Am I the only one who thought the majority of Club Night beers were sub-par??.
you already know I'm with you. And that it's not new. I loved the KCBM booth last year; your beers were on point, even when they were experimental.
I'll repeat that I love Pro Night because the avg quality is so high. This year I couldn't follow my usual plan for Club Night, which is to show up late and find out what is great from other people. The "brought their A-game" brewers/clubs really stick out.
I didn't mind being outside, though yes the lighting was sometimes an issue. It did seem, however, that the outdoor stuff was sized for 2011's 2K attendees and not 2015's 3K attendees. Pretty crowded.
Had a Garden room, first floor. Unimpressive, awful bed, though I had among the shortest walk to stuff like Club Night so that worked out OK. Only one night had a crowd of people outside my door at 1:45; the other nights were fairly quiet. As a gardener, the grounds were a dream.
Not having my beers/meads/ciders there to share is probably my biggest regret. I'll fix that for Baltimore; it just isn't as fun when I can't share with my OTHER family.
The competition ran very smoothly (and I'm so glad the leftover bottles were saved unlike '14!) I personally witnessed Bruce getting people's contact info on Wednesday, and finding a place for them to judge (although, note that adding extra judges to an already-set schedule made flights shorter, which made people done earlier, which created the whole "lunch isn't ready yet" thing. I would support making him permanent judge director; he has a good CEO quality and gets stuff done. I don't think anyone who shows up the morning of a national competition expecting to help can really be upset with the organization of said competition if they are turned away. The planning for this thing is incredible.
Next year I hope to win all 4 Major Awards and get booed louder than the Brewing Network for hogging all the hardware.
hope to see you next year--