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The Pub / A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:32:43 AM »
What I have been preaching for years! ;)

If your are an active BJCP judge in the North or Mountains/Northwest region, please vote before May 15.

I'll often pen the words, "lacking complexity" and plan to continue to do so when the brew lacks complexity ;)

The only thing I see wrong is the last 4 words, and there is plenty wrong with them.
Better Beers on table

I don't like judges who compare beers to other beers in the flight. That is not their job until the end of the flight. Each beer should be judged individually. It's not useful to compare an entrants beer to something they will never see nor taste.

Useful would have been a comment to the effect, "To better emulate style and improve your score..." and then tell them what it takes to get full credit.

I'd suggest you contact the judge and feel free to copy my comments above. They may write back to pound sand, or they may welcome the feedback and the chance to improve.

Elections are now open and you may vote in your region through May 15.


There was only one qualified candidate who was properly nominated and who accepted the nomination in the Northeast region. Ali Kocho-Williams (National) is declared the winner of this election, and will assume board duties on June 1, 2013. Please read his linked candidate statement. The election committee certifies that he met the election criteria and was unopposed at the time of election.

The North region has three qualified candidates: Al Boyce (incumbent, Grand Master III), Bruce Buerger (National), and Mike Winnie (Grand Master I). If you are in the North region, please take time to review their candidate statements and then cast your vote.

The Mountain/Northwest region has three qualified candidates: Bob Beckwith (National), Bob Hall (Grand Master I), and Ryan Thomas (Grand Master I). If you are in the Mountain/Northwest region, please take time to review their candidate statements and then cast your vote.

The Pub / Re: Best tablet not made by Apple
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:41:25 PM »
Put the tablet in your hot little hand before making a decision. My wife's iPad feels like a rock.

Looks like the iPad is about 1.5 lbs, you can get covers that weigh less than a half pound, but a keyboard cover is 3/4 lb plus.

The Pub / Re: Best tablet not made by Apple
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:27:12 AM »
I would take a hard look at why you need the Tablet. My wife got me a Samsung Galaxy 7 (something) and before I got an iPhone I primarily used it to snap photos of beer and to post on Facebook. Other than that some web surfing while watching TV or a game. Now that I have an iPhone I really don't need it, other than the screen size is bigger. My work encourages us to purchase a partially subsidized iPad, but I refuse to put money out of my pocket for something I will almost exclusively use for work. For work it would be useful, I carry a binder of documents which could be presented in a digital format like an iPad in an instant, but until it's free you can bet I'll still tote around the binder.

If it was just a want kinda thing I would look to getting an iPhone.

My $0.02. Keep in mind I gravitate to my desktop computer and spend a crapload of time on my laptop for work.

The Pub / Re: best ereader
« on: April 29, 2013, 05:45:40 AM »
Ditch the Blackberry. We recently ditched ours (for work) and I hope we never go back. My wife has owned a multitude of Kindles and loves them. I think her most recent is backlit. We also have the app on all the phones and tabs. What I cannot get her to understand is I prefer a good old book. Paper and all that jazz ;)

The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 15, 2013, 07:30:57 AM »
I often say I would rather pay for my meal, but when I went to a Co-op in Austin, TX where tipping was not allowed I must admit it was a little odd.

The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:23:18 AM »
I do not like the automatic gratuity, but understand why they do it. I'm not sure what happened in your case, but I always get my mits on the check and announce if the gratuity is included when with a group. We recently got screwed by poor service and cool food while out with a group of neighbors. I probably will never go back to that restaurant with a group and may not return for awhile period. We've had great service in the past, but had never been with a group.

If it is a place you frequent regularly I would speak with the manager. If it is a place you rarely to never go I would probably let it ride. I doubt you will be getting the money back since you signed the tab.

Events / Re: NHC Hotel question
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:58:17 PM »
My suggestion would be to announce the exact location of the conference well ahead of the blocks of rooms being available. It's much easier to plan rather than having to wait until almost the last minute to find out.

The Pub / Whiz Bang
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:20:28 AM »
Did anyone else hear about this energy drink/beer?

Sounds like hot stuff!

Beer Travel / Re: Fayetteville, NC?
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:01:01 PM »
I was afraid MH might slide when the brewer left. Fayetteville is military and generally beer consumption in that area is more effect than flavor.

Beer Travel / Re: Fayetteville, NC?
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:22:29 AM »
Sorry it took this long to respond. You have two options, Mash House has long been a great brewpub, but their brewer left last year for greener pastures so I'm not sure the beer is still as awesome or not. The other option is Huske Hardware House and to be honest I have never been a fan. I cannot think of any great beer bar in Fayettenam. Grapes & Hops was a good beer store at one time, but I haven't been there in forever.

Stop the presses, there is a Mac's Speed Shop in Fayetteville. 482 N. McPherson Church Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28303 - they generally have a pretty stellar beer selection at the other locations and the cue is good too.

That's about it.

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Since this thread is still alive I might as well suggest the Pho alternative from the Asian market which comes in a bowl and you open two packets and add hot water. Even has it's own foldable fork. It's called Pho Bo and works well when you need an instant Photernative.

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