The competition pack was close the entire year, but on Thursday night, there would be only one BOMBer that would earn the 2022 bragging rights of the BOMBing Run champion. Alex Crowe is the 2022 BOMBing Run champion. His Helles entry received 55 votes and a score of 12 to take 1st place over all in the competition. Rounding out the top 3 for 2022 are 2nd place Jake Wilson and 3rd place Kevin Harkness.
In the round, Alex won 1st place followed Jason Sturgeon (2nd place) and Adam Ritter (3rd place). Full results of the round and competition can be viewed here. Winners of this round and the competition finalists received prizes from our sponsors Five Star Chemicals, InkBird and Imperial Yeast.
in addition to the prizes mentioned, the 2022 winners have been invited by James Baker, Head Brewer at 'Bout the Hops Brewing in Mount Laurel, NJ to brew at the brewery. The beer is scheduled to be on tap at the brewery later this year.
Well we did it! Two brewery bus tours in the same year. Those who joined on the trip were given the opportunity to visit some of Philly's best craft breweries all in one day.
Our first stop was the new Imperial Yeast facility in Northeast Philly.
Macro Marquez gave us tour of Imperial Yeast and the new operations. Macro explained all of the different strains cultured at this location and that it serves breweries east of the Mississippi River.
Our next stop was the Human Robot Brewery. This brewery offered a good variety of traditional beer styles. The Czech pilsner and the Irish dry stout were very tasty, and yes...we had to try the Milktube shooters. The gang had a choice of several other facilities in the area to visit. In addition to Human Robot, other facilities at this stop included:
Our second stop was a short trip to the new Other Half Brewery. The original brewery is based in Brooklyn NY, but they've recently expanded operations to Philly and other locations. There was a wide selection of mainly NEIPA style beers. It was interesting to taste how much hops can vary the flavor in a single style.
The final stop was at the Triple Bottom Brewery. From here, the gang spread out in all directions, as there was a number of great stops to visit in short walking distance. Destinations in this location included:
The event was +7 hours of nonstop craft beer sampling and club member camaraderie. All who attended had a great time, and as always...we discussed possibilities for the next trip.