Competition Corner – November, 2010

The next Club-Only competition is upon us.  The theme for this is Strong Ales BJCP category 19, Old Ale, English Barleywine and American Barleywine.  Entries for this are due at the November Club meeting on November 18th.   If you have any one of these three bring three 12 oz. bottles and make sure you let Carl know they are there.  If possible, please also fill out an entry form, which you can download from  The club picks up the entry fee, so it is free to you.  If your entry is selected, we’ll ship off the two remaining bottles to the national judging site.  If you lose, you can take back the two extra bottles.  Or if you prefer, you can pop them open to console your losses.  This will be the last opportunity to pick up points for the Brewer of the Year Award in 2010.  And, looking ahead to 2011, the AHA has published the list of upcoming Club-Only competitions.  See below for details.

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the California State Homebrew Competition.  Leading the pack was Carl Townsend, with a first place for Russian Imperial Stout and a second place for Holiday Spice Ale.  Kristopher Barnes also scored a pair of ribbons for his Roggenbier (2nd place) and Saison (3rd place).  Jeff Koehler picked up a first for his Robust Porter and Josh Jensen took a second for his Double IPA.  Way to go guys!

If you folks are interested in a local Pro-Am contest, here is one worth considering:The Bruery

In celebration of The Bruery’s continued growth, the incredible support from our fans across the country and our humble beginnings as homebrewers ourselves, we will be holding our third ever homebrew competition; this one set to determine our 300th batch.

The first place recipe of the competition will be brewed as our Batch No. 300 and the winner will have the opportunity to assist us in brewing the batch on our system if they so choose.  The first, second and third place winners will also get various forms of swag.

Along with the chance to have one of your very own recipes brewed and distributed, you will also be helping us raise money for those in need, as the entire $10 entry fee will be donated to Lestonnac Free Clinic, devoted to providing free, comprehensive medical care to the poorest of the poor in Orange County, CA.  Only the following BJCP categories will be accepted: 13F, 16, 17, 18, 22 & 23.  Entries are due January 31st.  See for complete details.

Get those brewkettles going and don’t stop until the 2010 Brewer of the Year has been announced.  If you need still more competitions, you can find the whole list at

2011 Club-Only Competition Schedule

January, 2011  COC – English Pale Ales, BJCP Cat #8

March, 2011    COC – Bock BJCP Category #5

April 2011       COC – Wood-Aged Beers, BJCP Cat #22c

August, 2011   COC – Meads, BJCP Cats 24, 25 and 26.

September, 2011 COC – Specialty/Experimental/Historical Beers, BJCP Cat. 23.

November, 2011 COC – Hefeweizen, BJCP categories 15A, 15B, 15C, and 15D.

2010 Brewer of the Year tally as of 11/16, 2010.

Brewer Points Ribbons
Jeff Koehler 27 13
Carl Townsend 19 10
Chris Simental 17 11
Neil Saund 15 6
Craig Corley 14 6
Josh Jensen 7 5
Heath Haynes 6 2
James Bardeen 6 2
Larry Caldwell 5 2
Bob Henderson 4 2
Jon Porter 4 2
Thomas Lee/Andrew Bakofsky 4 2
Timothy Golden 4 2
Kristofor Barnes 3 2
Nick Springer 2 0
Greg Nylen, Dave Chapman 2 1
Dan Hakes 1 0
Audrey Hill-Lindsey 1 1
Matt Timmers 1 1
Rick Matthew 1 1