E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2007

Before

After

There were 90 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:

 
     
 
     
 
     
     
 
     
     

 

   

Here is Charles McNamee, our intrepid steward about to embark on yet another trip down the stairs to the walk-in cooler.



The Winners of the 2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Oktoberfest/Märzen

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

3rd

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

American Pale Ale


European Amber Lager :

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Oktoberfest/Märzen

2nd

Mike Lemke

Muskego, WI

Oktoberfest/Märzen

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Oktoberfest/Märzen

English Pale Ale:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

John B. McKissack III

Vidor, TX

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

2nd

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

3rd

Chad Hicks

Portland, OR

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

American Ale:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

American Pale Ale

2nd

Vincent O. Rokke

Fargo, ND

American Pale Ale

3rd

Phil Moore

Columbia, SC

American Pale Ale

Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Ed Vandegrift

Lee's Summit, MO

Brown Porter

2nd

Edward Bielaus

Rockville, MD

Robust Porter

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Robust Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Ed Vandegrift

Lee's Summit, MO

Russian Imperial Stout

2nd

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

Sweet Stout

3rd

Ty Ming

College Park, MD

Foreign Extra Stout

India Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

2nd

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

American IPA

3rd

Jim Davis

Beaverton, OR

Imperial IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Phil Farrell

Cumming, GA

Sweet Stout with espresso

2nd

Mike Lemke

Muskego, WI

American Amber Ale with cherries and oak chips

3rd

John B. McKissack III

Vidor, TX

American Wheat Beer with poblano and jalapeno peppers

 

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's winner of the infamous Battered Bottle Cap Award goes to Alan Ruff's American Amber Ale named Wooden Shark's Fart. We have no idea why is it named that but it is funny nonetheless. An honorable mention also goes to Phil Farrell's Extra Special/Strong Bitter name Big Fat Stinkin' Drunk British Dude ESB.

Phil Farrell also made us snicker by including a rubber chicken Mardi Gras necklace with his entries. He did pretty well in this competition so perhaps it helped. This is the second year in row that the Mo-Jo of the Rubber Chicken has been used in this competition and it may be something the Ministry of Magic needs to look into. The BJCP doesn't strictly prohibit the use of Rubber Chicken Mo-Jo in sanctioned competitions but....

The Club Spirit Award:

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

Three or more separate entrants specifying their respective homebrew club will receive this prestigious award. Individuals with five or more entries and, therefore, have plenty of club spirit all by themselves will also receive the Club Spirit Award.

Although 19 homebrew clubs were represented in this year's competition only five of them met the above criteria. There also two individuals who showed more than enough club spirit by themselves. Actually there were three individuals who met the criteria but one of them was also joined by two other club members in entering this competition. Way to go!

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 2007 Globetrotter Award is Ronald Snell from Melbourne Beach, Florida. His beers traveled a total of 3813 miles (6137 km) as the raven flies (we don't have crows here).

Other runner ups for this prestigious prize were Patrick Payne of Melbourne, Florida (3808 miles/6129 km) and Nicole and Mike Ellis of Cocoa, Florida (3789 miles/6098 km).

The distances were determined using the distance calculator at http://www.indo.com/distance.

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

 

The bottles of hot sauces with the custom labels were purchased from Mo Hotta Mo Betta (http://www.mohotta.com). We've been rotating in three different hot sauces for this competition. This year's flavor is Chipotle Adobo. This is my 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 90 entries from 16 states. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

15

Maryland

14

Alabama

9

Georgia

7

Massachusetts

6

Missouri

5

North Dakota

5

Oregon

5

Texas

5

Wisconsin

5

Florida

4

Hawaii

3

California

2

Michigan

2

Tennessee

2

South Carolina

1


 

We received a total of 90 entries in the 2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. The number of entries in the judged categories are as follows: European Amber Lager - 10, English Pale Ale - 13, American Ale - 20, Porter - 8, Stout - 12, India Pale Ale - 15, and Fruit and Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 12. Below is a more detailed break down of the number of entries we received of the various beer styles.

Beer Style

No. of Entries

European Amber Lager

10

Vienna Lager

2

Oktoberfest/Märzen

8

English Pale Ale

13

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

3

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

1

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

9

American Ale

20

American Pale Ale

13

American Amber Ale

6

American Brown Ale

1

Porter

8

Robust Porter

3

Brown Porter

4

Baltic Porter

1

Stout

12

Dry Stout

1

Sweet Stout

1

Oatmeal Stout

2

Foreign Extra Stout

3

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

3

India Pale Ale (IPA)

15

English IPA

2

American IPA

8

Imperial IPA

5

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

12

Fruit Beer

5

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

7


The Styles for the 2008 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

Bock (5A. Maibock/Helles Bock, 5B. Traditional Bock, 5C. Doppelbock and 5D. Eisbock)

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)

Wow! Silver Gulch has changed SO much since that last time we judged there. It is hard to believe they accomplished so much in just a year.

The tasting room we judged in for several years has now been finished. What a great place to judge beer or just hang out.

Silver Gulch has changed in other ways was as well. There is now a restaurant with a wonderful menu and a great beer selection. The beer selection, of course, includes the Silver Gulch line-up but is not restricted to it. They have a pretty nice selection Belgian beers!

There is also have a gift shop with all kinds of fun stuff all of which is nicely displayed.

Needless to say the staff at Silver Gulch has dramatically increased.

The number of people may have increased but the same level of professionalism remains. Everybody has been very kind and helpful with respect to this competition.

All the folks at Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company have been great!

As usual, the entries were received by the kind folks at Silver Gulch and they stored them in their nice walk-in cooler. In addition to that, they gave us a great place to judge the beers and helped fill our prize cache.

We would like very much to thank the many good folks at Silver Gulch for helping make the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition a success.

THANK YOU!!!

Especially Thank You, Glenn!!!!

We also like to thank the Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company for their support. Not only did they donate some prizes but they provided us with two excellent beer judges to help out with the competition.

That you SO very much for this much needed help!!!-

Thank you Geoff and Marcy Larson!!!

 


Prizes for the 2007 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 2007 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!!!


Finally, I would like to thank my lovely wife, Chérie.

The E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition only runs smoothly because of her organizational skills. It is a success because she makes it so.

She puts up with the time and expense of it because she loves me. That is the only explanation since she doesn't even like beer!

I am SO lucky to have her!

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!

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.