Thursday, January 29, 2009

Don't tread on Mead

Mead Free or Die, is a national mead only competition, scheduled for April 25th 2009, in Manchester NH. This is a AHA & BJCP registered event, using the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. So far we have been very successful at getting sponsors, and hope you will enter. All entries must be received at one of the drop off locations or shipping address, between 04/01/2009 and 04/17/2009. All entries must be registered on line the entry fee is $6 per entry, please send two 6, 8, or 12 oz bottles OR one 750 ml to:
Mead Free or Die
4 Sheridan Drive
Londonderry, NH, 03053


(1) First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a prize package.
(2) First-place winning entries in each of the categories will compete in a best-of-show judging. The winner will be awarded Best of Show.
(3) At the discretion of competition organizers and/or judges, awards may not be given if the quality of an entry is deemed undeserving of an award

For more additional details on entering, or to help with the competition, please see web site. If you are an experienced mead judge and are in the area, I would welcome your participation.

Michael Fairbrother
Organizer Mead Free or Die

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Patriot Homebrew Competition

Ah, the 2008/2009 Patriot Homebrew Competition is now over, in a nut shell we judged 171 entries for Boston Beer Co. New England homebrew competition.

I was very honored to be the organizer for the 2008 Patriot Homebrew Competition which was held on January 24th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA. Here's a photo of the judging in action... lots of Brew Free or Die, Boston Wort Processors, and other local homebrew clubs in attendance....

The mission to pick 5 of the best beers from the 171 entries for further evaluation by the brewers at Boston Beer Co. and others. The team of 43 judges, stewards and other staff were able to evaluate the entries in the aloted time.

It's great to have this project behind me... as it was just about 3 months of work from my side, from when I was engaged on the project.

The only really downer was the post party held in my hotel room... it would seem that most "gentleman" who are engaging in drinking... have a challange on hitting the target (aka. toilet), so while I enjoyed the 30+ people and the beverages... the end results weren't so pretty. At least I had a spare towel or two to clean up and place on the floor.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Beer style, what's your favorite?

What's my favorite style of beer?

Mine is a Russian Imperial Stout. It's an amazing complex beer, that if made right will linger on the taste buds long after the last sip. I am enjoying Santa's Little Helper, from Port Brewing Company. It's by far one of the best Russian Imperial Stout's that I have ever had.

The aroma has a dark chocolate/coffee/malt notes, very clean, some hints of vanilla, the roast is clean and fragrant, little hop aroma. The color is pitch black, with a light tan head. Belgian lace lines the glass, the head persists well after the first few sips. The flavor is rich, and bold, the show case is the roast malt, accented by the chocolate and smooth alcohol notes. What's great about this beer is how well everything blends. The hops are a just enough to support the massive body, the alcohol is surprisingly hidden, considering it's 10.5 ABV. The mouth feel of this beer I feel is full, but the finish is so smooth... it's like velvet! This is an A+ beer

Tomee Author is a master of his craft, if you ever get a chance to try his beers... please do, it's worth it! As a past Lost Abbey Patron Saint I had access to quite a number of the beers that Tomee produced, not a single beer failed to exceed expectations.

Tomee, if you are ever in NH, the beer is on me, thanks for making my New Beers Eve party such a wonderful event!