E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2017

There were 32 entries for this year's competition. Pictured above on the left side are the entries and packages prior to being unpacked etc. To the right is a picture of all the entries after they were checked in. The colored dots indicate the judging round (yellow - first round, red - second round and blue - Best of Show round). Of course, what you can't see at this scale are the random numbers assigned each of the entries which are written on the dots.

Pictures of the Judging:

     
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
   
 

Above and Below: Mini-Best of Show (BOS) judging for the Pale Amercian Ale Category. This category was too large to be judged by a single group so it was divided in two and the three "best" beers from each group went on to the Mini-BOS to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in that category.

 

Above: The BOS round of judging in which the grand prize winner of the competition is determined.



The Winners of the 2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show:

Overall Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

BOS

Alec Venechuk

Juneau, AK

Foreign Extra Stout

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

3rd

Alec Venechuk

Juneau, AK

American Brown Ale

 

Dark European Lager*:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Munich Dunkel

2nd

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Schwarzbier

3rd

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British Bitter*:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Ordinary Bitter

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

Strong Bitter

3rd

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Dark British Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Alec Venechuk

Juneau, AK

Foreign Extra Stout

2nd

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3rd

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Pale American Ale:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Pale Ale

2nd

Timothy D. VanVoorhis

Manassas, VA

American Pale Ale

3rd

Mike Cragen

Anchorage, AK

Blonde Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Alec Venechuk

Juneau, AK

American Brown Ale

2nd

Steven Jayich

Anchorage, AK

American Amber Ale

3rd

Roger St. Denis

San Jose, CA

California Common

 

Belgian Ale*:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Bière de Garde

2nd

Eric Schiff

Fairbanks, AK

Belgian Pale Ale

3rd

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Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Place

Brewers

City & State

Winning Beer Style

1st

Dale Woitas

Fairbanks, AK

Ginger American Brown Ale

2nd

Eric Schiff

Fairbanks, Alaska

Blackberry Belgian Dark Strong Ale

3rd

Mark Forrester

Nashville, TN

Imperial Stout with Cacao Nibs and Chi-Chipotle Tea

*The Dark European Lager, British Bitter and Belgian Ale categories had two entries. The Dark British Beer category had only one entry.

The Medals:

Medals for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition:

Best of Show - Gold colored medal with a blue and yellow ribbon

First Place - Gold colored medal

Second Place - Silver colored medal

Third Place - Copper colored medal

The First, Second and Third Place medals all have dark blue ribbons.

   
   

A more detailed view of a Gold Medal.

The customized medals were produced by the Hermann Werks (http://www.thewerks.net/10322.html) for a very reasonable cost.

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition pint glasses are given to first place winners and the judges/stewards.

These custom pint glasses were purchased from Grandstand Glassware & Apparel (http://www.egrandstand.com). Their prices and shipping costs to Alaska were pretty reasonable.

Any beer seems to taste better when drinking it from a nice pint glass.

This is especially the case if the pint glass happens to be a hard earned ETB pint glass.

The Battered Bottle Cap Award:

This year's Battered Bottle Cap award goes to Phil Moore's Lemon Grass American Wheat Beer called Thai One On.

Honorable mentions go to Mike Cragen's Munich Dunkel and Schwarzbier called Drunkel as a Skunkel and May the Schwarzbier With You respectively.

 

The Club Spirit Award:

The Club Spirit Award is given to members of homebrew clubs who show their club spirit by entering the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition.

Three or more separate entrants specifying their respective homebrew club will receive this prestigious award. Individuals with five or more entries and, therefore, have plenty of club spirit all by themselves will also receive the Club Spirit Award.

A total of four homebrew clubs were represented at this year's competition. Of these, two met the above criterion.

Those entrants who listed The Headquarters and Great Northern Brewers Club as their homebrew club will receive this award.

Alec Venechuk had enough entries to show he had more than enough spirit all by himself.

The Spirit Award consists of an expertly crafted trophy made of genuine gold colored plastic and is nearly 13 centimeters tall.

 

Globetrotter Award:

There were three candidates for this year's Globetrotter Award: Mark Forrester from Nashville, Tennessee, Phil Moore from Columbia, South Carolina and Timothy VanVoorhis from Manassas, Virginia.

It was a close race but the the 2017 Globetrotter Award goes to Phil Moore for having shipped his entries a total of 3,446 miles/ 5,546 km as the raven flies (we don't have crows).

Manassas and Nashville are 3,270 miles/5,262 km and 3,148 miles/5,067 km away respectively.

Relative distances were determined using the distance calculator at: http://www.indo.com/distance.

The Order of the Bronze Hyphen*:

In 2009 we introduced the Order of the Bronze Hyphen. This was to recognize those entrants who followed directions and filled out the requisite paperwork completely, correctly AND legibly.

The 2017 inductee into this prestigious order is Eric Minor.

Congratulations on a job very well done!!

Keep up the good work!!!

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*A hyphen as in that which separates anal from retentive.

Note that the various trophies we give out are purchased from Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com/web/search/searchMain?keyword=trophies).

Innovations:

We are adding a new section of this webpage to highlight cool things we come across while checking in entries.

First of all, one of the entrants laminated his Bottle ID forms. Condensation can wreck havoc on Bottle ID forms. The laminated forms, however, remained nice and dry and were very easy to work with.

This same person also used Spirited Shipper (http://spiritedshipper.com/category/5/beer-375ml-shippers/p/0/0) to pack his entries. His entries arrived nice and safe and without excessive packaging. The shipping boxes can be reused; if I wanted to I could ship beers in them myself. The cardboard itself can be recycled which is also very cool. These boxes are good for shipping beer and good for the environment.

   

Once again we have bottles of Homebrew Hot Sauce for every entrant.

The bottles of hot sauces with the custom labels were purchased from Mo Hotta Mo Betta (http://www.mohotta.com). We've been rotating two different hot sauces for this competition: Cayenne Garlic and Chipotle Adobo.

This year's flavor is Cayenne Garlic.

We hope you like it this hot sauce as much as we do.

 


 

Each entrant will receive one of these E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition tote bags. The custom tote bags were purchased from Discount Favors (https://www.discountfavors.com).

To get an idea of how large the tote bags are the picture to the right shows one containing a six-pack of Fairbanks Lager from Silver Gulch Brewing, a full growler from HooDoo Brewing, an ETB pint glass, and a bottle opener. All of these items easily fit within the tote bag. However, I don't know if I would necessarily carry both a six-pack AND a full growler a very long distance in one of these bags by the handles alone. Although the bag material is very strong I am not sure how much I trust the handle stitching. At any rate, I hope you put your tote bag to good use and in doing so spread the word about the ETB.

 

 

Each entrant and judge will receive one of these ETB bottle openers in one of four festive colors.

These bottle openers were purchased from Discount Favors (https://www.discountfavors.com) at a very good price.


We received a total o f32 entries from five states. About 28% of the entries came from outside of Alaska. The number of entries by state are summarized below:

Alaska

23

California

4

South Carolina

1

Tennessee

2

Virginia

2

We received a total of entries in the 2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. Below is a break down of the number of entries we received of the various beer styles.

Beer Style

No. of Entries

Dark European Lager

2

Munich Dunkel

1

Schwarzbier

1

British Bitter

2

Ordinary Bitter

1

Best Bitter

0

Strong Bitter

1

Dark British Beer

1

Sweet Stout

0

Oatmeal Stout

0

Tropical Stout

0

Foreign Extra Stout

1

Pale American Ale

10

Blonde Ale

3

American Pale Ale

7

Amber and Brown American Beer

7

American Amber Ale

5

California Common

1

American Brown Ale

1

Belgian Ale

2

Witbier

0

Belgian Pale Ale

1

Bière de Garde

1

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

8

Fruit Beer

3

Fruit and Spice Beer

0

Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer

5


The Styles for the 2018 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be
:

Pale Bitter European Lager: 5A - German Leichtbier, 5B - Kölsch, 5C - German Helles Exportbie, and 5D - German Pils

British Bitter: 11A - Ordinary Bitter; 11B - Best Bitter and 11C - Strong Bitter

Dark British Beer: 16A - Sweet Stout; 16B - Oatmeal Stout; 16C - Tropical Stout; and 16D - Foreign Extra Stout

Pale American Ale: 18A - Blonde Ale and 18B - American Pale Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer: 19A - American Amber Ale; 19B - California Common and 19C - American Brown Ale

Belgian Ale: 24A - Witbier; 24B - Belgian Pale Ale and 24C - Bière de Garde

Fruit/Spiced, Herb or Vegetable Beer: 29A - Fruit Beer; 29B - Fruit and Spice Beer and 30A - Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer

As always the folks at Silver Gulch have been a great!

We could not pull off this competition without them.

Not only did they receive our entries and stored them in a nice cool place but they also provided us with a nice place to hold the competition and even helped us fill our prize cache!!

Thank you for everything!!



Prizes for the 2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition were donated by the following businesses and organizations:

We would very much like to thank to all of the businesses and organizations listed above for their generosity in supporting the 2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!!! Their support has helped make this competition a success!

We would also like to thank our judges! You guys are AWESOME!!!

Thank You!!


 

Finally I would like to thank my lovely wife, Chérie.

Through the months, weeks and days leading up to the competition she has endured my talking/obsessing about the competition and the trials and tribulations of coming up with a sufficient number of judges.

Her logistical skills have made the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition a success.

Chérie does all of this and she does not even like beer.

Chérie once again laid out an amazing lunch!

Thank you, Chérie!!!

I Love You!!!!

 

Thank you, Sweetheart!!!

 

Above: The car is loaded up with packages and we are about to head off to the Post Office to mail them. We later met with local entrants and judges to distribute their prize/thank you packages.

     
 

Left: Using sausage tape for our prize packages has become a sort of tradition with us. This tape is getting harder and harder to find. You can, however, still get it from Bacon and Meat.com (http://www.baconandmeat.com/sausage-tape.htm).

     

 

 

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