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July 14, 2018

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska - The Results are in!

This is a 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 18 to July 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. - No Exceptions!

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 14th 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*

Pale Bitter European Lager - 5
A. German Leichtbier
B. Kölsch
C. German Helles Exportbier
D. German Pils

British Bitter - 11
A. Ordinary Bitter
Best Bitter
C. Strong Bitter

Dark British Beer - 16
A. Sweet Stout
B. Oatmeal Stout
C. Tropical Stout
D. Foreign Extra Stout

Pale American Ale - 18
Blonde Ale
B. American Pale Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer - 19
American Amber Ale
B. California Common
C. American Brown Ale

Belgian Ale - 24
A. Witbier
B. Belgian Pale Ale
Bière de Garde

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 29A, 29B and 30A
Fruit Beer - 29A
Fruit and Spice Beer - 29B
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 30A

*In this table, the numbers represent the BJCP categories while the letters correspond to the subcategories. Information regarding the above categories and subcategories may be found by at: http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

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 DHL, 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 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 UPS Red to Alaska is NOT delivered the next day. Although one pays for this service such packages are delivered in two business days. Likewise, UPS Blue to Alaska is 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. UPS Ground, DHL, Airbourne Express etc.) will ship to the brewery via their ground based service. This may not necessarily be the case.  Apparently at least some private carriers will deliver to Silver Gulch via their ground based shipping. There is a caveat to this, however. We’ve heard that the delivery times for ground based shipments 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 were 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.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.

Please note that FedEx no longer delivers to Fox. Entries shipped via FedEx will end up sitting in a warehouse near the airport in Fairbanks. Such entries will not be received and, therefore, will not be entered into the competition. Please do NOT ship your 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. On the final day (i.e. July 13), 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 on that form. 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.

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://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

In the Belgian Ale Category (24) if entering the subcategory 24C (Bièr de Garde) please indicate on the Entry Form the color of your Bièr de Garde entry (i.e. brown, amber or blond).

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 Brussels Sprouts Witbier, the classic style would be Category 24: Belgian Ale, Subcategory 24A: Witbier. 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 11) 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 12. 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.Please note that even if the tracking shows the entries were delivered look for a email confirmation from us. A few times in the past not all of the entries were put in the same place so some of them were not checked in with the other entries. Had we not gotten notification from the entrants that there was something wrong, those entries likely would not have been checked in and evaluated.


If you do not list an e-mail address on your entry forms 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 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 16) 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 3-4 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 14!!!

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

Bottle ID Form

E.T. Barnette's Competition Advise

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


July 28, 2018

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Anchorage Brewing Company, 148 West 91st Avenue

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

Cost: $100 per person. Only 300 tickets are being sold. When tickets go on sale they may be purchased at:: https://theculminationfestival.com/#tickets. Sold out!

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.

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

August 4, 2018

Downriver Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

Location: Festivities will take place in the area behind the Boatel (3368 Riverside Drive).

Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Tickets will cost $35.00 if purchased in advance and $40.00 at the door (if they are not already sold out). This provides admission to the festival and as many beer samples that you wish (within reason). There likely will also be some sort of tasting glass but as of June 30th I have not seen anything in that regard.

Tickets will go on sale starting on July 1st at the following locations: Gavoras Fine Wine (250 3rd Street #2), Lavelle's Tap House(414 2nd Avenue) and HooDoo Brewing Company (1951 Fox Avenue).

Description: There will be live music and food that can be purchased from various food trucks.

Must be at least 21 to attend.

There is also a non-BJCP homebrew competition with some pretty nice prices. Details regarding that competition may be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/366780800477874/permalink/369890010166953 .

August 11, 2018

8th Annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Sports Center (538 Arena Drive)

Time(VIP): 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - During the additional hour (i.e. 5:00-6:00 p.m.) "special" beers will be only available during this session. There will be only 200 VIP tickets sold.
Time (General Admission): 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per person ($50.00 for the VIP/Connoisseur Hour) 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 Brewery and Kenai River Brewing Company or at the Sports Center the day of the event.

Tickets may be purchased online at: https://events.admitoneproducts.com/tkt_sales.php?test=true&event_id=672418&sales=. Note that there is a $2.00 "convenience fee" per ticket which brings the cost up to $32.00 and $52.00 respectively for the general and VIP admission.

Description: Breweries from throughout Alaska will be present with beers to sample. Note that the 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.

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

2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2018 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

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2015

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2016

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2017

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2018. 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 2018

January 19 & 20

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 17

Frozen RiverFest - Soldotna, Alaska

February 18 - April 29

Beer Tasting and Palette Training Class - Anchorage, Alaska

March 4

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

April 21

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 5

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

May 25 & 26

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

July 14

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

July 14 - Cancelled

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska - Cancelled

July 28

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

August 4

Downriver Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

August 11

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Early September

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

September 15

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 22

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September - Early October

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

Early October

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Early October

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

Early October

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

October 5

Alaskan Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

October 27

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - Palmer, Alaska

November 10

Beers by the Bay - Seward, Alaska

Early November

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, 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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