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Old 10-21-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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Didn't get any responses last year but that's not stopping me from posting it again this year.

Sunshine Challenge. Tabs on the left for more info. If a page is wonky hit refresh and it should clean up.

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Old 11-22-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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A few pics from the event. Almost 600 entries. I entered 8 brews and won 3 medals (1 of each 'color'). Very happy overall, had a great time, and learned a lot. Got to meet Ray Daniels and he signed my DGB book. But can I just win a raffle item one friggin time?

A few of the bottles from Belgian Night:



My cage for two days (cellarmaster):



Here's the inside after the first round was complete:



Judging (Ray Daniels near center in red shirt):



BOS judging. I was pretty sure the Category 3 beer was mine but it got booted off the island around 7th-8th:



Awards banquet (dude standing on left is the Heavy Medal winner with 9 medals, Josh Brengle):

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Nice. 3/8 at a 600 entry comp is a pretty good rate.

I'd like to see our local competition moved to a hotel. We have a place that's fine for judging and the banquet that is free so it is hard to move but it makes it hard to hang out Friday night or have a good time at the banquet safely since there are not hotels in walking distance.

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I got 3 ribbons also! Two 3rds and a 2nd.

9 entries.

One of them (turns out) was infected and probably was gushing at the judging table. Sorry, judges. Tasted fine, but I dumped the rest of the bottles anyway.

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Thanks remilard, no way I was driving any of those nights. We get a slightly reduced rate.

One thing I learned that I'd just assume not was what a Brett hangover is like. Everything smelled the same until after lunch.

And I did drink the first sour I actually liked, Rodenbach Flemish (not the Grand Cru). I'm not giving up on sours just yet.

passedpawn, you must be AD then? Congrats! I met the dude that accepted your awards for you. IIRC, he had a bunch of old Chimay at Belgian night (all those bottles in the upper left in pic), I stayed close by.

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passedpawn, you must be AD then? Congrats! I met the dude that accepted your awards for you. IIRC, he had a bunch of old Chimay at Belgian night (all those bottles in the upper left in pic), I stayed close by.
Yep. That would be Nelson - great guy. Meeting him for beers tonight. Getting my hardware, too
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Yes, very nice guy.

Ray Daniels was giving the 2nd stage Cicerone exams. I'd kinda like to do it but it's not cheap. I can't seem to find any open BJCP exams, they fill so fast.

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