Originally Posted by avibayer
Submitted some ESB's to HomeBrew Alley 4th annual comp in New York, and now i am hooked. Sadly there are not that many "local" comps anytime soon. Is it crazy to start shipping my beer all over the country?
Absolutely. That is why I am doing it!
Seriously, I understand what you mean by getting the fever. I am really the only person I know who drinks my beer. I craved having some feedback and finally, when I thought I was really ready to nail certain aspects of my brewing, I submitted to a couple of comps. The feedback (is poor as some of it was) was a big help and helped me to find flavors in my beer that I would not have noticed before. It gave me hints as to what might be the next thing to "fix" in my brewing.
I had no intention of actually winning, but last summer I took 2nd place in a local competition. I got a Hat, a Shirt, and a cool Medal. So it was fun.
I've already submitted to two comps that happen to pop up. One is on the other side of the state, and the other is a state away. There is one coming up in May that I am brewing for.
I would not send to every single competition out there, but pick some that not too far away and have fun with it! The feedback you are likely to get will be valuable. I think the BJCP, or AHA or somebody has a list of comps that might help you find one to send to.