November 22, 2012 in Beer
Sob, boohoo, wrings out handkerchief in sorrow – I didn’t win the Bloggers Brew Competition! But boy, did I have fun along the way. Apparently the judges were looking for something which matched what it said on the tin – German Lager – and since I had added lots of extra grains and hops and turned my Secret Armadillo into more of an ale, I guess I was always going to be on a hiding to nothing!
But I’ve totally loved it and would do it again (and, indeed, will be doing it again) in a heartbeat. Congrats to Tank Lanning whose Front Row Grunt Brew was declared the winner – and in fact, congrats to us all, because I tasted them all last night and I think there were some pretty smart brews on show. I would go so far as to say that the 9 beers I tasted last night as a group were actually MUCH better than plenty of the 50 or so which I tasted at the Cape Town Festival of Beer last year when I was a judge. And those ones were for sale as well! There’s hope for us all.
So many thanks to Nash and Martin for organising the contest, SAB for hosting us and Tracy Fraser who designed my lovely label. I don’t think the Secret Armadillo is dead, he’s just sleeping and waiting to be resurrected in another brew. And that is certainly going to happen, courtesy of my final and biggest thank you to Lynnae Endersby of Beerlab who is a total star and absolutely deserves the title I have bestowed on her of Queen of Homebrewing. She’s published dates for her next beer schools next year – www.beerlab.co.za – and I cannot recommend her and her courses highly enough.
If you haven’t got your tickets to Cape Town Festival of Beer yet, please do so cos it’s going to be a riot. You can get your tickets from www.webtickets.co.za and I’ll see some of you there on Saturday – the Secret Armadillo may be with me if you catch me and him early enough!!