E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2006

Before

After

There were 54 entries for this year's competition. The Before picture shows the packages that were waiting for us at Silver Gulch. The After picture shows all the entries after than were checked in. The colored dots indicate the judging round (blue-first, red-second and yellow-Best of Show). Of course, what you can't see at this scale are the random numbers assigned each of the entries which are written on the dots.

 

Pictures of the Judging:

 
   
         
     
         
 
   
         
     
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Above and to the left are pictures showing our intrepid steward, Dennis Stephens sporting a "Utilakilt". The duties of a steward are a thankless task and Dennis did a great job.

Prior to the competition while last minute things were being set up Dennis regaled us with tunes played on his bagpipes. Way cool!

   


The Winners of the 2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Rob Beck

Kansas City, MO

American Pale Ale

2nd

Dena Sessler

Eagle River, AK

Baltic Porter

3rd

Phil Farrel

Cumming, GA

German Pilsner

*This is the second year in a row that Rob Beck has won Best of Show in this competition and the third year in a row that this prestigious prize has gone to someone in Missouri!


Pilsner:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Phil Farrel

Cumming, GA

German Pilsner

2nd

Steve Fletty

Falcon Heights, MN

Classic American Pilsner

3rd

Dennis Sessler

Eagle River, AK

Bohemian Pilsner

 

English Pale Ale:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

2nd*

Edward Bielaus

Rockville, MD

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

*There was only one entry in the English Pale Ale category. It was, therefore, left up to the discretion of the judges as whether or not a medal should be awarded and if so, at what level a medal would be awarded.

American Ale:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rob Beck

Kansas City, MO

American Pale Ale

2nd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

American Pale Ale

3rd - Tie

Rob Beck

Kansas City, MO

Amber Ale

3rd - Tie

Rhonda Swor & Paul Langley

Fairbanks, AK

American Brown Ale

 

Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Dena Sessler

Eagle River, AK

Baltic Porter

2nd

Ed Vandergrift

Lee's Summit, MO

Robust Porter

3rd

Bill Joosse

Fairbanks, AK

Robust Porter

 

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Thomas Eibner

Saint Paul, MN

Russian Imperial Stout

2nd

Patrick Schneider

Fort Davis, TX

Russian Imperial Stout

3rd

Phil Farrel

Cumming, GA

Sweet Stout


India Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jim Davis

Beaverton, OR

American IPA

2nd

John Petch

Palm Bay, FL

American IPA

3rd

Paul Eric Menchen

Longmont, CO

American IPA



Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

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Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Thomas Eibner

Saint Paul, MN

Raspberry Berliner Weisse

2nd

Kristen England

Minneapolis, MN

Chocolate Sweet Stout

3rd

Edward Bielaus

Rockville, MD

Chocolate Raspberry Dry Stout

 

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.

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year there were no beer names that really made us laugh. A honorable mention goes to Dena Sessler's Sweet Stout named Expresso Thy Pinion. Honorable mentions also go to Phil Farrell's Sweet Stout named Mad Cow XXX Milk Stout and his Baltic Porter named The Russians in Cumming.

Although he did not have any particularly funny names Rob Beck did make us snicker by including a small rubber chicken with his entries. Not only did the aura of the rubber chicken protect his entry in transit but it also saw him to victory. Such is the power of the rubber chicken.

The Club Spirit Award:

This year we are introducing the Club Spirit Award. This is given to members of homebrew clubs who show their club spirit by entering the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

Three or more entrants representing their respective homebrew club will receive this prestigious award.

The Spirit Award consists of an expertly crafted trophy made of genuine gold colored plastic and nearly 13 centimeters tall.

 

Globetrotter Award:

The winner of the 2006 Globetrotter Award is John Petch from Palm Bay, Florida. His beers traveled a total of 3816 miles (6141 km) as the raven flies (we don't have crows here). John Petch ended Ronald Snell's two year reign as Globetrotter Award winner by only two miles! Ronald Snell is from Melbourne Beach, Florida which is 3814 miles (6138 km) from Fox, Alaska.

Other contenders for this coveted prize were from Melbourne, FL (3808 miles/6129 km), Land O'Lakes, FL (3749 miles/6034 km), Mobile, AL (3439 miles/5534 km), Cummings, GA (3341 miles/5377 km), and Mililani, HI (3041 miles/4894 km). The distances were determined using the distance calculator at http://www.indo.com/distance.

This year we also introduced a trophy as part of this prestigious award. Looks kind of familiar, huh?

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 Cayenne Garlic. This is Chérie's favorite of the three hot sauces we have for the competition. We hope you like it as much as we do.


We received a total of 54 entries from 14 states. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

     
   
   
   

Alaska

15

Georgia

7

Florida

5

Maryland

4

Minnesota

4

Missouri

4

Oregon

4

Massachusetts

3

California

2

Colorado

2

Alabama

1

 

Hawaii

1

 

Tennessee

1

 

Texas

1

 
     
     

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We received a total of 54 entries in the 2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. The number of entries in the judged categories are as follows: Pilsner - 4, English Pale Ale - 1, American Ale - 11, Porter - 9, Stout - 13, India Pale Ale - 6, and Fruit and Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 10. Below is a more detailed break down of the number of entries we received of the various beer styles.

Beer Style

No. of Entries

Pilsner

4

German Pilsner

1

Bohemian Pilsner

1

Classic American Pilsner

2

English Pale Ale

1

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

0

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

0

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

1

American Ale

11

American Pale Ale

5

American Amber Ale

2

American Brown Ale

4

Porter

9

Robust Porter

2

Brown Porter

3

Baltic Porter

4

Stout

13

Dry Stout

1

Sweet Stout

4

Oatmeal Stout

3

Foreign Extra Stout

0

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

3

India Pale Ale (IPA)

6

English IPA

1

American IPA

4

Imperial IPA

1

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

10

Fruit Beer

7

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

3


The Styles for the 2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

European Amber Lager (3A. Vienna Lager and 3B. Oktoberfest/Märzen)

English Pale Ale (8A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter; 8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter and 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter)

American Ale (10A. American Pale Ale; 10B. American Amber Ale and 10C. American Brown Ale)

Porter (12A. Brown Porter; 12B. Robust Porter and Baltic Porter

Stout (13A. Dry Stout; 13B. Sweet Stout; 13C. Oatmeal Stout; 13D. Foreign Extra Stout; 13E. American Stout; and 13F. Russian Imperial Stout)

India Pale Ale (14A. English IPA; 14B. American IPA and 14C. Imperial IPA)

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (20. Fruit Beer and 21A. Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer)

As always, Dan (a.k.a. Dunk) and the other folks at Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company have been great!

Not only did they receive the entries and stored them for us in their nice walk-in cooler but they gave us a nice place to judge the beers. Then on top of all that they helped stock our prize cache!

We would like very much to thank them for providing this essential logistical support etc. for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

THANK YOU!!! Glenn and Dan for all the help!

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Prizes for the 2006 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 2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!!! Their support has made this competition a success!

We would also like to thank our judges! You folks are great! Thank You!!!


Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my wonderful wife, Chérie!

Not only has she put up with my obsessing and droning on and on about this competition but her hard work and organizational skills have made the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition the success it is.

She does all this and she doesn't even like beer!

She does it because she loves me.

Yep, I am one lucky guy!

Thank you, Sweetie!!!


Below is a picture of the prize packages taken just before we loaded them into the car and headed out to the Post Office to mail them off.