HOMEBREW Digest #4757 Wed 13 April 2005

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  JUDGES - 2005 National Homebrew Comp, Denver 1st round (Nathan Moore)
  call for judges - NHC 2005 Northeast Region ("Tina Weymann")
  11th annual BUZZ brew-off (Linda Owens)
  Brewing Culture (Alexandre Enkerli)
  AHA Election Results (Mark Tumarkin)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 14:39:38 -0700 (PDT) From: Nathan Moore <nhcmtn at yahoo.com> Subject: JUDGES - 2005 National Homebrew Comp, Denver 1st round The Mountain Region judging for the National Homebrew Competition 1st round will be in Denver again this year, and we need judges! The competition is scheduled for April 30th at the Breckenridge Brewery and BBQ of Kalamath St in Denver. There will be a morning and an afternoon judging session. If you can help us out, please fill out the online judge registration at: http://www.beerbarian.com/nhc/registration/register.html (Note: if you are interested in stewarding you can just use the same form, but indicate you want to steward in the "other experience" field) More information on the schedule and location are posted on the registration page. If you know anyone else that would be interested in judging, please pass this along. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Nathan Moore Mountain Region Judge Coordinator nhcmtn at yahoo.com Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 11:20:43 -0400 From: "Tina Weymann" <TWEYMANN at hselaw.com> Subject: call for judges - NHC 2005 Northeast Region The Upstate New York Homebrewers Association (Rochester NY) will once again host the Northeast Region's first round judging for the National Homebrew Competition, and we're looking for judges. Judging will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 27 April and Friday 29 April at 6 PM and two sessions, morning and afternoon, on Saturday and Sunday 30 April and 1 May. Judging will be held at Rohrbach Brewing Company, 3859 Buffalo Road in Rochester's western suburbs. If you'd like to judge, please let us know ASAP, indicating what session(s) you can make and what styles you cannot judge (either because you've got entries in those categories or you're not comfortable judging those styles). If you have a strong preference to judge certain categories, let us know that too, and we'll do our best to place you there. For further info, please contact Judge Director Adam Odegard (email AOdegard at Gleason.com, phone 315-597-5698). Good brewing to all, Tina Weymann Upstate New York Homebrewers Association Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 10:14:22 -0500 From: Linda Owens <lkowens at uiuc.edu> Subject: 11th annual BUZZ brew-off Brewers and meadmakers, start your kettles! Judges, mark your calendars! The 11th Annual Boneyard Brew-Off will be held on June 4, organized by the Boneyard Union of Zymurgical Zealots, Champaign, Illinois. In addition to the styles set forth by the 2004 BJCP guidelines, we are also continuing our tradition of a No One Gets Out Alive High-Gravity category, with a hedonic judging of any beer or mead with a starting gravity over 1.070. Details are available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.uiuc.edu/ro/BUZZ/brewoff.html Entry forms will be available for download, and are being snail-mailed out to regional clubs and judges, in the next week or so. Online judge and entry registration will be enabled around May 1. Entries will be accepted May 23 through June 1. To receive a hard copy of the materials or for more information, contact one of the following people: Competition Organizer: Linda Owens <lkowens at uiuc.edu> Judge Director: Britt Weiser <weiser at net66.com> Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 19:43:49 -0500 From: Alexandre Enkerli <aenkerli at indiana.edu> Subject: Brewing Culture Just gave a talk on brewing culture for the Sociology Club at IU South Bend. Ever since it was announced, a lot of people have been mentioning it. It wasn't big an audience but it was interesting. One point that I tried to emphasize about the "Craft Brewing Revolution" (apart from the impact of homebrewers and beer geeks) was the fact that craft brewers tend not to see each other as a threat, which seems quite striking a phenomenon for those present. It's in fact quite interesting to see that brewpubs and microbreweries are often ok with having other craft brewers in town because the main target is the macro-swill market share which seems to diminish as more people understand that there's more to beer than getting drunk on the beer equivalent of Wonder bread. So people were interested in that dynamic. Another point is this practice by some brewpubs of selling macro beers alongside their own beers. I know some beer geeks feel very strongly against the practice but it seems like a necessity in some contexts to get people to go to these brewpubs even if their friends don't like craft beers (yet). Does anyone have any idea of how well the "expensive macro bottle alongside inexpensive tasty craft beer draft" strategy works in those contexts in which it has been implemented? A related issue is beer education. I personally feel quite strongly about the need for people to understand what beer can offer instead of seeing it as a way to get drunk on the cheap. And there are activities on college campuses where craft/homebrewed beer is discussed and drank. Anyone saw an impact of that on college beer geeks? Really, universities should give both science and arts credit to homebrewers... ;-) Cheers! AleX in South Bend, IN [129.7mi, 251.5] Apparent Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 20:53:47 -0400 From: Mark Tumarkin <tumarkin at hogtownbrewers.org> Subject: AHA Election Results It is my privilege, as Chairman of the AHA Governing Committee (formerly the Board of Advisors) to inform you of the results of our recent election for the open seats on the Governing Committee. The winners of the election are David Logsdon, Rob Moline, Jeff Renner, and Jamil Zainasheff. Congratulations to all of them! They should be (or will continue to be, in the case of Jeff and Rob) valuable additions to our Board in helping to shape the future direction of the AHA. The election process, and our continuing movement towards a more member driven organization, is working very well for the AHA. This year, we again had an increase in the number of ballots. There were 479 ballots placed, up from 301 last year. This is a very significant increase (though there's certainly room for continued improvement). An interesting side note - Rob is now the first member to have been elected three times, a pretty impressive accomplishment. We had a great slate of candidates overall, as we have for the last several years as well. In talking with the unsuccessful candidates, everyone of them indicated to me that they still want to contribute to the AHA however they can. Not to take anything away from our winners, and without meaning any disrespect to the candidates or the election process, but I believe we could have pulled the names from a hat and still come up with a great group from among the nominees. That is a tribute to the depth of the passion, commitment, and quality of the human resources that we have to draw on in our brewing community. Thanks to all the unsuccessful candidates for being willing to serve, and for going through this election process. And especially, thanks to all you AHA members who placed your votes, making your voices heard, and helping to make this process successful. I hope to see you all in Baltimore in June for the AHA National Homebrewers Conference and the National Homebrew Competition. Again, Congratulations to both the winners and the AHA on this election. Mark Tumarkin Chairman of the AHA Governing Committee Return to table of contents
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