This past Saturday, about a dozen homebrewers from around the area converged on the parking lot of the Little House in Boynton Beach to brave the fickle Florida weather, show off their brews, and enter into a friendly competition.
Owner Chrissy Benoit (previously of Havana Hideaway in Lake Worth) and manager Jade Hornsby organized this second homebrew competition at the cozy downtown Boynton Beach restaurant.
"This is the sixth brew-off that Chrissy has done," Hornsby said. Benoit had previously hosted such events at the Hideaway. "She's all about incubating people's ideas and helping drive their passions.
"Mike [Halker] used to compete in her brew-offs, and now... he owns Due South."
Not a bad success story.
Following the seasonal theme of the previous inaugural November event, which featured fall and wintry concoctions (think stouts and porters), entrants were tasked to create a spring/summery beer. Styles such as a peach IPA, basil IPA, raspberry wheat, and cucumber basil pale ale were among the entrants.
But the winner of the judged competition, selected by Brett Hubbard of the Behind the Glass podcast, was Coy Patrick with his Pool Party Pale Ale. The commercial-level pale ale, dry-hopped with orange zest, was perfectly balanced and remained true to style but kept a hint of uniqueness that made it stand out. He received the winning honors and a $500 top prize. Not bad for a hobby, eh?
Coy started off where many do: enjoying beer.