My Beer Club's AZ Beer Award Winners

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This weekend my homebrew club awarded local breweries and establishments awards.
It was a response to some rather odd choices made by the local print media.

Though I may have made a few changes here and there, I think this is a good list, or at least a basis for discussion.
The First Annual ASHy Awards where presented on Saturday December 15th, 2012 at the Four Peaks Wilson Street Brewery during the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH) Holiday Party. The ASHy Awards celebrates the beers, bars, breweries and industry leaders in the local Arizona craft beer scene.

The winners were chose by membership vote and by a panel of ASH volunteers. The ASHy awards were presented at an invite only event. Future ASHys will be open to the general public and will be live broadcast on the web.

December 15, 2012
Four Peaks Wilson Street - Tempe, AZ
First Annual ASHy Awards

Best Arizona Tap Handles
Mother Road Brewing

Best Arizona Brewmaster
Andy Ingram
Membership Choice

Best Arizona Label Art
Sonoran Brewing

Best Arizona Beer Bartender
Ryan Jones - Taste of Tops

Best Arizona Beer Writer
Zach Fowle

Best Valley Homebrew Shop
Brewers Connection

Best Valley Pub Food
The Hungry Monk

Best Valley Tap Takeovers
Flanny’s Bar & Grill

Best Arizona Beers & Bands
Yucca Tap Room

Best ASH Discount
O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery

Best Valley Craft Beer Bar
Papago Brewing Co.

Best Valley Beer Store
Tops Liquors

Best New Craft Beer Bar
World of Beer

Best Valley Happy Hour
Whole Foods Chandler - Watering Hole

Best Arizona Lager
Sun Up Oktoberfest

Best Arizona IPA
Four Peaks Hop Knot

Best Arizona Belgian Style
Lumberyard Belgian Trippel

Best Arizona Wheat Ale
Oak Creek Hefeweizen

Best Arizona Seasonal
SanTan Winter Warmer

Best Arizona Session Beer
Mother Road Gold Road

Best Arizona Barrel Aged Beer
Four Peaks Sirius Black

Best Arizona Porter/Stout
BJ’s Tatonka Stout

Best Arizona Beer Event
ASH Octoberfest
Membership Choice

Best Arizona Distributor
World Class Beer
Membership Choice

Best Arizona Brewery Rep
Jeff Prior - Firestone Walker
Membership Choice

Best Arizona Publican
James Swann
Membership Choice

Best Arizona Brewery
Four Peaks Brewing
Membership Choice

President’s ASH Champion Award
Jon Lane - O.H.S.O.
Homebrewer of the Year

Mik HeerBrandt
ASH Hall of Fame
Russ Seideman

The Arizona Society of Homebrewers is a homebrew club based in the east valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1995, the club promotes homebrewing appreciation and knowledge through its monthly meetings and festivals.

The ASH mission is to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing, and to recognize it as a true art form through information, education, and dedicated practice.
ASH is the largest homebrewing club in the nation.

We hope to get better at the selection process. Ideally we would have had some copy with each selection. We'll get better at this.

I do beer things and wine things.
Director Arizona Craft Brewers Guild
Board Member Arizona Wine Growers Association

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Mike Z
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Best IPA, AZ or anywhere is probably Four Peaks Hop Knot. Love it

Best Tap Takeover, Flanny's. Hard to argue that. I was there one day when a brewery rep showed up, and the owner said their tap takeovers are booked for the next year, but he'd see about getting them on the list

I finally made it over the the Yucca's "new side" the other day . . . shame on me, I've only lived a Par 5 away for nearly a year . . .

Really nice tap list up on LCD screens. The Deschutes "Fresh Squeezed" citrus IPA was especially nice