Saturday, October 20, 2012

CMI Oktobersbest Zinzinnati 2012 Beer Judging

Like N2Deep, it was back to the hotel for this year’s CMI Oktobersbest Zinzinnati beer competition—specifically, back to the 16th floor of the Radisson. Or, to quote the day’s guest speaker, it was all about getting “back to myself.” Can you, my dear reader, sense a theme?

The morning began with a presentation on sour beers by Jason Roeper from Rivertown Brewing. Once that was finished, we mercifully moved onto beer judging, which was Category 14 (IPA). Since there were 33 entries, we had four sets of judges, and we rolled through the lot quickly and efficiently. After lunch in the revolving restaurant upstairs, it was back to business. In the afternoon, I judged Category 12 (Porters) with three other judges; I was paired with Scott LaFollette from Blank Slate Brewing, and everything went smooth and easy—we were generally within one or two points of each other, so the focus was kept on the beer itself. As it should be.

Afterwards, we opted to skip out of the pub crawl and instead head back to Dayton. On the way home, however, we did stop at the Party Source to check out the beer offerings, and we also stopped and had a pint of Fifty West Brewing Company’s Hoppy When Wet at Dutch’s. I do love me some fresh hop beers...

P. S. I hope Scott LaFollette doesn’t hold a grudge for calling him a wet blanket. Oh, and results are here.


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