Last month, Publik Draft House in Midtown held its first annual Great Southern Craft Beer Competition, a homebrew contest that drew more than 140 beer recipes from across the southeast. After all had been tasted and rated by a panel of 5 judges, local home brewer Taylor Bareford and his chocolate chili stout entry were awarded first place.
Judges included Eddie Johnson of Publik Draft House, Greg Bowman of CNN, Ale Sharpton, local beer expert, Jonathan Baker of Monday Night Brewing, and Osayi Endolyn, beer expert with Atlanta Magazine.
Judges blind-tasted each beer, rating each submission in categories from aroma and appearance to flavor and mouthfeel, and overall impression.
Bareford and his winning brew walked away with a cool $1,000 cash, a feature in Atlanta Magazine, and distribution at Publik Draft House, a popular local gastropub.
Additional prize packs were also awarded to runner up, Tim Wallen, for his Wild Zero homebrew and 3rd place winner, Adam Godfrey, for his Rye Stout Beer entry.