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February 11th, 2004
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holy crap, beer!
I recently submitted a beer I made to a competition (sponsored by the Boston Wort Processors) for the first time. The competition was held last weekend, and I'd been waiting to get my SASE back with the judging sheets.

Instead, this showed up in a Tyvek envelope:


I took first place in the "Novice" category; for this purpose, novice is defined as "first time in a competition". The judging sheets were actually quite critical, to my inexperienced eye: not enough malt flavor, too hoppy-bitter, slightly astringent, and over-carbonated (that last doesn't surprise me; I figured I wouldn't get the carbonation right since I've mostly been kegging recently). Nevertheless, I got 32 points out of 50, which is officially "very good" - no more than one minor flaw, but nothing singularly impressive, either.

I'm pretty stoked. This also qualifies me to enter MCAB VI, the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers, in July. It's in Warren, Michigan. I've never been to Michigan, but this seems like a fine reason to go.

(There's a full list of winners available for the curious)

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From:thomb
Date:February 11th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Yumm, can you send me some? :)

Seriously, they probably want a scale in which fifty is presumably the absolutely best brew there is. And to be the very best of the first-timers is worth a pat on the back!

So can you send me some? :)
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From:nathanw
Date:February 11th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
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The scale is definitely set so that 50 is the best beer possible (the Platonic ideal of beer?). Those last five points or so on the scale are expected to be credited, when they exist, to various intangible but amazing things about the brew.

Sending you some: find a bottle of a good local micro to swap with me, and I bet we can work something out...
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From:thomb
Date:February 11th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC)

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You do remember that I'm in Irvine, California, right?

ENOGOODLOCALMICRO

There is at best a few passable local micro brews, but they are all considerably not as good as the CBC.

On the other hand, we're having really nice weather here. Except for the Santa Ana Winds, of course, which flipped over some trucks on Tuesday and have everyone worried about fires. Can you send me some snow?
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From:bluepapercup
Date:February 11th, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Hey, congrats! That's pretty awesome. I knew you brewed beer but I didn't know it was this extensive of a hobby. I wish I knew anything about beer so I could appreciate what all the pretty beery words mean, but hey, it's still a cool thing.
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From:forgotten_aria
Date:February 11th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Wow! cool.
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From:blk
Date:February 11th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I declare your reward invalid until you share some with meeeeee.

(don't worry, a couple sips is all I need)
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From:alphacygni
Date:February 11th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Having sampled the prize-winning beer myself, I can affirm that it is definitely quite tasty. Cheers to the brewer!
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From:coraline
Date:February 11th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
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wow! congrats!
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From:avacon
Date:February 11th, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC)
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woohoo! congrats! *if* I liked beer I'd also be pleading to try some! ;)
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From:plymouth
Date:February 12th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)

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heh. that's about my attitude on the subject too :)
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From:jetgrrl01
Date:February 12th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
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Congrats! That's very cool. :)
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From:gorgo
Date:February 12th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Yes, congrats!
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From:coffeekitty
Date:February 12th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
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congratulations! :-)
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