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John and Stephanie Meerse of Simsbury, Connecticut, won a bronze medal in Category 16: American IPA during the 2023 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego. The Meerse’s American IPA was chosen third out of 153 entries in the category.
After finding out he’d advanced to the Final Round, John wasn’t sure whether to submit an entry or not assuming there would be so many better beers in the finals. John’s wife and brewing partner Stephanie, along with friends, convinced John to send an entry, and the rest is history!
From the judges’ comments: “Deceptively light-bodied, but packed a punch full of tropical aromas and flavors of lime, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple.”