The gnomes had a tough time judging the hotly contested professional category. But in the end, Red Hare Ale triumphed by a hare. (By the way, what’s up with all the rabbit labels this year?) Nicely, a graphic designer at Golden Valley Microwave Foods, is a homebrew neophyte: Red Hare is the first batch he’s ever brewed, made from an extract kit he bought in February. The rabbit and cards stem from his other hobby, performance magic. Prize: 7.5-gallon mash tun from Hobby Beverage Equipment.
Plus: $50 gift certificate from Asheville Brewers Supply; complete homebrew cleaning kit from Five Star Products.