National Homebrew Competition 08/07/2011
Having shared a few bottles of my latest homebrew with a few knowledgeable beer bods in the Leeds/Bradford area, and received pleasing feedback, I found myself feeling bolshy.
All it took was for a fellow Twitterer and homebrewer @MiltonJonUK to suggest that I should blog about entering homebrew into a competition. Before I knew what I was doing I had bypassed the tentative research stage and found myself completing my online entry form for the National Homebrew Competition before I could say "Mash Tun".
Now, I'm not ordinarily the type of chap who would be so brave, but the website assured me that "the National Homebrew Competition is a BJCP sanctioned competition for amateur brewers of beer, cider and mead, in the UK". I'm an amateur brewer and I live in the UK so a tick in both boxes....right?. No mention here that I should be any good at brewing, so no fear...right? Plus it's all fairly anonymous and there is a chance I will receive some feedback from the judges regardless of whether it's feedback I'd like to read.
I have gotten all carried away with the hype and entered my Retweet Summer Ale into the '6B Blonde Ale' category; have paid for my entry (£5); and will post my two bottles of beer to the judges between 8th - 26th August 2011. The competition will be judged 3rd September 2011 at Green Room, Tobacco Factory, Bristol 10:00 am. Any other Twitterers and homebrewers care to join me? go on!
David Bishop, 33 year old Bradfordian, born in East Yorkshire. Garage brewer and novice blogger with grand designs to own a micro-brewery. It's early days!