Man. What a Birthday.
Family agreed to let me go the awards for a homebrew comp. last Saturday over in Burlington. Two hour drive, four hours round trip. Get there. Wait around for about an hour as they are giving out door prizes to judges and then get set-up for BOS judging. Get in line to get my score sheets. Finally get up there. 'We don't have any record of entries from you.'
"Where did you enter your beers?"
Well, I dropped them off at one of the approved businesses; a brew pub, the day before the deadline. Even emailed the contact person to make sure it was okay as it was so close to the deadline. Got a reply that he would not even be picking them up until the middle of the following week. I spoke with this same guy at the competition. He claims to have stopped in at the pub I dropped them off at twice after the deadline only to be told there were no entries. Grrr. I call the pub. I ask for the manager, she has no knowledge of anything to do with the competition but is kind enough to look into things for me. We identify who the bartender was when I dropped it off. She calls him at home and calls me back. Sure enough, my beers are still there!
Did I mention it was an hour drive (2 round trip) to get to this pub to drop my beers off in the first place?! Gonna have a friend of mine pick up the beer and rip up the entry check so i don't have to drive all the way down again. Good deal for him, a case of some damn fine beer... If I do say so myself. And I am the only one who can at this point.
Man was that a pisser and a half. Consolation was I was going to stop in Montpelier on the way back and enjoy some special cask beers at the Three Penny Tap rooms 1st anniversary party. Live music, cask ales outside in the sunshine... Was supposed to go from 3 pm to 10 pm. Got there at 6:15 pm. Beer is gone! Casks are empty!!!
Still had some tasty beers in the bar itself but... Damn.
I have tried to put it behind me. Today I started to get paranoid that my beer never made it to nationals either, cause I still haven't gotten any scoresheets. I know it probably takes a while but after last weekend I am a bit suspicious of everything.
I even emailed the contact guy again that very night about what I found out, and what I thought about it all. I replied to his reply that had informed me it was still fine to drop off when I was going to. Only because he claimed to not recall getting my original email. No reply. Yes, I believe I was very polite and respectful in my email. I even pointed out I was aware that the folks running it were doing so voluntarily and showed my appreciation for that fact.
You think some sort of reply would be not asking too much right?
Kind of put off by competitions at the moment.