Persistence pays. After walking away with peripheral prizes in years past — the 1999 “Fine Art” award for Picasso Pale Ale and the 1998 “Everybody’s A Comedian” medal for Weizenguy Weiss — Shewchuk is bringing home the first-place hardware. A partial-mash brewer, Shewchuk named his Rural Route 13 Brewery after the country road he lives on. When Gary’s not brewing, he’s an instrumentation technologist. (“That means I work with electronics in a lab,” he explains.)
Prize: Mash-and-lauter tun with false bottom and sparge arm from Brew Your Own Brew. Plus: 50-pound bag of malt from Briess; a year’s supply of yeast (12 vials) and a T-shirt from White Labs.