But that is under YOUR control!! Right now the only people who got in had all afternoon to sit at their computers( i.e. didn't have other commitments). A lot of people got shut out due to no fault of their own! If you raised the price to 30-50 dollars an entry and published it six months in advance....you could budget for it. If you choose not to enter because it costs too much...well that is YOUR choice and at least you were given ample chance to enter the NHC.Don't bump the price. That would make the amount you can throw at this a big part of your chances to win.
+1 Turning it into a rich man's game defeats the purpose IMHO.
I don't think so at all. What it will defeat is....I have 15 beers ready to enter. 10 average ones, 4 very good ones, and 1 outstanding beer but.....WTF....I will enter ALL of them! If you really, truly believe your beer is that good and could medal you will spend 30-50 dollars on a single entry. Let's emphasize quality and NOT quantity. If you are just looking for feedback on your beers....well there are a lot of other BJCP comps that will give you that and guess what??.....Many, many times it is the same judges as the NHC. As it stands now are the winners at this years NHC really the "best" or are they the "luckiest" for being able to get their entries in.
disagree. I have a bunch of beers I think are medal-worthy, and wouldn't pay that much for one entry, let alone the 8 I registered yesterday. It's too much money, and I would just sit out. How is that making it about quality?