I realised that I have set myself a difficult task. I'm not sure I've managed to capture everyone who responded and there is a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that I saw a really great response that I cannot now find. Putting in everyone's links got to be very time consuming. I hope I got them all right. If not, many apologies.
There are other people who aren't going to the bloggers conference who may have missed out. I may get to you in time, you never know your luck.
Alex has already set off for Leeds, if you are in the list just make yourself known to him.
With no further ado, *drum roll* the winners are......
honest and forthright audio podcast.
Also, he gets it for his tweet; "you can't give happiness to charity"
Hopefully he'll share his bottle with Christopher R.
2. Andy MoggAndy didn't respond to my post. Actually, that's a lie, he re-tweeted it. However, he is one of the bloggers that I feel has the up-most blogging integrity. Also, he has recently joined the ranks of the self employed. In this age of economic uncertainty everyone who risks personal finance on the uncertainty of enterprise deserves my support.
And also for this comment "If you love craft beer, brewing and the beer industry then invest your disposable income in it. You don't take up golf as a hobby and then go asking for free 7-irons do you?"
4. Mitch AdamsFor blatant flattery; "A great PR idea, and I wholly approve of your marketing/sales strategy" and for being a very hard-working publican. We should value good publicans, they are the salt of the earth.
7. Glyn RobertsBecause he's a *censored word*........ I mean, great bloke who buys way more Hardknott beer than the ordinary blogger (in his professional capacity, of course) and because I hope he'll continue to do so.
8. Gregg IrwinFor coming to see us at the brewery, buying beer, and being jolly good company when we went for a pint. And because I think Alison would like this beer.
Oh, and for promising to drink it "while sitting cross legged on a cushion made of groomed cat fur, wearing nothing but a who ate all the pies T-shirt, listening to Metallica and doing the Times crossword."
this great post - 'nuff said
10. David BascombeBecause of this post about Æther Blæc 2011 Epsilon - which I'd have missed if I hadn't run this competition. (I didn't send him a review bottle, by the way)
11. Dave LozmanBecause he's called Dave. And because he has bought quite a lot of Hardknott beer. He didn't join in, probably because he's in the middle of The North Sea, or planning for a wedding. I sometimes realise I have a good life when I hear what other people have to endure.
12. David BishopBecause when I clicked on the large Hardknott Tag on his blog lots of great stuff came up.
13. TandlemanNumber 13, unlucky for some. I had to put Tandy, otherwise known as Peter Alexander, in somewhere. I thought about putting him last, or first, but he got in here instead.
I may not always agree with Tandy, but I am sure his integrity is beyond doubt. Also, he really genuinely doesn't want his free bottle. He's probably right, he won't like it. He can give it away if he likes to the blogger who most deserves it but didn't make the list.
That's probably Tyson, who does deserve it, but I couldn't think of a reason why. Hopefully he's more likely to like the beer. If not, he can give it to someone else.
14. Andy Parker
For occasional great comments on my blog and for posting about Æther Blæc 2011 Epsilon. And, for this gracious comment "If not, I'll probably buy it when it's released to the world anyway, so if they go to someone else, that's cool too."
15. Neil WalkerWell, for having a great blog, and for a great post about Infra Red He also promises to carry on buying Hardknott even if he doesn't get a free bottle.
16. Leigh LinleyLeigh didn't put in a submission, at least not to the best of my knowledge. He does write a great blog that deals a lot with beer and food matching and that is good enough for me.
17. Phil HardyBecause he's been to our part of the world and blogged about it - and another example of a solid Hardknott supporter.
18. Reuben GrayBecause as part of a trip to England he visited us in our pub, when we had it. It was a hoot, especially the Tokyo Shandy.....
19. William BriggsGhostie to you and me. He sells Hardknott beer in BeerRitz. Needs no other excuse.
20. Zak AveryAgain, another who hasn't formally complied with the conditions of this competition. In fact, I sometimes wonder if he just isn't talking to me at all. But, he talks to Ann and orders beers for BeerParadise. So there.
You are right, I should have made Zak and Ghostie share, but you know, I think they both deserve a bottle each.
21. Des de MoorAs a serious writer who earns a living, at least in part, from beer writing and a thoroughly nice chap, Des had already made this list despite having not officially put forward a reason.
I make no pretence that if I give away beer the first port of call would be beer writers who will place in printed literature and those who have a solid track record of impartial and influential writing.
And then, at the last minute, up pops a splendid comment on my blog.
Actually, where is Sooty?