Pictures and results of the 2004

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

These are the 51 entries for this year's competition. The colored dots indicate the judging round (yellow-first, blue-second and red-Best of Show). Of course, what you can't see at this scale are the random numbers assigned each of the entries and written on the dots.


Here are some pictures from the judging of year's E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

 

 
     
 
     
     
 
     
     

Judging the Best of Show:

     
 

Determining the Best of Show is a process of elimination. Shown here are the five remaining candidates (plus a glass of water) after one beer has been removed from consideration.

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The Medals

Medals for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show - Gold colored medal with a blue and yellow ribbon

First Place - Gold colored medal

Second Place - Silver colored medal

Third Place - Copper colored medal

The First, Second and Third Place medals all have dark blue ribbons.

   
   

A more detailed view of a Gold Medal.

The customized medals were produced by the Hermann Werks (http://www.thewerks.net/awards1.html) for a very reasonable cost.

 

Once again we also have bottles of Homebrew Hot Sauce as prizes.

 

The bottles of hot sauces with the custom labels were produced by Mo Hotta Mo Betta (http://www.mohotta.com). There are several hot sauces to choose from. This year's flavor is Chipotle Adobo. We hope you like it as much as we do.

 

The Winners of the 2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Ed Vandergrift

Lee's Summit, MO

Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale

2nd

Joe Formanek

Bolingbrook, IL

American Pale Ale

3rd

Curt & Kathy Stock

St. Paul, MN

Robust Porter

 

Bitter and English Pale Ale:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Ed Vandergrift

Lee's Summit, MO

Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale

2nd

Curt & Kathy Stock

St. Paul, MN

Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale

3rd

Greg & Gina Smith

Mantor, MN

Special or Best Bitter

 

American Pale Ales:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Joe Formanek

Bolingbrook, IL

American Pale Ale

2nd

Joe Formanek

Bolingbrook, IL

American Amber Ale

3rd

Rob Beck

Kansas City, MO

American Pale Ale

 

India Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Tim Hilts & Fil Spiegel

Anchorage, AK

India Pale Ale

2nd

Joe Formanek

Bolingbrook, IL

India Pale Ale

3rd - Tie

Richard Kirn

Garden City, MI

India Pale Ale

3rd - Tie

Jason Ditsworth

Anchorage, AK

India Pale Ale

 

Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Curt & Kathy Stock

St. Paul, MN

Robust Porter

2nd

Ronald Snell

Melbourne Beach, FL

Robust Porter

3rd

Jason Ditsworth

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

 

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Bobby Wilken

Fairbanks, AK

Dry Stout

2nd

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

Sweet Stout

3rd

Curt & Kathy Stock

St. Paul, MN

Oatmeal Stout

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Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jeff Nolte

Plano, TX

Belgian Witbier spiced with coriander

2nd

Bill Angell

Fairbanks, AK

Ginger Brown Porter

3rd

Ron Stazuk

Palos Hills, IL

Peach Berliner Weiss bier

 

We received a total of 51 entries from 10 states. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

15

Minnesota

7

Georgia

6

Florida

5

Illinois

5

Missouri

5

Tennessee

3

Michigan

2

Texas

2

South Carolina

1

Globetrotter Award:

The winners of the 2004 Globetrotter Award are Ronald Snell and David Lawson from Melbourne Beach, Florida. They shipped their beers a total of 3,813 miles (6,137 km) as the raven flies (we don't have crows here). Competition for the prize was fierce with entries also from Rockledge, Florida (3,793 miles/6,105 km) and Melbourne, Florida (3,808 miles/6,129 km). The distances were determined using the distance calculator at http://www.indo.com/distance/.

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year there just wasn't a name that stood out from the rest. There were a few that made us smile like Mad Cow XXX Milk Stout but nothing that really made us laugh. However, while registering entries we came across a unique wrapping job seemed to embrace the essence of the Battered Bottle Cap Award if not technically then at least in spirit. Opening this package truly did make us laugh. Rather than using the same old boring bubble wrap this entrant wrapped his bottles in disposable diapers! Attached to his entry was note which read, "I ran out of bubble wrap - but still have lots of diapers!" Fortunately, the diapers did not appear to have been previously soiled. Not only did the diapers protect his entry but the bottles were also completely free of condensation. Hmmm...he may be on to something here.

The winner of coverted Battered Bottle Cap Award for 2004, therefore, goes to Steve Schmitt of Anchorage, Alaska for his rather unique use of diapers.


We received a total of 51 entries in the 2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. The number of entries in the judged categories are as follows: Bitter and English Pale Ale - 7, American Pale Ales - 10, Porter - 6, Stout - 9, Fruit and Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 11, and India Pale Ale - 7. Below is a more detailed break down of the number of entries we receieve of the various beer styles.

Beer Style

No. of Entries

Bitter and English PaleAle

7

Ordinary Bitter

0

Special or Best Bitter

5

Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale

2

American Pale Ales

10

American Pale Ale

7

American Amber Ale

3

California Common Beer

0

Porter

7

Robust Porter

5

Brown Porter

2

Stout

9

Dry Stout

2

Sweet Stout

4

Oatmeal Stout

2

Foreign Extra Stout

1

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

11

Fruit Beer

7

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

4

India Pale Ale

7

 

As usual the folks at the Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company have been great! They received the entries, stored them for us in their nice walk-in cooler and gave us a place to judge the beers. We would like very much to thank them for providing this essential logistical support for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. THANK YOU!!! Glenn, Sunnifa and Dan for all the help.

 

We'd also like to thank the Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company for providing us with not only some prizes but also two excellent beer judges to help us out with the judging.

 

Prizes for the 2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition were donated by the following organizations and businesses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would very much like to thank to all of the organizations and businesses listed above for their support of the 2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!!! Their support has made this competition a success!

We would also like to thank our most excellent judges for taking the time to help with the difficult task of deciding which of the all the fine beers and meads were slightly better than the others. You folks were great! Thank You!!!

Last but certainly not least I would like to thank my wonderful wife, Chérie, for all the help and encourgement throught the various stages of this competition. This competition is a success because of her.

Also as "prize goddess" she has once again accumulated a very nice collection of prizes.

For this and for all so many other things I thank her.

Chérie doesn't even like beer though she tends to know far more about it than mere mortals do.

She puts up with all of this because of her love for me and her support of the homebrewing community.

Thank you, Sweetie!!!