It would be nice if the shipping windows paralleled the judging dates. Some beers have to be shipped as much as a month and a half prior to being judged. I don't see a reason why that can't change.
I think in theory this is a good idea, but I think in practice it would create a lot of confusion. From my experience running comps, many entrants still get confused about the basics of entering a homerbew comp. My bet is having staggered shipping deadlines for each region would cause heartburn from entrants not paying close enough attention and shipping too early/late. We see that in our fairly small comps since we have a different deadline for out of town LHBSs; there are always several who don't read the different deadlines for each drop off location.
I agree Dennis. Especially, since with the lottery, you don't know where you're sending brews until pretty late in the brew process anyways.
Besides, the people that are experienced enough in NHC to know about the perceived inequality of releasing results at different times, should also be the ones that plan rebrew schedules long before the first round results are out.
I mean, udubdawg and I aren't the only ones with a planned brew schedule for NHC 2018, are we?