This past year, I've had quite a few beer-related honors. I was made a moderator of the /r/homebrewing
community, a community I love and where I learned most of what I know about homebrewing. I've been named the technical czar of my local club, which essentially means I handle presentations and fill in if needed. I've been able to continue to bond with an awesome group of guys and learn from them. I was invited to work on a local barrel project, entirely by chance, and learned a lot from this group as well (plus, got some awesome bourbon barrel aged sour stout).
There are other things, accomplishments I'm proud of, but none so much as the work I've been able to do with the homebrewing community, both in-person and online. The community, you, is what keeps me coming back. Without the community, I'd probably quit brewing tomorrow, which means nothing to you but quite a bit to me. Which is why I'm thrilled to have been involved in two fantastic competitions this year, the Reddit Homebrewing Competition (as the organizer) and the BrewUnited Challenge (as a site organizer/judge/steward).
Both were huge learning experiences for me. I'd never done judging (I've been a steward), I'd never organized a competition, I'd never organized other judges. But, looking back, there are a few points that stand out that I feel the need to share about the experience.
1. Judging is tough
When Olan originally asked me to head up the malty division of the BrewUnited Challenge, I didn't hesitate to say yes. I love Olan, the work he does, and to be honest was pretty flattered. Which doesn't hurt. I have a local club I'm active in, and for our competition we had about 70 judges/stewards on site. I didn't think it would be a problem.
Little did I know.
I was able to get a total of five people
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Cheers Matt, thanks for all the work you do.
posted by ercousin on 12/08/2015 at 11:52:52 AM
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