You lost me with the SF Giants comment...thanks a lot for the Panda
Well said Justin. I think what burns me the most is due to these perceptions, mis or otherwise, there are fellow BN Army members taking the hit for brewing great beer and trying to be proud of the job they are doing as a club. Also, it is unfair to the BN company to be taking a PR hit for something you and your staff have nothing to do with. As I have mentioned in this thread, I have won 1st and 2nd round medals under the BN Club when I wasn't part of a local club. Since joining a local club, I always enter under that, even though I'm the only one that competes on a regular basis and chances for COTY or Gambrinus are non-existent. I also admit that when it comes to the BN, I tend to be a little protective. You guys got me back into brewing (after some horribly bad early experiences) and I developed many new relationships with brewers that wouldn't have been available without the BN.
I've sent my thoughts to the Competition Committee and wait to see how this all pans out, but no one can blame you if you decide to pull the BN name form the club. You've spent years developing your brand and have to protect it. It would be easy to sit here and say "screw them", but in the end, that accomplishes nothing.
With that said, I look forward to seeing you guys out on the East Coast next year and oh...suck it JP!