Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Photos and Insider's Look at a Beer Competition
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-25-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 12,015
Liked 1002 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 2073

Default Photos and Insider's Look at a Beer Competition

I judged at a competition yesterday: the 22nd Annual Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup. I took a few photos and wrote a brief insider's look at a beer competition here http://www.singingboysbrewing.com/Th...look-at-a-beer

If anyone wants to talk about competitions, how they are run, or judging, add a post.

Pappers_ is offline
nukebrewer Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 05:29 AM   #2
nukebrewer
Brew the brew!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 11 reviews
 
nukebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Groton, CT
Posts: 5,035
Liked 2679 Times on 1593 Posts
Likes Given: 5843

Default

I judged at a competition back in October, the Southern New England Regional Homebrew Competition, and I have to admit I did marvel at the level of coordination an organizer must have to keep track of everything. It does help to have good stewards and other support staff. As a judge I didn't really see all that much behind the scenes stuff regarding admin and organizing the entries. I definitely am excited to get my results from my tasting exam so I can do some ranked judging of my own. Nice write up and it made an interesting read.

__________________

The only thing more asinine than stupid rules is the enforcement of rules simply because they are the rules.

Inhopsicated: A Beer Blog

Inhopsicated on Twitter

nukebrewer is offline
Pappers_ Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 08:00 AM   #3
Brewcrew02
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 188
Liked 43 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 93

Default

I just entered 5 beers to be judged (first competition!) in the http://alamocitycervezafest.org/ and they posted there would be multiple different judging days over the course of a couple weeks. Is this standard procedure?

Thanks for the insight as I was actually just thinking of asking exactly how a judging a competition breaks down!

__________________
If you love your motorcycle, set it free. If it comes back and hits you, you high sided.

"Gave my 500ml Pacman starter that I made last night a hug and wished it a good day before I headed off to work. He's growing up so fast!! Will be a 2liter starter by Saturday and will probably start ignoring me, think he knows it all and end up knocking up some skanky belgain strain before I know it." ~BigTerp
Brewcrew02 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #4
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 12,015
Liked 1002 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 2073

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brewcrew02 View Post
I just entered 5 beers to be judged (first competition!) in the http://alamocitycervezafest.org/ and they posted there would be multiple different judging days over the course of a couple weeks. Is this standard procedure?

Thanks for the insight as I was actually just thinking of asking exactly how a judging a competition breaks down!
At the Chicago Cup, we had an evening judging session for meads and ciders earlier in the week in addition to all day Saturday, with two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
sneeron
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: new lenox, il
Posts: 37
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Nice write up-- That was the first competition I ever entered and I was amazed at all the work and planning that took place. By the way, the guy sitting between use at dinner(can't remember his name just that he was wearing his jacket and winter hat because he was freezing, which should of tipped me off to move seats) gave me his cold.
Cheers Kevin!!!

__________________

Cheers Kevin!!!
If bacon is an option,I put bacon on it.

sneeron is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
Darwin18
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Darwin18's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Garner, NC
Posts: 4,454
Liked 713 Times on 518 Posts
Likes Given: 428

Default

Excellent post and write up Pappers. The amount of work that goes into organizing a competition is crazy! I've only ever judged, but having everything organized and ready to go ensures that we can focus on the beers at hand and get out at a decent hour! I hope this encourages more people to volunteer at their local competitions. I really enjoyed talking with our stewards and asking them their opinions about the beers after we had judged them.

__________________
BJCP #F0684 - Certified
Darwin18 is offline
Pappers_ Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,827
Liked 4924 Times on 3570 Posts
Likes Given: 992

Default

Competitions are fun- but a lot of work too! Thanks for the photo.

I was going to judge at the first round of the NHC at the end of this month in Milwaukee, but it turns out that Saturday is my daughter's baby shower. I don't think I can get out of that for beer!

Judging is fun, and it really helps develop your palate. I really liked when I did the first few comps that I was paired with a very experienced judge and that taught me so much.

Organizing a competition is a huge undertaking- and that's why I said "never again!" after the last one. But I think I'm ready to organize another one after this crazy summer is over. Maybe Pappers, you can come judge?

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Find me on facebook: Lorena Evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
Dolomieu
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dolomieu's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 775
Liked 62 Times on 55 Posts
Likes Given: 117

Default

i just judged and entered my first competition this last weekend. It was smaller as it was only British beer styles. I helped judge the stouts with two bjcp judges. That helped a lot.

My robust porter took third behind a Baltic porter and a brown porter. Both the brewers are bjcp judges and have been brewing way longer than myself. So i'm pretty proud of grabbing a 3rd place in my first competition.

very nice write up!

__________________

Draft beer, Not me!!! - Belching Penguin

Dolomieu is online now
Pappers_ Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-26-2013, 01:01 AM   #9
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 12,015
Liked 1002 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 2073

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
Competitions are fun- but a lot of work too! Thanks for the photo.

I was going to judge at the first round of the NHC at the end of this month in Milwaukee, but it turns out that Saturday is my daughter's baby shower. I don't think I can get out of that for beer!

Judging is fun, and it really helps develop your palate. I really liked when I did the first few comps that I was paired with a very experienced judge and that taught me so much.

Organizing a competition is a huge undertaking- and that's why I said "never again!" after the last one. But I think I'm ready to organize another one after this crazy summer is over. Maybe Pappers, you can come judge?
I'll come judge!

The NHC judging in Milwaukee is April 16th I think - Nancy and I are going up on Friday with a couple, having dinner, spending the night the off to judge. I really hope that isn't the same day as the baby shower so you can join us!
__________________
http://www.singingboysbrewing.com

My wife's book "Uncovering Lives: Discovering One Immigrant Generation's Secrets and Lives of Forgiveness, Grace and Healing"
Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-26-2013, 01:04 AM   #10
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 12,015
Liked 1002 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 2073

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sneeron View Post
Nice write up-- That was the first competition I ever entered and I was amazed at all the work and planning that took place. By the way, the guy sitting between use at dinner(can't remember his name just that he was wearing his jacket and winter hat because he was freezing, which should of tipped me off to move seats) gave me his cold.
Cheers Kevin!!!
Kevin! Its cool when real life and online friends match up!

I didn't know that guy, sorry you're sick. Nancy's feeling almost normal now but couldn't come to the dinner because of a really bad cold.
__________________
http://www.singingboysbrewing.com

My wife's book "Uncovering Lives: Discovering One Immigrant Generation's Secrets and Lives of Forgiveness, Grace and Healing"
Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carbonated & Then Flat Beer? (photos) spaceyaquarius Bottling/Kegging 11 02-01-2014 09:55 AM
Insider tip. BenVanned General Beer Discussion 12 11-19-2011 11:38 PM
My website with photos of my beer Cold_Steel Label Display & Discussion 12 02-19-2010 12:49 PM
My chat with a AB insider zoebisch01 General Beer Discussion 32 08-08-2007 02:46 AM
Photos for my beer room shbrewer General Beer Discussion 5 01-31-2007 10:41 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS