« on: March 12, 2011, 07:58:54 PM »
I have been thinking about competitions lately....I have no real interest in entering them because while the feedback is nice, I don't brew to win, but rather to enjoy (making and drinking...beer crafted for and by me), but judging has my interest to grow my own knowledge of what is out there....so I may take the exam this year.
I think that capping entries and making them more expensive would work....also, perhaps NHC needs qualifiers. If you score minimum of 30 in a qualifying comp, you gain entry for 1 beer in nationals. I like the idea of each brewer bringing what they think is their best beer, rather than the shotgun approach to winning medals.
Obviously, if it cost $100 to enter one beer, you would bring only your best of best, but that is not the spirit of inclusion that the AHA has always been about....hence the two rounds and regional judging at NHC.