In the fall of 2014, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas teamed up with CHAOS Brew Club again for their second annual Homebrew Challenge. This competition was designed to challenge local home brewers to create an original brew using vanilla and flavor extracts provided by Nielsen-Massey. Much like last year, we received numerous entries from Chicagoland beer-enthusiasts who creatively used Nielsen-Massey’s exceptional flavors and vanillas to create great one-of-kind brews. These signature brews were scored by 15 judges on December 6, 2014, at Derby Bar & Grill in Chicago, Illinois. The beer awarded best in show was “Rosewater Blonde Ale,” which used Nielsen-Massey’s Rose Water and was prepared and submitted by Patrick Elder of Naperville, IL. 

This year, we awarded 3  winners as well as named two honorable mentions:

  • First Place: Patrick Elder of Naperville, IL – “Rosewater Blonde Ale” using Nielsen-Massey Rose Water 
  • Second Place: Kyle Nordquist of La Grange Park, IL - “Invisibility Cloak” using Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Coffee Extracts 
  • Third Place: Dan Reinhold of Oak Park, IL - “XXXmas Ale” using Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
  • Honorable Mentions: Ted Perez and Laurel Childress ( “Two Dropz Chocolate Porter”) and Mark Westmeyer (“Hops of Darkness”)

We would like to send out a big thank to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again for the 2015 Homebrew Challenge."