« on: October 01, 2013, 01:15:20 PM »
2013 was my first NHC and I hate to say it but I was disappointed on many levels. It just seemed like everything from registering, to getting results, to getting actual scoresheets was a cluster. Even the judging, at least in my case was ho-hum. I had one beer advance all the way to Philly and made the mini bos in category. In all that judging I only had one judge ranked National or higher evaluate my beer. The rest were either Provisional, Recognized, or Certified. I can enter just about any BJCP and receive the same level of judging. I entered my beers in the NHC because I thought it would get before the "best" judges out there....ideally at least National level in the 2nd round. In my case it didn't happen
As far as entry limits. Two ways to go about it. Keep the entry fee the same and just put a cap of 5-7 entries...everyone gets a chance to enter their best beers. The second way is keep the entry cap at 15 beers but up the entry fee to 20-25 dollars per entry. Again if you REALLY want to enter the NHC you will find a way and enter your best beers. Either way will solve the problem.