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This year three of the seven BJCP Board of Directors positions are up for election. For 2013 those regions are:

North Region
Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Northeast Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
All countries outside the United States and Canada are also included in this region.

Mountain/Northwest Region
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Potential candidates will need to be nominated (by themselves or others) and have 5 endorsements.

Nominations are now being accepted through March 31. The details can be found here:

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:31:25 AM »
You really don't want to make Pho at home. I have, it is a PITA and you end up with soup. Pho Tai is my favorite.

If you're ever in Richmond, VA this is a great place to go, the Pho is cheap and the beer is phenomenal.

Beer list from December

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:28:49 AM »
Hey Tom, is there any method for someone who got the full package to pass along their Thursday seminar pass along to someone else. In reality I'll probably be judging so I could give my pass to someone looking for the seminars that day.

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:58:53 PM »
I just kept reloading the page and at 2 min to 3 it opened up so I got the package. Then the AHA posted the direct link on FB and I shared it far and wide.

I still think they should go back to a November sign up for the conference. That way it would be available for more than a couple of hours.

Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:37:31 AM »
Whip In started brewing their own since we visited last year. I have not heard anything about their beer positive or negative.

I kinda dig the no tip thing at Black Star. The beers were pretty tasty as well.

Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:32:54 AM »
Ya gotta go to Whip In and to Black Star Co-op. I had a good time at Red's Porch and they also have a Flying Saucer, but I had a better time at Gingerman when we were there last spring.

Beer Travel / Re: Madison, Wisconsin
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:28:47 AM »
Great Dane, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie this list goes on.

Beer Travel / Re: top ten brewing cities
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
I scratching my head over the Asheville portion. Highland is one of the oldest, but I'm not sure why he focused on French Broad. Anyway, one of the criteria was "nationally recognized breweries" and Asheville ain't got 'em. Pisgah tends to get a bit of beer geek press, but in reality they don't distribute much outside of Buncombe County and NC has 100 counties. We did have one mediocre brewery close recently, but several others are opening. Anyway, fine with me Asheville is off his list, more for me without the rest of the world coming to town. ;)

If you are going, here is the local and surrounding area brewery list for Asheville:
Asheville Brewing (2 locations)
Blue Mountain Pizza
Brevard Brewing
Catawba Valley
Dry County
French Broad
Frog Level
Green Man
Olde Hickory
Oskar Blues
Southern Appalachian
Thirsty Monk South
Tipping Point Tavern
Wicked Weed

Coming in the next two years:
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 31, 2013, 06:14:47 AM »
Anyway, I booked my hotel on points. Thanks for pointing out the information was available. I still think waiting to announce the hotel is BS. It's fine to not make a block of rooms available until a particular date, but knowing the hotel/local allows planning and for folks like myself who stay in a hotel most of the year the ability to use points to book a room.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shelf Life of Grain
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:05:50 AM »
I've never seen a drop off of flavor or a problem with grains that are, shall we say, well aged.

If time permits I hope to bring a beer or two to Philly. If mine make the cut for the club you can be the judge if old grains (properly stored) make good beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Albion Ale
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:05:13 AM »
Cracked open one of these last night. At first I was a bit put off by the simplicity ...

Wow.  Are palates really becoming so jaded that simplicity and balance  are offputting?
I'm much more put off these days by so many new brews coming out that just overdo  everything,  resulting in a muddled mess. 

Did you read the blog or the rest of my sentence?

Commercial Beer Reviews / New Albion Ale
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:53:31 AM »
Cracked open one of these last night. At first I was a bit put off by the simplicity and then I started to think about what was around in the late 70s for a fledgling commercial brewer without anyone else to help and it became clear to me the beer would be basic, simple and tasty. Getcha some.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tank #7
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:40:18 AM »
Found it on draft yesterday, a fantastic beer!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ten Fidy!
« on: December 30, 2012, 08:22:13 AM »
I now live close (4 hours) to Oskar Blues as well. Of course I haven't moved ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ten Fidy!
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:31:24 AM »
I've had it on two separate occasions from the can where it was horrible. The acetadehyde would knock your socks off. I've also had it when it was great. It's been quite some time since I purchased any, perhaps I should give it another go.

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