|Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen|
Second is pretty damn good, considering every beer was exactly the same type and style. This discounts a preference for a different style of beer. A second place finish of this type is significant at almost any level. This means that many agree that this is one damn fine beer. This is beginning to make me wish that I entered this beer in the National Homebrew Competition last April or May (when I thought the beer was at its best).
Its standing at two back to back competitions also lends itself a nice name....Bridesmaid Oktoberfest. This is fitting since the festival of Oktoberfest was originally a party to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810. I can imagine Therese throwing back a few steins of our beer to ready herself for her marriage. She had nine kids and then her husband cheated on her. The bridesmaids are also always the ones you have a chance with when attending a wedding stag. If you tried our beer....she was very approachable.
Second place, Runner Up, Alternate...Silver. As Iceman Says: "The plaque for the Alternate is in the Ladies Room." Second place isn't such a bad place to be after all.