Duels

I demand satisfaction!  Let’s settle this with pistols at dawn!

Not exactly.  Duels are the clubs way to make us more proficient brewers.  As in the olden days, members challenge one another with beer, mead or cider as their weapon.  A common style and/or ingredient is agreed upon and the date is set.  Then the two members take their paces and we see who “brewed” the superior beverage.  All members of the club in attendance vote for the beer they think was a better representation based on BJCP style guidelines.  After the dust settles, the votes are tallied and a winner is declared.

The members of the club will offer feedback to both brewers as to why they voted one for and/or against the other.  Suggestions are offered in technique or recipe formulation.  Whether there were flaws or the brew just missed the mark on style, the idea is to help everyone become a better brewer.

At the end of the year the Duel Master is decided by a final duel between the top two records from the year’s duels. The presentation and votes take place at our January meeting. The Duel Master then gets to show off this fancy trophy for the rest of the year.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Seth Clearwater for being crowned (if that is appropriate here) the 2018 Duel Master. Enjoy the win sir, I know many people are out to take that trophy from you in 2019.

Here is the 2019 schedule (as of 9/13). Please reach out to Tony (arsarracino@gmail.com) with any questions or to add your duel to the schedule.

Current Leaders: The competition at the top of the leader board is getting crowded. Cindy, Mike T, and Seth all have 3 wins. Josh is right on their tails with 2 wins. We have a few more duels and the Secret Santa Comp still to go, so this is a long ways from being over.

JanuaryBrewer 1Brewer 2Winner
Cream Ale (1C)KirkStephKirk
February
Coffe Porter (30A)DustinKevinKevin
BBA RIS (33B)DustinZachZach
Am Pale Ale (18B)Mike TBryan McCBryan
March
DIPA (22A)SethMarybethSeth
Belgian Pale Ale (24B)Bob WCindyCindy
Graprefruit IPA (29A)AaronJoshJosh
April
Belgian IPA (21B)Mike TKevinMike T
Am Wheat (1D)StephMarybethSteph
Brett Saison (28A)SethKatelynSeth
May
Founder's Day CompBaltic PorterOpen to all membersJosh
June
Italian Grape Ale (X3)SethJoshSeth
Am Brown (19C)John PBob WBob W
Chocolate Peanut butter Porter (30A)Mike TRob McNMike T
July
Czech Dark (3D)John PCindyCindy
Hefeweizen (10A)RichAaronPostponed until August due to rain
Gose (27A) with Kiwi (29A)ZachTonyTony
August
Hefeweizen (10A)RichAaronRich
Dunkel Weissbier (10B)ConradMattConrad
Radler i.e. Sam Adams Porch RockerBenLeahBen
September
Marzen (6A)CindyJoshCindy
Czech Premium Pale Lager (3B)Mike HRichMike H
Witbier (24A)Mike TAaronMike T
October
Marzen/Oktoberfest (6A)ZachKevin
Am Light Lager (1A)Bryan McCMarybeth
SMaSHKatelynSteph
November
Altbier (7B)SethBen
Witbier (24A)ConradJohn
Pomegranate Traditional Mead (M2E)ZachBryan McC
Belgian Dark Strong Ale (26D)DustinKevin
December
Secret Santa Comp