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Old 06-09-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Recently, I entered my dopplebock into the homebrew competition at Granite City Brewery. It was the first time running a homebrew comp, and apparently it was a huge hit.

A few weeks after the competition, I still hadn't recieved any judging score sheets. I was a little concerned about it because I spent a lot of time on the beer and felt like it was definately in the running for a ribbon. Now, obviously everyone thinks that about their beer, but I'm usually highly critical of my beer.

Anyways... I just found out that somehow, my beer wasn't entered into the competition. The guy who emailed me said they had twice the amount of entries they expected and because of it, they had a few mishaps. My beer was turned in a day before the deadline, but I guess it never made it to the contest. He's offered me a few free beers at granite city, which is good of them, but I don't know if it's enough.

First off, I don't like Granite Cities brews. Second, with all the effort I put into this batch (specifically for the contest), I feel that my beer is worth more than theirs. What if I HAD won? That's a chance to brew your beer at the brewery and $50 a month for a year towards granite city food/beer.

I feel like I was robbed of one of my children.

Anyone else feel that their beer is worth more than this?

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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Well, seeing as how the comps are usually run on an all volunteer basis, mishaps happen. Try again next year.

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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My beer is priceless in my mind. Free to whom ever wants to try it. Sounds like you were hosed but I'm shocked they even offered you anything. **** happens everyone is only human and there are always home brew comps.

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:26 PM   #4
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I would be interested in knowing what the hell they did with my beer.

"Did you dump it?" Yeah, mistakes happen but someone had to do something with your bottles. Did you get your entry fee back? I think they owe you a dinner to go with those beers.

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I recently decided I was finished with competitions. I have entered 3 so far. My complaint isn't with the operation of any of them, it's with the judging.

One competition left me with no complaints, but the other two produced judging sheets so contradictory to each other that they really turned me off. My most recent beer was not even judged against the correct BJCP standards by one judge.

I also decided that my beer is too important to me to bother with competitions which can basically give you nothing other than bragging rights. I've received much better input, positive and negative, from my homebrew club members than from 3 BJCP judges and a supposed "pro brewer".

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Old 06-10-2010, 04:19 AM   #6
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Exactly my thoughts. I know my beer is good...and if I like it, who cares what a judge thinks..

I understand that people make mistakes...and I'm a pretty easy going guy. But, I paid money to enter a contest. All I wanted was some feedback on my beer from a certified judge. I'm thinking smoeone at the Rockford location drank my beer instead of sending it in. Wouldn't suprise me knowing this city.

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I do think they owe you your entry fee back. maybe thats the gift certificate. Pretty lousy refund though.

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So you are out $3 and two bottles of beer. They've offered a modest gift card or credit to make you whole. What exactly do you want them to do?

You claim in one breath that Granite City gift cards are worthless to you but then in the next breath that you feel wronged because you are out the prize, which was Granite City gift cards. Do you want to go drink beer there or not?

I think it was pretty nice of Granite City to put on a competition with an extremely low entry fee and then give out $600 * 28 in prizes. Who else is doing that? At the end of the day, I can forgive a mistake or two.

If the beer is so great that you are pretty sure you would have won a 450 entry competition, start entering it in other large competitions and collect BOS prizes. Win-win.

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So you are out $3 and two bottles of beer. They've offered a modest gift card or credit to make you whole. What exactly do you want them to do?

You claim in one breath that Granite City gift cards are worthless to you but then in the next breath that you feel wronged because you are out the prize, which was Granite City gift cards. Do you want to go drink beer there or not?

I think it was pretty nice of Granite City to put on a competition with an extremely low entry fee and then give out $600 * 28 in prizes. Who else is doing that? At the end of the day, I can forgive a mistake or two.

If the beer is so great that you are pretty sure you would have won a 450 entry competition, start entering it in other large competitions and collect BOS prizes. Win-win.
The guy has offered me a few beers, not gift cards. I actually like their food, but I can't stand their beer.

I don't really care about the money or prizes, although it would have been nice. What I really wanted was my beer to be brewed there. Now, even though I doubt I could have won best of show, I feel as though I was robbed of my chance.

I don't expect anything I guess, I'm just upset that I got screwed.
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If you don't like their beer (which makes me wonder why you want to brew with them), then just ask for a monetary refund. No reason to pay for a competition that you weren't entered into. That's it. Get over it. Stuff happens.

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