The first weekend of judging is in the books. We are looking for help next weekend now. Register as a judge on the Bluebonnet BCOEM site and select the locations where you can judge. https://bcoem.bluebonnetbrewoff.org/
Help is needed at these sites:
Mike Grover – North Carrollton Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Fruit Beers – 2 judges needed Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM Pale Bitter Lagers – 2 judges needed Saturday 2/18 1:00 PM Saison – 1 judge needed
Walter Hodges – South Carrollton Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Light Ale – 2 judges needed Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM English Porter and Stout – 2 judges needed
North Texas Homebrew Supply Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Strong Bitters – 2 judges needed but also need a head judge Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM Dark Lagers – 5 judges needed, one to be head judge Saturday 2/18 1:00 PM Specialty Cider – 3-5 judges needed, one to be head judge – Cider experience preferred
Mike and I are looking to fill out a few more slots for the upcoming Bluebonnet judging weekend. Review the list of open slots and register via the Bluebonnet BCOEM site – https://bcoem.bluebonnetbrewoff.org/
Judging experience is not required. Please contact me at the email address below if you can help or register yourself as a judge in BCOEM and sign up for our sessions.
Mike Grover’s Site (North Carrollton) Friday 2/10 7:00 to 10:00ish – Table 66 Sweet Stout (1 judge needed) Saturday 2/11 9:00 to Noon – Table 73 Specialty IPA (1 judge needed) Saturday 2/11 1:00 to 4:00ish – Table 89 Traditional Mead (3 judges needed)
Walter Hodges’ site (South Carrollton) Friday 2/10 7:00 to 10:00ish – Table 67 Strong British (3 judges needed) Saturday 2/11 9:00 to Noon – Table 70 American Porter and Stout (3 judges needed) Saturday 2/11 1:00 to 4:00ish – Table 71 Imperial Stout (1 judge needed)
For anyone interested, several of us will be meeting up at Autonomous Society Brewpub https://autonomousbrewpub.com/ on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Kick-off is at 5:30 so we will be arriving a bit before then. Dean Weaver is a long-time member of NTHBA and is currently serving seven of his house brewed beers. He has 24 taps and also serves wine, cider, mead and root beer for the non-beer drinkers. Bring your darts in case the game is a blowout.
Bluebonnet judging starts this Friday evening. We will need lots of help to get through our allocation of beers. We have two locations in Carrollton the first weekend. The next weekend we will add in a judge site at North Texas Homebrew Supply. Experience is not required. We will pair inexperienced judges with experienced and/or certified judges.
To judge you will need to register on the Bluebonnet registration page as a judge. If you entered beers into the competition, modify your account to mark yourself as a judge. You’ll then be able to see and select judging locations. It’s best to stay at one location on Saturdays to minimize travel. You will also need to bring a laptop since all scoring will be done using electronic scoresheets. Register as a judge here: https://bcoem.bluebonnetbrewoff.org/
Remember, that you cannot judge a category you entered.
Hopefully, you have already registered your beers with the Bluebonnet as tables are filling fast.
If you are planning on attending the event, buy your tickets soon. Prices go after this week. VIP tickets are still available, but they will go fast. The pub crawl busses are also filling. Don’t Wait! https://bluebonnetbrewoff.org/
If you plan on volunteering to pour at either the Big Thirsty or at the Homebrew Showcase, you will need to have a TABC Sellers/Servers license. If you need to get a license, they take about two hours and there are several on-line training companies. Prices are generally around $8-$10. This link is to the TABC’s list of on-line training providers, shop around for the best deal: https://www.tabc.texas.gov/services/tabc-certification/tabc-certification-schools/ The Bluebonnet will reimburse your tuition.
We need locations for Bluebonnet judging. We will have sessions on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons starting on 2/10 through 3/4. If you can host one or more sessions, please email Mike and Walter at: [email protected]; [email protected]
Please let us know your name, address, dates and sessions you are able to host. Also, please include beer styles that you are unable to judge because you entered them in the Bluebonnet or just outright hate them.
The NTHBA is the host club for the 37th annual Bluebonnet Brew-Off, so we are expected to take the lead in filling a number of important positions on the committee. The first planning committee meeting for the 2023 edition of the BBO will be held on Sunday, August 28th at Cowtown Brewing Co.’s Southlake location from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. If you are interested in helping with the BBO please plan on attending this meeting. The best jobs will go quick.
Thank you to everyone who came out the last two weekends to help with Limbo judging. Jimmy is worn out from all the data entry. We have one more table that will be completed on Wednesday and then Best of Show. The Limbo Awards ceremony is on August 27 at the home of Melinda and Brian Beyer. Brian is promising a meat-palooza. Hope you can join us.
Most members have received their shirts, however, we have quite a few folks who have not. Any shirts not picked up by the end of the month will go into the first come first served pile. Club shirts will be available for pick up at the Limbo judging this weekend. They will also be available at the Limbo awards ceremony. If you cannot make it to either of these events, contact Walter at [email protected] and make arrangements to get your shirt.