View our Main Site »

Monday, May 7, 2012

2012 Homebrew Party - The boss' official recap

Best of Show winner Russ Smith
hoists the Siciliano Cup
By Steve Siciliano

Cool temperatures and intermittent rain did nothing to damper the enthusiasm of the 150+ folks who attended the 9th Annual Siciliano's Homebrew Party last Saturday at Johnson Park. The attendance for this year's party was the highest to date and I was again amazed at the quality of beer, ciders and meads that are being crafted by our good friends and customers. As usual Jimmie Stagger and his band rocked, the dinner prepared by Three Men and a Grill was great, and all the happy party goers went home with armloads of wonderful gifts.  

After dinner the medals for the Siciliano's Homebrew Competition were passed out and it was announced that Russ Smith, a member of the MOB (Muskegon Ottawa Brewers), was the winner of this year's Best of Show. Russ's winning entry, a Northern German Alt beer, not only entitled him to have his name etched on the prestigious Siciliano's Cup, it also granted him an all-expense-paid trip to a future Sierra Nevada Beer Camp in Chico, California. Congratulations Russ! 

Thanks to all who attended this year's festivities. We are already working on next year's party and will announce the date as soon as it's finalized.

One final note. Score sheets and medals can now be picked up at the store. Those who would like to know their scores sooner may call or shoot us an email. 

Russ with Jim Macielak, the rep
from Sierra Nevada
Six of who knows how many corny kegs in attendance.
A box full of medals
Jimmie Stagger
Thanks to everyone for coming out!


  1. Great Party and Great People!! I love that people check there ego's at the door and are just there to celebrate the passion of home brewing and being together!!

  2. It was the first year I (and my wife) attended. What a great time. I am looking forward to next year. Now on to a great year of home brewing in between!

  3. Amazing party, good food and great way to make connections with other home brewers and share knowledge. I will be back for sure.

  4. Thanks again to Siciliano's Market for hosting all of us at the 2012 home brew party. It's because of you guys that the West Michigan craft brew scene has exploded like it has. I'm extremely excited about attending the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp! The MOB is looking forward to next year's competition, can anyone say Threepeat?