2019 Brewer of the Year

Congratulations to Rudy Lyon, 2019 Star City Brewers Guild Brewer of the Year!

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December 2019 meeting notes

* Thanks to Chaos Mountain Brewing For Hosting!

            Also thank you to everyone who attended!

  • Next Meeting: Southern Hills Homebrew Supply
    • SUNDAY – JAN 19 (3 PM to 6 PM)
  • 2020 Meeting Locations: Who wants to host??
    • Ken & Jen SK – May
    • Adam K – June
    • Harry – September
    • Justin & Carrie – October
  • Treasurer’s Report– Mike U.
    • 120 Members
    • $6502.09
  • 2020 Club Competition Beer Styles – Rudy
    • 15C Irish Extra Stout – March
    • 10A German Weissbier – June
    • 14B Scotch Heavy – September
    • 17C Wee Heavy – December
    • We are looking for volunteers to do the style presentations. Any takers?
  • Throwdown 2020 – (Ken S-K)
    • Officially scheduled March 20 and March 21
    • Thursday at Barrel Chest 5:30PM first organizational meeting – all welcome
    • Need members for SWAG team especially (begging for free stuff)
    • Need volunteers to pull this off, so please reach out to Ken to volunteer
  • Competition Updates (Steve Lusk)
    • Website has been updated
    • Spring competitions coming up quickly (including Throwdown, wink wink)
    • Steve volunteering to keep track of points for BJCP competitions
  • Proposed Bylaws Amendment: Competition Rules and Scoring (discussion – not voting)
    • Brewer of the year proposed changes, could go the whole year with no medals and still be brewer of the year.
    • Possibly change this to member of the year to recognize those who may do things for the club other than just brew beer.
    • Allen proposed doing Member of the Quarter
    • We’ll coordinate via email, present final amendment to bylaws January meeting, Vote in February
    • No opposition to multiple awards
  • 2020 Officers Election Results
    • VP: Adam Kendall
    • President: Chris Gray
    • Board will remain the same: Rudy, Allen, Harry
    • Treasurer: Mike U.
  • Q4 Competition Results: 26D Belgian Dark Strong
    • 13 beers entered
    • Judging Drawing Prize: Matt Klumpp ($40 gift card SHHS)
    • Brewer Drawing Prize: John Merkwan ($40 gift card SHHS)
    • 3rd: Mike C.
    • 2nd: Jen & Ken S-K
    • 1st: Scott S.
  • Brewer of the Year
    • 153 Points, Rudy Lyon
    • 151 Points, Ken & Jen SK
  • 50/50 Raffle
    • $69 to club / $70 to winner – Ian M
    • StarSan consolation – Jim N.
    • 20$ GC to Craft Beer & Brewing Mag – Scott S
  • Open Floor (Nothing brought up)
  • Dirty Santa Exchange
  • Total Attendance: 50 +/-

October 2019 Meeting Notes

* Thanks to Carrie & Justin For Hosting!

Despite heavy rain the evening before we were surprised with gorgeous fall weather. Meeting was mostly held outside. Fantastic food and beer as usual and the Chocotale Chili was amazing!!!

Special Guest – Robyn Smith from VT

            Beer brewer certificate program and Business of Brewing

            Has received a grant to put on workshops related to brewing

            Planning for 4 workshops between Jan and March

4 hour sessions on a Saturday

Looking for ideas on what would be of interest. Please don’t hesitate to contact her to discuss.

Please email robyn@vt.edu

– Next Meeting – Saturday Nov 16 (3-6 PM) at Brian and Vanessa Rorrer’s Home (Salem)

– Treasurer’s Report– Mike U.

            $6510.76 in the account

            117 total members

Bylaws Amendment – Online Ballot (Vote Today)

            Passes without discussion or nays

– 2019 Upcoming Events

LTHB Day – SAT November 2 at SHHBS (10 AM – 4 PM)

– Volunteers Needed: Setup/Teardown, Demo Brewers, Spokes People, ID Check, Pouring

Need beer for tasting

– Demo Brewers Confirmed: Brian Rorrer, Tim Paul, Chris Gray, Rudy L, Allen F (tentative)

Big Willie Draught System – Upgrades Adam Kendall

            New smaller ID lines

Completely soaked and cleaned faucets, shanks and chiller plate and reassembled

Pours very well now with higher pressures with little to no foaming

– BrewDo WrapUp

– Around 90 entries. Judging done at Three Notch’d.

– BIS Awarded to Carrie & Justin Cox (Elderberry Fruit Beer)

– Several Wins by Guild Members (as usual!!)

            Beth D. Tropical stout & Imperial Czech PIls

            Chris & Dennis S – Key Lime Pie

As a club, 7 out of 12 places

Throwdown 2020 – Updates

            Allen F will be heading up SWAG begging

                        Let him know if you have any hookups

            Electronic system for silent auction to curb sniping and help folks who may have to leave

– Competition Updates (Steve Lusk)

Steve not present

War of Worts in PA coming up in Feb   

– Work Shirt Order – LAST CALL! Ordering this week.

– Please pay today if possible or arrange for PayPal.

            Paypal address: president@starcitybrewers.org

– $30 per shirt from Spartan Silk Screening

– 50/50 Raffle– Harry

            38.50 each to winner Tim Paul and club

            Consolation, Rising Silo growler with insulated carrier to John Shoundel

– Open Floor

Meeting adjourned

Attendance: 25

November 2019 meeting notes

November 2019 Meeting – Saturday 11/16/19

* Thanks to Brian & Vanessa For Hosting!

            Very nice environment in “Odells Pub”

Amazing food spread as well!!

– Next Meeting – Christmas Party at Chaos Mountain Brewing!!! Saturday 12/14/2019 (3 pm – 6 pm)

            Belgian Dark Strong Competition

            Dirty Santa gift exchange

            Brewer of the Year will be named

– Treasurer’s Report– Harry M.

            Over $7000 in funds, includes shirts money which will be paid out soon

            3 new members

– 2020 Officers Nominations (Voting is now active – Wed 11/20/19)

            Chris Gray nominated and accepts nomination for President

            Harry M nominated and accepts nomination for open board position

            Adam K nominated and accepts nomination for President and Vice President

            Carrie Cox nominated for President and declined nomination

            Tim Paul nominated and accepts nomination for Vice President

– 2020 Competition Beer Styles – Online Voting is active (email went out earlier this week.)

            Get votes in by Thursday for main categories, subcategory voting to follow soon after


– Thank you to all volunteers. We were out there at 9 am to setup and get started.

– Thank you Demo Brewers: Brian Rorrer, Rudy Lyon, Tim Paul & Chris Gray

            Brian brewed an Imperial Porter, will be adding vanilla soon

            Tim brewed a Juicy IPA

Chris Gray did extract/partial grain Belgian Saison on an induction cooktop. Then left   open for 24 hours on Robbs porch (coolship/spontaneous fermentation).

Rudy brewed a Russian Imperial Stout using no/slow chill. Experiment in water conservation. Took home & pitched kveik, probably too cool in basement, fermenting slowly, brought temp up to 73 and fermentation took off.

– Beer tastings were going all day. We had (3) kegs plus many bottles and cans. Thank you to those who donated beer.

– 3 new members from event, 6 new signups for email list

Throwdown 2020 – (Ken S-K)

            Saturday March 21 @ Big Lick, published via AHA

            Rudy started on swag campaign, “Team Grovel”,  looking for help

            125 total entries will be accepted

            2 days of judging

– Competition Updates (Steve Lusk)

            Will be updating website newsletter soon

            In addition to our quarterly competitions, looking to do a “Weird Ass Beer” competition

                        Beers that don’t fall under any real main category, similar to Iron Brewer competition

                        Early summer timeline

– Work Shirt Order

– Likely ready next week.

– If you haven’t paid yet please do so ASAP. Cash, Check or Paypal.

– Barrels for Sale at Barrel Chest

            (2) 55 gallon whisky barrels

            (1) 65 gallon cognac barrel

– 50/50 Raffle– Harry

            $50 to club, $50 to winner to James Wargo

            John S wins Bottle of Star San

            Matt B wins A Few Old Goats Gift Card

            Tim P wins Jack Brown’s Gift Card

– Open Floor

            For brewer of the year, additional points should be awarded for final table appearance/place.

                        Might have to change bylaws to make this come to fruition.

Very real possibility that brewer of the year could have the most points but not actually place in any quarter.

                        Additional 3 pts for 1st, 2 pts for 2nd, 1 pt for 3rd (as an example).

            Doug asks about interest in insulated growler, should be around $30 each

                        Laser etched with 4” logo

                        More than likely will require minimum order.

                        Chris G to research and present options

            NHC June 18-20 in Nashville, TN

                        Looking for interest in showing up as a club and doing club night, serving beer

            Off flavor tasting session. Kit to be purchased, will be tentatively scheduled first quarter 2020

Looking at purchasing a hops sensory kit as well.

Meeting adjourned.

Attendance: 30

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
        • sam@threenb.com
          • 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

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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