It has been a great contest but the 2010 Hogmanay, Yuletide, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years Eve, Kwanzaa and Snow Ball Tourney Beer Blog Photo Contest is over. Another 44 entries came in at the end making for a total of 226 entries. When the dear old gent himself Stonch and I did this together for a couple of years, we had about twice as many entries in 2008 but we didn't have the five photos per person entry limit. It was insane. Today? This is more sane. A good crop to have a look at over the next few days to pick out the best for prizes.
First off today, Eric Delia of Richmond, Virginia - he of the Relentless Thirst - sent in these five photos. He tell us that the "picture with Richbrau breweriana is in tribute to Richbrau Brewing Company, a brewpub here in Richmond that recently closed down. Now, all that remains is the memorabilia..."
Next, Paul Arnold of Pontyclun in South Wales forwarded these three. He delightedly reports: "I never thought I'd get a snow photo but as it fell so early here in the UK and the bin men (refuse) didn't collect my empties and so bottles + snow = one shot to enter." You can find Paul at Blood, Stout and Tears.
Matthew Greer of Franklin, Indiana sent in this one entry that originally had me scratching my head. It is a shot taken in Gritty McDuff's of Portland Maine - a bar I know very well. So well that I took this photo in it a few visits ago. Matt must have been within a few feet of the spot that I took my shot.
Along next is David Head of Brighton, Massachusetts - aka Seven Pack Dave - sent in these five photos and even took the time to also sent five 100 x 100 thumbnails to save me time. My blog admin generates these automatically but I was happy to thank him for the thoughtfulness. Oops - there's nothing under the link, Dave. Zero KB entries. Well, we'll work on that one a bit more. Extension granted, Dave. What's that? A reply from Dave before I even got this post finished? That'll do. His captions for these photos are "Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse being poured at the local bar, Working the cask engine at the local bar, The pour, Reading time with my seven month old and A collection of memories, tastes, corks and caps" respectively... sorta:
The downstate New York cousins are at it again with these two last day entries coming in from Mike Malone. I think they are keen and they certainly have good taste in growlers. I may have to have a family and friends prize. Unless any of you consider myself your friend. In that case I may have to have a family class.
Province-mate for us here at A Good Beer Blog, Chris Berry of Kanata, Ontario sent in these three entries. He advises that the "first one, btw, is super authentic, as it was taken in Karlovac, about 15 minutes from the brewery. I still state that Karlovacko is like 50, but what I meant is that it is most likely to be seen getting drunk by the older gentleman sitting on a stoop in a string vest..." I am not sure I know what that means. But that is OK.
Lars Marius Garshol of Norway sent in these five but had to apologize: "I did do a photo of beer in the snow today, but won't have time to process it before the deadline, so am leaving it out. Sorry about that." How add. Norwegian with a snow photo. Don't know what to make of that:
Just before the deadline, Tim Connelly of Somerville, Massachusetts sent in these five entries with his excuse for being almost late: "I know its a little late but I have excuses. I thought I had until tonight and I am indeed hungover (damn delicious Pretty Things)." Fair enough. Pretty Things have some pretty hangover worthy ales. He also says the captions are: Cambridge Brewing Company: Cerise Cassée, Barleywine First Runnings, Chillin', Sour Beer Studies: Les Framboises du Mal, and St. James Gate respectively:
Matt Satten of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sent in these photos with little or no comment. Maybe there will be a category for entries without comment. Maybe. Maybe not.
Frank Mannino is also from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also, no commentary and... well... he must have been emailing from seven time zones to the west as his email got here at 6:34 EST. I must have been confusing about the end times thing. End times are confusing and, frankly, a little daunting. Off putting even. We need to be careful about definitions of end times. Wouldn't want to be leaving anyone behind.
That is it. The entries for 2010 are in and now the judging begins. Well, first a sleep and maybe some work at the office during the days. I might have a few meals and the kids are gonna make demands - you know how it is, right? We'll see what we can do. Good thing I have the Christmas shopping done. WHAT? How many keds do we have now? Good Lord. I'll get back to you.