What a cracker of a year of firsts
Firstly, I think it is the first time that none of us scored a medal! How lazy were we this year? Some of us just entered (paid) and then never bothered putting the beer in (NME and Hippy for example) whilst others (like myself and sinkas) put old beers in that we knew would fail. Sinka's beer was actually sitting in a keg under his house in all weather extremes for five years and tasted like pure molasses. Mine, a 2.5% ABV "Hybrid" that I entered last year scored a bronze but this year tasted like something completely different; I actually prefer it now and, weirdly enough, the judge's comments seemed really positive but not as positive as their combined score
In other firsts...
It was the first drink that lukasfab had had in a month. Crazy!
It was the first year I haven't caught up with my favourite pro brewer Dan Turley - he never even made it!
It was our first time in that pavilion.
It was the first time that not enough of us kicked on... Steve, did you get to Freo? Did we find you?
It was the first time that my receipt from Nick's Kebab was before 9pm.
It was the first time that a travel companion fell asleep on the trip from Claremont to Freo. (Sinkas lasted one minute before falling asleep!)
It was the first time I had a full durry in a few years and it tasted interesting but not tempting. (Thanks Hippy)
It was the first time that I can't remember having a beer that really made me go, "Wow!" although I'm sure there would have been plenty there.
And finally, I think it surely was the first time that one of you in particular (I'm not naming him) can't even remember leaving the show and has a strong suspicion he had a little sleep on the street outside his house because that is where his wife found his jacket
I think we better take things a little more seriously on our entries next year but, as always, we all had fun