UPDATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Well, while I admitted defeat earlier, I actually did call the winners accurately! The winners of the Samuel Adams LongShot Contest 2007 were:
- Mike McDole - Double IPA
- Rodney Kibzey - Weizenbock
I was right all along! Supposedly the Double IPA is a Pliney the Elder clone... Can't wait to try that. And I always love a good weizenbock. Look out for this pack!
Oh yeah, and the Employee Winner was the Grape Pale Ale... I was hoping for the Rye IPA with Honey as we brewed one of those as our second recipe ever, but oh well. I'm intrigued by this offering. As long as it's not Smuckers Jam and beer, it could be good!
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So, the results of the Samuel Adams LongShot Contest are almost ready to be made public. From their site:
The results are in! Congratulations to Mike McDole of California, Rodney Kibzey of Illinois, Dave Pobutkiewicz of New Jersey, and David Jackson of Georgia for being selected as finalists in the 2007 Samuel Adams® American Homebrew Contest™. All four will join us at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver where we’ll announce which two will be included in the LongShot® variety pack.
If you find yourself at the GABF, please be sure to stop by the LongShot booth to meet the finalists and vote on the 3rd brew to be included in the LongShot variety pack from our Samuel Adams employee homebrew contest.
We here at DrinkCraftBeer.com, however, already have the results (or at least a very good tip on them). I'm going to put my money on Mike McDole with his Double IPA and Rodney Kibzey with his Weizenbock! Although, the fact that the other two finalists were named Dave supports our theory here that Dave's brew beer. Check out our interviews if you want proof, there's a lot of Daves in there. But, back to the LongShot Contest, those are the labels they have received approval on from COLA, so that's what I'm betting on.
For the employee beer, I'm going to guess the Maibock will win, even before they do voting at the Great American Beer Fest. Good luck to everyone, but I'm pretty happy with those results. Samuel Adams could use a hoppy beer in their arsenal.
For those who care, the people who didn't win brewed:
Dave Pobutkiewicz - Helles Bock
David Jackson - American IPA
Let's see if my predictions pan out.
*** OK, so looks like my predictions may have been a little hasty, to say the least. They have approved 4 labels for the Homebrew Contest, and 2 more for the employee contest, as well as a third keg label. Also, the regional winner who brewed a Helles Bock, his entry is now called a Maibock, hence the above confusion about it being an employee brew So, now we have the possible winners as:
Maibock (was reported originally as a Helles Bock)
Grape Pale Ale
Weiss Beer with Orange
Rye IPA with Honey
Good luck to all!