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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 14, 2014, 02:54:51 AM »
I forgot...I might have been drinking...just a little.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 06, 2014, 03:24:23 PM »
Somebody remind me to show up on Friday. I'll be the guy who looks like me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:34:54 PM »
There is a lot to be learned from stewarding a table comprised of three or more high ranking judges. You can sit at the table at home and fill out a score sheet by yourself, or you can watch three people do it who have been doing it for quite some time and might find something to help you along. Most likely the stewards for the NHC final round will be BJCP judges with an interest in potentially discovering something new.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:54:03 PM »
The way to ensure you have a judging seat at the table for the final round of the NHC is to be National or higher. I think this will be my seventh time judging in the final round in 9 years. I think anybody could get a seat at the judging table in Orlando, contrast that to this year where I have heard every seat will be filled with a high ranking judge.

Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 23, 2014, 11:40:37 AM »
In Brugge we stayed at the Hotel Cordoeanier and it was nicely affordable. Smallest bathroom in the world.

Word to the wise if you do stay there the streets are cobblestone. Bring earplugs unless you like the sound of tires on cobblestone. ;)

You might find some places to visit out of our trip from several years ago. I don't think Vlissinghe is on the map, but it was a great place.!101

The Pub / AleSmith
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:18:11 PM »
We now have it in NC, that is all... ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Charlotte, NC
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:16:32 PM »
The problem with Charlotte is you have to drive from place to place. What are you after beer bars or breweries?

This might come in handy.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:37:35 PM »
Bought a single bottle. No onions, all cat piss and citrus which is not a bad thing. The missing malt backbone was a bad thing. IPAs are one of my go to styles and this one didn't cut the mustard. I probably won't try another bottle or on draft. It was tannic from the hops to the point of almost being astringent. Pass.

I was correct, there are 19 open slots at the NHC. From the BJCP Facebook Page

Coming to NHC? Need to take an exam? We have room! The mead exam has multiple open spots, the written exam can take up to 6 more qualified examinees and the tasting exam has about 19 open spots. All exams given in advance of NHC finals judging and pre-conference!

Once full we can make a waiting list and if you are in GR early you can try a walk in just in case someone does not show up. (We are having these be pre-paid so the examinee has some incentive to show

Beer Written Proficiency Exam: Tuesday, June 10 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Amway Grand Vandenberg A [Note early time]

Mead exam. Written portion 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and the tasting portion 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 11
Amway Grand Vandenberg B

Beer Judging Exam: Wednesday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Amway Grand Vandenberg A

Amway is at 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

All exams are expected to start on time. Don't be late! Be prepared, be prompt and come in to write your best exam.

See BJCP page to send a request by clicking on my name next to the exam you need to take. Be prepared to give certificate number or BJCP ID. If you are eligible to sit for the written tell me in advance so that I don't have to ask.

Let's make this a very successful NHC for getting people seated for exams!

I may be wrong, but I think there are still openings for the taste exam in Grand Rapids next month.

The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:26:08 PM »
I've gone years with open bottles (corked of course). The Tawny aging is essentially an oxidation process in wood so I've never felt bad about keeping open bottles around. I've never had a bottle of port go off, probably a combination of alcohol and the fact the wine is already oxidized.

It sounds to me as if your judge pair was scoring higher than the other judge pair. A 46 is a rare score. I'm not saying it should not and isn't awarded, but if you put it at a 46 and the mini-BOS kicked it out entirely, your score was too high.

The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:47:50 AM »
Sademan is typically the easiest to get. Fonseca is pretty easy too. My wife and I drink port every Christmas eve and through the rest of the holiday. We generally have 6-10 bottles at any given time. What we have found is we don't care for Noval and as far as just nice to drink the Fonseca is great. The Ramos was a find back in the day and I didn't realize exactly what I had found. It is pretty darn nice, but like I mentioned I haven't seen it around in forever.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:09:24 PM »
I didn't like it. I'll take the blame. ;)

It wasn't awful or anything, but there are better options.

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