ISF Brewers Cup winners announced 

The 13th Annual Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup Competition, July 8 and 9, with 1,071 entrants became one of the largest U.S. craft beer competitions. Ninety nationwide judges tasted and rated brews in 23 main categories with 78 subcategories.

Newcomer Bier Brewery won the Brewers of Indiana Guild Champion Brewery trophy over runner-up Crown Brewery and third-place Upland.

Michael Pearson (Indianapolis) won Homebrewer of the Year for a second time (2008) with four first-place brews, narrowly defeating fellow MECA Brew Club member and best friend Bill Ballinger.

Upland's Persimmon Lambic Sour Ale won Professional Best of Show. Chris Ingermann (Muncie) won Homebrewer Best of Show.His winning recipe will be brewed and served at Broad Ripple Brew Pub.

Indiana's homebrew clubs featured their brews at the awards banquet in the State Fair's Farm Bureau Building.

All the gold, silver, bronze winning homebrew and professional beers will be on display in the Ball State Agriculture/ Horticulture Building during the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 5 – 21.

Full list of winners at and


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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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