E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2013

   

There were 74 entries for this year's competition. Pictured above on the left side are the entries and packages prior to being unpacked etc. To the right is a picture of all the entries after they 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:

     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     

To the right is an image of our intrepid steward, Dustin Rice. He came to the rescue when we learned that the person we had lined up for the job had to work on Saturday.

Below is an "action" shot of Dustin delivering entries. Okay I was too slow with the camera so this was a re-enactment but....

 
     
     
 

Right and below show the judging of the Best of Show (BOS) round. The judges are all wearing leis. Jason Spriet and Rick Stout sent some leis along as packing material. Apparently they hoped to influence the results by getting the judges "leied". Based upon the results their fiendish plan did not work.

     


The Winners of the 2013 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Aaron Christ

Anchorage, AK

Chocolate Doppelbock

2nd

Randy Barnette, Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier

McLean, VA

Foreign Extra Stout

3rd

Randy Bowman

Montara, CA

Standard/Ordinary Bitter


European Amber Lager:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Tony Oberkirch

Semmes, AL

Oktoberfest

2nd

Aaron Christ

Anchorage, AK

Vienna Lager

3rd

Jeff Shearer

Anchorage, AK

Vienna Lager

English Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Randy Bowman

Montara, CA

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

2nd

Edward Hartmann

Fairbanks, AK

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

3rd

Rodney Kibzey

Lombard, IL

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Roger St. Denis & Andrew Carroll

San Jose, CA

American Brown Ale

2nd

Kyle Carrington

Fairbanks, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Luke Pennington

Gillette, WY

American Amber Ale

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Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

2nd

Clarence Griffin

Fairbanks, AK

Brown Porter

3rd

Rhonda & Paul Langley

Valdez, AK

Baltic Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Randy Barnette, Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier

McLean, VA

Foreign Extra Stout

2nd

Jason Spriet & Rick Stout

Baker City, OR

Russian Imperial Stout

3rd

Justin Carson

Eielson AFB, AK

Oatmeal Stout

 

India Pale Ale (IPA):

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Jeff Shearer

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

3rd

Steven Marcantonio

Mobile, AL

American IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Aaron Christ

Anchorage, AK

Chocolate Doppelbock

2nd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Raspberry Witbier

3rd

Rodney Kibzey

Lombard, IL

Pink Peppercorn American IPA

 

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/Z%20Custom.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 Justin Carson for his American Pale Ale named Last of the Malt-hicans Pale Ale. Honorable mention goes to Randy Bowman for his Standard/Ordinary Bitter named Buddha Lite.

 

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.

A total of 12 homebrew clubs were represented at this year's competition. Of the 12 homebrew clubs, five met the above criterion.

Those entrants who listed Worts of Wisdom, Great Northern Brewers Club, Random Acts of Brewing, Wyoming Brewers Club, or Zymurgist Borealis will receive this 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 2013 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 three entrants from 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 2013 Globetrotter Award is Juan C. Ortiz who sent his entry a total of 3438 miles/5532 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows). Only one and two miles separated him from his closest competitors Paul Simms (3437 miles/5532 km) and Steven Marcantonio (3436 miles/5529 km) respectively.

The next closest town from which entries were sent was Semmes, Alabama (3428 miles/5516 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 2013 inductees into this prestigious order are Juan C. Ortiz and Kyle Carrington.

Congratulations!!

Keep up the good work!

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

Note that the various trophies we give out are purchased from Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com/api/search?Ntt=trophies).

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 Chipotle Adobo.

Of the two hot sauces we switch between this is my favorite.

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

 


We received a total of 74 entries from 9 states. About 49% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

38

California

15

Alabama

5

Illinois

4

Wyoming

4

Virginia

3

Oregon

2

Tennessee

2

Texas

1

We received a total of 74 entries in the 2013 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

European Amber Lager

11

Vienna Lager

5

Oktoberfest

6

English Pale Ale

6

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

4

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

2

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

0

American Ale

17

American Pale Ale

8

American Amber Ale

4

American Brown Ale

2

Porter

6

Brown Porter

2

Robust Porter

3

Baltic Porter

1

Stout

15

Dry Stout

2

Sweet Stout

1

Oatmeal Stout

6

Foreign Extra Stout

1

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

3

India Pale Ale (IPA)

11

English IPA

0

American IPA

8

Imperial IPA

3

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

8

Fruit Beer

2

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

6


The Styles for the 2014 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 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 all the great folks at Silver Gulch for their help!

They bent over backwards to make things work for us!!!

Silver receives and stores all of the entries for us in their cooler which is a BIG help!

Let's face it, receiving and then storing the entries (which tend to arrive in really large boxes) is a pain in the butt. They do it because they believe in supporting the homebrewing community.

Silver Gulch also provides us with a great place to hold the competition plus help us fill our prize cache!

The E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition has been successful only because of the support of Silver Gulch and the people who work there!

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

You guys Rock!!!

 

 


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

Not only have they provided us with shirts etc. for our prize cache but they also flew up two fine beer judges from Juneau to help us evaluate the excellent beers we received.

Thank you Geoff and Marcy Larson!!!

 

Prizes for the 2013 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 2013 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 wife and best friend, Chérie!

Chérie has shown amazing restraint and patience in the weeks, days and hours leading up the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

Her organizational and logistics skills have made this competition possible.

Chérie does all this and she doesn't even like beer.

I am a very lucky man!

I Love You, Chérie!!!!

 

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!


Note that as an aside, so to speak, the sidebar was created using the following malts/grains: Briess Dark Chocolate Malt, Brewcraft Dark Aromatic Malt, and Brewcraft Domestic Light Roast Barley.

Here is the large pile of prize packages ready to load up 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 used to be available through Archie McPhee but that is no longer the case. You just have to look around a bit online to find it. I don't recall where I got this latest batch. 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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