By Ashley Hill
The Marietta Times
ASHLEY HILL The Marietta Times
Tony Styer, owner of the Marietta Brewing Company, fills a glass with beer at the restaurant and bar on Front Street in Marietta Tuesday. Saturday, the brewery held its first beer making contest and there were nine entries. The contest could be held again the future.
Doug Addis has spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos and reading books about beer making, and Saturday, it all paid off when he won the Marietta Brewing Company's first Homebrew Contest.
"I've been making beer for three years and I actually was in the Marietta Wine Cellars and I saw a flier for it down there (advertising the contest) and thought 'Why not?'" said Addis, 32, of Marietta. "It was a good time."
Tony Styer, who owns the brewery on Front Street in Marietta with his wife, Dana, said Addis' entry was one of nine. Tony Styer said the contest might be held again in the future but a date has not yet been established.
Top three Marietta Brewing Company Homebrew Contest winners
First place: Doug Addis, Hopsession pale ale.
Second place: Tim Marks, Hoppy Trails pale ale.
Third place: Greg Miskevish, holiday ale.
Source: Tony Styer, owner of the Marietta Brewing Company.
"It's a contest that we and our brewmaster (Mike Arnold) decided to come up with to try to promote home brewing," Styer said. "We're a microbrewery and we believe in American crafted beer...there's so much you can do with beer, so many flavors you can add to it."
"We announced it in early December and the Marietta Wine Cellars jumped on board and they were advertising it in their store and people caught on and hopefully if we do it again, we'll have a better turnout for it," he added.
The two businesses are often linked since the winery has a variety of beer brewing supplied, Styer said.
"Sometimes when we're experimenting with something, we'll go over there (to the winery) and get something," he said.
Addis' beer, which earned him $100, was a pale ale he called Hopsession. Since he won, a small batch of the beer will be reproduced by the brewmaster and sold to customers, although Addis won't receive any of the profit.
"I've made that beer many times and tweaked the recipe," Addis said.
Participants were required to provide four 12-ounce bottles of beer that were not labeled along with a $10 entry fee. The Styers and Arnold judged the beer on taste, color and aroma.
"Over a week or week-and-a-half we judged a couple each day," Tony Styer said, noting that winners were announced Saturday and some customers who were on hand were able to sample the entries.
The second and third place winners of the contest received cash prizes of $50 and $25, respectively, he said.