Yes, I did submit 7 entries to the New England Regional Homebrewing Competition (NERHBC) and one of them placed. I was awarded first place for the European Amber Lager category – Category 3.
The Vienna lager which received a second place award in the Boston Homebrew Competition had aged nicely over the last 8 months.
If you asked me which of my beers would place in this competition, I had four entries ahead of the Vienna. I thought my German Pilsner had a shot but there was no love.
Here is what I submitted:
5. Vienna Lager
The first four were the freshest of the bunch so I thought they would perform the best. The Alt and the Doppelbock were always “just ok” in my mind. These 7 were the best of what I had on hand so having a “just ok” beer was better than the “not so great” beers that I did not send in.
The NERHBC is a Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) qualifying event so I gather I can enter the Vienna into that competition at some point in the future. Maybe we I get the sheets back, I will have some more information about the MCAB.
With any competition, I am curious to see what the judges thought and to see if I can improve what I brewed. The New England cider is one I would like to see what they had to say since I am poised to make another one this week. Yesterday, I brought the whole family to Cider Hill Farms in Amesbury so I could buy five gallons of their juice. If there are any tips, it could help me make a better one even though I thought the one I made last year was pretty darn good. We’ll see.
Thanks for reading. Brew On.