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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
|January||Brewer 1||Brewer 2||Winner|
|Cream Ale (1C)||Kirk||Steph||Kirk|
|Coffe Porter (30A)||Dustin||Kevin||Kevin|
|BBA RIS (33B)||Dustin||Zach||Zach|
|Am Pale Ale (18B)||Mike T||Bryan McC||Bryan|
|Belgian Pale Ale (24B)||Bob W||Cindy||Cindy|
|Graprefruit IPA (29A)||Aaron||Josh||Josh|
|Belgian IPA (21B)||Mike T||Kevin||Mike T|
|Am Wheat (1D)||Steph||Marybeth||Steph|
|Brett Saison (28A)||Seth||Katelyn||Seth|
|Founder's Day Comp||Baltic Porter||Open to all members||Josh|
|Italian Grape Ale (X3)||Seth||Josh||Seth|
|Am Brown (19C)||John P||Bob W||Bob W|
|Chocolate Peanut butter Porter (30A)||Mike T||Rob McN||Mike T|
|Czech Dark (3D)||John P||Cindy||Cindy|
|Hefeweizen (10A)||Rich||Aaron||Postponed until August due to rain|
|Gose (27A) with Kiwi (29A)||Zach||Tony||Tony|
|Dunkel Weissbier (10B)||Conrad||Matt||Conrad|
|Radler i.e. Sam Adams Porch Rocker||Ben||Leah||Ben|
|Czech Premium Pale Lager (3B)||Mike H||Rich||Mike H|
|Witbier (24A)||Mike T||Aaron||Mike T|
|Am Light Lager (1A)||Bryan McC||Marybeth|
|Pomegranate Traditional Mead (M2E)||Zach||Bryan McC|
|Belgian Dark Strong Ale (26D)||Dustin||Kevin|
|Secret Santa Comp|