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Old 07-07-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with competitions that have a Peoples' Choice element to the judging? I'm considering entering a competition where professional brewers choose 3 beers which are then judged by customers of the bar.

Personally, I am leaning towards not doing it because it is too subjective for my tastes, but, the grand prize is to have your beer brewed at a professional brewery, which is very enticing for obvious reasons.

I'm worried that any competition with a peoples' choice element will require an "outlandish, over the top" beer to win nowadays.

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Old 07-07-2011, 05:15 AM   #2
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I'm worried that any competition with a peoples' choice element will require an "outlandish, over the top" beer to win nowadays.
Oh, so it's like any other BJCP comp then, huh?

Actually, this would be interesting, because the bar chooses the "best" three brews, not the three brews that "best" match the BJCP style.

It may be fun to compete in a contest where the results are "that's a damn good beer" rather than "that's a damn good 14B"
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:32 AM   #3
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You have to have something weird to win. A mild won't do it. A pale ale won't do it. You'll need a IIPA or a IIIPA or a vanilla imperial porter or some **** like that.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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How about a Serrano Coconut Mead? (reference given to Saccharomyces)

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The one twist is that the brewery that will be brewing the beer is a traditional German brewery, the only one in my region. They are willing to break the Rheinheitsgebot, but the rules state that all ingredients should be within reason and no "funk". So I'm actually leaning towards a dopplebock, which will be out of reach of most competitors (I think), but will still appeal to the pro-judges, which should help me get through the first round. for the second round, I just figured I would pack the place with my friends and family

In all seriousness, I do think something voer-the-top will be required to win. They say 7% limit, but there's still a lot of room for craziness in there.

Is this worth doing when the entry must be 5 full gallons?

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People's choice awards are great. They get rid of the rigid guidelines required to brew to a style and just let people vote for what they like. So what if it's a Uberfastic Honey Oaked Bourbon IIPA? It's what they like!!

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Went to a keg competition a couple of weeks ago. The “peoples choice” was determined by giving each person 10 tickets to use for voting for the beers they liked. Spent about three hours serving my beer. It was a lot of fun, but dealing with the general public, it became more about having a robust personality than a robust beer. Will you be serving your own beer or is it a blind competition?

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I believe serving it, but the rules weren't totally clear on whether the entrant is personally to do that.

Its a Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell btw.

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I think a well brewed dopple would have a good chance, malty is always good with newbie taste buds.


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Went to a keg competition a couple of weeks ago. The “peoples choice” was determined by giving each person 10 tickets to use for voting for the beers they liked. Spent about three hours serving my beer. It was a lot of fun, but dealing with the general public, it became more about having a robust personality than a robust beer. Will you be serving your own beer or is it a blind competition?
That sounds fun. I would rather compete this way than filling & sending stupid properly labeled bottles across the country. Was this a club event?
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