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Thanks to all who participated in the LAB Open 2024.

There were 300 entries judged and 294 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stOli EdmondsNo Photos On the Dancefloor5D: German PilsBeer Boars
2ndJames WilsonWinner Winner Marzen Dinner6A: MarzenLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdDave Strachan
Co-Brewer: Richard Davies
Porter13C: English PorterLondon Amateur Brewers
4thRichard DentGolden Glow26C: Belgian TripelNorwich Amateur Brewers
HMStuart BettsEric the Weizenbock10C: WeizenbockMidlands Craft Brewers

Winning Entries

Table 1: American Pale Ale (16 entries)

1stNeil WerdmullerBeyond the Pale18B: American Pale AleCambridge Hopheads
2ndSam Thakker-JonesRollin' Lite18B: American Pale AleHomebrew Collab (Bristol)
3rdMark KettleAt the Summit18B: American Pale Ale

Table 2: American IPA (15 entries)

1stDaniel Burgin2nd Trilema21A: American IPA
2ndAndrew OldridgeBeer 1 (tbc)21A: American IPA
3rdIan SiviterSometimes It Snows In April21A: American IPAHertford Brew Club
HMLuke EbersoldI Am IPA21A: American IPAAberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 3: New England IPA (15 entries)

1stSam Thakker-JonesVirtual Aerobics21B7: New England IPA Homebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndMatthew PerksJersey Joose21B7: New England IPA Jersey Brew Club
3rdBrett HarmanThe Bomb21B7: New England IPA
4thAndrew SmithemanSky MacHine21B7: New England IPA
HMCaleb WalkerBackyard NEIPA21B7: New England IPA WIB Homebrew Club

Table 4: Speciality and English IPA (17 entries)

1stDaniel Jackson
Co-Brewer: Pete Hobbs
Spc Black IPA 21B2: Black IPA WIB Homebrew Club
2ndRich CallerUncle Gilles21B1: Belgian IPA
3rdIan BenfellKoru, (nz-Ipa).21B: Specialty IPA Barnsley North Homebrew Club
HMStuart HubbardParade12C: English IPA

Table 5: Pale and Malty Lager (19 entries)

1stMichael HassallBat Out of Helles4A: Munich Helles
2ndMat RidgeSac Magique3A: Czech Pale LagerNorwich Amateur Brewers
3rdDiano Jurić
Co-Brewer: Pavle Šeremet
Helles 314C: Helles Bock
4thRichie WalshMunich Helles4A: Munich HellesScottish Craft Brewers
HMGeoffrey VarleyBock Him, Danno! 4C: Helles BockPenistone Homebrew Club

Table 6: Bitter and Hoppy Lager (20 entries)

1stOli EdmondsNo Photos On the Dancefloor5D: German PilsBeer Boars
2ndRichard WilliamsNelsons PilsPRX5: New Zealand PilsnerBedford Homebrewers
3rdMatthew ScorerBlueprint5D: German PilsLeicester Home Brew Club
4thNeil WerdmullerI'll Keep Taking the Pils5D: German PilsCambridge Hopheads
HMMartin HaworthPuffinus Puffinus5B: KolschNorwich Amateur Brewers

Table 7: Amber and Dark Lager (16 entries)

1stJames WilsonWinner Winner Marzen Dinner6A: MarzenLondon Amateur Brewers
2ndSerge SavinRusty Droid7A: Vienna LagerLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdBojan Grdinic
Co-Brewer: Tapiri
Dunkel Is the Night!8A: Munich Dunkel
4thChris BurrowsBabbling In German7B: AltbierReading Amateur Brewers
HMAlastair LewisChunga's Revenge6A: Marzen

Table 8: Pale and Amber Ale from the British Isles (25 entries)

1stJonathan FleckKingmaker 80 Shilling14C: Scottish Export
2ndAnthony PainterCourt of the Absurd12A: British Golden AleBeer Boars
3rdJohn LeeSpeculation11C: Strong BitterNorwich Amateur Brewers
4thThomas PortlockCedric Bitter11A: Ordinary Bitter
HMAlastair LewisRed Sky At Night15A: Irish Red Ale

Table 9: International Amber and Brown Ale (14 entries)

1stMark SandersonLacrimosa13A: Dark MildLondon Amateur Brewers
2ndMalcolm Cruickshank
Co-Brewer: Scb
What A Garshol27A: Historical Beer Scottish Craft Brewers
3rdMark HopkinsOtter's Ears19C: American Brown Ale

Table 10: Porter and Stout (26 entries)

1stDave Strachan
Co-Brewer: Richard Davies
Porter13C: English PorterLondon Amateur Brewers
2ndMatthew PerksStar of India20A: American PorterJersey Brew Club
3rdMike Anson
Co-Brewer: Geoff Nix And Doug Hayes
Black Eyed Porter20A: American Porter
4thSteve JohnsonThe Days Float Through My Eyes20B: American Stout

Table 11: Strong Ale (21 entries)

1stSteve SysonGlory To Ukraine20C: Imperial StoutMidlands Craft Brewers
2ndSimon ThompsonSeeting Wells Barley Wine17D: English BarleywineJunction Brew Club
3rdChristopher HerronImpy 202120C: Imperial StoutTeesside Homebrew Club
4thDave MatthewsOld Ale17B: Old AleWorcestershire
HMIan CosierEntre Deux Meres17D: English BarleywineLondon Amateur Brewers

Table 12: Smoked, Wood Beer and Strong Lager (22 entries)

1stJohn StanleyExtra Cold9C: Baltic PorterWorcestershire Homebrew Club
2ndAndy NewallIn Hoots We Trust33A: Wood-Aged Beer Scottish Craft Brewers
3rdLee ImminsThe Dark Prince (oaked)33A: Wood-Aged Beer London Amateur Brewers
4thMathias BorjessonHeimweh9C: Baltic Porter
HMStuart HazeldenMaple Glazed Coconut MacAroon33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Table 13: Saison and Wheat Beer (20 entries)

1stStuart BettsEric the Weizenbock10C: Weizenbock Midlands Craft Brewers
2ndTony TilburySaison No Point25B: Saison Anglian Craft Brewers
3rdRaphael Clegg-VinellGold'n Blue1D: American Wheat BeerLondon Amateur Brewers
4thMichael HassallWhite Noise24A: Witbier
HMPete WilliamsWorcestershire Weissbier10A: WeissbierWorcestershire Homebrew Club

Table 14: Belgian (20 entries)

1stRichard DentGolden Glow26C: Belgian TripelNorwich Amateur Brewers
2ndGuy AsaertDubbel Or Nothing26B: Belgian DubbelLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdLuke RussellKeepsake24C: Biere de Garde London Amateur Brewers
4thAlex BeecroftQuad26D: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Table 15: Sour and Funky (17 entries)

1stMarc HannewaldVermilion 34C: Experimental Beer Norwich Amateur Brewers
2ndCaleb WalkerBackyard Strawberry and Cucumber28C: Wild Specialty Beer WIB Homebrew Club
3rdJosh CharigDespite All My Rage I'm Still Just A Bacteriophage28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer

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

1stLuke EbersoldCoco Porter30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Aberdeen Homebrew Club
2ndDaren FearonThree Headed Monkey29A: Fruit Beer Reading Amateur Brewers
3rdDavid Szabo
Co-Brewer: David Prohaszka
Virgin Clitoria30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Első Magyar Házisörfőző Egyesület
4thJack DavisonShow Us Where You Peche From Culture29A: Fruit Beer Norwich Amateur Brewers
HMThomas CorryMargs29B: Fruit and Spice Beer