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Old 05-12-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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I gather the "judges" would be from their mug club people who for the most part enjoy craft beer. I 100% know an official competition would get a lot of entries AND press.

I believe THEIR thinking is that their brewpub, a 1barrel system has been open since November and they have a lot of fun things they do, sort of like a minor league ball club if you get my drift. They are an island of hippie coolness in a very farm like area. I don't think they want to get too serious.

I have seen their score sheets which are like official sheets but less wordy and technical, something Joe craft beer drinker understands.

Keep talking guys, lovin the ideas.

BTW. The money thing is just talk, I'm in charge (since I have a personal stake in the brewery) so I can do anything I want. . . . . As long as they agree. :-)

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:54 AM   #12
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Here is what I would do....have a homebrew contest where the homebrewers themselves are pouring the beer. Each brewer could have his/her own booth. People could write comments down on a score sheet as well as an overall score. Person with the most points wins the People's Choice award!! It's great for both the judge and homebrewer. The beer drinkers get to learn about the recipe, process, etc.. and the homebrewer gets to connect with the people who, hopefully, are enjoying their beer.

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Old 05-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #13
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The major problem I see with the "crowd judging" or people's choice style of competition is that homebrewers are having to put up a lot more of their product for sampling that they would in a more common BJCP style event. I just don't see a lot of hbers being interested in a structure where they have to sacrifice so much to gain so little. Aside from that issue, i do like the idea. I think the best system of judging would involve a mix where the crowdsourced scores get mixed, weighted or maybe just taken into partial consideration with scores from a panel of 'expert' tasters who might provide more detail feedback. But unless the prize is exceptional, I don't really see how you get past the issue of volume required of th hbers.

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Old 05-12-2012, 02:09 PM   #14
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The major problem I see with the "crowd judging" or people's choice style of competition is that homebrewers are having to put up a lot more of their product for sampling that they would in a more common BJCP style event. I just don't see a lot of hbers being interested in a structure where they have to sacrifice so much to gain so little. Aside from that issue, i do like the idea. I think the best system of judging would involve a mix where the crowdsourced scores get mixed, weighted or maybe just taken into partial consideration with scores from a panel of 'expert' tasters who might provide more detail feedback. But unless the prize is exceptional, I don't really see how you get past the issue of volume required of th hbers.
I agree, maybe a combination of crowd-sourced judgment, and some 'official' unofficial judges. Better yet, the official judges could be 'secret shoppers' and just mingle in the crowd. You could have a 'People's Choice' winner, and a Judges Choice, and a Grand Champion. And at least give people something to take home - a plaque, a small trophy, etc.

Another idea would be to work with a LHBS to see if they'll reimburse or subsidize the cost of ingredients to those that actually enter (for example, HBer buys ingredients, makes beer, enters, then takes his judge-signed receipt back to the LHBS for a partial refund - or maybe a discount on his next order, etc). I think that would encourage more people to join in.

FWIW, i would sign up to hand out glass after glass of a brew at my own 'booth' if i 1, didnt have to pay an entrance fee, 2, was able to get my ingredients at wholesale cost, and 3, there was a chance of some type of prize and bragging rights. I'm cheap, and like the brewing process as much as the beer it makes, and am plenty narcissistic.

EDIT: oh dude i got it- how about the grand champion prize is that the HBer gets to do a 'collaboration' brew with the brewers at the brewery, for a limited edition release. THAT, i'd sign up for
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:35 PM   #15
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The collaboration' brew is a good idea s they do that already for any home brewer that wants to see his name on the wall. I've had a few releases!

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For a "fun" competition to succeed, there should not be any money involved whatsoever.
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BTW. The money thing is just talk, I'm in charge (since I have a personal stake in the brewery) so I can do anything I want. . . . . As long as they agree. :-)
Unless the payouts are 100% of what's collected, having money enter into things probably makes it illegal. Just an fyi.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #17
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I believe 50% would go towards charity. Plus we have so many things going on from a large craft beer festival to a "Time Machine Experimental Art Fair" I doubt there would be any problems.

But I tend to agree on the money thing - MY vision is an official competition.

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