E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2014

There were 60 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 (yellow-first, red-second and blue-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 our intrepid steward, Chuck McNamee, is caught in action.

     
 
 

Here is a picture of Scott Stihler taking pictures of the judging activities

 
   

Best of Show judging above and below.



The Winners of the 2014 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

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

Doppelbock

3rd

Kevin Powers

Cumberland, RI

Coconut American IPA

 

Bock:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

Doppelbock

2nd

Ted Rosenzweig

Anchorage, AK

Doppelbock

3rd

Kyle Carrington

Fairbanks, AK

Maibock/Helles Bock

 

English Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Roger St. Denis

San Jose, CA

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

3rd - tie

Myra Oxonian

Montara, CA

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

3rd - tie

Randy Bowman

Montara, CA

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

 

American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

2nd

Tmothy D. Van Voorhis

Manassas, VA

American Amber Ale

3rd

Jeff Shear & Jared Irvine

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

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Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Ted Rosenzweig

Anchorage, AK

Baltic Porter

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

3rd

Malcolm Lieban

Benicia, CA

Brown Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

American Stout

2nd

Matthew Barnaby

Juneau, AK

Sweet Stout

3rd

Randy Bowman

Montara, CA

Dry Stout

 

India Pale Ale (IPA):

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

2nd

Nathan Evans

Mobile, AL

American IPA

3rd

Roger St. Denis

San Jose, CA

American IPA

 

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Kevin Powers

Cumberland, RI

Coconut American IPA

2nd

Adam Ducharme

Eagle River, AK

Saison with Hibiscus, coriander and Paradise seed

3rd - tie

Paul Simms

Mobile, AL

Witbier with coriander and kaffir lime leaves

3rd - tie

Kyle Carrington

Fairbanks, AK

Cherry Saison

*Determining the Best of Show was particularly hard this year. First, second and third place were not separated by much. The BOS judges spent a very long time debating the merits of each of the beers. In fact, they sampled and resampled so much that we had to pull out a few more beers for them to work from.

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:

The picks were pretty grim with respect to the Battered Bottle Cap award, We just did not find any of the names particularly funny or clever.Therefore, we will not be giving out this award this year. Honorable mention, however, goes to Robert Socha's English Pale Ale Sofa King Bitter. It is not great but....

At any rate, starting thinking of names for next year.

 

 

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 nine homebrew clubs were represented at this year's competition. Of the nine represented clubs, three met the above criterion.

Those entrants who listed Random Acts of Brewing, Worts of Wisdom and Great Northern Brewers Club are their homebrew club will receive this award.

A big thumbs up goes to Random Acts of Brewing! A total of eight of their members entered the competition this year.

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 2014 Globetrotter Award was very close. The entries we received from Alabama were the furthest away. However, entries from Manassas, VA and Cumberland RI were less than 200 miles short of the Alabama values.

We received eight entries from Semmes and Mobile, AL. It turns out that Mobile is further away.

However, there were six 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.

Our usual distance calculator (http://www.indo.com/distance) worked yesterday (July 19) but refuses to work today (July 20).

Switching to Plan B is used the CoordCalc app on my iPhone (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coordcalc/id308502516?mt=8).

The absolute values of the distances differ between the two calculators but the relative values remained intact.

The winner of the 2014 Globetrotter Award is Steven Marcantonio who sent his entry a total of 3428.99 miles/5518.42 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows).

Note that two closest competitors, Pete Meyer and Juan Ortiz, sent their entries only 0.11 miles and 0.65 miles less than Steven Marcantonio's respectively.

The Order of the Bronze Hyphen*:

In 2009 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 2014 inductee into this prestigious order is Steven Marcantonio.

Congratulations!!

This is the fifth anniversary of the inception of The Order of the Bronze Hyphen. At this time we thought it approprirate to list all of the members of this prestigious order.

2009: Chuck Hansen, Eric Himburg, Paul Simms, Dennis Smith, and Ron Wright
2010: Clarence Griffin and Bryan Loun
2011: Dan Murphy
2012: Zane Green and Roger St. Denis
2013: Kyle Carrington and Juan Ortiz
2014: Steven Marcantonio

While registering the entries this year we noted several entries as potential inductees. It turns out that all but one were already members of the Order of the Bronze Hyphen.

At least you are consistent.

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 Cayenne Garlic.

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

 


 

New this year are ETB Tote Bags. Every entrant will receive one of these tote bags. The custom tote bags were purchased from Discount Favors (https://www.discountfavors.com). Finding a reasonably priced tote bag was difficult. Many establishments had very good prices until you took into account the shipping cost to Alaska which tended to double the total cost. Often shipping was free only within the conterminous United States. Discount Favors does not charge for shipping to Alaska per se. There is, however, a nominal charge for orders from Alaska and Hawaii. That charge is only about a quarter of the actual shipping cost.

To get an idea of how large the tote bags are the picture to the right shows one containing a six-pack of Fairbanks Lager from Silver Gulch Brewing, a full growler from HooDoo Brewing, an ETB pint glass, and a bottle opener. All of these items easily fit within the tote bag. However, I don't know if I would necessarily carry both a six-pack AND a full growler a very long distance in one of these bags by the handles alone. Although the bag material is very strong I am not sure how much I trust the handle stitching. At any rate, I believe the bags came out great and I hope you get a lot of use out of them.


We received a total of 60 entries from eight states. About 55% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

27

California

15

Alabama

8

Oregon

4

Tennessee

2

Virginia

2

Missouri

1

Rhode Island

1

We received a total of 60 entries in the 2014 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

8

Maibock/Helles Bock

2

Traditional Bock

3

Doppelbock

3

Eisbock

 

English Pale Ale

9

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

1

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

4

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

4

American Ale

7

American Pale Ale

6

American Amber Ale

1

American Brown Ale

0

Porter

6

Brown Porter

2

Robust Porter

1

Baltic Porter

3

Stout

6

Dry Stout

1

Sweet Stout

1

Oatmeal Stout

1

Foreign Extra Stout

1

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

0

India Pale Ale (IPA)

15

English IPA

0

American IPA

11

Imperial IPA

4

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

9

Fruit Beer

3

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

6


The Styles for the 2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition* will be
:

Pilsner (2A. German Pilsner, 2B. Bohemian Pilsner and 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)

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*Note that the BJCP style guidelines are currently being revised and were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2014. That date ha sbeen changed to the end of March. Because of the lateness of that date we will continue using the 2008 guidelines for at least the 2015 competition. The categories listed here are the ones which be used in the 2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

 

We'd like to thank all the great folks at Silver Gulch for all of their help!

This competition is, in large part, the success it is because of them!!

Not only do they receive our entries which in itself is a BIG deal but they provide us with a place to hold the competition and then even help us fill our prize cache!!

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

You guys are great!!!

 

 


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

They flew up two experienced beer judges from Juneau to help us with the judging!!

Thank you Geoff and Marcy Larson!!!

 

Prizes for the 2014 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 2014 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!

Her logistical skills have made this competition run smoothly.

She went with me on Wednesday (July 16) to check in entries even though she was taking a class and final projects were due very soon.

She did this for me. Chérie did this and does not even like beer.

Today she even left me half of the donut with sprinkles. Now is that Love or what?

I Love You, Chérie!!!!

 

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!


 

Here is the large pile of prize packages (a total of 38) ready to load up and mail out. The pile would be even bigger if it weren't for the fact that some of the local entrants and judges met us to pick up their packages.

The sausage tape was purchased from Stupid.com (http://www.stupid.com/sausage-link-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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