E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2012

   

There were 81 entries for this year's competition. Above are pictures of the entries prior to being unpacked etc. To the left is a picture of all the entries after they were checked in. 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 which are written on the dots.

Pictures of the Judging:

     
   
     
 
     
     
     

In the background our intrepid steward, Charles McNamee, can be seen enjoying a brief rest bit.

     

Above shows the Best of Show round of judging getting underway.



The Winners of the 2012 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Steven Jayich*

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

2nd

Jason Spriet

Baker City, OR

American IPA

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter


Pilsner:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Patrick Schneider

Alpine, TX

German Pilsner

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Classic American Pilsner

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

German Pilsner

English Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

2nd

Breck Tostevin

Anchorage, AK

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

3rd

Myra Oxonian

Montara, CA

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

2nd

Justin Carson

Eielson AFB, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Jade Carson

Eielson AFB, AK

American Brown Ale

.

Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

2nd

Scott Satterthwaite

Sunnyvale, CA

Robust Porter

3rd

Jeff Shearer

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Foreign Extra Stout

2nd

Clarence Griffin

Fairbanks, AK

Russian Imperial Stout

3rd

Tmothy D. Van Voorhis

Toledo, OH

Foreign Extra Stout

 

India Pale Ale (IPA):

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jason Spriet

Baker City, OR

American IPA

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Imperial IPA

3rd

Brandon Clark

Mobile, AL

American IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Phillip Simpler & Clifford Russell

North Pole, AK

Rhubarb Weizen

2nd

Rhonda Swor & Paul Langley

Fairbanks, AK

Chocolate, Choke Cherry Russian Imperial Stout

3rd

John Caruso

Fort Wainwright, AK

Vanilla Robust Porter

*This forth time and the third year in a row in which Steven Jayich has won Best of Show in the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition! Wow!!

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 Ryan Fowler for his Imperial IPA named Hoptimus Prime.

 

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 Great Northern Brewers Club, Worts of Wisdom, Random Acts of Brewing, Wyoming Brewers Club, and Hoppy Homebrewers of South Mississippi will receive this award.

Andrew Starsiak 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 2012 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.

Entries shipped from Mobile, Alabama was the furthest away.

However, there were four 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 winners of the 2012 Globetrotter Award are Mark Dabbs and Todd Hicks who sent their entry a total of 3,439 miles/5,535 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 Brandon Clark (3,437 miles/5,531 km) and Mike Robinchaux (3,435 miles/5,529 km) respectively.

The next closest towns from which entries were sent were Chickasaw, Alabama (3,433 miles/5,525 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 2012 inductee into this prestigious order are Zane Green and Roger St. Denis.

Congratulations!!

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 for every entrant.

The bottles of hot sauces with the custom labels were purchased from Mo Hotta Mo Betta (http://www.mohotta.com). We've been rotating two different hot sauces for this competition: Cayenne Garlic and Chipotle Adoboe.

This year's flavor is Cayenne Garlic.

This year's hot sauce was supposed to be Chipotle Adobo but the folks at Mo Hotta Mo Betta were out of it can could not guarantee that it would arrive in time. They did, however, assure me that the Chipotle Adoboe will be back.

At any rate, the Cayenne Garlic is Chérie's favorite. We hope you like it this hot sauce as much as we do.

 


We received a total of 81 entries from 11 states. About 60% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

32

California

18

Alabama

7

Wyoming

7

Massachusetts

5

Oregon

3

Virginia

3

Illinois

2

Mississippi

2

Ohio

1

Texas

1

We received a total of XX entries in the 2012 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

Pilsner

6

German Pilsner

2

Bohemian Pilsner

3

Classic American Pilsner

1

English Pale Ale

7

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

0

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

3

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

4

American Ale

17

American Pale Ale

7

American Amber Ale

4

American Brown Ale

6

Porter

7

Brown Porter

2

Robust Porter

5

Baltic Porter

0

Stout

16

Dry Stout

4

Sweet Stout

3

Oatmeal Stout

3

Foreign Extra Stout

2

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

2

India Pale Ale (IPA)

15

English IPA

1

American IPA

11

Imperial IPA

3

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

13

Fruit Beer

4

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

9


The Styles for the 2013 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

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

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 IP,; 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 great folks at Silver Gulch for their help!

You guys Rock!!!

They provide us with a place to receive and store our entries and also give us a great place to hold the competition.

On top of that they also helped us fill our prize cache!!

Truly without the support of the Silver Gulch the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition would not exist!!!

Thank you for all the help (and patience)!!!

Prizes for the 2012 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 2012 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 most wonderful wife, Chérie!

Chérie is the driving force behind the competition!

Chérie is the reason this have is and has been successful. I'd be lost without her support and logistical skills

Chérie, I Love You!

Thank you for all your help, support and understanding throughout this competition and life in general!!

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!

 

Here is the large pile of prize packages ready to load up into the car and mail out. The pile would be even bigger if it weren't 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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