News is a little late coming for ya, but better late than never, eh!
This was my first time ever entering in a brew competition so I had no idea what to expect. Pretty simple really, you enter your brew, judges taste it and critique it on a friendly little card and they select a winner.
I had entered 4 brews. A bitter, dark amber, lager, and pale ale (found a whole box of it in my pantry that I had brewed up and forgotten about, never tried it before entering).
Well, I had tasted my share of brews and was about to head out when it was suggested, by the head cheese, that I stick around.
It wasn't long before I heard, and I'll be darned if I didn't hear wrong, when my name was announced! 2nd place pale ale! You'll note that I had not tried this one prior! Stoked as I had been in a long time, having won on sheer luck, I was bouncing around like a little kid on a trampoline. While engaged in a conversation, some of my friends starting heckling me, saying that they had just called my name. I wrote it off as them giving me a hard time when alas, I began to make my way up to the front. I brought myself to a halt, certain that they were pulling a fast one when they called out "yeah, Brege, it's you again!" Holy Moly! I couldn't believe it! Pulled in 3rd place for a dark amber! Still can't believe it!
Now, don't get me wrong, this was just a small competition with wooden cutouts for the medals and only 96 entrees of brew, but having less than a year's worth of brewing experience under my belt...I was as proud as any brewer in there! Have done a pretty good job of keeping this quiet around town, but thought I'd share the excitement with you.
na zdrowie stolat!