Participation in this Year's Event

This year the Austin Homebrew Festival is going through a few changes.

The biggest change is from the informal qualifying competition to a straight Invitational model, with all voting to take place as a People's Choice and Special Jury's Selection onsite. We will still have prizes for winners, with a Grand Prize of a brew session with the Head Brewer at NXNW Restaurant and Brewery Stonelake.

This change also supports the elimination of a "double brew" scenario, where homebrewers were brewing for a competition, then based on whether they advance would brew for the fest. As this competition was not a BJCP sanctioned competition, this approach put greater demand on both brewers and judges for their time, resources, and money invested in ingredients.

While an option would be to convert to a BJCP sanctioned competition, after discussion with local homebrewers we were advised not to go this route. There are currently more than enough BJCP events currently in Texas, and we risk "judge fatigue" as well as brewer burnout.

Additionally, the intent of the AHBF is to highlight the "best of the best" homebrewed beers, ciders, meads, and kombuchas that Central Texas homebrewers offer.

Therefore, we've gone to an invitational model for 2017. The initial candidates were either past participants in the festival, or were hand-selected from our local contingency of BJCP and MCAB award winners. You can view that list here:

Our 2017 Homebrewers

  • Corey J Martin
  • Trey Tschoepe
  • Matt Dondelinger
  • Howard Eland
  • Christian Holton
  • Bradley Janowski
  • Austin Price
  • Dave and Tiffany Moore
  • Rob McDonald
  • Brandon Treece and Tom Barch
  • Nik Adam
  • Keith and Pam Bradley 
  • Kerry Martin
  • Ronnie Lawson
  • Michael C. Allen
  • Brian Anderson and Jeff Anderson
  • Chad Ramey
  • Dominic Peterson

Our Participating 2017 Homebrew Clubs

Our homebrewers come from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. While some of our homebrewers are independent, several belong to one (or more) local homebrew clubs including:

A few of these clubs will have their own table to share homebrew as well as their tricks of the trade. Be sure to stop by and say howdy! Learn the benefits of joining a local club at a low to no cost.


Past Brewers (2016):

Trey Tschoepe - Trey brewed his first batch of very bad beer in 2008 and immediately fell in love.  Though his brewing was sporadic throughout the years, since 2013 Trey has brewed several times a month dialing in the details of the art.  Trey enjoys brewing IPAs, Stouts and German style lagers.  He believes beer brings people together in a way nothing else does, and he is excited to share King Ferdinand and The Diesel IPA with fellow beer lovers.

Trey Tschoepe - Trey brewed his first batch of very bad beer in 2008 and immediately fell in love.  Though his brewing was sporadic throughout the years, since 2013 Trey has brewed several times a month dialing in the details of the art.  Trey enjoys brewing IPAs, Stouts and German style lagers.  He believes beer brings people together in a way nothing else does, and he is excited to share King Ferdinand and The Diesel IPA with fellow beer lovers.

Rob MdDonald - Rob has been a homebrewer since 2005. He enjoys all classic German and Belgian styles with a mix of Czech and English styles. He has been a culinary arts educator for high school and adults in the Austin area since 2006 and lover of fermentations.  He enjoys making other items like sauerkraut, yogurt and kombucha. He believes that every human needs food literacy and the understanding of the earth and the resources that it provides and beer is one of those perfect examples of the human interaction with simple ingredients. You won’t find any items in his beers outside of the traditional grains, hops, yeast and local water, oh, and the occasional Belgian candy syrup.

Rob MdDonald - Rob has been a homebrewer since 2005. He enjoys all classic German and Belgian styles with a mix of Czech and English styles. He has been a culinary arts educator for high school and adults in the Austin area since 2006 and lover of fermentations.  He enjoys making other items like sauerkraut, yogurt and kombucha. He believes that every human needs food literacy and the understanding of the earth and the resources that it provides and beer is one of those perfect examples of the human interaction with simple ingredients. You won’t find any items in his beers outside of the traditional grains, hops, yeast and local water, oh, and the occasional Belgian candy syrup.

Kevin Jones - Kevin is a Florida native who moved here nearly five years ago to immerse himself in the craft beer culture that is Austin.  He brewed his first batch six years ago and never looked back.  He has a passion for big, bold, intense beers and like most homebrewers, he aspires to one day turn his passion into a career and share his creations with the rest of this city.  

Kevin Jones - Kevin is a Florida native who moved here nearly five years ago to immerse himself in the craft beer culture that is Austin.  He brewed his first batch six years ago and never looked back.  He has a passion for big, bold, intense beers and like most homebrewers, he aspires to one day turn his passion into a career and share his creations with the rest of this city.

 

Bret Fielder - Bret is a US Navy veteran turned homebrewer.  He's been homebrewing since April 2014, when he's not at his day job as a software engineer.  He's gone from extract kits to all grain and has recently settled on his current RIMS system, which he's very happy with.  He's tended to make balanced styles, and in the past year discovered lagers and hybrid beers, which he feels are some of the best he's made.

Bret Fielder - Bret is a US Navy veteran turned homebrewer.  He's been homebrewing since April 2014, when he's not at his day job as a software engineer.  He's gone from extract kits to all grain and has recently settled on his current RIMS system, which he's very happy with.  He's tended to make balanced styles, and in the past year discovered lagers and hybrid beers, which he feels are some of the best he's made.

Dave and Tiffany Moore of the Definitive Ales homebrewing collective began crafting fun, solid ales and the occasional lager at home circa 2006.  Starting with everyone’s favorite just add water kits, Dave soon tuned into the science and specifics of process control and fermentation, graduating to all grain brewing sometime in 2008.  Dave and Tiffany’s passion for quality has only grown since then, with a focus on being students of modern and historic brewing processes and styles including wild and sour fermentations.   Dave and Tiffany brew a majority of their beer for friends and family.  Known to quietly enter a competition here and there, they won second place at the 2014 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) finals for a 100% Brett fermented Hefeweizen, and have placed in the top three in other NHC first round competitions throughout the years.  It was once rumored that their English Porter was so damn good it was going to make its way to a local Austin brewery’s taproom for public consumption.  You can check their musings at www.facebook.com/definitiveales.   Dave and Tiffany love talking all things beer and brewing.  So swing by, have a chat, raise a glass, and sip some brew.  

Dave and Tiffany Moore of the Definitive Ales homebrewing collective began crafting fun, solid ales and the occasional lager at home circa 2006.  Starting with everyone’s favorite just add water kits, Dave soon tuned into the science and specifics of process control and fermentation, graduating to all grain brewing sometime in 2008.  Dave and Tiffany’s passion for quality has only grown since then, with a focus on being students of modern and historic brewing processes and styles including wild and sour fermentations.  

Dave and Tiffany brew a majority of their beer for friends and family.  Known to quietly enter a competition here and there, they won second place at the 2014 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) finals for a 100% Brett fermented Hefeweizen, and have placed in the top three in other NHC first round competitions throughout the years.  It was once rumored that their English Porter was so damn good it was going to make its way to a local Austin brewery’s taproom for public consumption.  You can check their musings at www.facebook.com/definitiveales.  

Dave and Tiffany love talking all things beer and brewing.  So swing by, have a chat, raise a glass, and sip some brew.  

Keith Bradley - Keith Bradley has been an award winning homebrewer since he started brewing extract beers on his apartment stovetop in 1993.  Keith started winning awards for his homebrew locally in 1993 and has since won in homebrew competitions from coast to coast amassing more than 300 awards including several Best of Show wins, most recently last year’s Dixie cup in Houston. Keith moved on to all grain brewing with the help of an anniversary gift from his employer and moved up to his current system when a neighbor ran a car into his garage and destroyed his old one. Keith has placed several times in the National Homebrewers Competition and in the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.  He has also participated in the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition for the last six years, each time with a different brewery.  Keith has been on the winning team in the Lone Star Circuit 5 times in the last six years and is currently the reigning winning team along with his wife Pam, who is the self-proclaimed CEO, CFO, QC and inventory control for their efforts as Bradley Brewing.  Keith enjoys sharing his home brewing knowledge with less experienced brewers and invites them over to the “Brewcave” in his garage for hands on experience.   Keith’s favorite styles of beer to brew are German lagers and Imperial IPA’s.   Keith is a member of two local homebrew clubs, the Austin Zealots and the Texas Carboys.

Keith Bradley - Keith Bradley has been an award winning homebrewer since he started brewing extract beers on his apartment stovetop in 1993.  Keith started winning awards for his homebrew locally in 1993 and has since won in homebrew competitions from coast to coast amassing more than 300 awards including several Best of Show wins, most recently last year’s Dixie cup in Houston. Keith moved on to all grain brewing with the help of an anniversary gift from his employer and moved up to his current system when a neighbor ran a car into his garage and destroyed his old one.

Keith has placed several times in the National Homebrewers Competition and in the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.  He has also participated in the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition for the last six years, each time with a different brewery.  Keith has been on the winning team in the Lone Star Circuit 5 times in the last six years and is currently the reigning winning team along with his wife Pam, who is the self-proclaimed CEO, CFO, QC and inventory control for their efforts as Bradley Brewing.  Keith enjoys sharing his home brewing knowledge with less experienced brewers and invites them over to the “Brewcave” in his garage for hands on experience.   Keith’s favorite styles of beer to brew are German lagers and Imperial IPA’s.   Keith is a member of two local homebrew clubs, the Austin Zealots and the Texas Carboys.

Isaac Woods Brewers -

co-founders and brothers Brian and Jeffrey Anderson have been homebrewing craft beer for just over 1 year.  A medical guy and marketing guy, respectively, they received a homebrew starter kit for a joint Father’s Day gift and began the journey into the art and science of beer making.  Moving quickly from extract to all grain brewing, they brew beer with plenty of depth and flavor, but with a focus on a restrained, harmonious balance believing that no one aspect of the taste experience should completely dominate the others.  As a result, Isaac Woods’ beers tend to be subtle and suggestive as opposed to brash and overpowering.

Isaac Woods is two brothers with one goal: use the highest quality ingredients and employ the best brewing techniques to make the finest beer that we would want to drink and be proud to serve. We look forward to presenting our beers at the festival and meeting other fellow homebrewers. Cheers!

Brandon Treece and Tom Barch - both are natives of Michigan, have lived in Austin for approximately 5 years, and have been brewing together since 2014.  Both electrical engineers by degree, they apply that skill directly to their brewing by constantly tweaking and updating not only their recipes but their process as well.  Today they brew on a 10 gallon, all electric system.  They have their main-stay recipes of course, but they really enjoy brewing fun and off the wall beers.  Currently in the works they have a chocolate peanut butter porter, and a raspberry spruce stout in preparation for Christmas.  

Brandon Treece and Tom Barch - both are natives of Michigan, have lived in Austin for approximately 5 years, and have been brewing together since 2014.  Both electrical engineers by degree, they apply that skill directly to their brewing by constantly tweaking and updating not only their recipes but their process as well.  Today they brew on a 10 gallon, all electric system.  They have their main-stay recipes of course, but they really enjoy brewing fun and off the wall beers.  Currently in the works they have a chocolate peanut butter porter, and a raspberry spruce stout in preparation for Christmas.

 

Matt Dondelinger - Matt is originally from Española, New Mexico and has lived in Austin for over 7 years. He first got into home brewing as a way to feed his love of Belgian style beers and out of an interest in learning how beer was made. He has been home brewing for nearly 3 years and it has become a huge passion of his. He loves mixing different flavors with different styles of beer and seeing what craziness ensues." 

Matt Dondelinger - Matt is originally from Española, New Mexico and has lived in Austin for over 7 years. He first got into home brewing as a way to feed his love of Belgian style beers and out of an interest in learning how beer was made. He has been home brewing for nearly 3 years and it has become a huge passion of his. He loves mixing different flavors with different styles of beer and seeing what craziness ensues." 

Jeff Ebeier - Jeff got his start into home brewing about a year and a half ago when one of his buddies bought an extract kit from the local homebrew shop and invited him over to help.  Several months later the friend moved out of state and bought Jeff his own starter brew kit as a birthday present.  It was there that Jeff was thrown into the world of home brewing and hasn’t looked back ever since. His first solo brew was an extract kit that turned out so bad he had to dump all 5 gallons out.  His second batch wasn’t much better.  It was then when his OCD kicked in and he was on a mission to figure out what happened and brew a beer that he was proud to have his friends drink.  He really started researching more about the importance of water chemistry, mashing temperatures, dry hopping techniques and more advanced brewing techniques beyond extract brewing. It was then he also began creating his own recipes.  Waimea Gold IPA was his first recipe that he created and began experimenting with and improving upon over the last 6 months.  He can’t be more honored to be able to share my beer with everyone at this festival.  

Jeff Ebeier - Jeff got his start into home brewing about a year and a half ago when one of his buddies bought an extract kit from the local homebrew shop and invited him over to help.  Several months later the friend moved out of state and bought Jeff his own starter brew kit as a birthday present.  It was there that Jeff was thrown into the world of home brewing and hasn’t looked back ever since.

His first solo brew was an extract kit that turned out so bad he had to dump all 5 gallons out.  His second batch wasn’t much better.  It was then when his OCD kicked in and he was on a mission to figure out what happened and brew a beer that he was proud to have his friends drink.  He really started researching more about the importance of water chemistry, mashing temperatures, dry hopping techniques and more advanced brewing techniques beyond extract brewing. It was then he also began creating his own recipes.  Waimea Gold IPA was his first recipe that he created and began experimenting with and improving upon over the last 6 months.  He can’t be more honored to be able to share my beer with everyone at this festival.

 

Howard Eland - Howard mazed (mazing is to mead as brewing is to beer) his first batch of mead in September of 1997, in which one original bottle still remains! While hanging out with a friend that home brewed beer, Howard’s wife Suzanne (Suzy) mentioned that she used to work at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  However, while she was there, they had mead, not beer.  Intrigued, Howard did some research on the history and lore of mead, and was hooked.  He has been making mead on and off since that time. Mead is the “Honeymoon Drink”, and Howard has made mead for several weddings – including bottle labels that match the invitations.  In 2015, Howard and Suzy joined the Texas Carboys homebrew club.  Starting with traditional and fruit meads, Howard has branched out to include braggots – or meads made with beer ingredients. When not making mead, Howard works as a computer scientist.  He lives with his aforementioned wife Suzy, has two daughters, and two grandchildren.  Oh, and 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 house rabbits, and 5 cattle (Longhorn and Angus).

Howard Eland - Howard mazed (mazing is to mead as brewing is to beer) his first batch of mead in September of 1997, in which one original bottle still remains! While hanging out with a friend that home brewed beer, Howard’s wife Suzanne (Suzy) mentioned that she used to work at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  However, while she was there, they had mead, not beer.  Intrigued, Howard did some research on the history and lore of mead, and was hooked.  He has been making mead on and off since that time. Mead is the “Honeymoon Drink”, and Howard has made mead for several weddings – including bottle labels that match the invitations.  In 2015, Howard and Suzy joined the Texas Carboys homebrew club.  Starting with traditional and fruit meads, Howard has branched out to include braggots – or meads made with beer ingredients.

When not making mead, Howard works as a computer scientist.  He lives with his aforementioned wife Suzy, has two daughters, and two grandchildren.  Oh, and 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 house rabbits, and 5 cattle (Longhorn and Angus).

Dominic Peterson - An import from Orange County, CA, currently spends the professional hours of his day as a cellar-man at Live Oak Brewery.  His interest in brewing and fermentation came about 2 years ago from shadowing his roommate around the house … (not creepy at all).  His roommate decided that he wanted to focus strictly on beer and this lead to Dominic’s stomach coming to the decision that he would accept the reign of kombucha homebrewer, and he’s been at it ever since.  On his free time he likes to shadow-box, because he wins twice, every time.  The future is looking bright for this talented homebrewer. 

Dominic Peterson - An import from Orange County, CA, currently spends the professional hours of his day as a cellar-man at Live Oak Brewery.  His interest in brewing and fermentation came about 2 years ago from shadowing his roommate around the house … (not creepy at all).  His roommate decided that he wanted to focus strictly on beer and this lead to Dominic’s stomach coming to the decision that he would accept the reign of kombucha homebrewer, and he’s been at it ever since.  On his free time he likes to shadow-box, because he wins twice, every time.  The future is looking bright for this talented homebrewer. 

Austin Price - Originally from Mesa, Arizona Austin moved to Bryan, Texas in 2012 with his wife Melissa, and three daughters, Alexis, Trinity and Savannah and his son Robert. Austin started homebrewing in early 2012 for the enjoyment of creating a delicious adult beverage for his adult family members to enjoy.  

Austin loves the hobby and is looking to open his own brewpub in the future. In 2016, he started the Brazos Valley Homebrew Society to openly share and trade homebrew knowledge, recipes and ideas for homebrewers, not only in the cities of within Brazos County but in all of the state of Texas. if interested go to facebook and serch Brazos Valley Homebrew Society.  Austin is proud to be in association with the Austin Homebrew Appreciation Society!

Michael Brown - A previous AHB Community School Board Member and parent, 2016 will mark his 6th BrewFest as a brewer.  He’s been making home-brew since 2007 and started crafting original recipes with local ingredients early on.  Michael celebrates diversity by both brewing and drinking all types of beer. 

Old Homestead Brewing - Pete Kennedy and Glenn Jones have been friends since high school.  Glenn started home brewing in 1992, long before it was cool.  He brewed the beer for Pete’s Laredo, Texas, wedding in 1993, but for years after that both men were busy raising kids.  By 2007, they had enough free time to start brewing together at Pete’s historic Hyde Park house – rumored to have been a brewing and moonshining site during Prohibition.  Their beers have won gold and silver medals at Yaktoberfest, an annual neighborhood home brewing block party.

Old Homestead Brewing - Pete Kennedy and Glenn Jones have been friends since high school.  Glenn started home brewing in 1992, long before it was cool.  He brewed the beer for Pete’s Laredo, Texas, wedding in 1993, but for years after that both men were busy raising kids.  By 2007, they had enough free time to start brewing together at Pete’s historic Hyde Park house – rumored to have been a brewing and moonshining site during Prohibition.  Their beers have won gold and silver medals at Yaktoberfest, an annual neighborhood home brewing block party.