Nordeast Big River Brew Fest homebrew competition results 2012
The Nordeast Big River Brew Fest homebrew competition, put on by my homebrew club (Nordeast Brewers Alliance), culminated with the sour/wild/brett beer judging and best-in-show judging today along with the announcement of winners for all categories. Check out the image below to see the winners of the competition: I picked up three medals, a silver and two bronze. Check out my scores and the feedback:
|Entry #||Entry Name||Style||Score:||Flaws and/or what to change:|
|36||Maibark||05A: Maibock/Helles Bock||30.5||Malt is “one dimensional” – decoction or higher hop profile could help. A bit astringent.|
|35||Golden Gate Retriever||07B: California Common Beer||29.3 (3rd place)||Could have balanced better with more malt|
|37||Alba Dog||09E: Strong Scotch Ale||39.5 (2nd place)||Improve attenuation, add “earthiness”|
|38||Saison Of A Bitch||16C: Saison||31.5 (3rd place)||Ferment higher (than mid/upper-70’s) for more esters, pitch more yeast to keep a healthy ferment, maybe more hops to add balance|
|34||Rauch! Rauch!||22A: Classic Rauchbier||35.5||More smoke, less carbonation, higher mash tempt / less alcohol|
As exciting as taking home medals was the debut of NorthGate Brewing at the festival. One of the founders of NorthGate, Adam Sjogren (on left), is a longtime member of our brew club, so it’s been inspiring to see him take his passion to the commercial level. Go Adam!
I tried a few of their brews, and honestly my favorite was their pumpkin spice seasonal. To be fair, I LOVE pumpkin, so I could be biased. Though it rained for a good portion of the festival, which was humorous as it hasn’t rained in weeks. Perfect timing… It wasn’t terriblycold though, so there’s that. Here’s hoping for sun next year!