From the HBD Archive
From: (dave ballard)
Subject: national competition
Date: 1992-04-17 17:25:00 GMT

hey now- received this in the mail from the aha today, though you
might be interested...


dave ballard "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance."


Boulder, Colo.-- The American Homebrewers Association today announced
that the National Homebrew Competition, the world's largest
competition of its type, broke all previous records for participation.

To accommodate the vast number of entries, more than 2,200 in all and
635 more than last year's 1,565 entries, the National Competition was
broken into four regional first round judging sites for beer and
one site for sake and cider. The competition was hosted in the West by
Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, Calif., in the Rockies by
Boulder Beer Company in Boulder, Colo., in the Midwest by Goose Island
Brewing Company in Chicago, Ill., and in the East by Boston Beer
Company in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Sake and cider, both first time
categories at the National Competition, were judged at F.H. Steinbart
in Portland, Ore. and Boston Beer Company in Jamaica Plain respectively.

"The host breweries make the whole Competition possible," said Karen
Barela, AHA vice president. "If the breweries didn't open their doors
to us and support homebrewing as much as they do, the size and interest
in the National Competition would be much more limited. The really provide
an incredible amount of support for homebrewing."

The National Competition provides an opportunity for homebrewers to
receive unbiased feedback on the quality of their beers, mead, cider
and sake from a panel of trained judges certified in the Beer Judge
Certification Program. Beers, meads, sakes, and ciders are judges
according to style. In the beer judging alone there are 24 different
categories and 57 different subcategories.

With 2,200 beers, meads, ciders and sakes distributed across the country
and ready for judging, entrants eagerly await the May 8 announcement
of which entries have been selected to go on to the second round. Both
the second and final rounds will be judged at the AHA National
Homebrewers Conference June 9 to 13 at the Marc Plaza Hotel in
Milwaukee, Wis.

National Competition winners as well as the Best of Show (single best beer),
Ninkasi Award (brewer who receives the most points) and the Club High
Point Award (homebrew club that has entered the most winning entries
throughout the year), will be awarded at the National Homebrewers Conference
Grand banquet and awards ceremony on June 12, 1992.

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