Anybody Enter the NHC?

Hey, did anyone out there get entered into the National Homebrewing Contest?

I entered for the first time this year, and it went pretty smooth.  I entered three brews, which I’m not going to say what styles they were, because I’m going to enter the same ones into the Great Basin Brew-Off, and don’t want to show my hand.

The new system they are using seems to work really well.  Did you know that the software is the same as what we use?  Just beefed up for the huge size of the contest, but designed by the same person, Geoff Humphries, of  That guy has helped a lot of us get competitions off the ground.

Anyway, feel free to comment, and let us know if you got through with any entries.

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Las Vegas Winterfest

In case anyone is interested, SNAFU (Las Vegas) is hosting their annual Winterfest competition on March 28 and 29, and Bill Moreland (the organizer) is offering a free ticket to their beer/food pairing dinner/awards banquet to anyone traveling in to judge.

I would like to go, but can’t this year due to lots of reasons.  Yet, I went last year and got to know many of them because of it, and they are a great group.  Note:  I do plan on going there this fall for the Nevada State Homebrew Championships (NSHC), and so who can expect more than one trip a year to Las Vegas, if even one.

Anyway, here’s a link to their site.  Maybe, someone would be interested in entering a brew or two, and skip the trip.

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More about Beer Evaluations

The Treasurer has confirmed that  the Club will pay for (and bring) the commercial style example of anything we evaluate as a group at club meetings.

So, let’s say there’s something in your personal homebrew inventory, something special that you wouldn’t mind allowing us to practice our judging skills upon.  Let us know and we’ll set it up for a monthly meeting.  It’s that simple.

The club will supply the commercial brew , the sample cups, and even make arrangements with you to transport your homebrew so that you can be anonymous (for objectivity), and then afterwards, it’s your call on how secret you remain.

We will keep the judging as professional and objective as we can, and we won’t hold up the commercial example as the standard for comparison.  We’ll go by the guidelines.  It won’t be surprising if the homebrew example fits within the guidelines better and has fewer flaws than the commercial entry.

Just leave a comment or email via the Contact Us page, and we’ll take it from there.  As of right now, we don’t have beer to judge for the  February 22nd meeting.


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