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May 13, 2011 / Brewtiful BC

Homebrewing awards

Or as I like to call it, the Graham With Appreciation Night.  Out of the 23 categories, Graham notched six awards, including a second place in the best in show.  An impressive showing without a doubt, but this may be more calculated move than most think.  From the outside in, it appears Graham is just a talented brewer who happened to pick up a remarkable amount of awards at a homebrew competition.  On closer inspection, however, this may have just been a narcissistic ploy of an event to feed the megalomaniac ego of Graham.

A number of years ago Graham began homebrewing as a convenient way to save money, as this West Ender article claims.  It then goes on to say that he created VanBrewers as a way to share his love for homebrewing with like minded people.  A year and a half later VanBrewers hosts the Russell’s Golden Stag Awards and Graham goes home with a lot of hardware.  Success story or greedy mass egotistic desire for supremacy?

Investigative journalism aside, the night was a big success.  12 casks from homebrewers were on hand.  My favourite was the Russell Wheat Wine, a 10% barley wine caliber brew that went down all too easy.  Out of the best in show homebrews I tried, Darren Hollett’s Jumpin Jackalope Jalopeno Cream Ale stood out.  It was like drinking a Jalepeno popper.

I didn’t win any awards for my Ginger – Oh Snap beer, not that I was expecting to, but I am still glad that I entered it.  I was given my score card back with a lot of detailed feedback from credited brewers and judges.  I will definitely be saving the brews that work out this year to enter in future competitions in hope to compete with the juggernauts of the homebrewing scene.



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  1. Chris B / May 18 2011 5:53 pm

    I get your sarcasm but I think a lot may not.

    For those who don’t get it – Graham put the contest together, and yes entered a ton of beer. That said, he did not judge a single category in which his beer appeared and the entire contest was blind judged.

    No intended ego stroke!


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