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July 18, 2015 - RESULTS

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

The Grand Prize for Best of Show is $500!

Prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

Entry Fee: Please include a check or money order for $5.00 per entry. Checks or money orders should be made out to Scott Stihler.

Number of bottles required: Three 12-16 oz. brown or green bottles per entry. Crown topped bottles are preferred but flip-top (i.e. Grolsch type bottles) are okay. The bottles should be free of any ink, paint or labels. Entries with labels will be disqualified and the corresponding entry fees will be considered donations to the prize fund!

Entries will be accepted: June 22 to July 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. - No Exceptions!

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 18th at the Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company in Fox starting at about 10:00 a.m. The best entry from each of the seven judged categories will be entered into the final round of judging to determine the Best of Show.

The Judged Categories*

Pilsner - 2
A. German Pilsner
B. Bohemian Pilsner
C. Classic American Pilsner

English Pale Ale - 8
A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

American Ale - 10
A. American Pale Ale
B. American Amber Ale
C. American Brown Ale

Porter - 12
Brown Porter
Robust Porter
Baltic Porter

Stout - 13
Dry Stout
Sweet Stout
Oatmeal Stout
D. Foreign Extra Stout
E. American Stout
F. Imperial Stout

India Pale Ale (IPA) - 14
A. English IPA
B. American IPA
C. Imperial IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 20/21A
Fruit Beer - 20
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 21A

*In this table, the numbers represent the BJCP categories while the letters correspond to the subcategories. Note that the new BJCP style guidelines were to be adopted by the end of 2014. That date was later extended to late March. Because of the lateness of this date we decided to go with the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines for at least this year. Depending upon what the new guidelines look like we may continue using the older guidelines. Information regarding the above categories and subcategories may be found by clicking here.

Depending upon the number of entries in each of the seven categories it may be necessary to consolidate two underrepresented categories or subcategories into a single one. We have never actually done this though.

Entry Shipping: Entries should be shipped by FedEx, UPS etc. to the following address:

c/o Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company
2195 Old Steese Highway North
Fox, Alaska 99712
(907) 452-2739

There is no mail delivery to the above address! Items mailed to that address go to a post office not frequented by the folks at Silver Gulch. Aside from the legalities (or lack thereof) of sending entries via the U.S. Postal Service, doing so more than likely will result in them not being picked up in time for the competition. Please do NOT use the U.S. Mail for shipment of your entries!!!

Shipping to Alaska is a bit more expensive than doing so in the contiguous United States. To save yourself some money you might wish to consider entering the competition with a friend or group of friends and sharing the shipping costs.

Please note that FedEx Overnight Delivery and UPS Red to Alaska are NOT delivered the next day. Although one pays for this service such packages are delivered in two business days. Likewise, FedEx Second-day Delivery and UPS Blue to Alaska are really delivered in three to five business days. Please keep this in mind when shipping your entries.

For several years we've been telling folks that due to the large area covered by the 99712 zip code* none of the private carriers (e.g. FedEx Ground, UPS Ground, DHL, Airbourne Express etc.) will ship to the brewery via their ground based service. This may no longer necessarily be the case. We have heard rumors to the effect that items can be delivered to Silver Gulch via ground based shipping. There is a caveat to this, however. We also heard that the delivery times are extremely variable and one cannot depend on items being delivered by a particular date. We therefore, still suggest shipping your entries by means of Overnight or Second-day Delivery.

Note that we do not know if shipping to Fox via ground is universal. You should check with your carrier and confirm that your package will indeed be shipped by the carrier all the way to Fox. Previously problems arose from ground based shipping because the entries reached Anchorage and then were mailed to Fox. Apart from this being illegal the entries not received. At any rate, if you decide to use ground based shipping please ship your items as soon as possible.

When packaging your entries please be sure to use large amounts of bubble wrap and other packing materials. An employee of FedEx suggested that packages should be able to sustain a three-four foot fall and remain intact. Although this may seem a bit excessive please note should it become apparent that entries have broken in transit, some shipping companies may not deliver your package; such packages would simply be thrown away.

We recommend placing each bottle within a large zip-lock bag prior to bubble wrapping. We also recommend placing the paperwork and entry fees in a ziplock bag. If shipping multiple entries please place all of the paperwork at the top of the package to act as a sort of packing list. Lining the shipping box with a garbage bag which is then sealed around all of the entries, packing materials etc. is also not a bad idea. Taking such precautions should ensure that the package still be delivered despite any mishaps which may happen along the way.

I believe shipping via FedEx tends to be a bit less expensive than UPS. However, one should be warned that FedEx has changed their alcohol shipping policy. All declared and undeclared alcohol shipments that break are treated as dangerous goods spills. The FedEx policy for alcohol shipping is such that only known shippers are allowed to do so.

If a package containing a homebrew entry were to break AND leak, the Dangerous Goods person at FedEx would be required by policy to contact their legal department.

Although with proper packaging one can guard against entry breakage and possible leaks things still can happen. Therefore, please use extreme caution should you choose to ship your homebrew entries via FedEx.

Entry Drop off: Entries may also be dropped off at the Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company's retail store after 4:00 p.m. on week days and after 11:00 a.m. on weekends. Please have the entries in six-pack carriers and/or boxes; make the entries as self-contained as possible with the bottles, paperwork and entry fees all together. Do not attempt to give the entry fees to the folks at Silver Gulch separately. Note that on the final day (i.e. July 15), entries are due by 5:30 p.m.

Entry/Bottle ID Forms: The Entry and Bottle ID Forms may be printed from the links below. We recommend you use them, however, the standard AHA/BJCP forms may also be used. If the AHA/BJCP forms are used please be sure to include your T-shirt size and e-mail address. Since bottles have been known to break in transit we recommend putting the Entry Form and your check or money order in a separate zip-lock bag. Also please attach Bottle ID Forms to each of the three bottles per entry with rubber bands (Please do NOT use tape or glue!). If the tape or glue is used to attached these forms to the bottles, the offending entry or entries may be disqualified and the entry fee considered a donation to the cause. Whether or not such an entry is disqualified depends upon the degree to which the tape and/or glue was used AND mood of the Registrar and Organizer at the time said entry or entries were checked in. Yes, these criteria are rather arbitrary. However, one can avoid this issue entirely by simply NOT taping or gluing the Bottle ID forms to the bottles.

Three bottles per entry are required just in case there are sufficient entries to warrant multiple flights during the initial round of judging. Also the additional bottles are added insurance against the loss of an entire entry due to breakage. Because of the logistics involved unused bottles will not be returned. Sorry.

Please indicate on the Entry Form which of Category and Subcategory to which you wish to entry your beer. A complete listing of the BJCP style guidelines may be found at the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php.

Note that one MUST indicate the Classic Beer Style for entries in the Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category. Please indicate the classic beer style in the space provided on the Entry Form and include the category number and subcategory letter. For example, for a mint, pineapple Trappist-style Dubbel the classic beer style would be Category 18: Belgian Strong Ale; Subcategory B: Belgian Dubbel. If you do not indicate the classic beer style for Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer entries then beer styles will be randomly assigned to each of these entries!

Extra awards: In addition to the normal competition we have the Battered Bottle Cap Award for the most humorous beer name and the Globe Trotter Award for the farthest traveled entry. We also give out the Club Spirit Award which is to recognize and honor homebrew clubs which support our competition. Individuals who support the competition above and beyond the call of duty are also recognized. Three or more separate entrants specifying their respective homebrew club will receive the Club Spirit Award. Individuals with five or more entries and, therefore, have plenty of club spirit all by themselves, will also receive this prestigious award. In 2009 we introduced The Order of the Bronze Hyphen. A hyphen as in what separates the words anal and retentive. This award is given to those entrants who follow directions and show a high degree of attention to detail and legibility when filling out their paperwork. These entrants not only filled out the paperwork completely and legibly but they also took measures to prevent and contain breakages without being excessive.

A few FYI's for new entrants:
(1) This is pretty much an internet based competition. We will notify you of developments with respect to the competition via e-mail.

(2) We try to stay out of the way of the good folks at Silver Gulch as much as possible. We will come in on the evening/night of the final day in which entries are accepted (i.e. July 15) to check them in. Please use your tracking number to check on the status of the entry package. Please do NOT call Silver Gulch! If there are problems with the tracking, contact the shipping carrier your used (e.g. UPS). The good folks at Silver Gulch do not have time to go looking for your package. Please do not bother them.

(3) Please check your e-mail on Thursday, July 16. After checking in entries we send an e-mail to the entrants telling them that their entries arrived okay. If there is some sort of problem with an entry we will notify you at that time as well. Since we often do not finish checking in entries until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., the e-mails may not be sent out until the next morning. We generally send them out when we get back home but if we are particularly tired we may blow that off until the morning/afternoon (i.e. later in the day). If you do not hear from us sometime on Thursday then there may be some sort of problem and you should contact us ASAP.

If you do not have an e-mail account and there is some sort of problem we will call you some time on Thursday.

(4) We will notify the Best of Show winner with a phone call from the Silver Gulch shortly after the overall winner has been determined. We are generally finished with the judging between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ADT (i.e. 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EDT).

(5) A results webpage is constructed and generally posted on the Sunday following the competition. We will send out an e-mail notifying the entrants that the results are posted and provide a direct link to the results webpage. Please do not ask us for the results prior to this.

(6) On the Monday following the competition (i.e. July 20) a certified check for $500 will be mailed to the Best of Show winner via U.S.P.S. Express Mail.

(7) The entrants' prize packages and competition score sheets are generally mail out 2-3 weeks following the competition. An e-mail will be sent out to the entrants notifying them that the prize packages are on the way.

We need experienced judges to help out with the judging on July 18!!!

If you'd like to judge or need more information about the E.T. Barnett Homebrew Competition please contact Scott Stihler at home - (907) 474-2138, work - (907) 474-5450 or stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com.

* Note that I was curious as to exactly how large an area is covered by the 99712 zip code. I went online (http://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/99712/zip-code-99712.asp) and found that the 99712 zip code encompasses about 3,530 sq. miles (9,144 sq. km). This is greater than the areas of the states of Delaware (2,489 sq. miles/6,446 sq. km) and Rhode Island (1,545 sq. miles/4,001 sq. km). In fact, it is over twice the area of Rhode Island. Hmmm...the area of the 99712 zip code turned out to be a bit larger than I had expected.

Who was E.T. Barnette?

Forms Needed for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

Entry Form (HTML)

Entry Form (PDF)

Bottle ID Form (HTML)

Bottle ID Form (PDF)

E.T. Barnette's Competition Advise

(click the images to hear what he has to say)

August 7 & 8, 2015

4th Annual Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

Location: 49th State Brewing Company (Mile 248.4 Parks Highway)

Cost: $20.00 for one day (either the August 7th or August 8th) or $30.00 for both days. Tickets may be purchased at http://49statebrewing.com/AUGTOBERFEST.html.

Description: This a two day Bavarian style outdoor beer festival with live music and authentic German food. On August 7th, music will be provided by: Great American Taxi, The Larry Keel Experience and Liam Kyle Cahill. On August 8th, music will be provided by H3, Steve Brown & The Bailers, Alaska Blaskapelle, and Tumbledown House. There will be specialty German beer and a menu of authentic Bavarian cuisine.

August 8, 2015

5th Annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Sports Center (538 Arena Drive)

Time: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per person which includes admission, a sample glass and eight 4-oz. samples. Additional samples may be purchased for two for $3.00 or 12 for $15.00.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at St. Elias Brewing Company, Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop and Kenai River Brewing Company, Seward Brewing or at the Sports Center the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased in Anchorage at La Bodega.

Online ticket sales will probably be available closer to the event date. Details will be given here when they become available.

Description: Breweries from throughout Alaska will be present with beers to sample. There will be live music and food will be available for purchase. This is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Soldotna. Profits from this event will employed to fund local Rotary Club projects.

Discounted cab rides from the event will be provided by Alaska Cab.

If you have any questions or for additional information please visit http://www.kenaibeerfest.com.

August 22, 2015

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Anchorage Brewing Company, 148 West 91st Avenu

Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 per person. Only 200 tickets are being sold. Tickets were on sale at: https://theculminationfestival.com/#tickets. Tickets were sold out within six hours.

Description: You will receive a custom tasting glass and an opportunity to sample some of the most unique beers in world. These beers are the rarest of the rare; they are have never been available in Alaska. A list of the breweries attending the beers they are bringing may be found at: https://www.theculminationfestival.com/#brewers.

Live Jazz music will be performed by the ABC Brett Quintet. The food is included in the price of admission and is provided by Carve Catering.

If you have any question please contact Anchorage Brewing Company at (907) 360-5104 or anchoragebrewing@gmail.com.

September 19, 2015

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, September 19 at the Chena Pump Campgrounds.

The festivities will start at around noon or so.

There will be a potluck of good food and, of course, plenty of great beer/mead to sample. This event is free to anybody interested in learning about homebrewing.

The meeting will take place rain or snow or shine.


Shown above is a view of the campgrounds seen from Chena Pump Road (coming from the Geist Road). We usually meet at the shelter shown on the right.

The coordinates of the shelter we meet at are about: 64.795° N, 147.953° W.

For more information contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.

September 19, 2015

Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour - Juneau, Alaska

This is a AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.

All BJCP recognized categories of beer, cider and mead are allowed. For a complete listing of the recognized style guidelines as well as Entry and Bottle ID Forms please go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org.

The competition is open to all BJCP recognized beer styles. This competition will be using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf).

Multiple entries per sub-style are acceptable.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry for the first entry and $3.00 per entry for additional entries. For example, seven entries would come to $23.00 ($5.00 for the initial entry and $3.00 per entry for the remaining six entries). Please make checks payable to Alaskan Brewing Company.

Number of Bottles: Please submit two 12 oz. bottles (with attached Bottle ID forms).

Entry Deadline: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 14.

Shipping/Drop off location (Juneau):
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company
5429 Shaune Drive 
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, September 19 starting at 12:00 p.m. at the Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Saturday, September 26th in conjunction with the Capital Brewfest

For additional information please contact Melody Crosby at mcrosby@alaskanbeer.com or (907) 780-5866.

September 19, 2015

Talkeetna Brewfest - Talkeetna, Alaska

Location: Don Sheldon Community Arts Hanger (22249 South D Street) which is behind the Post Office

Time: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is $50.00 per person. Tickets are available online at http://denaliartscouncil.org/talkeetna-brewfest-2015. Note that there is a $5.00 per ticket usage fee for the online purchases.

Description: With admission, one have up to fifteen 4-oz. samples of beers from more than a dozen Alaskan breweries. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Susitna Institute which provides a diverse range of programs to youth in the Talkeetna area.

September 26, 2015

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Location: Juneau Arts & Culture Center (350 Whittier Street)

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Tickets may be purchased online (starting on July 15) at: http://www.capbrewfest.com/tickets for $60.00 for VIP tickets which gets allows you to get in one half hour early (i.e. 12:30 p.m.) or regular tickets for $35.00. Non-drinking tickets are $10.00.

This includes admission, a sample glass and 2 oz. samples.

Description: This event is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Juneau and the United Way of Southeast Alaska. The following breweries with be attending: Alaskan Brewing Company, Anchorage Brewing, Baranof Island Brewing Company, Broken Tooth Brewing, Denali Brewing Company, Glacier BrewHouse, Haines Brewing Company, HooDoo Brewing Company, Kenai River Brewing Company, and Midnight Sun Berwing Company. K&L Distributors, the Odom Corporation and Specialty Imports will also be pouring beers from around the world.

If you have any questions please the "Brew Crew" at crew@capbrewfest.com or use their online form.

October 10, 2015

Great Alaska Beer Train - On an Alaska Railroad train traveling from Anchorage to Portage and back

Space is limited! Reservations are required.

Time: The train departs Anchorage at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The train departs from the Alaska Railroad Depot (411W. 1st Avenue).

Cost: $169 per person ( must be at least 21 years of age). Included with the price of admission is, of course, the ride of the train, plus an assortment of appetizers prepared by the Glacier Brewhouse paired with six, 1/2 pints of Glacier Brewhouse beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased from the Alaska Railroad Depot and Glacier Brewhouse (737 W. 5th Avenue) or by calling (800) 544-0552 or (907) 265-3494. Payment is due at the time of booking and all sales are final.


Pictures and Summaries of Previous Events:

1999 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2000 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2001 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2002 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2003 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2005 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2008 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2009 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2010 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2012 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition


Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2000

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2001

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2002

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2003

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2004

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2005

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2006

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2007

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2008

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2009

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2010

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2011

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2013

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2014

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2015. Upcoming events for which I have information are listed above and the details are given there. The dates of several of the events listed below may not be known at present (or at least not known to me). This information will be updated when I have more details. Most events listed here are annual events and although the exact dates may vary from year to year the approximate dates are correct and can be used as a guide to the remainder of the year as well as next year.

The Following Events are for the Year 2015

January 16 & 17

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 7

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

February 8

BJCP Examination Preparatory Course - Anchorage, Alaska

February 21

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

March 27-29

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 25

Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

May 1

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 2

Zymurgist Borealis National Homebrew Day Celebration/Big Brew - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 22 & 23

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 19 & 20

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 18

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 18

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

August 7 & 8

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 8

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

August 22

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

September 19

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

September 19

Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

September 19

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

Late September

Celestial Meads Equinox Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

September 26

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Early October

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska

October 10

Great Alaska Beer Train - On a train traveling from Anchorage- Portage-Anchorage, Alaska


Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

October 17

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska


HooDoo ChooChoo - On a train traveling from Fairbanks-Nenana-Fairbanks, Alaska

Early November

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska


Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance Beer and Wine Tasting - Seward, Alaska

Early December

Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

If you have any information regarding a beer related event that should be listed in this calendar please contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.


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