E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2015

There were 76 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:

 
 
     
     
     
 
 

 

 
 
     
     


The Winners of the 2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition*:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

German Pilsner

2nd

Daniel Hallila

Campbell, CA

Sweet Stout with Smoked Malt, Coffee and Vanilla

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Imperial IPA

 

Pilsner:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

German Pilsner

2nd

Justin Carson

Eielson, AFB

Bohemian Pilsener

3rd

Myra Oxonian

Montara, CA

Classic American Pilsner

 

English Pale Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

2nd

Matthew Barnaby

Douglas, AK

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

 

American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Rodney Kibzey

Portland, OR

American Pale Ale

2nd

Nate Zody

Fairbanks, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

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Porter:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

David C. Merz

Marquette, MI

Baltic Porter

2nd

Justin Carson

Eielson, AFB

Brown Porter

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Robust Porter

Stout:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

David C. Merz

Marquette, MI

Foreign Extra Stout

2nd

Matthew Barnaby

Douglas, AK

Russian Imperial Stout

3rd

Mark Nelson

Fairbanks, AK

Russian Imperial Stout

 

India Pale Ale (IPA):

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Imperial IPA

2nd

Thomas Crawford

Tallahassee, FL

Imperial IPA

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American IPA

 

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Daniel Hallila

Campbell, CA

Sweet Stout with Smoked Malt, Coffee and Vanilla

2nd

Kyle Blomseth

Campbell, CA

Berliner Weisse with Blackberries and Brettanomyces sp.

3rd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Russian Imperial Stout with coffee and bourbon barrel staves soaked in bourbon

*As usual the competition was fierce. At times the difference between entry scores was tenths of points.

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/10322.html) for a very reasonable cost.

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

We have new pint glasses this year. These custom pint glasses were purchased from Grandstand Glassware & Apparel (http://www.egrandstand.com). Their prices and shipping costs to Alaska were pretty reasonable.

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

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year's Battered Bottle Cap award goes to Thomas Crawford for his Russian Imperial Stout named Horse Face to Hottie in 2.6 Beers. Honorable mention, goes to Elisabeth Suiter for her Peach Blonde Ale named Blonde Peaches Be Crazy.

Crawford really had us laughing. At 2:00 a.m. it does not take a whole lot but still....

A each of his entries he had a difference answer to the question, Where did you hear about this competition?

Here are his responses:

During a free personality test given to me in Clearwater, Florida - True Story

Voices in my head

Moroni appeared to me in a dream and told me

A raven flew down and told me

The Lord Commandeth Me

Apparently this competition is widely known.

 

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 14 homebrew clubs were represented at this year's competition. Of the 14 represented clubs, four met the above criterion.

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

Both Justin Carson and Thomas Crawford had enough entries to show they had more than enough spirit all by themselves.

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

Globetrotter Award:

The 2015 Globetrotter Award goes to Thomas Crawford of Tallahassee, Florida for having shipped his entries a total of 3561 miles/5732 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows).

The next furthest was Mobile, Alabama at 3439 miles/5534 km. Other notable locals are Halifax, Massachusetts (3277 miles/5273 km), Weymouth, Massachusetts (3262 miles/5250 km) and Rockville, Maryland (3260 miles/5247 km).

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

 

 

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 2015 inductee into this prestigious order are: Thomas Crawford, Mark Nelson, Eric Schiff, and Elisabeth Suiter.

Congratulations on a job very well done!!

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 Adobo.

This year's flavor is Chipotle Adobo.

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

 


 

Each entrant will receive one of these E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition tote bags. The custom tote bags were purchased from Discount Favors (https://www.discountfavors.com).

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 hope you put your tote bag to good use and in doing so spread the word about the ETB.

 

 

New this year are E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition bottle openers! Each entrant and judge will receive one of these custom bottle openers in one of four festive colors.

These bottle openers were purchased from Discount Favors (https://www.discountfavors.com) at a very good price.


We received a total of 76 entries from 12 states. About 71% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

22

California

22

Alabama

7

Oregon

6

Florida

5

Massachusetts

4

Maryland

3

Michigan

2

Tennessee

2

Missouri

1

Texas

1

Wisconsin

1

We received a total of 76 entries in the 2015 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

Pislner

12

German Pilsner

3

Bohemian Pilsener

4

Classic American Pilsner

5

English Pale Ale

8

Standard/Ordinary Bitter

2

Special/Best/Premium Bitter

2

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

4

American Ale

10

American Pale Ale

7

American Amber Ale

1

American Brown Ale

2

Porter

7

Brown Porter

3

Robust Porter

3

Baltic Porter

1

Stout

13

Dry Stout

1

Sweet Stout

0

Oatmeal Stout

3

Foreign Extra Stout

3

American Stout

2

Russian Imperial Stout

4

India Pale Ale (IPA)

9

English IPA

0

American IPA

4

Imperial IPA

5

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

17

Fruit Beer

6

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

11


The Styles for the 2016 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition* will be
:

Pale Malty European Lager: 4A - Munich Helles; 4B - Festbier and 4C - Helles Bock

British Bitter: 11A - Ordinary Bitter; 11B - Best Bitter and 11C - Strong Bitter

Dark British Beer: 16A - Sweet Stout; 16B - Oatmeal Stout; 16C - Tropical Stout; and 16D - Foreign Extra Stout

Pale American Ale: 18A - Blonde Ale and 18B - American Pale Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer: 19A - American Amber Ale; 19B - California Common and 19C - American Brown Ale

Belgian Ale: 24A - Witbier; 24B - Belgian Pale Ale and 24C - Bière de Garde

Fruit/Spiced, Herb or Vegetable Beer: 29A - Fruit Beer; 29B - Fruit and Spice Beer and 30A - Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer

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*Note that these are the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. At present, these guidelines may be found at: http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

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

We could not do this competition without them.

Not only do they receive our entries (and deal with anxious entrants) but they provide us with a nice place to hold the competition and even help us fill our prize cache!!

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

You guys are awesome!!!

 

 


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

They flew up up a beer judge from Juneau to help with the judging. They also gave us some prizes for our prize cache!!

Thank you Geoff and Marcy Larson!!!

 

Prizes for the 2015 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 2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!!! Their support has made this competition a success!

We would also like to thank our judges! You folks ROCK!!! Thank You!!


Finally I would like to thank my wife, Chérie for putting up with my obsessing about the competition for months. Her logistical know-how has makes the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition run smoothly.

Chérie puts together a wonderful lunch for the judges which ensures that nobody goes away hungry which is the way it should be.

She does all of this and knows more about beer and beer styles than most mortals and she does not even like beer.

Thank you, Sweetie for all that you do!!

I Love You, Chérie!!!!

 

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!



Here is the large pile of prize packages ready to load up and mail out. There are a total of 43 packages there. The pile would be even bigger if it weren't for the fact that local entrants and judges met us to pick up their packages. We hope you like your stuff from our prize cache. We had fun putting it together.

I purchased the sausage last year from Stupid.com (http://www.stupid.com/sausage-link-tape.html). It seems to be out of stock there at present. This tape is usually readily available online but that does not seem to be the case at present. I could only find it at Bacon and Meat.com (http://baconandmeat.com/sausage-tape.htm). Note that the tape is great but their tape dispensors are not very good at all. We simply recycle Scotch Tape dispensors for this purpose.

At the Post Office, the packages filled a little over half a cage. Pretty cool, huh?

 

 

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