New Beer Friday, Congrats to Jeff Chase Edition (May 24)

Congrats to Jeff Chase (center), winner of the Siciliano's Cup in 2019!

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

I am pleased to announce that Jeff Chase is the winner of Best of Show for the Sixteenth Annual Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition. The member of the Motor City Mashers homebrew club took the top honors with his American Porter and was presented the prestigious Siciliano’s Cup last Saturday at the awards presentation at Johnson Park.

Jeff also received a $500.00 gift card to Siciliano’s Market and will be brewing his winning recipe at The Knickerbocker, New Holland Brewing Company’s Bridge Street location on the west side of Grand Rapids.

After being presented with The Cup, Jeff carried on the tradition of drinking from the trophy and, unlike the majority of previous winners, managed to accomplish the rather difficult maneuver without a stream of suds cascading down the front of his shirt (see below). Congratulations Jeff!

New and Returning Beer

  • Beards Forget Me Knot, $2.39/12oz - "Peter and Kari’s, this session saison features specialty hops and hibiscus giving it soft pink color and tart finish" (source).

  • Bell's Smitten, $2.09/12oz - "Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten began as Golden Rye Pale Ale, part of a series of beers that explored the use of rye malt at our pub, the Eccentric Café. With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop aromas and earthy overtones, this dry-hopped Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room for you to wonder if you'll love it" (