IDA GROVE -- A saison brewed by Craig Samek and a tart cherry wine made by Arnie Poggensee each won champion honors at the Schleswig Wine & Bier Club's 43rd annual contest held Sunday in Ida Grove.

Samek, Sioux City, brewed a saison that beat 53 other beers for grand champion honors in the club's home brewing contest. A German pils brewed by Duane Olsen of Glenwood was named reserve champion.

Poggensee's tart cherry wine beat out 58 other wines to win the contest. He is from Denison. A lemon wine vinted by John Polifka of Mapleton was awarded reserve champion.

2018 Schleswig Wine & Bier club winner

Arnie Poggensee of Denison, left, holds the traveling trophy after winning grand champion honors in the 2018 Schleswig Wine & Bier Club's wine competition held Sunday, Oct. 21, in Ida Grove. Also shown are Kevin Poggensee, club president; Jay Randall, last year's winner and Dennis Crabb, head wine judge.

Campfire Black Lager, a Schwarzbier brewed by Confluence Brewing Company of Des Moines, won best of show. It bested 50 other commercial beers during a brewpub contest held Saturday as part of a judging seminar.

The Alchemists of Buena Vista Fermenters Club won the homebrew club contest which was also judged Saturday.

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