September 20, 2019

Williston homebrewer sweeps in state meet

Observer courtesy photo Aaron Ritchie, a Williston resident, swept a state homebrewing competition last month, winning nine awards for his ciders and beers, including Best in Show.

Observer courtesy photo
Aaron Ritchie, a Williston resident, swept a state homebrewing competition last month, winning nine awards for his ciders and beers, including Best in Show.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A Williston-based homebrewer and beer connoisseur won nine awards and finished “Best in Show” at the annual Green Mountain Mashers tournament, held last month in Westford.

Aaron Ritchie, who lives in Southridge and works for IBM, was bestowed with more awards than any other contestant at the Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition on April 30, winning nine prizes in total and two of the top all-show awards, Best in Show and the Vermont Pub and Brewery Brewmaster’s cup. He also won Cidermaker of the Year and two first-prize selections in their category: first place for the Strong Ale category for his Old English Ale, and first place in the Specialty Cider and Perry category for a hard cider aged on bourbon oak. [Read more…]