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From: Mike Fertsch <hplabs!uiucdcs!meccad.RAY.COM!FERTSCH>
Subject: AHA National Competition Rumors
Date: 1989-02-01 14:24:00 GMT

This year's AHA Conference and Competition will be held in Fort Mitchell,
KY during the week of June 7-10. I've been told that the logistics for the
competition will be different from previous years. Here's what I heard:

The AHA will request one (maybe two) bottles of each entry to be sent to
Boulder, CO for first round judging. The purpose of first-round judging is
to narrow the field to those which are good enough for second and final
judging. Local Boulder-area judges will do the first-round judging.

The brewers of the first-round survivors will be asked to send two more
bottles directly to Fort Mitchell for best-of-class and best-of-show
judging. These categories will be judged by certified judges during the
national conference. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the

Please note that the AHA has not announced dates or confirmed these rumors
(you still out there, Jim Homer???). Looking at my calendar, I come up
with a few dates. If final round judging will be in Kentucky on June 7,
the final round beers should be there no later than June 1. The AHA better
inform the first round survivors no later than May 18. First round judging
will probably begin April 24. First round entries should be in Boulder by
April 17, so plan on sending them no later than April 10. You better get
brewing folks!

Again, I stress that these are just rumors!!!! Formal announcement should
be coming soon from AHA. The AHA may decide on a totally different format
from what I described!

The logistics of shipping competition beers are not too bad. UPS does a
good job of sending beer; just package it well. I send my entries
second-day air. UPS is generally NOT allowed to ship alcoholic beverages;
they ARE allowed to send beer for research, or formal evaluation. It is
legal to send beers to a competition. As a practical matter, is is better
to stretch the truth and describe the package as "non-perishable food".
I've had no problems with my non-perishable food.

mike fertsch

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