Red Flag Ale was brewed for the ice-fishing contest that Scott’s dad, “Tricky” Dick Nichols, holds every February on Lake Chetac. Scott (a.k.a. Zeke) brewed a red ale for this year’s bash, to signify the red flag that pops up when a fish is on. His brother Jeff, an art director in Portland, Oregon, did the label and designed the poster for the Big Mahoski Fishing Contest. (“Big Mahoski” is Wisconsin-speak for “Big Fish.”)
Prize: counter-pressure bottle filler from The Beverage People. Plus: 55-pound bag of Bud malt and Budvar yeast from St. Patrick’s of Texas; homebrew cleaning kit from Five Star Products.