About half the bottles I have/get are Sam Adams bottles
So use the other half for competitions...!
Keep in mind, Sam Adams/Boston Beer Compay = BIGGEST sponsor of the NHC
Irrelevant in terms of what bottles to enter... but perhaps they'd consider donating enough bottles so everyone
could use SA bottles to enter?
To be clear, I never
dock points for raised lettering or other moldings, or glue smudges on the bottle (I hear more complaints about that than the raised lettering). But in the interests of complete anonymity, and the widespread access to "regular" bottles (from commercial beers or your local homebrew shop) I just don't think it's wise or necessary to use anything else.
One could even argue that crossing off identifying info on the cap, rather than using an unmarked cap, can give away clues as to the entrant's identity... we have one judge locally here who often uses blue sharpie rather than black to cross off any identifying info on his caps... the problem is, he's the only one who uses blue and many of us know who he is!