E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2016

This is the 20th E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!

There were 44 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:

 
     
     
 
     
     

Right: Neither snow no rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays our steward (Nick Campiglia) from the swift completion of his appointed rounds.

 
     
 
     
 

Left: Isn't technology great! Here the flashlight on a smartphone is being use to help determine color and clarity of an entry.

     
 
     

Right: There was a few lively entries (i.e. gushers) this year. Here samples are being filled over the slosh bucket.

 

     

Below are some pictures from the Best of Show judging.

 
     
 


The Winners of the 2016 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Munich Helles

2nd

Joshua Largent

Eielson AFB, AK

Witbier

3rd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Ginger American Pale Ale

 

Pale Malty European Lager:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Munich Helles

2nd

Ben Young

Green Bay, WI

Helles Bock

3rd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Helles Bock

 

British Bitter*:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Strong Bitter

2nd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

Strong Bitter

3rd

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Dark British Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Joshua Largent

Eielson AFB, AK

Oatmeal Stout

2nd

Jason E. Barker

Beaverton, OR

Sweet Stout

3rd

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Sweet Stout

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Pale American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Andrew Starsiak & Amanda Stinson

Weymouth, MA

American Pale Ale

2nd

Joshua Largent

Eielson AFB, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Kyle Blomseth

Campbell, CA

American Pale Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Tom Gorton

Gillette, WY

American Brown Ale

2nd

Eric Schiff

Fairbanks, AK

American Amber Ale

3rd

Andrew Starsiak

Weymouth, MA

California Common

 

Belgian Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Joshua Largent

Eielson AFB, AK

Witbier

2nd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Witbier

3rd

Eric Schiff

Fairbanks, AK

Belgian Pale Ale

 

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Ginger American Pale Ale

2nd

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Imperial Stout with Chai Spice Tea

3rd

Kevin Lindeman

Morgan Hill, CA

Saison with Black Peppercorns

*There were only two entries in the British Bitter category. I left it up to the judges as whether or not to award a first and second place or some other combination of places or, for that matter, award any places at all. The beers were both very good so a first and second place was awarded.

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.

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.

This is especially the case if the pint glass happens to be a hard earned ETB pint glass.

     
 

New this year, the Best of Show winner will receive a wooden six-pack carrier with the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition logo on it. This finely crafted carrier is courtesy of Thomas Crawford. Mr. Crawford offered to make a six-pack carrier for this year's B.O.S. winner and for B.O.S winners for years to come. Note that Mr. Crawford entered the competition last year as a homebrewer and he is now a professional brewer at GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year's Battered Bottle Cap award goes to Steven Jayich for his American Pale Ale for his named DeShoes Pale Ale.Honorable mention, goes to Nathan Evans for his American Pale Ale named Bee Vomit APA. As you probably guessed this beer contains honey.

If we had a prize for the most verbose beer name it would go to Jason Barker's Sweet Stout named My stout feeds a whole luncheon, your stout looks like a munchkin.

 

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 these, two met the above criterion.

Those entrants who listed The Headquarters and Random Acts of Brewing as their homebrew club will receive this award.

Andrew Starsiak as well as the brewing duo of Tyler Yuhas & Jacob Baldwin 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:

To determine the largest distance entries have traveled we generally use the distance calculator at: http://www.indo.com/distance.

This has served us well for several years. We were thrown a curve ball when multiple people entered the competition from the same town. We got around that by using Google Earth to determine the latitude and longitude of the entrants' mail address.

However, we ran into a few problem this year. We had four entrants from Alabama this year. One was from Semmes and the other three were from Mobile. Mobile is slightly further way than Semmes so the Semmes entry could be excluded.

Of the three Mobile entrants, two were slightly little further away than the other one. The problem is that two remaining entries were the same distance away. Nathan Evans and Juan Oritz are both 3438 miles away.

To resolved this dilemma I decided to use the CoordCalc app I have on my iPhone.

Using the coordinates of the tasting room at Silver Gulch (64° 57' 29.0"N. 147° 37' 17.9"W) and the coordinates of mailing addresses for Nathan Evans and Juan Ortiz, I determined the distances to be 3438.05 miles/5533.01 km and 3437.67 miles/5532.40 km respectively.

The entry from Nathan Evans traveled 0.38 miles/0.61 km further than that of Juan Ortiz.

The 2016 Globetrotter Award goes to Nathan Evans for having shipped his entries a total of 3438.05miles/5533.01 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows).

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 2016 inductees into this prestigious order are: Kyle Blomseth and Joshua Largent.

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/web/search/searchMain?Ntt=trophies&OTC_CSRFTOKEN=WHTB-097L-7DVH-DWU7-0OG1-27G7-ZROE-659F).

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 once again Chipotle Adobo.

It was supposed to be Cayenne Garlic but there were some issues with getting that hot sauce in time.

At any rate, 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.

 

 

Each entrant and judge will receive one of these ETB 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 44 entries from eight states. About 45% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

24

California

4

Alabama

4

Massachusetts

7

Oregon

1

Tennessee

2

Wisconsin

1

Wyoming

1

We received a total of 44 entries in the 2016 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

Pale Malty European Lager

8

Munich Helles

2

Festbier

1

Helles Bock

5

British Bitter

2

Ordinary Bitter

0

Best Bitter

1

Strong Bitter

1

Dark British Beer

6

Sweet Stout

2

Oatmeal Stout

2

Tropical Stout

1

Foreign Extra Stout

1

Pale American Ale

7

Blonde Ale

1

American Pale Ale

6

Amber and Brown American Beer

7

American Amber Ale

2

California Common

2

American Brown Ale

3

Belgian Ale

8

Witbier

3

Belgian Pale Ale

2

Bière de Garde

3

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

6

Fruit Beer

1

Fruit and Spice Beer

0

Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer

5


The Styles for the 2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

Dark European Lager: 8A - Munich Dunkel and 8B - Schwarzbier

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

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

They are friendly and profession and to tell the truth 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 everything you do for us!!

You guys Rock!!!

 


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

Not only did they fly up a qualified beer judge to help out with the entry evaluations but the co-founder of the company, Geoff Larson also helped out with the judging.

Thank you so very much for the help!



Prizes for the 2016 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 2016 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!!! Their support has made this competition a success!

We would also like to thank our judges! You folk are great!!!

Thank You!!


 

Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my wife, Chérie.

Though she does not like beer, she loves the homebrewing community. Her logistical skills have made this competition a success.

Chérie once again put out a wonderful lunch for the judges which not only looked amazing but was delicious!

Chérie listen to my worries and concerns about the competition for months. She has the patience of a saint!

I Love You, Chérie!!!!

 

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!

 

 

Above: The car is loaded up with packages and we are about to head off to the Post Office to mail them. We later met with local entrants and judges to distribute their prize/thank you packages.

     
 

Left: Using sausage tape for our prize packages has become a sort of tradition with us. This tape is getting harder and harder to find. You can, however, still get it from Bacon and Meat.com (http://www.baconandmeat.com/sausage-tape.htm).

     

 

 

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