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Thanks to all who participated in the LAB Open 2023.

There were 265 entries judged and 251 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stNeil WerdmullerBeelzebubbly25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
2ndRichard WilliamsSmells Lagery5C: German Helles ExportbierBedford Homebrewers
3rdTony TilburyLet The Darkness In8B: SchwarzbierAnglian Craft Brewers
4thSerge SavinSalty Paradise29A: Fruit BeerLondon Amateur Brewers
HMPedro PalaciosAronia28C: Wild Specialty Beer

LAB Open Champion Brewer (146 Participating Brewers)

1stSam Thakker-Jones20012.02 Homebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndIan Benfell11010.01 Barnsley Homebrew Club
Richard Williams11010.01 Bedford Homebrewers

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

LAB Open Champion Club (43 Participating Clubs)

1stLondon Amateur Brewers2622046.02
2ndBeer Boars2210023.02
3rdAnglian Craft Brewers2000113.02
4thHomebrew Collab (Bristol)2000012.02
5thReading Amateur Brewers1100212.01

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 1: American Pale Ale (13 entries)

1stRick WoollissStrange Saints18B: American Pale AleBeer Boars
2ndStuart WatkinsYou Sellin' Chickens18B: American Pale AleRebels (Cardiff)
3rdRichard HumphreySupersonic18B: American Pale AleNorwich Amateur Brewers

Table 2: American IPA (15 entries)

1stSam Thakker-JonesHunter's Tor21A: American IPAHomebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndJerome CleggTransmission21A: American IPALondon Amateur Brewers
3rdStuart HubbardOso21A: American IPA
HMRob AyresIPA21A: American IPA

Table 3: Hazy IPA (13 entries)

1stSam Thakker-JonesVirtual Aerobics21C: Hazy IPAHomebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndKevin AndrewsMama Told Me, Girl, Smoke 'em If You Got 'em21C: Hazy IPAWorcestershire Homebrew Club
3rdJames WilsonThat Scene From Interstellar21C: Hazy IPALondon Amateur Brewers
HMMathieu GuillaumeHazy21C: Hazy IPA

Table 4: International Pale Ale (15 entries)

1stRichard HumphreyDebbie's Done25A: Belgian Blond AleNorwich Amateur Brewers
2ndAntony HawkerrMaebure24B: Belgian Pale AleLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdAndrew AitchisonLegally Blonde 25A: Belgian Blond AleScottish Craft Brewers
HMBen LesterThrow Them In The Lake12A: British Golden AleWorcestershire Homebrew Club

Table 5: Specialty and English Hoppy Pale Ales (22 entries)

1stDarren SloanEscape Goat21B2: Black IPA Beer Boars
2ndGreg MizonDoin' My Swede'n21B2: Black IPA
3rdJoon ChungFisherman's Ale34C: Experimental Beer Beer Boars

Table 6: International Amber and Brown Ale (25 entries)

1stMark SandersonHow Now, Brown Ale?27A: Historical Beer London Amateur Brewers
2ndMarissa TruglioHerbal Robyn11B: Best BitterReading Amateur Brewers
3rdCheyne HarveyMild Of Bacchus13A: Dark MildArizona Society of Homebrewers
4thJames WilsonEbb11B: Best BitterLondon Amateur Brewers
HMRob AyresAmber Ale19A: American Amber Ale

Table 7: Pale and Malty Lager (17 entries)

1stIan Benfell
Co-Brewer: Lucie Burton
High Way To Helles 4C: Helles BockBarnsley Homebrew Club
2ndOli EdmondsSuperb Owl3A: Czech Pale LagerBeer Boars
3rdRichard CaldecottAha!2A: International Pale LagerLiverpool Homebrew Club
HMMathieu GuillaumeLag3A: Czech Pale Lager

Table 8: Bitter and Hoppy Lager (22 entries)

1stRichard WilliamsSmells Lagery5C: German Helles ExportbierBedford Homebrewers
2ndRichard WilliamsNelsons PilsLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerBedford Homebrewers
3rdAndrew AitchisonPapa's Kolsch5B: KölschScottish Craft Brewers
4thJames FoxKölsch5B: KölschTeesside Homebrew Club
HMCraig Martindale
Co-Brewer: Andrew Green
Older But Wiser5B: Kölsch

Table 9: Amber and Dark Lager (18 entries)

1stTony TilburyLet The Darkness In8B: SchwarzbierAnglian Craft Brewers
2ndJames CrossMarching Lager6A: MärzenLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdBen LesterThe Elusive Peak That Is Happiness7A: Vienna LagerWorcestershire Homebrew Club

Table 10: Porter and Stout (15 entries)

1stIan SiviterAre You Experienced?20B: American StoutHertford Brew Club
2ndMick HarrisonSpell Caster13C: English PorterLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdSimon StubbingsDot And Dab 13C: English Porter

Table 11: Strong Ale (15 entries)

1stAles Dolenec
Co-Brewer: Ian Dolenec
Perian17C: Wee Heavy
2ndIan BenfellOld Geoffers 17B: Old AleBarnsley Homebrew Club
3rdKeith WorrallNessy17C: Wee Heavy
4thKeith BaileyRebel Yelp17A: British Strong AleNorwich Amateur Brewers
HMJerry PringleOld Napper17D: English Barley WineReading Amateur Brewers

Table 12: Smoked, Wood Beer and Strong Lager (12 entries)

1stChris BurrowsThe Beer That Saved Nome9C: Baltic PorterReading Amateur Brewers
2ndIan CosierMarmottor33A: Wood-Aged Beer London Amateur Brewers
3rdIan ScottInadvertent 9B: EisbockWEHomebrew
HMNicholas DavisCaught Between A Bock And A Hard Place9A: Doppelbock Anglian Craft Brewers

Table 13: Wheat, Rye and Farmhouse Beer (13 entries)

1stJames PettiforHazelweiss 202310A: WeissbierAnglian Craft Brewers
2ndInnes CrawfordBatman Juice10A: WeissbierAberdeen Homebrew Club
3rdAngelo Testa
Co-Brewer: Paolo Vizzi
Bucce Di Banana10C: Weizenbock
HMMichael HassallWhite Noise24A: WitbierDundee Homebrew Club

Table 14: Strong Belgian and Saison (15 entries)

1stNeil WerdmullerBeelzebubbly25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
2ndKeith WorrallSaisons To Be Cheerful 25B: Saison
3rdJacques MaraisSaisonstein25B: Saison London Amateur Brewers
HMAdam PageBelgium Tripel26C: Belgian TripelMaidstone Brewers

Table 15: Sour, Funky and Experimental (17 entries)

1stPedro PalaciosAronia28C: Wild Specialty Beer
2ndJoon ChungHere Goes Last One23G: GoseBeer Boars
3rdStew HorneAtonium28A: Brett Beer Twickenham Boars
HMDaren FearonCoast-To-Coast American Farmhouse Ale With Apricot28C: Wild Specialty Beer Reading Amateur Brewers

Table 16: Fruit, Spice and Vegetable Beer (17 entries)

1stSerge SavinSalty Paradise29A: Fruit Beer London Amateur Brewers
2ndJoe HickeyBobspresso Delight30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer London Amateur Brewers
3rdLawton StuartHertfordshire Hedgerow29A: Fruit Beer Hertford Brew Club
4thJacob LiddleFizzy Peach Sour29A: Fruit Beer London Amateur Brewers
HMDavid Szabo
Co-Brewer: David Prohaszka
Sour MoonLSX4: Catharina Sour Első Magyar Házisörfőző Egyesület