Capital Brewers: Summer Session competition 2015


Capital Brewers: Summer Session Competition

For the second time, this now annual event sought to find the ultimate “Summer in a Glass” beer.

The task of the home brewer was to produce a light, refreshing, medium body, thirst quenching and balanced beer of low ABV, i.e. a lawnmower beer.

The competition was held on Saturday the 15th of August 2015 in W. J. Kavanagh’s, 4 & 5 Lower Dorset St, Dublin 1.


W. J. Kavanaghs proved a great spot for the competition


11 beers were judged on the day which made their way from home brew clubs around the country.

The Judges were Sarah Finney, Kev O’Hare and Peter Dudley.

Maja Kristek and Thomas Carroll stewarded with Shane Phelan and Ronan Flynn overseeing the competition.


Judging in progress

4 beers were selected for the Best of Show where the order of the winners was decided.

Best of Show

The results were as follows:

1st Bren Murphy, with a blonde IPA

2nd Cahalbrua, with a beer that contained ginger and lime

3rd Bren Murphy, with a fruity red


The winners received these generous prizes:

1st – 25kg malt from The Mottly Brew, Vintage malt bag, T-shirt and Hat from Minch Malt and a €50 voucher for The Homebrewing Company.

2nd – 5kg malt and T-shirt and hat from Minch Malt, 6kg malt from The Mottly Brew

3rd – 6kg malt from The Mottly Brew and a T-shirt from Minch Malt


Winners medals and sashes (designed and made by Shane Phelan)


Prizes awaiting the winners

Congrats to the winners and all involved in another successful competition.

We all look forward to next year.


Pictures courtesy of Maja Kristek “Maja” and Shane Phelan.

Author: Paul Adams (DCBrewing)

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