I did at least recognize that I didn't know what I didn't know, and I recruited a core of really good guys (Matthew Chrispen, Matt Del Fiacco, and Aaron Collier) to serve not only as the head judges for each of their respective sites, but also to help plan, to make rules, to give creative feedback, to tell me when I was being a moron. I didn't always agree, but more often than not, I listened to what they had to say; we cast votes on pretty much everything of importance (and, truth be told, more than a few items that probably were not of importance). The only time my vote ever could have counted for extra was in the event of a tied vote... and I don't believe that I ever actually exercised this power.
We kicked a lot of ideas around, but Matt C. came up with a really unique concept - the Homebrew Hero. The idea was of a special award to celebrate those brewers who showed excellence across multiple entries.
We all thought this was a good idea, and eventually settled on a few tenets for the award.
- To qualify, a brewer's entries all had to be medal worthy - i.e., they must score at least a 30 (the minimum score to be considered for a medal).
- This would be a "lifetime achievement" type award - once won a single time, it could never be won again.
- This would be an exclusive club - no more than three such awards would be given out in any given year. If we did not get a single brewer who met the requirements, we would not give out the award at all.
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