This year the local area advertised on the AHA website that they were holding a certified competition during a local celebration and that this year they were going to have a certified Beer Judge versus the two previous years where a few guys got together and tasted the entered beer and picked the one they liked the best.
So seeing a chance to have my homebrew evaluated by a certified judge and get some good feedback (not that the people in the homebrew club don’t give feedback but it is usually this will go great after mowing the lawn type of feedback). I entered four beers a Munich Helles, an American Lager based on Sam Adams, Brown Ale, and an Apricot Blonde.
Went to the celebration to see the results of the contest on the judging day…When my wife and I arrived we observed the people judging the contest, and I recognized four of the six doing the judging…Out of the four I recognized only two of them I would trust to judge beer as the own and run the local brewery. The other two I am not sure if I would trust their experience as judges but, like the rest of us are accomplished beer drinkers. I found out the certified beer judge didn’t show, so they got a “volunteer” from the crowd to fill in…The other person judging was evidently part of the “craft beer committee” for the celebration.
The reason I entered the contest and PAID MONEY was to kind of get a piece of decent feedback through a score sheet to have some idea where I am at in the now almost 8 year odyssey of my homebrewing. I found out that the judging was done with the organizer splitting the field and having three of the people who were judging taste half of the field and the other three tasting the other half. No idea how things were split into classes flights and so on.
The three judges then picked the top two from the 12 they drank one of the judges appeared slightly intoxicated at the end of the judging. I was speaking with one of the other entrants who advised after speaking with the organizer that there were no score sheets kept WTF!!! I didn’t pay 20 plus bucks to have a group of guys sit around and drink my beer…Very disappointed that I may end up with absolutely no feedback.