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From: Jay S Hersh <>
Subject: Club COmpetitions
Date: 1990-03-13 20:42:56 GMT

Hello There,

In case anyone thinks that all I like to do is rag on the AHA I
thought I would like to commend then on the success of the club
competitions. If you remember last years discussions on the AHA
sanctioned competitions you may remember the proposed tiered
competition system in which beers would go from winning ranks in
local club competitions to regionals then on to Nationals. The
club competitions seem to be sort fo a compromise on that. I heard
that 47 clubs entered the last one. Thats great!!

It seems that these competitions and styles have become fixed
to a sort of seasonal beer and the times for each competition are
becoming relatively settled. I would suggest making these dates
permanent (say Pale Ales due in March 1 or something like that)
so that all clubs know when their entries need to be in. I suggest
this because the comment I have heard in the past was that people
didn't have enough lead times to brew, judge and submit their clubs
entries. It would also be nice to see an expansion of the number
of styles available.

I myself am laying of beer brewing for a while. A nasty house
bacteria in my latest apt. has made many turn bad. Of course all
the meads have been coming out excellent. I guess the higher acidity
and alcohol make them more resistant to the nasty bug. Now if I can
only develop sufficient patience to let them really age!!

- Jay H
(Not the fattest beer judge by a long shot!)

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