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- Informal club competitions are held each month at our regular meetings. The season runs from July to May with a winner declared at the conclusion of the season.
- Points are awarded based on popular vote with 5 points going to first place, 3 points going to second place, and all other entries receiving 1 point.
- Additionally, 1 bonus point will be given for the most innovative or ambitious entry as decided by the competition maestro. 1 bonus point will also be given for the best beer as decided on by the club's panel of BJCP judges.
- Some competitions are marked as Collaboration contests. Entrants must brew this beer with another member (or group) and submit together. Both members/teams will receive any points awarded.
- Entrants must supply six 12 oz. bottles, one 64 oz. growler, or similar quantity.
- Limit one entry per person per month.
|Name||Entries||First||Second||Most Innovative||Judges' Choice||Points|
|Bruce Stephens & Chaya Stephens||8||3||0||0||3||23|
|Erik Curtis & Katie Legenski||8||1||3||0||1||19|
|Chaya Stephens & Bruce Stephens||1||0||1||0||1||4|
|Tom M & Jeff P||1||0||0||0||0||1|
July - Summer Beers
Let's brew up those great summer beers. Enter whatever you think is a great outdoor drinking beers for the BBQ, the beach, or the porch. The voting tasters will be asked to evaluate in relation to whether or they agree with you! That simple. If you think a Russian Imperial Stout is a great outside, summer drinking beer, then by all means enter it but it is unlikely you'll win!
August - SMaSH Beers
SMaSH Beers - Single Malt and Single Hop beers. Brew up something using only one malt and one hop. The single Malt must be the only fermentable, no unmalted grain, no alternative sugars. You can use your other standard kettle additions like irish moss, brewing salts and such. Technique is up to you.
September - German Beers
BJCP 2015 German Beer Styles. Voting tasters will be asked to evaluate your beer against the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines, so when you enter be sure to include the style number. German styles that will be allowed are 4, 5, 6, 7B, 7C, 8, 9A, 9B, 10, 23A, 27 Historical Roggenbier. If you can't find something to brew up out of those then well...
October - New England IPA
Will this trend never cease! Brew up your best hazy / Juicy IPA. No fruit allowed. This is just the "old standby" New England IPA pioneered by the likes of the Alchemist and Hill Farmstead among others.
November - Holiday (Collaboration)
This is our first collaboration of the year. Brew with someone you haven't brewed with in over a year. Throw down your best Holiday Ale. Even though the Thanksgiving and December Holidays are approaching, this can be pretty broadly interpreted as long as the voting tasters see, and agree with, your vision.
December - Belgian
Yep there is a lot of variation in this one. For this month we want to try your greatest Belgian creation but let's stay within the 2015 BJCP Guidelines for this one. That includes 23B-F, 24, 25, 26. Write the intended style on your voting box.
January - Stouts
Stout what exactly defines a stout? Does anyone really know? We'll let you decide. Brew and enter your favorite stout and we'll let you know if we agree.
February - Alternative Sugars (Collaboration)
Stop...Collaborate...and sweeten! This month we are getting together with someone we haven't brewed with in over year to brew a beer with at least 5% but not more than 40% of the fermentables as alternative sugars. It is still a beer after all. Maple syrup, Belgian Candi sugar, table sugar, Karo, molasses, honey...Too many to list. But you will need to tell us what it is and the voting tasters will be instructed to vote for the best beer that highlights the stated ingredient, whether it be in the forefront or simply a flavor nuance; we should know it!. Use BJCP 31B as your guide.
March - Irish and Scottish
POSTPONED CLUB JUDGING DUE TO COVID-19. We hope to judge this during the April meeting; more updates to follow. For this one, we are looking to the BJCP again. Categrories 14A-C. 15A and 17C are in play here. Conspicuous by their absence are 15B & 15C. No stouts this time; that ship sailed back in January!
April - Ingredient Draft (Collaboration)
This is a club favorite. Like fantasy sports but with brewing ingredients. Pick ingredients serpentine style off a board, when it's taken, it's gone. We will be looking for signups for this because there is a lot of planning that goes into it. The draft will be held at the January meeting so you have plenty of time plan and brew.
May - Ciders & Meads
Cider & Meads. Pretty self explanatory here. C1A-E, C2A-F, M1A-C, M2A-E, M3A&B and M4A-C