It’s a bit early in the year to be talking about goals, and yet, both of the goals I set for this year have come to pass. One successful, one not successful. The unsuccessful one was a one-time event, so it can’t happen later in the year.
The first goal was to place a beer into the final round of the National Homebrewers Competition. This required placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a category and scoring over 30 points in one of the regional competitions. Two of my three beers met the score threshold, a 34.5 for my CDA and 32.5 for my Belgian Dark Strong, but alas, no top three finish and no advancing to finals. My English bitter (a style I had never made before) scored 29 points. Maybe next year.
The second goal was to get on the scoreboard of the Oregon State Homebrewer of the Year standings. OSHBOTY (as it’s known) is a statewide competition to crown the best homebrewer in the State. You earn points by taking first in a medal category, with even more points for finishing 1st/2nd/3rd Best in Show. So, this goal required me to also win my first gold medal, which I had yet to do. Ironically, I won my first gold in January at Stout Bout, but since that’s a limited style comp (stouts only) it doesn’t qualify for OSHBOTY points. The next full style competition after NHC Regionals was the COHO Spring Fling. Much to my surprise, I snagged first place in the British Bitters category with my Strong Bitter.
You earn points based on how many beers you “beat” to win the category. So for a 6 entry category, I earned 5 points. That puts me way at the bottom of the list (current leader is at 120 points) but I’m on the list! The goal wasn’t to win the thing, simply get on the scoreboard, and so I am!
The brewers at the top with 100+ points have all won a best in show. That’s where the big points live. Part of me thinks that’s unfair, but on the other hand, if your looking for the best brewer in the state, winning an entire competition should rate pretty highly.
The competition season isn’t over by a long shot, so still a chance to earn some more points, but for now….