The Great Northern Brewers Club

Brewer of the Year categories for 2009
by Ira Edwards

This year, we are going to do things a little different to make things easier both for myself (I really  need to start entering some more contests) and for all of you who enter the contests: WE ARE GETTING THE CATEGORIES OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR!!!  Go figure....  There are still the 5 contests that we count towards Brewer of the Year (BOTY) status but we have added one new one: Fur Rondy, Snow Goose Breakup, Nationals (both first and second round will be counted), the new and awesome Anchor Town Invitational that replaced our participation in the Alaska State Fair, the totally new Mead competition hosted by Mike Kiker and Celestial Meads and finally, the Humpy's Big Fish.  Instead of 6 categories per contest in the past where you had to choose 4 entries to be scored for BOTY points, we are reducing the choices to 4 categories per contest (with a possible exception or two, depending on the competition organizer).  We will then just take your highest scoring entry in each of the 4 categories and add that to your points tally.  Less paperwork for us and fewer choices for you to make.  Now you are still free to enter in all the other styles open in each competition, and I encourage you to do so if you like to brew other styles.  These are just the styles we have chosen for this year, and  they are pretty similar to last year.  If you brew with someone and put their name on the entry form for that competition, we will award equal points to each brewer, with a limit of 3 brewers earning points on a given entry.

There will be a separate notation on the points list for a brewer who has not won a prize in a GNBC or NHC contest in any previous year.  The Category will be called “New Entrant”, since some people may have been brewing for years, been members of GNBC for years, or maybe just figured out which category to enter their beers in.  It will also include folks who are completely new to  the club or even to brewing.  We really want to encourage people to improve their brewing skills and not have to compete against those who have won medals in every contest for years. 

Get ready to start earing your bragging rights for next year...Any contest BOTY styles not listed here will be updated shortly on the Competitions page on the GNBC website (since you are reading this, I figured you knew how to get here...)

Here are the style categories for the 2009 GNBC Home Brew Competitions. Happy Brewing and good luck.

Fur Rondezvous Home Brew Competition

Category - Name
18 - Belgian Strong Ale
12 - Porter
23 - Specialty Beer
19 - Strong Ale

Snow Goose Breakup Home Brew Completion

Category - Name
1 - Light Lager
3 - European Amber Lager
6 - Light Hybrid Beer
16 - Belgian and French Ale

2008 National Home Brew Completion

All styles are open and points are scored on any ribbon earned in the first round or medal in the second round.  Enter them all, and good luck.

Anchor Town Invitational Home Brew Competition

Category - Name
7 - Amber Hybrid Beer
10 - American Ale
13 - Stout
15 - German Wheat & Rye Beer
*??? - Side Challenge is yet to be announced...

Equinox Mead Competition

Category - Name
24 - Traditional Mead
25 - Melomel (Fruit Mead)
26 - Other Mead

Humpy's Big Fish Home Brew Competition

Category - Name
5 - Bock
2 - Pilsner
22 - Smoke Flavored and Wood-Aged beer.
14 - India Pale Ale (IPA)
*??? - 2009 Side Challenge is yet to be announced...

Hops Wreath