My beer competes at nationals today
As a prior post on my blog details, one of my beers that I entered into the National Homebrew Competition got 2nd place in category 18d (Belgian Golden Strong ale) within the regional leg of the competition. I shipped this beer out to Seattle two weeks ago to compete against roughly 30 other beers in my category that had all scored well enough to advance within various regional competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada. I also advanced last year with my Scottish 80/- but didn’t place at nationals, so I’m guessing the same will be the case this year. It’s fun to make it that far though, especially since I’ve only been brewing for a couple years.
It’s kinda fun to ship beer, as I don’t think you’re technically supposed to. They ask you what’s in the box and you tell them “computer parts.” This year, I just gave UPS the destination address, omitting the fact that it was a brewery. I suppose they could look that up quickly via Google Maps, but whatever. Doesn’t matter. The package made it out to Seattle in just three days in time to beat the submission deadline. $41.00 to ship. Not too bad I guess.
So today, Thursday 6/21/12 is when the jugging happens, with the best-in-show round being judged the day of the conference banquet on Saturday 6/23/12. I’ll be playing a gig with my band in Okoboji, Iowa the night of the banquet so I won’t be able to listen to the live streaming audio of the event on www.thebrewingnetwork.com, but I’m sure they’ll have the winners posted online a day or two afterwards.
Wish me luck today!