Brewer: Dave AndersonBier Hund7B: Altbier

Table 9: IPL (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stChaz SmithBright21B: Specialty IPALauter Day Brewers
2ndChristian JohnsonLake Shot Brut IPA21B: Specialty IPA
3rdJohn ErsteBlackeye, Pa21B: Specialty IPALittle Mountain Homebrewers Association

Table 10: The Rest (Table of Randos) (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stChad FaulstickUncle Dunkel30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
2ndGuy GradyLime Tree Lager29A: Fruit BeerCentral Arkansas Fermenters
3rdJason SandersDiggity Dank Citra34C: Experimental Beer

Lagerpalooza 2 2022

Results tables from the 7th Annual Lagerpalooza courtesy of Lagerpalooza organizers.