This way if club X has 5 incredible IPA brewers, rather than knock each other out in the regionals where there are only 3 medals available, they could enter in 5 different regions where there are 15 medals to compete for. In effect they could garner 5 gold medals, where previously they would have been limited to 1 gold.
Just stopping by to point out again that there's a rule in effect that prevents any club from getting more than 12 points for their beers. It is impossible by the rules to garner more than a gold, silver and bronze set of points.
The BN is awesome and I consider it to be my third club along with the two local clubs that I am also a member of, so I think they entirely deserve the win. The question I have is in regards to this rule. The rule states that point accumulation will not occur beyond 12, but as I read it the rule does not effectively state whether or not the club can shut out other clubs from garnering the points that they can no longer accumulate.
Could a single club take gold, silver and bronze in the first round (in one or more categories) in several regions, not gain points past 12, but eliminate other clubs from being able to get those points? I realize that they brewed better beer or got the luck of the draw in judging to beat out the competition and they deserve the advancement to the second round. I also realize that this may be an unobtainable goal for a club and that this can be achieved by any club and not just a national club like the BN, but a national club could do this unintentionally whereas a non-national would have to enter into multiple regions intentionally.
So am I reading or interpreting the rule incorrectly? If I am reading this correctly, then this rule could be meaningless in that scenario. I say beat the COtY at their own game and brew better beer.