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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Meet the Beer Madness judges

This year’s Beer Madness panel, getting busy in the first round of judging at ChurchKey on Feb. 27. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)
The Beer Madness tasting panel is set. Their work begins tonight, in the first of two private sessions at ChurchKey. In addition to one returning expert judge and three new ones from the worlds of food and beverage in Washington, we’re happy to have our first congressman on board.

Thanks to everyone who sent in entries. Remember: There's always next year. Look for Beer Madness coverage and brackets online, starting early next week.


Agnes Chin is the pastry chef at Palena in Cleveland Park.

Gina Chersevani is a mixologist and founding member of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.

Rob Weland is executive chef at Cork Wine Bar in Logan Circle.

Returning judge Kathryn Bangs, 28, is sommelier at Komi in Dupont Circle.

Greg Kitsock is The Post’s Beer columnist. He is editor of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News.


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Jim Munsterman, 70, is a retired Naval aviator and part-time marketing consultant. He lives in Chantilly. His entry:

Seventy year young retired Naval Aviator enjoys a variety of craft beers; his expertise and passion are testified to by the gossip and admiration of the technicians who weekly collect his frequently full recycling container — mostly dark bottles and occasional cans.

His three favorite breweries: Flying Dog; Dogfish Head; New Belgium.

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Halley Fehner, 26, is a historian at History Associates Inc. She lives in Rockville. Her entry:

SWF seeking good craft beer, preferably tall, dark, and strong enough to make me lightheaded when we’re together.

Her three favorite beers: Russian River Supplication; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout; Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.

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Samantha Polinik , 30, is an architect apprentice. She lives in Columbia Heights. Her entry:

Before moving back to DC for the ever-increasing craft-brew culture (and a job opportunity), I lived in Portland, Oregon, for two and a half years, where in addition to permanently losing my ability to absorb sunlight, I frequently enjoyed many a craft brew, while attempting to explain sarcasm to the locals.  

Her three favorite beers: Ninkasi (Total Domination IPA); Dogfish Head Chicory Stout; tie (sorry sorry) McMenamin Brothers Ruby Ale and Copacetic IPA (Amnesia Brewing Co.).

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), 64, is co-chairman of the Small Brewers Caucus. His entry:

The only effective role I have in the minority is my co-chairmanship of the Small Brewers Caucus because beer is food and that’s the most bipartisan agreement around Washington, D.C., these days.

His three favorite beers: Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA; Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace; Deschutes Black Butte Porter.

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