I don't have a problem with BN in particular, but I would hope that BN can encourage members to join local clubs and be a part of that community.
As someone who listens to all the shows, this is done extensively, almost to the point of "ok we get it" and will be again on the next session I'm sure.
Does anyone know the total points yet? If last year is any indication, then we are talking about the BN, DOZE, or Quaff being COTY.
That's all I really ask. I have so much stuff I listen to, I don't get around to BN as much as I would like. I also want to say I had worn myself out cheering for the cidermaker and homebrewer of the year awards, who were from Washington, and cleaning it up for the home state.
I haven't heard anything about total points, but Austin Zealots took a lot of points in the second round, so I would expect them to be up there as well.
I found this in the competition rules for 2011:
Homebrew Club of the Year will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most total
points in all categories of beer, mead and cider in the First and Final Rounds, as well as the
AHA Club-Only Competitions. In the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a
first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. In the First
Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the
highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum. In the AHA
Club-Only Competitions, points are awarded on a twelve-eight-four basis for each of the six
AHA Club-Only Competitions in the August to May cycle.
I think that it might be better if the second round points were doubled in NHC. Since there are 11 judging centers in the first round, I think that a bump to second round scores would help even out the "Large vs Small" debate, including the really huge local clubs, such as DOZE, QUAFF, the Zealots, and even Maltose Falcons.