18 in Zanesville vs 5 in San Diego. Well we know what San Diego is famous for. Might be interesting to see all regions categories in a spread sheet. Where are more lagers brewed, where do the make more ciders and meads.
There were 18 Pilsners Jeff. 5 Advanced to Mini-Bos. All of the ones that scored over 30 except for 1.
I judged in San Diego over the weekend. A couple of thoughts and observations;
I judged IPA and American Ales
About 90 IPA's were judged, About 20 advanced to a mini-BOS.
About 60 American Ales were judged, 15-18 advanced to mini-BOS
This is the first time I used the "Checklist" Scoresheets. I like them. At first I was hesitant, but I think they are effective. Talking to other judges, they had the same sentiment.
If you want to have better odds on advancing to the 2nd round, brew lagers, ciders, and meads. Most of them had less than 10 entries per category. I believe the Pilsner category only had 5 entries.
Quaff and the local organizers run a great 1st round. They get a lot of judges. For the IPA category, they had 22 judges and most if not all were BJCP certified. I don't think any judges judged more than 10 beers per flight.
I don't know how many Pilsners were at Zanesville, but the had at least 2 judge pairs for category 2. I entered 3 lagers, but that didn't really help. I brew a lot of lagers, as those are what we like in the summer on the deck. I like the ones we entered a lot, but the judges didn't.
Will me first round entries per category per site be posted?
My first guess is that ciders will be more popular in apple growing states, but what do I know?
I didnt judge the categories but I think cider entries were pretty low in Seattle.
We had 1 flight of light lagers (12 or 13 entries) and 2 flights of pilsners. It was nice to be able to judge those, I never get to because I always enter those cats (sent mine to Sacramento this year)