The results of the New York State Homebrewer of the Year were released recently. I am not the homebrewer of the year, and it’s kind of a bummer but at least it gets me fired up about this coming season. It’s kind of amazing that I even qualified for the event because I’ve only been brewing for a year and I missed the first of seven competitions because I hadn’t even started brewing yet! Congratulations to Ben Maeso, a brewer who I dubbed my arch nemesis for no other reason than he wins a lot of medals. There are a few things that I think I will do different competition-wise and I’ve recently brewed a few robust high alcohol beers that will age throughout the year and hopefully garner some medals along the way. Time to focus on some other brewing goals for now and get ready for the 2012 season!

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