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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Sponsors for Homebrew Competition
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:12:58 AM »
Hi Bob,

I don't want to discourage you but it's not easy and there are several factors to take into consideration.  First and foremost when looking for sponsors always try to approach a potential sponsor with a win - win scenario.  The profit margins are not huge in the brewing industry so the more you can make a situation a win for your potential sponsor the more they will want to make the deal a win for you as well. 

How can you make it a win for the sponsor?  You can list them on your competition website as a sponsor for starters.  How many participants, entries, and volunteers are you forecasting to have?  That is your sponsors potential audience.  Can they put a flyer in the score sheet mailing back to the entrant after the competition?  Maybe they can give them a 10 minute blurb about themselves before the competition lunch.  Maybe you can give them some time in front of your club at a future meeting.  Perhaps you have worked with the potential sponsor in the past.  Maybe you can do something for them in the future.  If they are a new brewer maybe you can provide feedback on a distributor that you've worked with before.  Maybe you can hope to arrange for them to host a tasting at a liquor store where you know the manager.  Be prepared to be creative.

When you go to solicit sponsors I've found that how you approach them really depends on what part of the competition you're looking for sponsorship of.  For example, if you're looking for raffle prizes then an initial email or letter is a good start.  If you have a name then send it to that person directly.  If you don't have a name then I'd suggest calling the company you're soliciting directly to make personal contact.  Sending a blind email or letter can be easily ignored.  Regardless if you send something directly to someone or if you send it blind, you'll get some responses but be prepared to follow up with reminder emails and phone calls. 

This kind of scratches the surface a bit and should get you started.  Feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss further.  Good luck!

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Homebrew Competitions / Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:58:37 AM »

Hello fellow Home Brewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee are very pleased to announce the fifth annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition will be taking place on February 21st and 22nd, 2014. This competition is held in conjunction with the 17th annual Midwinter Brew Fest at the Milwaukee Ale House, and is a circuit qualifying event for both the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers (MCAB) and the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year.  The competition will be limited to 800 entries.  All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges, Professional Brewers, or Mead Judges.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://www.midwinterhbc.com.  Entries will be accepted January 4th through February 8th at 11 different locations in WI, IL, & MN.  Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI.  Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category.  Each award will consist of a medal and a gift certificate to Brew & Grow (Gold - $25, Silver - $15, Bronze - $10).  Beer Best of Show, Beer Best of Show Runner-Up, and Mead / Cider Best of Show will receive engraved barrel head awards. 

This year we are very happy to have two professional ramp ups affiliated with the competition.  One of the Baltic Porter entries (BJCP category 12C) will be chosen to be ramped up by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House.  Also one Mead entry (BJCP categories 25 A-C, 26A, & 26C) will be ramped up by Moonlight Meadery as a pilot batch.

The awards ceremony will again take place at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern on February 22nd at 6:30 PM central time.  Gordon Strong is scheduled to present Brewing Better Beer: Practical Applications prior to the awards announcement.  Both the presentation and the awards ceremony are open to the public.  Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities can be found on the Volunteers page at http://midwinterhbc.com/volunteers. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://midwinterhbc.com/contact


Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!
Bruce Buerger - Competition Coordinator

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Dues for Home Brew Club
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:52:11 PM »
No problem.  I hope it helped and goes well for you guys.  The first time I did that our class was in late January and we got about 20 to 25 attendees.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Hospitality suite 2014
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:28:29 PM »
Yes.  In an attempt to get it out of your head read this - Theme from Charlie Brown cartoons.  You should now be hearing piano music.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Hospitality suite 2014
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:03:02 PM »
If memory serves we blew through 6 back in 2010.  We had an additional 12 for club night.  The Barons are also thinking about serving as well but we want to see who all ends up getting into the conference before putting too much into motion.

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Homebrew Competitions / Schnapp Hans Cup Registration Now Open!
« on: September 01, 2013, 03:20:53 PM »


Hello fellow Home Brewers!

I'm very pleased to announce that the 2013 Delafield Brewhaus Schnapp Hans Cup Competition will be taking place on October 12, 2013. The focus of this beer only competition is on base styles.  No Specialty, Spice Herb Vegetable, Fruit, or Sour beers will be accepted.  This competition will be limited to 300 entries.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://schnapphanscup.com/.  Entries will be accepted September 1st through September 28th at 3 different locations in WI.  Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI.  Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category and the Best of Show will take home the coveted Schnapp Hans Cup.  Also, one entry from the Best of Show round will be chosen to be ramped up and brewed by the Delafield Brewhaus!

Awards will be announced and presented to participants at the Delafield Brewhaus on October 12th at 7:30 PM central time.  Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be posted shortly. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://schnapphanscup.com/contact

Prosit, Sláinte, Salute, Na Zdravi, Cheers! - Bruce Buerger
Competition Coordinator

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Registration is now open!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:37:17 AM »
Looking at the BJCP scheduled competition page I'm seeing two competitions currently scheduled in VA.  One is in Lynchburg which according to Google Maps is about an hour away from Danville.  Here is the web site for the competition - http://hopsanity.hillcityhomebrew.org/.  Since they will need a hall or location of some sorts to host their event I'd suggest reaching out to these guys and ask them how they're handling it. 

One other suggestion - try exploring other types of facilities like banquet halls, community centers, VFW posts, and church halls.  These places might also have the appropriate licensing needed to host your meetings.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Do other clubs have this problem?
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:45:46 PM »
One way to stir the pot a bit is to champion an event like a public brew session.  Work with the local homebrew shop to do a brew day for beginners, leave the club out of it.  Club members will eventually get wind of it by seeing advertisement at the homebrew shop and some might show up just to check it out.  The idea behind this approach is to find others in your community that are into homebrewing but not necessarily attending your club meetings, as well as a few other interested brewers from your club.  Keep doing the public brew sessions every few months and see where it goes. 

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Attention Homebrewers (especially those that lager)!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee and German Fest are very pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual German Fest Stein Challenge will be taking place on July 25th and 27th, 2013. This BJCP registered, German bier style only competition, is held in conjunction with the 32nd annual German Fest which will be taking place on the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee July 25th through the 28th.  Entries will again be limited to 300 this year.  Proceeds from the competition will go towards the newly established Midwest Brewer Scholarship Fund.

Registration opens on June 15th and will be coordinated through the competition web site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org.  Entries will be accepted June 15th through July 13th at homebrew supply stores in Milwaukee, Madison, and Northern Illinois.  Entries may be shipped to Northern Brewer in West Allis WI.  Please see the competition web site for participating shops and locations.

Judging will take place on July 25th and 27th and the awards ceremony will take place at German Fest on the Summerfest grounds on July 28th.  First, Second, and Third place medals will be awarded to the category winners.  Steins will be awarded to the First, Second, and Third place Best of Show winners.  Finally, one entry from the best of show round will be chosen by the Milwaukee Brewing Company to be ramped up and served at the Milwaukee Ale House!

Accepted categories and additional details can be found on the competition web site.  Periodic updates will be posted to the competition Facebook page.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be sent out shortly.  Please pass this information on to your fellow homebrewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org/index.php?section=contact.

Best of luck to all that enter!

German Fest Stein Challenge Organizing Committee

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Entrants declare their club affiliations when they register.  It's just a matter of coming up with a point system for awarding the winners based on number of entries, entries that placed, and club affiliation. 

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The Barons host an all German competition and I know the Rock Hoppers host an all French & Belgian one.  Belle City does a high gravity Winter Warmer competition.  The COC was a great incubator but now there are plenty of other competitions out there that can serve this function.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:13:36 AM »
Anyone know if Milwaukee also put in placings?
One of my beers scored a 40, advanced to mini-BOS, but nothing in the place box.
Had high hopes for it as it has placed at every other comp it has been entered into this year.
Yes we did indicate place and mini-bos on the summary sheets.

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The email address of the person who judged the entry should be on the score sheet.  If you'd like you could email the judge and let them know that while perhaps well intended, you found the comment to be nonconstructive.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: 501(c)(7) Why?
« on: March 24, 2013, 07:28:15 PM »
Actually, because of our non-profit status we're able to obtain an umbrella policy for our officers.  That might not be a big selling point for smaller clubs but it might be for larger ones.

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