E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2011

There were 49 entries for this year's competition. Here is a picture of all the entries after they were checked in. The colored dots indicate the judging round (red-first, blue-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.

Usually we like to show a picture of the boxes etc. before they are unpacked but this the cooler was very full and cramped so I really could not get a decent "before" picture.

Pictures of the Judging:

 
     
     
 
     
     

Above is out intrepid steward Pam to the rescue with more beers to judge.

     
 
     
     
 
     


The Winners of the 2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Steven Jayich*

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

2nd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

American IPA

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Extra Special/Strong Bitter


Bock:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jason Spriet, Rick Stout & Jay Fuzi

Baker City, OR

Doppelbock

2nd

Scott Satterthwaite

Sunnyvale, CA

Doppelbock

3rd - Tie

Paul Simms

Mobile, AL

Traditional Bock

3rd - Tie

Randy Havens

Fairbanks, AK

Doppelbock

English Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

3rd

Dennis Smith

Semmes, AL

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jason Spriet, Rick Stout & Rod Frizzell

Baker City, OR

American Amber Ale

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Randy Havens

Fairbanks, AK

American Pale Ale

.

Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

2nd

Edward Bielaus

Rockville, MD

Brown Porter

3rd

Ty Ming

College Park, MD

Robust Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

American Stout

2nd

Edward Bielaus

Rockville, MD

Dry Stout

3rd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Sweet Stout

 

India Pale Ale (IPA):

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

American IPA

2nd

Scott Satterthwaite

Sunnyvale, CA

American IPA

3rd

Jason Spriet & Rick Stout

Baker City,OR

American IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Crab Apple Belgian Specialty Wheat Ale

2nd

Jason Spriet

Baker City, OR

Blonde Ale with Licorice & Carafa II

3rd

Jonathan Kissinger

Montara, CA

American IPA with Rye

*Steven Jayich is the second person to win back to back E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competitions. Rob Beck from St. Louis, MO won in 2005 and 2006 with his excellent American Pale Ale. Steven Jayich, however, is the first person to have won a total of three E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competitions!

Some very good beers were entered in this year's E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. In many cases less than a point separated the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

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.

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition nonic pint glasses are given to first place winners and the judges/stewards.

We purchased the custom pint glasses from Bargain Mugs (http://www.bargainmugs.com).

Any beer seems to taste better when drinking it from a nice pint glass.

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year's winner of the coveted Battered Bottle Cap Award goes to Clarence Griffin for his Robust Porter called Porkbelly Porter.

 

 

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.

Those entrants who listed the Hoppy Homebrewers of South Mississippi and Zymurgist Borealis will receive this award.

Andrew Starsiak, Steven Jayich and Jonathan Kissinger showed that he had an abundance of Spirit all by themselves so he too will also receive this prestigious award.

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

Globetrotter Award:

The competition for the 2011 Globetrotter Award was fierce. We received number of entries from Alabama and Mississippi.

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

It turns of that Mobile, Alabama was the furthest away.

However, there were three entrants for Mobile. So as was the case last year we had to use Google Earth to determine the coordinates of their respective mailing addresses and then used those coordinates in the above distance calculator.

The winner of the 2011 Globetrotter Award is Dan Murphy who sent his entry a total of 3,439 miles/5,534 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows). Only two and four miles separated him from his closest competitors Paul Simms (3,437 miles/5,532 km) and Mike Robinchaux (3,435 miles/5,529 km) respectively.

The next closest cities from which entries were sent were Biloxi, Mississippi (3,431 miles/5,521 km), Semmes, Alabama (3,428 miles/5,534 km) and Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi (3,426 miles/5,521 km).

 

The Order of the Bronze Hyphen:

A few years ago we introduced the Order of the Bronze Hyphen*. This was to recognize those entrants who followed directions and filled out the requisite paperwork completely, correctly AND legibly.

The 2011 inductees into this prestigious order is Dan Murphy.

Congratulations!!

Paul Simms, Dennis Smith and Clarence Griffin would have been inducted this year were they not already members of the Order of the Bronze Hyphen.

Keep up the good work! !

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* A hyphen as in that which separates anal from retentive.

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). For the past 9 years we've rotated three different hot sauces for this competition. This year's hot sauce was supposed to be the Thai Tamarind. Unfortunately, that particular sauce is no longer available. We will, therefore, continue rotating between Cayenne Garlic and Chipotle Adobo. This year's hot sauce is the Cayenne Garlic which is Chérie's favorite.

We hope you like it this hot sauce as much as we do.

 


We received a total of 49 entries from 8 states. About 73% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

13

California

10

Massachusetts

7

Alabama

4

Maryland

4

Mississippi

4

Oregon

4

Tennessee

3

We received a total of 49 entries in the 2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. Below is a break down of the number of entries we received of the various beer styles.

Beer Style

No. of Entries

Bock

5

Maibock/Helles Bock

1

Traditional Bock

1

Doppelbock

3

Eisbock

0

English Pale Ale

6

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

2

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

3

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

1

American Ale

8

American Pale Ale

7

American Amber Ale

1

American Brown Ale

0

Porter

7

Brown Porter

1

Robust Porter

6

Baltic Porter

0

Stout

6

Dry Stout

2

Sweet Stout

1

Oatmeal Stout

1

Foreign Extra Stout

1

American Stout

1

Russian Imperial Stout

0

India Pale Ale (IPA)

10

English IPA

2

American IPA

7

Imperial IPA

1

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

7

Fruit Beer

4

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

3


The Styles for the 2012 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

Pilsner (2A. German Pilsner; 2B. Bohemian Pilsner; 2C. Classic American Pilsner)

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 12C. 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)

We'd like to thank Glenn and the good folks at Silver Gulch for all the help.

They are awesome!!!

They provide us with a place to receive and store our entries and also gave us a great place to hold the competition. On top of that they also helped us fill our prize cache!!

Your support has helped make the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition a successs!!!

Thank you VERY much, Glenn!!!

 


We also like to thank the Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company for their support!

They provided us with a beer judge to help us evaluate the excellent beers we received.

Thank you Geoff and Marcy Larson!!!

 

 

Prizes for the 2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition were donated by the following businesses and organizations:

 

We would very much like to thank to all of the organizations and businesses listed above for their support of the 2011 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 wonderful wife, Chérie!

She is the real reason this competition is a success!

Her logistical skills have proved to be invaluable throughout the years.

More importantly she actually cares about this competition and has the patience of a saint when I become stressed out about having enough judges etc. Not that I ever get stressed out about such things mind you. :-)

Thank you, Chérie, for everything!!

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!

 

 

By the way, the bottle caps on the sidebar image are from the beers that were judged during the Best of Show round of judging. They look just like orginary bottle caps don't they? Well, except for the numbers and yellow dots, of course.

The 2011 ETB prize packages are all set and ready to mail out. The pile would be even bigger were it not for the fact that most of the local entrants and judges met us to pick up their prize packages.

The sausage tape was purchased from Archie McPhee at: http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Sausage-Decorative-Tape.html. Note that the tape is great but the tape dispensors are not very good at all. We simply recycle Scotch Tape dispensors for this purpose.

 

 

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