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Harley Berger (
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 01:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone heard about this? My inlwas live in the Poconos so I'm planning on making the trip out there for the weekend. They have a homebrew competition you can enter for $5 per entry. I've never had my beer judged before, but for $5 I think I might give it a try.

Frank Marsh (
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have never been, but the wife bought me tickets for it this year, I am curious myself if anyone has been to this and if they enjoyed it. I have entered the Homebrew comp for the last two years, I was not planning on entering it this year, but since I'll be there I may enter.

Harley Berger (
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 01:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


What is the competition like? I've never entered one before. What can I expect?

Frank Marsh (
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 03:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


I have entered this competition the last two years, I got some decent feedback...I enter a lot of competitions so I like to get a consensus from many judges (I usually know when I have a good one) but I like entering.

The first time I entered I received a few entry passes for the next years great American beer fest as prizes, but last year they did not send anything for prizes, but I did receive my score sheets as well as certificates for winning beers.

Beer evaluation is an interesting process and I would encourage you to give it a try. A lot of people don't understand why someone would pay money to be criticized, but I have improved my process as a result. A good judge will not only give you a score based on style criteria, but give you some pointers should there be any problems with your beer entry. One other thing to note is you will see some inconsistency in scores from different competitions, don't be discouraged this is not an exact science. I had one beer that scored low (22) in one competition and won best of show in the next.

What styles of beer have you brewed and are you familiar with the BJCP guidelines?

Harley Berger (
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 07:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most of my beers have been ales, but I have a lager (Yuengling style) that has been conditioning for about a month now. By November, that one should be ready and I'll be entering it. I just did a pumpkin spiced amber ale today. I'll see how that one is by November and if it's ready I'm going to enter it as well.

If I win that's great, but I'm more interested in receiving the judges thoughts so that I can make better beer.

I think they have the guidlines posted on the beer festival homepage. I guess I'll have to read those.

Jim Keaveney (
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 05:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I attended last year. The line to park your car was only exceeded by the maze-line to get into the tasting area. I guess if you get there early for the competition, you may be able to avoid most of this mess. Inside is quite packed and pretty long lines for a few ounces of beer. If you immediately get into another line after a fill, you won't be dry for too long. Not the ideal festival for sampling fine beers, though the slection is quite good. I still managed to sample all of the beers I wanted, but you have to be a little agressive.

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