September 2019 meeting notes

– Thanks to Harry For Hosting!

– Next Meeting – SUN 10/27 at Justin & Carrie Cox      

– Treasurer’s Report– (Harry)


111 members

4 New members here at the meeting

– 2019 Upcoming Events

LTHB Day – November 2 (at SHHS & BRH)

Need some volunteers to do brew demos

Highland Games Wrap Up (Mario & Brian)

            Huge effort from Brian and Mario, because of their planning, event was such a success

            Have been invited back next year, and invited to Sedalia Center Celtic Festival

            30 folks signed up for email, 5 new members

            Better interaction with crowd than we’ve done at GoFest previously

            Need to do water station for future events

Shoutouts: Tim Paul great demo brew on three tier system, Adam K donated several beers and a couple brew kits which were raffled off.

Throwdown 2020

            Need volunteers, Ken S-K will be reaching out to help gather support

            Tentatively scheduled for late March, hoping that Big Lick will be willing to host again

– Competition Updates (Steve Lusk)

            Brew Do (SAT 10/26)

                        Entries due this week, Sept 23 and 24.

                        Judges still needed for TUE (10/1) at 1 PM (contact Brian Rorrer)

            Skirmish in the Triad

                        Just opened for entries

            Brian R submitted to competition in Scranton, PA

            Ken S-K has had beers judged on Dr. Homebrew podcast twice in the past month

– Big Willie Draft System Upgrades

            Glass rinser

            New lines

            Redo gas distibution for separate regulators per keg (6)

            Still need to figure out full plan and budget

– Bylaws Ammendment – Online Ballot

Bylaws currently say that we must do secret ballot, inferring paper

Proposed language to be amended to allow for online balloting of board and officers

Official vote will be done at October meeting  

– Work Shirt Order –

Order Form is Up

$30 per shirt from Spartan Silk Screening

Many colors available. 10 minimum order size.

Order will be submitted in approximately 2 weeks

Will look into getting t-shirts

– Competition 29A Fruit Beer results

            18 Entries

            Thanks to Rudy and Dianne for organizing

            3rd Place – Steve Lusk – Mango Pale Ale

            2nd Place – Matt Klumpp – Tangerine & Grapefruit Berliner Weisse (not present)

            1st Place – Ken & Jen S-K – Apricot Saison

            Raffle for Brewer – $40 Gift Card to Southern Hills – Jeff Drinkert

            Raffle for Judge – $40 Gift Card to Southern Hills – Brian R

            Consolation – brewer – StarSan – Chris G

                        Donated to new winner – Tim Paul

            Consolation – judges – AFOG 32oz Growler – Scott S

Congrats to all our winners!!

– 50/50 Raffle– Harry

            $76 total, $38 split

Winner: Renee & John Hines 

– Open Floor

Total Attendance: 37

August 2019 meeting notes

Thanks to Doug & Kelleigh For Hosting!

            The pool felt great, and the food spread was incredible.

Next Meeting

Sunday Sept 22 (3-6 PM) at Harry Montoros

29A Fruit Beer Competition (Bring your Best!!)

Treasurer’s Report– Mike U.

            6385.25 in the account

            102 members, including 5 new

            New page likes on Facebook, up 37%

2019 Upcoming Events

Green Hill Highland Games – Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9 AM – 6 PM (Brian R. & Mario)

            Still looking for samples, get in touch with Brian to donate

LTHB Day – November 2 (at SHHS & BRH)

MicroFestivus Wrap Up

Shoutouts: Harry M for overall organization, Ken S-K, Rudy & Allen for organizing judging and beer lists, Tim Paul for bringing pulled pork BBQ for volunteers, Adam K for bringing cooler with water and ice, All Judges and Volunteers for making this happen smoothly

(5) new members: (Chris Kile, Jim Wargo, Matthew Blankenship, Marlena and Cody Williams)

Water Station Wanted for Next Year

            Could use Big Willy and get members with kegs to donate full kegs of water

            10 Galllon cooler mash tuns filled with water

            Promotes re-usability of microfestivus glasses instead of plastic bottles

Appalachian Hub plans to do a booth next to us next year

Throwdown 2020 – New Organizer Needed

            Ken S-K officially nomintated by Thom Bradley and confirmed by members present

Competition Updates (Steve Lusk)

            Rudy Lyon Beers: Three Notch’d and H&F, still to brew at Big Lick

Blacksburg Brew Do, entries due by Sept 26 at Vintage Cellar Blacksburg or 3 Notched Roanoke

Work Shirt Order – Its Go Time!

Order Form is Up – Will be sending out information on email list soon

$30 per shirt from Spartan Silk Screening. May be slightly higher for different embroidery other than white like we’ve used in the past. Many colors available. 10 minimum order size.

50/50 Raffle– Harry

            Skipped this month. Harry was afraid of wet bills.

Open Floor – Nothing brought up.

July 2019 meeting notes

Thanks Caleb/Hammer & Forge for hosting!

29A Fruit Beer style presentation

            Thanks Ken & Jen!! Great presentation!!

            Competition will be Sunday September 22 meeting @ Harry’s house

            Fruits in culinary sense, not technical agriculture sense

            Base beer should be evident, fruit should be present, not overwhelming

            Bell’s Cherry Stout, Founder Rubaeus Raspberry Ale, and Olde Salem Swag Surfin gose presented as examples.

Next Meeting

Sunday August 18 @ Doug & Kelleigh Moyer house

Pool party!

Treasurer Report – Mike U

            $6775.57 in account

Upcoming Events

            Microfestivus – Saturday August 10 (12-6PM)

                        49 volunteers so far from guild

                        Need help with second shift pouring

                        Rudy will be categorizing beers for judging

                        Stay tuned to email for any updates from Harry

                        Chris Stevens will coordinate beer label display for club tent

            Creek Fest with Twin Creeks Brewing – Saturday August 17 (4-10PM)

                        Have open invitation to do a booth/demo

            Green Hill Highland Games – Saturday August 24 (9AM-6PM)

                        Insurance paperwork all worked out and we’re on!

                        Mario and Brian will be brewing

                        Tim supplying keg, John M supplying bombers

                        Adam K will supply cans of white stout

            LTHB Day @ Southern Hills and BRH – November 2

Parkway Brewing – New Tasting Room manager, Kim Salyers

            Kim has reached out to host meetings and/or organize future events

Throwdown 2020

New Organizer needed

Ken S-K to think about it

Competition Updates – Steve L.

            Three Notch’d IPA brew day

                        Rudy brewed his chosen Quick Chowdah along with Justin & Carry, Allen

                        Sam, head brewer, great to deal with

                        Should be out for Microfestivus

                        Lots of quick changes on the fly

                        3 barrel batch

            Matt Klumpp brew day with Deschutes

                        Now on tap!

                        Fancy Spike herms system

            Ken S-K will have 2 beers judged on DR. Homebrew podcast

                        Possible national exposure for the guild

                        Proposed that guild cover full shipping costs

                        Approved by a quorum of directors

            Blacksburg BrewDo coming up October 26 (entries due week before)

Work Shirt order

            $30/shirt from Spartan Silk Screening

            Many colors available

            Need 10 for minimum order size

            Matt K. 11 shirt minimum for male/female tank tops/t shirts, pricing to come soon


            54 total, 27 to guild, 27 to winner, Diane Lyon

            Bonus: StarSan to Ken S-K

            Bonus: can koozie to Ken S-K

Open Floor

            Presentation of Strong Bitter competition 1st place winner Steve L.

            Presentation of Strong Bitter competition 2nd place winner Rudy Lyon

            Several members went to National Homebrew Conf. (Rudy & Diane, Rob, Matt K)

                        Drank a lot of beer. Better beer at club night than commercial night

                        Next year at Nashville, TN.

            Have a couple new guests, Marlena & Cody! Brought an excellent Orange Kolsch

June 2019 meeting notes

Saturday 6/22/2019

  • Thanks to Marcie & Adam Kendall for Hosting
  • Another fantastic potluck food spread!!
  • Next Meeting – Sun, July 21 @ Hammer and Forge
    • Fruit Beer Presentation
    • Ken & Jen S-K to do presentation
  • August Meeting – Aug 17 or 18
    • Tentatively @ Doug Moyer house
    • Brian & Vanessa Rorrer backup hosts
  • Treasurer Report – Mike U
    • $6775.57 in account
    • 102 members in total
  • 2019 Upcoming Events
    • Microfestivus – Aug 10
      • Volunteer portal not open yet
      • Harry sent email about volunteering for club (judge and pour positions)
      • Only 2 pouring shifts, focus on needing second shift volunteers
      • Pouring volunteers please sign up online with Microfestivus as well
    • Green Hill Highland Games – Aug 24 9-6am
      • Roanoke County asked for additional paperwork that’s being worked on
      • Mario, Brian and Tim talking through brewing demonstrations
    • LTHB Day – First weekend of November
      • Southern Hills for sure, Blue Ridge Hydroponics unconfirmed
  • Competition Updates
    • Bushels and Barrels
      • Ken and Jen 1st place win
      • Allen F with 2nd place win in light category
    • Three Notch’d IPA competition
      • 13 total entries
      • Allen F 3rd with Gushy Stuff, Citra/Simcoe IPA
      • Carry & Justin, 2nd with She Wolf, Strawberry Milkshake IPA
      • Rudy Lyon, 1st with Quick Chowdah, Kviek IPA
      • Winning brew day July 10
  • Judging Update
    • VA Craft beer cup
      • Ken S-K, Matt Klumpp, Doug Moyer, Dan Tatarka judging
      • Jen S-K, Rachel Klumpp volunteer as well
    • Ken S-K wants to get more certified judges, looking at doing training program
  • Other updates
    • 12 x 12 Canopy has been purchased for Guild use. Plain white, not branded.
    • Chris G hopes to have pricing for new work shirt order soon. Stay tuned.
    • Chris Rill asks about Chaos Mountain brew share
      • Harry mentions that Bryan and Big LIck might be up for doing one as well
  • 50/50
    • $75 total: 37.50 to Club, 37.50 to winner Brian and Vanessa Rorrer
  • 11C Strong Bitter Competition Results
    • 3rd Place – Ian McElhone
    • 2nd Place – Rudy Lyon
    • 1st Place – Steve Lusk
    • Brewer drawing prize – Sierra Nevada hat to Chris Gray
    • Judge/Steward drawing prize – StarSan to Ken S-K
    • Thanks to Kathy M for another smoothly run judging event

April 2019 meeting notes

  • Thanks to Chris & Robyn For Hosting!
  • 11C Strong Bitter Presentation
    • Thanks to Andy and Jason Bishop from Twin Creeks for helping to present and bringing their award winning Bitter
    • Samuel Smiths, Fullers ESB (™) and Green Man from Asheville presented as other great examples
    • Good Luck to all competitors. Style has quite a bit of variation.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Mike U.
    • 4 new members from Twin Creeks, 94 members total
    • 6737.98 in bank account, -55 to Harry for ABC license for BigBrew
    • Still have insurance and EZ-UP purchase to replace aging club tent as largest expense to come
  • Throwdown Updates – Rudy, Chris, Allen, etc.
    • Post Event Wrap Up
      • Very profitable for the club, lots of receipts from silent auction items
    • Category Winner Brew Days
      • Brian Rorer has completed the brew day with Twin Creeks for Odells Citra IPA, will dry hop soon. Release tentatively set for weekend of May 11/12.
      • Matt Klump talking with Deschutes about brew date for his winning Dunkels Bock. TBD.
  • 2019 Upcoming Events
    • Next Meeting – BIG BREW at SHHS May 4 (9 am to 6 pm)
      • Volunteers (sign up sheet)
        • Ken & Jen doing “Teacher Beer” demonstration
        • Signup sheet posted on Facebook page event, and went on email list
      • Beer Donations Needed (Kegs and Bottles)
      • Toast and group picture will be promptly at 1PM
    • Teach a Friend Day at BRH – May 18th (not confirmed)
      • Interest level?
      • DIdn’t do it last year because BRH was maybe going out of business
      • Not enough interest from the club, so we’ll skip for now, focus on Big Brew
    • Microfestivus – Saturday August 10 (noon to 6 pm)
      • Harry will put out email asking for volunteers, will coordinate for our volunteers. Can also sign up for volunteering on Microfestivus site, but if you want to participate in judging, sign up with Harry
    • Green Hill Highland Games – Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9 AM – 6 PM (Brian R. & Mario)
      • Paperwork being done, Chad, organizer in Scotland at the moment
    • LTHB Day – First Weekend in November (at SHHS & BRH)
      • Will plan later
  • Competition Updates – Steve Lusk
    • None for now, Steve could not attend
  • Work Shirt Order
    • Chris will be sending out email; need at least 12 to get shirts
    • Avg around $28 based on previous years
  • 50/50 Raffle – Harry
    • 109 total, 54.50 to winner
      • Chris G wins
    • Consolation prizes
      • Beth t-shirt
      • Chris G t-shirt
      • Adam K starter
      • Jason Bishop, deck of cards
      • Adam K t-shirt
      • Doug M starter
  • Open Floor
    • 3 Notched having IPA competition exclusively for SCBG members
      • Goal to brew beer for Microfestivus
      • Any IPA style, including specialty goes
      • Need to sign up via email, contact Sam @ 3 notched
          • Use “IPA Competition” as subject
          • Limited to 20 entries, currently 14 confirmed
        • Drop Off deadline will be June 8 at downtown Roanoke taproom
      • Will be inviting 1, 2, and 3 place participants to the brew day, will brew 1st place winner
      • Brew day will be Wed July 10
      • Big thanks to Allen Francis for coordinating this!!
  • Twin Creeks to put in second brewery at Explorer Park
    • Will start with food trucks, transition to full brew pub/restaurant
    • 8 taps, 4 fermentors, will backfill as necessary from Vinton
    • Will be branching into farmhouse/saison styles, hoping to have full hop farm on site
    • Plans also for full wine and cider bar from other VA producers
    • Will not be year round to start, but may change
  • Big Lick will be doing fundraiser beer for Community Inn soon
    • Sent over 7k for Sierra Nevada Resilience for Camp Fire

Meeting Times

  • Style presentation: 5:15 pm to 6 pm
  • Meeting Agenda: 6:10 pm to 7 pm

Attendance: 25

2019 Brewer of the Year

Competition styles:

Q1/March-Dunkles Weissbier (10B),

Q2/June-Strong Bitter (11C),

Q3/September-Fruit Beer (29A),

Q4/December-Belgian Dark Strong (26D)

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March 2019 meeting notes

* Thanks to James & Joan For Hosting!

  • The food and beer spread was outstanding.
  • 31 attendees including two guests and two new members.
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February 2019 meeting notes

  • Belgian Dark Strong Presentation – John Merkwan
    • Great presentation on the differences between true Trappist vs Abbey style and origins
    • Higher ABV, but well hidden. Smooth and dangerous.
    • 4 commercial versions presented:
      • Boulevard Sixth Glass, Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue), Rochefort 8, St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Competition will beat the December meeting
    • Start thinking about brewing and aging for that extra danger factor
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January 2019 meeting notes

  • Dunkel (10B) presentation by Rudy and Adam
    • 3 commercial examples presented
    • Ayinger – Kloster Andechs – Weihenstephaner & 1 home brewed example presented
    • The presentation included historical info and example recipe info. These docs were emailed out to the Yahoo email list and will be posted on the FB group page.
    • Great job Rudy and Adam on the presentation!!
  • Thanks to Blue Ridge Hydroponics for hosting January meeting
    • New ownership since April – Tommy and Jeremy
  • February meeting on Sat 16th 3:00 PM at Rudy and Diane’s House
    • John M. will present Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • Treasurer Report: $5,052.76 as of Jan 18
    • If you haven’t yet paid membership dues, or are interested in BYO magazine
    • PayPal gift to
    • 15$ for BYO subscription
    • 53 paid members as of meeting today.
    • Welcome David Hines as newest member
  • Potluck Food Reminder: Please make an effort to bring food to meetings.
    • Many long time members bring food consistently to most meetings. Please make an effort to bring something. Store bought items are just fine and home cooked is even better.
  • Beer Gift for Host
    • Harry points out that bringing small gift for the host is also appreciated.
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December 2018 meeting notes

  • A huge Thank You to Chaos Mountain for hosting!
  • Next Meeting
    • Tentatively at Blue Ridge Hydroponics either January 19th or 20th
    • I will send out an email as soon as we have an answer
    • Backup plan is for Harry to host this meeting.

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