Sunday, June 27, 2010

NHC Update

A big congratulations to Pete Britton (of Lake in the Hills, IL), Brian Steuerwald (of Brownsburg, IN) and Matt Haugo & Scott Wellington (of Aliso Viejo, CA) for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in Category 22: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer in this year's National Homebrew Contest.

Unfortunately, Old Woodie ("OW") didn't quite make the cut. Actually, I recieved my second round scorecards this week and OW didn't score as well as it had during the first round (average score of 33 in the second round versus 39 in the first round). I kind of suspected that the judging would be a bit tough in the national rounds versus the regional rounds.

See the following link for the results. All in all a great showing this year with well over 6,000 entries. This was my first competition, but I suspect not my last.

Congrats to all winners!

In other news, Meg somehow bamboozled me into doing the South Beach Diet with her. So no beer for me for the next two weeks.

Even though I can't drink it, I suspect I'll be brewing up something during the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend. Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beer Haul

Unfortunately I've been extremely busy at work since my recent trip to the Pacific NW, so I haven't been able to report a proper run down of the beer related events. Maybe I'll find time this weekend. Regardless, Meg and I returned with lots of beer. We have drank some of it. Tonight at dinner we tapped into my favorite named brew (for obvious reasons), Eric's Ale. It's a sour ale through and through. My fascination with sour's is increasing by the day. I forsee more sour brewing in the future. The only thing is that a decent sour takes at least a year to brew (more like 2-3 years to perfect) so it requires some patience.

That's all for now!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2. Sour ales are all the rage on the west coast, and for good reason. They are awesome.
1. Porters are better in the Pacific NW. Something about the cool and cloudy weather makes porters taste better
I've learned at least two absolute truths during our west coast trip thus far: