You need to clearly be among the top 2 or 3 beers in that category. Then you might be in a crap shoot.
Good clarification on my comments, thanks!
Yes, you still need to make quality beer to get into the crap shoot of mini-BOS.
Just entering something into a region because you believe that region is under represented in certain categories isn't going to work for NHC. It still needs to be a quality brew to get to mini-BOS.
Cool, that I can understand and not debate. Some, however, oversimplify and have the view that contests are a crap shoot, period. I dont buy that at all. A murky stank bomb is not just as likely to win as an excellent example of the style.
On the other hand, this year's NHC has an opportunity for true crap shoop in action. Cat 26 Specialty. There are 13 sub cats! 3 of each placing at each site for round one, means many of those sub cats will be at the final mini-BOS. If there is one world class example of each, or even just 9 of those sub cats... its just going to probably come down to which sub cats the mini-BOS judges tend to like better. Maybe they will medal three American Wild Fruits? Or maybe none. That will be a fun table, and I'll bet there will be some debate.