Each year, Reuben’s Brews of Seattle invites amateur brewers to submit beers for its Hop Idol contest. A panel of experts from the brewery tastes the beers, evaluating and judging each. Then, with the homebrewer’s assistance, the winning beer is scaled-up and brewed on the big system at Reuben’s Brews. (See our previous posts about the Hop Idol program.)
Reuben’s Brews just announced this year’s winner, a team of amateur brewers from Hillsboro, Oregon. Later this year, the brewery will produce and release the scaled-up version of Temple of the Stars, a Northeast-style IPA.
The brewery just announced this year’s winners via social media. Here are the results of the 2021 Hop Idol competition as posted on Instagram.
AND THE HOP IDOL WINNER IS…
“Congratulations to Dan Schlegel, Frank Hammack, and Nate Roszina who brew as TALL TREES BREW LAB out of Hillsboro, Oregon for winning the title of Hop Idol 2021! Their Northeast IPA Temple of the Stars shone bright at our final table and won our judges’ praises. If the names sound familiar, Dan and Frank won the 2019 Hop Idol competition, making them the second two-time winner of the title!”
“The Runner-Up is Corey Kelly of Bozeman, Montana with their innovative and charming NE IPA Silly Rabbit. Third place goes to Tyler Kennedy of Seattle for Not Your Grandma’s Juicebox, and we’re pleased to announce an Honorable Mention to Kris Haskins of Seattle for their Ray of Sunshine.
“Thank you to all the homebrewers who submitted more than 130 beers for judging, our crack team of local BJCP judges, and our sponsors White Labs Yeast and Hops Direct for supplying prize packs to all the brewers who made the final table.”⠀
“Look for the winning beer – scaled up and brewed at our production brewery in Ballard – around the PNW later this year!”⠀