I can report that the Kansas City Bier Meisters did a great, great job of organizing a successful judging weekend in KC. I know they are exhausted now but I hope they consider hosting a regional in another year or two. Some solid and some excellent beers from around the country, and judging done by around 5pm yesterday. Sufficient lighting and not overcrowded. The food was great and plentiful, thanks. Quite a few judges made really long drives to help out. Janis even flew out to help! Yeah I did some b****ing about a few long flights, but that is practically my calling card.
Michael, thank you for the kind words! Yes, we are all exhausted, but it was well worth it. We certainly could not have pulled it off without the help of everyone - something Janis also commented on. When a snafu arose, there was always someone there to figure it out and make it a non-issue.
We had AMAZING food crafted by one of our members, a great staff, and a whole lot of volunteers from all over the midwest (and some beyond!).
I do hope we can do this again next year. If we can improve on a "great, great job", then I think we're in business!
PS - I'm going to have to get the recipe for that peach cider you handed me.