I think the changes will be positive, except for as a steward, I don't relish having to deal with double the amount of bottles....imagine trying to find a beer's mate after a full 2 days of comp.....gives me the chills thinking about the logistics.
That and all the wasted beer....oh the horror!
We don't waste beer in Seattle.
Did you see the last night of NHC?
yeah that was great. I feel I learned quite a bit about Cat 7 after trying several of the NHC second round beers that night.
However since the gsandel seems to be talking about the first round, it remains to be seen how the excess beers will be dealt with. We're talking about a fairly small group of first-round stewards and judges and staff to take several hundred bottles rather than 2000 thirsty homebrewers!
Whatever; since I often am forced to bottle condition due to lack of keg space I'm just happy that I should not have cloudy re-pours for mini-BOS!