|Presidents Notes January 2006|
|Written by Patrick Kennerly|
|Sunday, 22 January 2006|
January SCBG Meeting President’s Notes 01/22/06
The Star City Brewers Guild officially kicked off the new year with the January 2006 meeting on Saturday, January 21st. Bryan and Sue P. hosted a lively meeting in their cozy Vinton home—thank you Bryan and Sue for allowing us to overtake your home and lives for the better part of Saturday.
A lively start to the new year indeed: by my count, there were at least 24 people present for the meeting, counting members, spouses, and guests who became members during the course of the meeting. A hearty welcome to our newest Guild members: Eric P., Chris McD. and Martin (& Sandra) C. We look forward to sharing many good times and good brews with all of you as well as with Jeff and Cindy who became Guild members in December.
She-Pat opened the business part of the meeting with the Treasurer’s Report: As of the end of Saturday’s meeting, the Guild has 25 paid members. Our current treasury balance is $585.88.
After some discussion, the following locations were decided upon for upcoming meetings: Febrewary will be at the home of Doug and Kelleigh M. in Troutville. March will be hosted by Paul and Judy M. in the Cave Spring area of Roanoke. April will be hosted by Joe and Marsha W. in Salem. Specific dates have not been finalized for any of these meetings, so watch your club email for further details.
After discussing the idea of all brewers brewing a beer from the same list of ingredients, Bryan P., Doug and Ross volunteered to come up with a list of ingredients that could be used to make either an extract recipe or an all-grain recipe. Their committee of three will also formulate the guidelines that all brewers will follow, with the yeast type/strain being the wild card in the equation.
Your president next shared with the club the invitation we have received from Cary Bednarek, Vice President and part owner of Wine Gourmet wine and beer shop in Daleville. Cary would like to feature the Guild and our home brewed beer as one of his Friday night tastings. The Wine Gourmet would provide all the elements necessary to do a tasting (cups, ABC matters) so that the Guild would only be responsible for bringing homebrew. Doug, who doesn’t live far from the shop, pointed out that this is a very small store and that the numbers of customers who attend these tastings is small. The discussion ended with a vote that we accept Cary’s invitation and proceed with planning for this event.
A lengthy discussion of the May 6th “Big Brew” event culminated in the decision not to hold this Spring’s “Big Brew” at Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrew Supply, though we are very grateful to Fran and Chris for their offer to host it. In fact, we discussed the possibility of doing a smaller scale home brewing demonstration with Fran and Chris at their store apart from “Big Brew,” as well as talking with them about the possibility of celebrating the “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” day at their store in the Fall. Ross and Nancy have volunteered to host “Big Brew” at their mountaintop home in Blacksburg; they will keep us informed as they research the logistics.
Your president then shared with the group some of the emails he has received from brewers, judges and brewing company representatives regarding the Guild’s decision to withdraw from the planning and production of the Microfestivus event. That was followed by a very intelligent and sensitive discussion with some very excellent thoughts and ideas shared by numerous Guild members. Ultimately, it was agreed and voted on that, while the Guild will not help plan and produce Microfestivus 2006, we will plan to have a Guild party/gathering of some kind the Friday evening before the Microfestivus event and we will personally and discretely invite the out-of-town brewers and brewery reps to join us at that gathering.
After a short break, your Vice President, Bryan S., gave us a well-researched presentation on the “Dry Stout” style. His presentation was followed by 2005 Brewer of the Year, Tad S., cracking open and distributing commercial examples of the “Dry Stout” style, including Guinness Draught, Beamish, Murphy’s, Dorothy Goodbody’s (!!) and Orkney Dragonhead.
Before, during and after the business portion of this first Guild meeting of the new year, much homebrew, craft brew and excellent cuisine was shared among all those present. Thanks once again to our hosts, Bryan and Sue P., and especially to all those who provided the wonderful food and beverage on this lovely Saturday in January. Brew on!
|Presidents Notes March 2006|
|Written by Patrick Kennerly|
|Sunday, 19 March 2006|
March Meeting President’s Notes 03/19/06A little leftover St. Paddy’s partying, perhaps? Our own version of March Madness, maybe?
Call it what you will, the March meeting of the Star City Brewers Guild was definitely a memorable event. First, the numbers: 27 members and 4 guests descended upon Paul and Judie’s southwest county home. Many, many thanks to our hosts who made the whole crowd feel at home. A very special thanks to Judie, who not only fulfilled her host duties with excellence, she also presided over the stewarding of the Dry Stout competition, making order out of potential chaos.
Treasurer, She-Pat, reported a club checking account balance of $549.70 after collecting dues and reimbursing Marsha for logo wear expenses. I am very happy to report that She-Pat’s dues collection included a first-time membership from Fran & Chris A., owners of Blue Ridge Hydroponics & Home Brew Co. With Fran & Chris coming onboard, total SCBG paid membership stands at 40!
I asked Chris to bring us up to speed on their homebrew supply business and he shared with us news of their potential buy-out of all of the inventory of another area homebrew supply shop, as well as their intention to move to a larger retail space, possibly in the Brambleton Avenue area. Many (though not all) members cheered that possibility. Sorry, Doug. Chris concluded by reminding those present that SCBG members get 10% off homebrew supplies at their shop.
Your President welcomed several guests: Gordon Kendall and Ed Wolfe, whom we invited as guest judges for the first quarterly competition; J.T., a long-time homebrewer and friend of Gordon’s, and Kent’s fiancé, Rosalie.
The April meeting will be at Joe & Marsha’s mountain-top Salem retreat on Saturday, April 7th at 3:00 PM. Directions will be forthcoming. Bryan S. volunteered to give us a brief presentation on the American Amber Ale style at the April meeting, that style being the style for the second quarterly competition in June.
BIG BREW (National Homebrew Day)—Saturday, May 7th — will take place at Ross and Nancy’s getaway on Brush Mountain, just past Blacksburg off 460 West. Since Ross and Nancy are on the road quite a bit the week before we descend upon their home for this major event, Dan H. (as befits the Social Director) will coordinate the day’s dining activities. Your President will coordinate brewing matters, for those who wish to brew a batch to be counted in the national summary. This year’s recipes are now posted on the AHA website (http://www.beertown.org/events/bigbrew/recipes.html). There is a nationwide toast to homebrewing at 1:00 PM Eastern time (12 Noon Central time), for those who’d like to be included in our annual group photo op.! Ross elaborated to the group what was available at their abode as far as spaces to crash for the evening. Much discussion will follow on club email regarding this very important event and the preparations for it—–including numbers planning to attend so that we may secure a Port-o-John, if necessary–which we probably will, considering the amount of liquid libation we are dealing with here! The May meeting would also be the appropriate time to taste commercial examples of American Amber Ale.
Your President then briefly spoke about upcoming activities: a tasting of our homebrew at The Wine Gourmet in Botetourt County on May 19th at 6:30 PM. Our commitment to participate in this year’s Festival in the Park with a homebrew tasting and brewing demonstration on Sunday, May 28th. Floyd Fandango, an Oktoberfest-style event, October 21st and 22nd, at which we will pour beer to some degree or other (theirs, not ours). And I stated that I will attempt to learn more about “Taste of the Blue Ridge” and possibilities for our involvement. Help from other members on that topic is welcomed. I concluded the “events” portion of the meeting by sharing with the group the fact that the Guild will not be invited to participate in the AmRhein’s Summer Beach Bash this July. To quote, “Russ has decided to focus on just the wine this year.” Personally, I do not believe this comes as a surprise to anyone who was at this gig last July. Nuff said.
Since Social Director, Dan, was unable to attend this meeting, She-Pat and I briefly highlighted the good things about a Guild road trip to Charlottesville to visit South Street Brewery (Taylor Smack) and Starr Hill Brewing Co. (Mark Thompson). The Omni would be the ideal hotel accommodation due to its centrality between the two pubs. Bryan S. mentioned that his sister Beth’s boyfriend may be able to assist with some accommodations gratis. More about this possible trip, either in April or some other time) will be discussed via club email.
I then brought the group up to speed about a couple of things that have transpired since Beth Macy’s newspaper article of Feb. 22nd. The most important being a contact I received from Bob Crawford of Crawford Commercial Real Estate Services. Mr. Crawford read the article and contacted me to see if I knew of any brewmasters he might talk to since he represents a small group of businessmen possibly interested in opening a brew pub in Roanoke. I gave him several names, including Paul Schmisek and Chris Surrusco.
BIG NEWS: It is with great pride that I share with all Guild members and friends some exciting news that almost went unmentioned at this meeting, because of the extreme modesty of the member it is about. Check this out: http://bhc.wort.org/winners2006.shtml Our own GEORGE STEIN was selected 1st Runner Up as Novice Brewer of the Year in the Boston Homebrew Competition on Saturday, February 18, 2006! Not only that, George’s Lambic (Ouiji’s Framboise) took Silver Medal in the Sour Ale category. Congratulations, George! Well brewed!
The Dry Stout competition followed a short break in the meeting. 11 member-brewed Dry Stouts were entered into competition. Judie and her stewarding team coordinated 3 first-round tables with four judges at each table. Four beers were passed to the single second-round table for judging by another four judges. The scores for the first-round of judging, which contribute to the annual Brewer of the Year total, will be posted to the web site by our webmaster, Chuck. The second-round of judging for the Dry Stouts produced these results: Third Place: Tad S.; Second Place: Dan H.; First Place: Patrick K.
In closing, I’d like to express great pleasure in the fact that new member, Martin C., entered a Dry Stout in the competition; that brothers Eric and Chris shared with the group the fruits of their first homebrewing labor: a very nice brown ale; that Marsha is doing a great job stepping up to the plate as logo garment coordinator; and that all of our newest members brought some most excellent eats and drinks to Paul & Judie’s place. This post-St.Paddy’s-Day collection of beer lovers produced one heck of a meeting! Thanks again to our special guests—we hope you’ll join us again soon. Until next time: Brew on!
|Presidents Notes April 2006|
|Written by Patrick Kennerly|
|Sunday, 09 April 2006|
April Meeting President’s Notes 04/09/06
A small but merry band of brewers and others enjoyed the gracious hospitality of Joe and Marsha W. on Saturday afternoon the 8th of April. Joe & Marsha’s beautiful home, high above Salem, provided the perfect setting for the sharing of excellent food, homebrew and the tasting of commercial examples of American Amber Ale. Thank you Marsha and Joe for hosting us so wonderfully!
By my count, there were 15 members present, along with 4 guests of Joe & Marsha’s. She-Pat gave us the treasury & membership report: the current checkbook balance is $560.70 and we have 42 paid members.
Future meetings: Big Brew is Saturday, May 6th and will be held at Ross and Nancy’s home on Brush Mountain in Blacksburg. Three, possibly four, members indicated they plan to brew that day. The recipes are listed on the AHA area of the www.beertown.org site. We are already registered with the AHA as an official Big Brew site, which means that our attendance numbers and amounts brewed will be counted in the nationwide total. The official toast to homebrewing will be at 1:00 PM our time (12 Noon Central Time). We will try to take pictures of the group with our SCBG banner. Please coordinate by email what food you will bring and, if applicable, your brewing plans. Ross will send out directions and other info in the coming weeks.
Several people have expressed interest in hosting the June meeting—Brian S., Brian P., Dave F, ( and the Pats as a back-up). We are strongly looking at June 10th or 17th for this competition meeting, as May is very full and busy up to the very end of the month (May 28 Festival in the Park).
The tasting of our home brew at Wine Gourmet in the Botetourt Commons shopping center is set for Friday, May 19th from 6-8 PM. These tastings are small, so I’d suggest limiting it to one or two of your best brews. We will develop a list on email over the next month or so. The folks at Wine Gourmet are excited about having us.
As stated above, May 28th (the Sunday before Memorial Day) we will be a live attraction (!) at Festival in the Park. We will be setting up in the same spot as last year, in front of the hedgerow between the stage and the beginning of the reflecting ponds. We are shooting for a 10 AM set-up of our tent, tables and brewing equipment. We are scheduled to offer tastings to the public 21 and over from our tent/tables, which will be surrounded by orange plastic fencing. Bryan P. is bringing his Gott Cooler for use as a mash tun. The Pats will bring the Phil sparge system, a boil kettle and gas cooker. Still unspoken for would be ice, big jugs of water (for brewing) and ingredients (last year’s were donated by Lee & Edwards). I thought we’d do another Festival Pale Ale.
Dan H. gave us a lot to think about by leading a discussion about the beer trip to Charlottesville we’d previously discussed. Among the possibilities discussed were just an overnight trip (going up on Friday after work, doing South Street that night, doing Starr Hill for lunch the next day, then returning home. This would require a rented van and designated driver). Going up early Saturday morning and visiting both breweries in one day, staying over Saturday night and returning on Sunday is another possibility—one that would not necessitate renting a van. Stopping by Queen City Brewing Co., in Staunton, while in transit to/from Charlottesville was also to be considered. Whichever option we choose to pursue, we decided that the trip needs to wait until June, at least.
Dan also enlightened us on how we could do a beer/food paring event as a club, just for our own enjoyment. He and Linda have organized many group dinners where a menu is planned and each participant brings an assigned dish. This would be similar, but we would coordinate each course with an appropriate beer paired to it. All we would need besides coordinating the beer & food is a suitable place to hold it. A motion was passed to plan for this event, with info and discussion to proceed via email.
She-Pat informed the club that the other homebrew group in the Valley is registered for Big Brew and that she now has a contact address for them. She suggested that it might be a good thing if we attempted to contact them for a combined future effort sometime—like for Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day in the Fall. She-Pat also explained to the group what has happened with the server that has been hosting our club website—how everything since November 7th has been wiped out because the server owner had not backed-up since then. Our webmaster, Chuck G., now has a server and has offered to host the club’s site in a much safer and more locally controlled environment. A motion was made to have Chuck proceed with that offer as well as possibly compensate him if need be. The motion passed unanimously.
After a short break, the club listened to Vice President, Bryan S., deliver a presentation on the American Amber Ale style. This was followed by tastings of commercial examples of the style, including Avalanche Amber Ale by Breckenridge Brewery, Rogue’s American Amber Ale, Mendocino Red Tail Ale, Avery Redpoint Ale, and Rogue’s St. Rogue Red Ale.
Once again, many thanks to Joe & Marsha for their great hospitality and thanks to all who provided beer and food for this small but memorable meeting.
REMEMBER — BIG BREW, MAY 6th! Let’s do it BIG in honor of our distant members, Kelly & Esther! Brew on!
|President’s Notes May 2006 & Big Brew 2006|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 07 May 2006|
Notes from Big Brew & May Meeting Held Saturday, May 6, 2006
Perhaps we owe a special thanks to St. Gambrinus, patron saint of brewers, for his intercessions regarding the weather on Saturday, May 6th. As most of you know, the past several Big Brews have been cool and damp if not outright rainy. Last year turned out nice after a shaky start. This year the entire day was beautiful. Cool in the morning, but not wet. Except for a breeze, perfect outdoor brewing weather. The afternoon and evening were fantastic.
Many, many thanks go out to Ross and Nancy for allowing us to overtake their beautiful home and land atop Brush Mountain. Hosting Big Brew is even more demanding than hosting a competition meeting and Ross and Nancy did a stellar job. In addition to the usual amenities, they made sure that those who were brewing had easy access to power and water, as well as miscellaneous brewing equipment when things didn’t go as planned. Thank you both for all your effort and hospitality.
A total of 20 participated in the Big Brew event. Five batches of beer were brewed: Tad S. brewed a 10-gallon batch of the Big Brew Summer Kolsch, all-grain recipe; Kent (EKG) brewed a 5-gallon batch of the Poor Richard’s Ale extract with grains recipe; Patrick and Chuck each brewed 5-gallon batches of the extract version of the Kolsch recipe; and Doug and Joe W. teamed up to brew a 10-gallon batch of over-the-top-hopped IPA. A total of 35 gallons of homebrew were brewed on site for Big Brew participation. At 1 PM, those present assembled on Ross & Nancy’s front porch, under the SCBG banner, for a photo op and for the traditional toast to homebrewing and National Homebrew Day.
Practically all of us stood around Doug & Joe’s set-up to witness the inaugural running of Doug’s Christmas present, a plate chiller from Blichman Enterprises. This was truly amazing! Once the hoses were all in place and the heat was turned off the brew kettle, Doug activated his pump (impressive in itself) and a stream of wort flowed out of the kettle at about 215F, through the plate chiller and out the other end at about 60F! In fact, Doug had to throttle back on the rate of flow because the wort was exiting the plate chiller at too cool a temperature! Doug definitely received a great Christmas present. Way to go Kelleigh!
Ross delved into his cellar stash and produced a dust-covered bottle of (what we all supposed to be) a Cyser—probably 5 years old or more. It was very tasty. Folks brought some wonderful homebrew served in bottles and from Big Willee, and Social Director Dan H. supplied the group with some killer Mint Julep. Lots of good eats were provided by all present. Dan & Chuck conspired to produce some delicious marinated chicken on Chuck’s smoker. Dubbed, “Pollo Negro,” because of it’s deceptively dark appearance, it was devoured about Kentucky Derby time. Speaking of the Derby, Dave F. won the Kentucky Derby pool, having picked #8, “Barbaro” in the pre-race drawing.
The business portion of the meeting didn’t get started until about 4 PM. Dave F. confirmed that he and Trish will host the June meeting, which includes the Amber Ale competition. That meeting is tentatively set for June 10th — watch your email for updates. The Pats will host the July meeting on Saturday, July 15th.
Dan’s Social Director’s report dealt mainly with the group excursion to Charlottesville. Discussion centered around making the trip two days or one. Ultimately, it was agreed that we would plan for a two-day trip (Friday/Saturday) and those who only wanted to do a one-day trip, could drive up on Saturday and join us. We will aim for a Friday evening get-together at South Street Restaurant & Brewing Co. with Taylor Smack, followed by a Saturday tour through Starr Hill’s new brewery in Crozet with Mark Thompson and then heading back to Main Street to the Starr Hill brewpub. Tentative dates are Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th. Again, please watch your club email for further details.
Marsha displayed some of the most recent shirt embroidery done by the shop in Salem. Particularly striking was a bright navy-blue Polo shirt with a red & white SCBG logo and a charcoal grey long-sleeve T with the logo done in that same brilliant red.
Events: Two more big events are planned for this month. Friday, May 19th at 6:30 PM, we will provide a homebrew tasting at the Wine Gourmet shop in the Botetourt Commons shopping center. Patrick will coordinate the homebrew being shared at the event, so watch your club email for an official “call for samples.” Two or three twelve-ounce bottles should be more than sufficient from each brewer who plans to provide for the tasting.
Festival in the Park — our day is Sunday, May 28th. We will set up the club tent & tables at 10 AM in the same spot as last year. Fran & Chris have volunteered to donate ingredients for brewing a pale ale from Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Home Brew Co. Patrick will bring all the necessary equipment except the thermal cooler for the mash, which Bryan P. will bring. Chuck & she-Pat will prepare a PowerPoint slide show about the SCBG which Chuck will show under the tent throughout the event. We will need Big Willee for this event and a call will be forthcoming for homebrew donors for this event—kegs and/or bottles.
In a lively discussion that followed the “events” information, everyone agreed that we need to support the efforts being made by Fran & Chris at Blue Ridge Hydroponics & Home Brew Co., even if we have concerns about some of the pricing. Several people pointed out the fact that, while item prices on internet shops might be less, overall cost rises when shipping expenses and potential fuel surcharges are added in. Additionally, Chris and Fran are eager to work with us in any way they can; they have already proven that. Besides all that, they are now SCBG members. Keep up the good work, Chris & Fran.As mentioned numerous times above, please watch your club mail as the next couple of months are busy ones.
Cheers & Brew on!
Star City Brewers GuildSunday, May 7, 2006
|President’s Notes June 2006 Meeting & Competition|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 11 June 2006|
Narrative Summary of June Meeting and Second Quarterly Competition for 2006
The sun shone. The breeze blew. The people came. The food filled the house with tantalizing aromas. The beer flowed. And flowed And flowed.
Star City Brewers Guild
Sunday, June 11, 2006
|President’s Notes July 2006 Meeting|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Tuesday, 18 July 2006|
Narrative summary of meeting held July 15, 2006.
Recent SCBG history would lead one to conclude that the first meeting of a quarter is usually only sparsely attended. Somewhere between 12 and 16 attendees would be a fair average. The July 2006 meeting held at Trish and Dave F’s. on Saturday, July 15th shot that average all to helles. 20 SCBG members (out of 46) made their way to Southwest Roanoke County, to be wonderfully hosted by Trish, Dave, 2 Dalmatians and 1 Samoyed. Thank you Trish and Dave for hosting an excellent meeting!
She-Pat opened the meeting’s business by giving us the paid membership count noted above and by informing us that the club bank account held $490.70, before Ross was reimbursed for the “porta-loo” he provided for Big Brew in May.
NOTE THIS CHANGE: Tad S. confirmed that the August meeting would be held at his and MC’s home in Blacksburg on Saturday, August 12th. At the meeting, 3 PM was set as the start time. HOWEVER, upon my arrival home the evening of July 15th, I was greeted with a court order to appear for DIP (Driver Improvement Program) class on Saturday, August 12th from 8AM to 5PM. This educational opportunity is being provided to me by the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of the fact that I was doing 77 mph in a 60 mph zone on I-81 while driving to Richmond on business back in May. Since this is an invitation I can’t refuse, I must accept their offer to spend the day in punitive remediation. Your Vice President would normally step in on such an occasion, but he will be in Pennsylvania that weekend. SO, I would like to propose (with Tad’s consent) that the start time for the August 12th meeting be moved to 5:00 PM, so that I can get there by 6:15-6:30 to lead the business meeting. If this change is a terrible hardship on anyone, please let me know.
Martin has offered his land in Meadows of Dan for a September camp-out meeting, which would be a competition meeting for the Belgian Dubbel style. Martin explained to us that there are no facilities whatsoever on the property—everything we’d need/want would have to be brought in with us. Chuck suggested that he might be able to secure an elaborate camping set-up that is equipped with all sorts of amenities. Chuck also offered to look into some camping property in the Shawsville area held by his family, as a back-up September option. Discussion via this email forum is encouraged.
Jeff & Cindy are still on the books as hosting the October meeting.
Paul M. then gave us a detailed and action-packed report on the National Homebrewers Conference which he attended in Orlando June 22-24. Among Paul’s many excellent points was his discovery that many of the clubs represented at the conference were no bigger than ours and Paul is convinced we could make an outstanding showing the next time the conference is within striking distance of Roanoke. Paul also noted that he judged several flights in the conference’s National Homebrew Competition, including a flight in which he was teamed-up with Guild friend Dave Houseman.
Your President then shared the information from Marsha W. that Salem Printing now wants a minimum of 8 to10 garments at a time to do our logo embroidery.
A brief discussion of Microfestivus followed. Among the many things noted were the small numbers of volunteers on their web sign-up compared to this time last year. Brian P. told us how he recently contacted the Square Society volunteer coordinator to try to volunteer for a particular brewery. He was told that the brewers had not been finalized (even though their own deadline for brewer sign-ups was June 15th). Since our August meeting is now scheduled for the 12th in Blacksburg (the same day as Microfestivus) I would hope that members would prefer to spend their time drinking homebrew at Tad’s and MC’s. If anyone from the Guild does volunteer, your President requested that they NOT wear garments bearing the SCBG logo. It would only be natural for festival goers familiar with Microfestivus to assume we are still helping to produce it, if they see volunteers sporting the SCBG logo.
After a short break, Vice President Bryan S. gave us an informative presentation on the history and style characteristics of Belgian Dubbels. That was followed by tastings of 4 commercial Belgian Dubbels. They ranged from very sweet/fruity/malty to more complex/malty with some fruity esters noted. Thanks to the VP for his research and presentation.
The meeting officially adjourned after the Dubbel tastings, but the party continued accompanied by excellent food and very good homebrew. Many thanks, again, to Trish and Dave for opening their lovely home to us, and thanks to all who brought food and brew to share. Remember to partake of email discussions whenever possible, especially on topics like meeting times and places. Till next month, cheers and… Brew on!
|August 2006 President’s Notes|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 13 August 2006|
Narrative summary of SCBG meeting held Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Tad & M.C.’s in Blacksburg
An unseasonably cool August evening in the hills surrounding Blacksburg, VA, provided a delightful setting for the August gathering of the Star City Brewers Guild. As has come to be the standard at our meetings, hosts Tad and M.C. presented the club with a gracious welcome, lots of room to mingle, both indoors and on the wonderful deck out back, and a table large enough to accommodate all the delicious dishes brought by the membership. And, oh yes, the deck had plenty of room for the various coolers and kegs of homebrew provided by our brew crew.
By the time she-Pat and I arrived at 6’ish (I being thoroughly DIP’ped), most of the attending membership was already present and the aroma of some really GOOD food was wafting through the house. Members were enjoying good company and homebrew on the deck. The business meeting got started about 7 PM with a total of 13 members present.She-Pat gave a treasury report, noting that we had a total of $411.95 in the club account, before additions made during the meeting (thanks Jeff & Cindy).
After some discussion about Martin’s generous offer to host the September meeting as a campout on his property near Chateau Morrissette, it was decided that we would postpone a camping outing on Martin’s land at this time—primarily because of the demands of a competition meeting, which the September meeting is—and all agreed that we would like to do the camping gig with Martin at another time.In light of that discussion, Bryan P. volunteered his and Sue’s home in Vinton as the location for the September meeting and Belgian Dubbel competition. The date for that meeting remains the same: Saturday, September 23rd. Start time and directions to Sue and Bryan P’s. will follow through club email. A call for stewards, including a head steward, was made at the meeting. More on that will also follow via club mail.
Jeff and Cindy F. are still “go” as hosts for the October meeting, details on that gathering will follow a little later on. We discussed the month of November and Fran & Chris’ desire to host “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” day at their shop in Lamplighter Mall. That event, an annual AHA event similar to “Big Brew,” is always held on the first Saturday in November (November 4th this year). Fran & Chris have offered to provide the location, the ingredients for brewing a 5-gallon batch of homebrew and the advertising for the event. The Guild would provide the necessary equipment, the skill/labor to brew the beer and the membership presence to “teach a friend to homebrew.” We agreed to work with Chris & Fran to realize this event in November. We also agreed that the regular November meeting, with its demands regarding competition style discussions and nominations of officers for 2007, should be a separate occasion. Watch your email for details.
The December meeting was discussed briefly, including a general call for a host volunteer and a summary of the many matters that must be accomplished at the final meeting of the year (voting on competition styles and President for 2007, as well as the Scottish 80 competition and the subsequent declaration of Brewer of the Year for 2006).
A few topics were mentioned in passing: Mashout (which is this coming weekend); Greensboro’s second annual craft beer festival, which is Saturday August 19th from 4-8 PM; and Bramwell Oktoberfest in Bramwell, WV on Saturday, October 7th.
Your President summarized the transaction with Custom Glassware and our order for 144 pint glasses emblazoned with the SCBG logo. The glasses should be ready August 23rd, followed by shipping (from California) of about a week. They should be available at the September meeting or possibly sooner. She-Pat will prepare a spreadsheet based on the emails members sent declaring their desired quantities. There should be more than enough available. The total production & shipping cost looks to be about $428. That would make the glasses about $2.98 each. Those present at the meeting declared that they’d still be willing to pay $3.50 per glass with the extra money helping supplement the treasury. She-Pat will also work on some quantity discounts, such as 6 glasses for $20, saving the buyer a dollar over the per-glass price.
A lengthy discussion ended the business meeting. That discussion included an evaluation of the Microfestivus event that took place earlier in the day, without our participation for the first time in at least 6 years. Coupled with that discussion was the idea that Cary Bednarek, co-owner of Wine Gourmet, proposed to me and she-Pat about joining forces with Wine Gourmet to produce a craft beer festival in the parking lot of Botetourt Commons shopping center. This discussion needs to be carried forth via email and in person at future meetings, and possible overtures of reconciliation from the Square Society regarding future Microfestivus events would also have to be considered and discussed. IMHO, it is too early in the discussion to include much of substance in these notes.
As your President brought the business meeting to an official close and called for all present to “eat, drink and be merry,” the door from the dining room opened onto the deck and out of the house stepped long-distance members, Kelly and Esther! In transit to Mashout this coming weekend, they paused in their travels at Tad & M.C.’s and shared with all present their adventures in their new North Carolina home, complete with some excellent photos of Kelly’s new brew house. Their surprise visit—and it was a total surprise, as not a single member knew they were coming—helped some of the newer SCBG members to finally put a face (and a character!) with a name. Now they’ll have a “larger than life” reference point whenever the names “Kelly & Esther” come up. Hmmm, is that TMI?
Till next month—or the next email—Brew on!Patrick Kennerly
August 13, 2006
|September 2006 President’s Notes|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 17 September 2006|
Narrative Summary of Guild Meeting held Saturday, September 16, 2006
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Bryan and Sue P. provided a beautiful and completely accommodating setting for the September meeting and Quarterly Competition of the Star City Brewers Guild. Bryan and Sue had just completed an expansion of their back deck and it was just in time! We welcomed two new members into the Guild at this meeting, John and Kathy M. John and Kathy moved from New Jersey into the Roanoke Valley earlier in the summer. We welcome them into the Guild and we offer many thanks to Bryan and Sue for their wonderful hospitality to a group that numbered about 26. She-Pat gave us a treasurer’s report which included the fact that the logo glassware order is now paid off. Several members have yet to pick-up and pay for their glasses—the funds from those orders will be pure profit for the club account. Not including funds collected at this meeting for glassware orders, the club treasury stands at $271.75.Jeff and Cindy confirmed that the October meeting will be at their home in South Roanoke on Saturday, October 28th, commencing at 4:00 PM. Jeff will post directions on club email, so be on the lookout for that. Your Vice President, Bryan S., again volunteered to give the group a short presentation on the history and style of 80-shilling Scottish Ale, which is our final competition style for the year.NOTE: If you encounter any commercial examples of 80-shilling Scottish Ale in your beer shopping, please purchase at least four 12-oz bottles (or the equivalent) for tasting purposes at the October meeting. PLEASE post your purchase on club email so we don’t have needless duplications AND save your receipts so she-Pat can reimburse you from club funds. Paul and Judie M. volunteered to host the November meeting, which will include voting for competition styles for 2007 and nominations for the office of President for the year 2007. Discussion of style choices for 2007 should be conducted by group email between now and November so that a ballot of selections may be finalized before we meet at Paul and Judie’s home.The Pats volunteered to host the final meeting of the year in December, which will include voting for President for 2007, the Scottish-80 competition and the computation for and announcement of the 2006 Brewer of the Year honors. November and December meeting dates will be announced later — watch your email.
Floyd Fandango, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, was discussed briefly. The response to a call for members definitely committed to volunteering at this event was not overwhelming, so your President will try to gather further information on volunteer requirements and will post another call for volunteers on club email.
Bramwell Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 7th in beautiful Bramwell, West Virginia. Check out their website for info or ask Dave F., the Pats, Dan & Linda or Ross and Nancy. http://www.geocities.com/bramwelloktoberfest/
After a brief discussion, it was unanimously decided that the Guild would forego participation in the Sedalia Chili Cook-off this year.
Although Fran and Chris were not able to attend this meeting, your President advocated that the Guild accept their invitation to do “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” day at their shop on Williamson Rd. That event, an American Homebrewers Association national event, is set for Saturday, November 4th. Several members suggested that we do an extract brew, rather than an all-grain brew, as that would be the most likely method utilized by beginning homebrewers. Everyone agreed. Detailed planning for this event as well as necessary registration with the AHA will take place soon, and, of course, will include Fran and Chris.
The regular business portion of the meeting concluded with a discussion about this year’s Microfestivus. Some who attended, including our newest members, John and Kathy, offered thoughts from their perspective. Most agreed that the seeming success of this year’s event in terms of numbers attending will probably hurt the event next year because of this year’s short supply of beer and bathroom facilities, as well as knowledgeable and adequate volunteers.
Following a short break, judges took their positions at three judging tables in order to evaluate Guild members’ efforts at brewing the Belgian Dubbel style. Eleven SCBG Dubbels were judged during the first round of the competition. For individual scores from that round (which contribute to the cumulative totals for Brewer of the Year), please see your club website under the BOTY heading.
Second-round judges at a single table then evaluated beers forwarded to them by first-round judging tables. These judges selected three beers which were awarded top honors: Third Place to Doug M., Second Place to Patrick K., and First Place to Joe W. Kudos to all who placed and congratulations to all brewers who attempted this style. Everyone agreed that this is a very difficult style to capture and one that could take years to master.
Once again, our most sincere thanks to Bryan and Sue P. for their terrific hospitality. The next few months will be filled with activity and discussion so please watch your email for Guild postings. And, don’t forget to: Relax and have a homebrew!
|OCTOBER 2006 PRESIDENT’S NOTES|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 29 October 2006|
Narrative summary of October SCBG meeting held Saturday, Oct. 28th. The charming, early 20th century home of Jeff and Cindy F. provided a warm and welcoming setting for the October 2006 meeting of the Star City Brewers Guild. Many thanks to Jeff and Cindy for their wonderful hospitality! 18 members and 2 guests attended. One of the 18 was our newest member, Will L. who comes to us by way of Massachusetts and Minnesota, among other places.
She-Pat presented the treasurers’ report, noting that the current balance in the club checking account is $424.44.
After some discussion, it was decided that the November meeting would be held at the Pats’ home on Saturday, November 18th. We plan to start that meeting in the early afternoon since it will be dark earlier in the evening. The December meeting will be held at the home of Paul and Judie M. on Saturday, December 16th. The exact times for both meetings will be announced closer to the meeting dates.
Patrick, Bryan S. and Stuart offered their perspectives on Floyd Fandango, with additional input from John and Kathy M., who also attended the Floyd event. If the Guild were to consider volunteering for this event next year, Patrick suggested a slightly different approach to volunteering, in order to deal with the 5-hour volunteer shifts wanted by the Fandango folks. Patrick suggested that the Guild “adopt” two (for example) breweries for one day and agree to provide all of the volunteer pourers for those breweries. In this way, we could develop our own volunteer schedule so that those who can and want to pour for a long shift may do so, but others, who may want to pour for only 2 or 3 hours, may also participate. Patrick suggested this arrangement as a possibility to this year’s volunteer coordinator, as well as the idea that we could set up our club tent near the “beer garden” and have home brewing stuff on display. Of course, this would also provide us with a “base camp” where we could relax and enjoy the festivities. Patrick will report to the Guild if and when he receives feedback from the producers of Floyd Fandango.
At this point in the meeting, as well as later, when Fran and Chris arrived from their shop, the “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” event was discussed. This event is scheduled for this Saturday, November 4th. Fran and Chris have already been promoting the event and they will provide hamburgers and hotdogs for the day. Club members who come are encouraged to bring a side dish and a discreet drinking vessel for any homebrew that may find its way to Lamplighter Mall. We will set up the club tent in the parking lot of the shop. Patrick will bring a turkey cooker, propane, brew pot, brewing water, sanitizer and a carboy for a primary. Jeff will provide the chiller. Fran and Chris will supply a kit (it was suggested that a dark beer would suit the season). She-Pat made a motion that the club give Chris and Fran $60.00 toward expenses. That motion was passed unanimously. Patrick & Pat will be at the Lamplighter Mall at 11 AM this Saturday (the 4th) and encourage all who can do so to come help set –up and help talk-up the craft of home beer brewing. Though we will not be giving it to the public, your own homebrew is welcome and Chris will make refrigeration arrangements.
An update on style discussions for the 2007 quarterly club competitions followed. Many members have not yet suggested styles. Those who have not done so are encouraged to do so via club email, as a ballot will be developed for the November meeting based on input from the entire club.
Marsha W. reminded members that Guild logo wear is still available to order by getting your desired garment and logo details to her at the next meeting. Marsha must have a minimum of 5 garments to place an order. Cost is $5 per embroidered logo if you provide the garment. Bring garments and money to the November meeting.
Jeff led a discussion of the troubles the Guild continues to have with club email. He is on AOL and hasn’t received club mail for over 10 days. Fran and Chris are also on AOL and they, too, have missed the last two weeks worth of mail. She-Pat offered to develop a “work around” mail list that members could use direct from their own address. Will suggested the possibility of setting up a Group on Yahoo or MSN and members could subscribe to the Group, electing to immediately receive posts to the Group. She-Pat has since communicated with Doug M., our List Master. Doug states that he was unaware (not made aware) of the problems AOL users are having. He and Chuck (our Webmaster) have worked diligently to resolve the earlier issues we’ve encountered with Cox and Va Tech. If you are on AOL and have not received club mail lately, please write to Doug and let him know.
Following a brief break, in which those present availed themselves of some delicious dishes provided by members and our hosts, we heard our Vice President, Bryan S., offer a presentation on the Scottish Export 80-shilling style of ale (BJCP # 9C). That was followed by a tasting of Old Chub, which turned out to be more of a Wee Heavy, although a delicious one at that. Next we sampled the bottled version of Belhaven Scottish Ale. In contrast to the bottled version, which is carbonated with CO2, we also sampled the canned version of Belhaven Scottish Ale, which is on Nitrogen. These cans are not available around here and we thank our newest member, Will (and his Dad in Massachusetts), for providing them. Most everyone found the two versions of the Belhaven quite different. Lastly, we sampled St. Andrew Scottish Ale. We look forward to sampling the fruits of our own brewers in December.
Remember, we’ll be at Lamplighter Mall this Saturday at 11 AM for the Fall counterpart to AHA’s Big Brew, “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” day!
Star City Brewers Guild
Oct. 29, 2006
|NOVEMBER 2006 PRESIDENT’S NOTES|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 19 November 2006|
Narrative summary of SCBG meeting held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.
A large and lively crowd filled the home of the SCBG President and Treasurer Saturday afternoon, the 18th of November. A total of 22 members were present for the occasion along with 3 guests. We were pleased to welcome Jackie, Lawrence and Andy as guests and especially happy that Lawrence decided to join the club during the festivities. Lawrence lives in Martinsville, so he joins the Botetourt/Bedford/Blacksburg/Christiansburg members who go to great lengths to enjoy the group’s gatherings. Welcome, Lawrence!
As a side note, it was very interesting to talk with our guest, Jackie, who, along with Kenny Lefkowitz (creator of New River Pale Ale) helped start the Blacksburg homebrewers’ club in the 90’s. Jackie and our own Doug had actually met before at a Blacksburg meeting in the 90’s when Kenny was still developing the recipe for NRPA and the club was helping by tasting and giving feedback. The two only vaguely remembered the occasion—no doubt the result of time passage and countless other homebrew taste tests!
She-Pat gave us a treasury report. At the start of the meeting, the treasury held $419.44. Many members paid dues for 2007 at this meeting so the treasury changed during the course of the day. Several members submitted garments to be embroidered. Joe and Marsha could not attend so Patrick will get these garments to Marsha in the coming days.
Your President gave a brief recap of the Teach a Friend to Homebrew event held at Blue Ridge Hydroponics on November 4th. He also shared with the group the positive feedback received from the Floyd Fandango folks regarding our idea for providing them with some experienced beer pourers next year.
Patrick reminded folks of the date and place for the December meeting (Paul & Judie M.’s, Saturday, December 16th). Paul will announce the time for that meeting via email and will provide directions to their home near Cave Spring High School. The action-packed agenda for the December meeting was reviewed (Scottish 80 competition, Election of Officers, BOTY determination) and a reminder was given regarding food for that gathering—that it is the club’s Holiday party as well as the final meeting of the year.
Doug and Kelleigh have volunteered to host the January 2007 meeting at their home in Botetourt County. Details of that meeting will be forthcoming.
Martin shared with us a recent conversation he had with the brewmaster at Foothills Brewing Co. in downtown Winston-Salem. The brewer is anxious to have the club make a road trip to his brewpub and will set us up in a special room so that we can have a meeting, should we choose, and have a nice place to drink homebrew as well as his brew. We will definitely pursue that idea in 2007.
At that point in the meeting, your President shared a brief reading from the club’s by-laws, in which it is stated that the maximum term officers may serve the club is 3 consecutive years. Most of us had been under the impression that the term limit was 2 consecutive years. That being said, your President informed the club that he would stand for re-election, if nominated. Nominations were then made from the floor. Those nominated for club President for the year 2007 were: Martin C., Bryan S. and Patrick K. Balloting for the office of President with these three members as candidates will take place at the December meeting.
Balloting for the competition styles for 2007 then took place. She-Pat described the process by which the ballot came to be. Nine styles were voted upon by members present. The nine were: American IPA, American Pale Ale (APA), Berliner Weisse, Bohemian/Czech Pilsner, Extra Special Bitter (ESB), Kolsch, Munich Dunkel, Rauchbier, and Stout (of some kind, other than dry stout). Balloting resulted in a three selections chosen (American IPA, APA, and Stout), with the fourth selection a tie between Bohemian/Czech Pilsner and ESB. A runoff ballot was then held to break the tie and Bohemian/Czech Pilsner was selected. Following that process, a discussion was held to determine which quarters to feature which beers, as well as to determine which type of stout to brew. The result: Bohemian/Czech Pilsner in March, American Pale Ale (APA) in June, American IPA in September, and Sweet Stout in December.
The major business being concluded, everyone headed to the kitchen area for food, brew and conversation. Everyone with whom your President spoke as the event wound down, agreed it was an excellent meeting—the result, partly at least, aided by the great turnout and the inclusion of 3 guests. Special thanks to she-Pat who did a great job before, during and after the meeting, despite not feeling 100%. Once again, welcome to the club, Lawrence. See you all at the Holiday Fantasy Home of Paul & Judie M. in December.
Star City Brewers Guild
November 19, 2006
|DECEMBER 2006 PRESIDENT’S NOTES|
|Written by Patrick & Pat Kennerly|
|Sunday, 17 December 2006|
Narrative summary of the final SCBG meeting for 2006.It seemed more like an April gathering than a December meeting as people began to arrive at Will & Jen’s beautiful and spacious home. At 4 PM the temperature was hovering around 62F. As the evening progressed the temperature took a more seasonable decline. Almost in antithesis to the cooling off outside, each passing hour saw the festivities inside grow warmer.
It has been fairly typical that the December meeting attracts more members than any other meeting, except maybe Big Brew. On this warm December Saturday, a total of 36 adults, one 21-month old boy and one frog (Wort, our mascot) convened for the final SCBG meeting of the year 2006. More thanks than I could ever express go out to Will & Jen for allowing us to overtake their home and their lives for about 8 hours. An especial thanks to Jen, who not only co-hosted but also prepared a table full of wonderful foods. Many thanks, also, to Marsha, Judie, Bryan P., Kathy, Linda, Cindy and everyone else who helped steward the competition.
She-Pat gave us a treasury report noting that the club account stood at $446.36 not counting the many transactions of dues paying and embroidery reimbursement that would take place during the meeting. She-Pat also reminded members that 2007 dues are payable now. $15.00 for a single; $20.00 for a couple/family. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to my wife for all that she constantly does for this club. Her contribution is and always has been immeasurable.
A brief discussion followed regarding locations for January & February 2007 meetings. As was already planned, Doug and Kelleigh will host the January meeting. Time and date will be announced via email and on the website. Bryan and Jenny S. volunteered to host the February meeting.
January will be the meeting in which the first quarterly competition style is introduced and sampled. Doug has agreed to give us a brief presentation on the history and characteristics of the Bohemian/Czech Pilsner style.
Next up, our Webmaster, Chuck G., led a discussion regarding the issues we continue to encounter with club email. Chuck explained how we may be able to overcome these issues with the use of a Google group mail account. Chuck is going to work on making that happen and will let us know when and how to get on board.
Another big round of thanks go here to Marsha, who did all the leg work and arrangements for the embroidering of numerous members’ garments with the SCBG logo. Thank you, Marsha, for all your efforts—the garments look great!
Election of officers for 2007 was next on the agenda. With all the folks present, the balloting took a little while. The results: Patrick Kennerly was elected President and, with the next largest vote count, Bryan Summerson will be the Vice President for 2007.
Following a brief organizational break, the 4th Quarter style competition got underway, as three first-round tables evaluated 12 members’ renditions of Scottish Export/80-shilling Ale. A strong cast of judges (to whom we also give many thanks!) worked intensely to evaluate the Scottish ales according to the BJCP style guide. Once their deliberations concluded, the second round table selected the 3 trophy winners: Paul M. took 3rd place; Chris and Fran A. took 2nd place (their first SCBG trophy!) and Bryan S. took 1st place.
The final event of the evening was the announcement of the Brewer of the Year (BOTY) award winner. That honor went to your Vice President, Bryan S. Congratulations to all the winners, especially to Bryan S., for a year of brewing excellence. Thank you also, to his wife Jenny, for being there to celebrate Bryan’s achievement.
There followed much merriment, eating, sampling of some very fine beers and meads and exceptional fellowship, greatly enriched by the presence of our long-distance members (whose ranks are growing). By evening’s end, one had to wonder what next year will have in store for this merry band of brewers and friends!
Have Safe & Happy Holidays!