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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:24:24 PM »
3. I reeeeeally liked the food... for good reason. I was pretty surprised by the lackluster beer pairing, despite loving Lagunitas.

I really enjoyed the main course and dessert, but I think all salad courses must be compared to the awesome 2014 banquet salad.

Heard several nearby lackluster comments re: pairing.  I'll be honest; I was floating on Alpine Duet when I walked in and only even tasted the last of the 4 beers.  That one was certainly lackluster.   

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:55:04 PM »
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--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:12:25 PM »
I'm a member of the 1997 Club Of The Year.
it was accomplished with less than 20 members...times have sure changed, eh?!

2014 we finished 5th in COTY.  Only clubs ahead of us were national, giant, a collection of award-winning PNW brewers, and very large.  Only club to win 4 medals; only two others got 3.  Yet we were light years away from COTY points-wise.

So we had aimed for Gambrinus instead.  Finished close 2nd, way ahead of 3rd place, and would have won, if some brand-new brewers hadn't insisted on entering poor batches.  (Whatever; I can't exactly bar them from entering.)  Next year we'll try for Gambrinus again.

Club Of The Year?  Whatever - we don't have a chance, so we don't care. It's too bad, because the COTY award WAS one we were proud of.

My HOPE is that the other large clubs will dissolve into small ones, to try for Gambrinus.  I would argue that QUAFF coming close is actually dragging this out.  Once BN is winning COTY by a factor of 5 over every other club, it'll eventually go away.  Same goes for if BN no longer entered and QUAFF was dominating - that wouldn't have meaning either.

cheers--
--Michael

P.S. - I'm taking applications if any Midwest superclubs are forming and recruiting.    ;)

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:42:26 PM »
Couldn't be helped this year, but I'm reminded that I said previously I'd never fly out early morning the day after conference. I am on waaaay to little sleep to put up with hours of airport delays! Just stay an extra day!  8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:21:15 PM »
fwiw, OP did in fact place, twice. Perhaps the AHA briefly had the "show winners" box checked before fixing the glitch.

Oh, and congrats OP!

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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 09, 2015, 12:15:28 PM »
Just arrived at T&C trying to pick my first target now... Lol. I have to wait on the 'big' ones until Tracy gets here our she'll yell at me for going without her lol

its better to ask forgiveness than ask permission. 

...(says the guy whose wife isn't travelling with him)   ;D

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:37:56 AM »
The Baltimore rumor might have started because some judges who registered to judge in the final round without final round entries are seeing the draft of the "final round letter" that will eventually go out to entrants. Here's a clip from the letter I see when I log in:



[obligatory "I wasn't able to see this letter" humblebrag]   ;)

see ya soon Dennis!
--Michael

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:42:23 AM »
are we guessing at this point?  OK, I'll guess somewhere with a 'ville...and then Baltimore in '17. 

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 24, 2015, 06:16:02 AM »
Mark,

1. Well I guess that was better than Friday's "let's treat Amanda like a child" post. Perhaps you'll delete this one too?
2. If my good friend and top-notch judge Mac is paying to go to the conference, he isn't paying anything extra to judge.  And any opportunity cost is outside of the conference.  Keep saying people are paying to judge if you like, but you sound ridiculous.
3.  Philly had something like 197 judges in the morning, the most ever.  Almost 50% were National+  - We need at least 224 judges to finish 28 categories in the morning, and if we go 3 per team like we did prior to '14, we're at up to 336.  Last year my flight had one person who wasn't even BJCP; I paired him with the highest ranking person on the flight, myself.  Multiple R and C judges worked the category.  Point is, I don't see any way we don't need/can't use Certified Judges, but go ahead and assume you're being left out before it happens if you really want to.
4.  After you failed your first BJCP exam, your attitude sucked.  You mentioned you got a talking-to, and it definitely improved.  It seems like it has worn off.
5.  It seems like maybe, just maybe, 2-3 weeks before the competition isn't the best time to suggest an overhaul of judging Nationals.  They are trying to get volunteers right now - has even one of your posts helped with that?  Maybe take the BJCP exam rants to the BJCP page?

--Michael

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:10:03 AM »
I arrive late Tuesday; if Bruce needed me to give up the BJCP event on Wednesday I would.  If I had to stay late on Thursday and missed the start of Pro Night, I would.  If requested last minute to judge the SHiV's, I would.  Well, maybe not those.   ;) 

Whatever Bruce needs.

Club Night has some cool beers.  I always learn something in a seminar.  Hoping to walk up to Janis to collect a medal is nerve-wracking but awesome.  But nothing is as important to me as working with a huge collection of highly-ranked judges to give out some significant accolades.  I'm higher ranked than most but I learn a ton.  Every. Single. Year.

This is the defacto National Championship.  The closest thing we've got to it.  I love beer, and love to taste what people do with these styles.  I'm always surprised, usually pleasantly so.

I am not missing anything else at the conference by donating my Thursday morning.  I suppose I am missing some June Gloom down at the beach when I am judging.  Beer is the raison d`etre for me at NHC, and I'll immerse myself in as much of the experience as possible.

If this is work, then someone pile some more upon my desk.

cheers--
--Michael




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Shipping Considerations
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:39:02 AM »
K, get that Dortmunder to me and I'll add it to my 2-day box.

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:14:11 AM »

the split between commercial and homebrew reminds me:  Let's try to not let the extra bottles of NHC Finals entries go to waste!  Can we arrange them to be put in one of the "homebrew rooms"...?  Shared among the banquet line?  something else?

(Friday at lunch in the San Diego Room would be one way to ensure a good turnout for the AHA meetup, haha!)

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:36:16 AM »
gonna bottle some stuff in still-labelled Undercover Shutdown bottles. 

"that's weird; I'm not sure why these caps are gold either"   ;D 

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Saazer-type is covered in the glossary.

I'd like to remind people that its about an impression. How does the beer taste, smell, look, feel. It isn't about what the ingredients are, not while you're judging it. (Obvious specialty info exceptions aside.)




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Remember, commercial examples are now supposed to be listed in alphabetical order; do not take anything else from what is listed first.

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