I guess I'm sort of confused here, and I've been following both threads.
Are you against competitions altogether?
Or is your concern more along the lines that it appears that the AHA spends too much time/money/effort organizing competitions?
FTR (and I'm repeating myself) I don't compete but it doesn't bother me that they exist. Kinda like Jerry Springer. I don't watch, but it's fine if you do.
Also, I think it's a mis-perception that the AHA spends all this time and effort on competitions, though the visibility of the competitions can easily lead to the perception. The AHA does many things that are not as public, particularly the legislative efforts to legalize homebrewing. Some of these efforts could perhaps use more publicity.
No, I'm not against beer competitions, homebrew or probrew. I said time and resources, not money and effort. I don't participate in them any more because I don't find it enjoyable any more. I'm wondering why homebrewing has evolved into a competitive undertaking for so many. It seems to me that as soon as your fellow homebrew club members have showed you how to brew, they're pushing you to enter your beer in a competition. Why?
I find it amusing that johnf say, "So it sounds like you dislike the conference as well. So you don't want the AHA to be involved in competitions or education. What are appropriate activities?" It confirms my belief that people tend to read what they are thinking not what is written. I really enjoy going to the NHCs for the social activities. I just don't care to participate in the competition or judging any more.
It is a bit distressing that Denny says:
Just drink it and enjoy it. Why do you need someone else telling you it's good or bad?
Because maybe you have another reason for brewing than simply "I like it and my drunken friends like it, so it must be good". If that's your motivation, no problem, but not everyone has the same reasons.
Am I to take this to mean that since I don't enter my beers in competitions my friends are drunks, or am I now the one reading what I am thinking, not what is actually written?
Again, if you like to participate in brewing competitions I'm happy that you have found something you enjoy. Go for it. I'm just trying to understand why so much emphasis is placed on competing.
Probrewers competing for market share makes sense to me. Homebrewers competing seems like... ?