15 members showed up to share beer, chili and companionship on a damp October day in Salem, Virginia.
Thanks to Peter and Janelle for opening up their house to us!
Treasurer’s report: 88 paid members and a bank balance of $2247.50 (excluding most of the Throwdown entry payments – and expenses…)
- November 21st – Justin & Carrie C. (Voting on bylaw modification, nominations for president (and potentially VP & director), voting on beer styles)
- December – Chaos Mountain (Voting, Belgian Dark Strong Ale competition, Dirty Santa, Brewer of the Year)
- January – volunteer needed!
- President and vice president nominations/elections – bylaw revisions
- Bylaw changes discussed
- Voting at will be at the November meeting
- Absentee ballots will be sent out before the November meeting (approximately one week in advance)
- Competition styles for 2016
- Voting will be done like last year
- Four major categories will be selected by email voting (initiated by the time these notes are distributed)
- Individual styles will be voted on at the November meeting, selected from the four major categories with the most votes
- December meeting at Chaos
- After much discussion, it was decided that we would put the meeting date up for vote using SurveyMonkey (initiated by the time these notes are distributed)
- Enter the BREWniverse – September 26th
- Jeff Drinkert brewed a vanilla porter.
- The popular voting resulted in a tie between Gene Hannah’s American brown ale and John Merton’s black lager.
- It was a rainy day which curtailed participation but those who did attend enjoyed the tasting and took the voting quite seriously.
- Blacksburg Brew Do & associated homebrew competition
- October 17th, noon to five, at Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (over by the time these notes are distributed)
- Congratulations to Kevin and the brew crew of Barry, Andy & Jason for their first place wins; and Dennis & Chris for their third place win!
- Enter Southern Hills drawing (by the 15th) to win free tickets (over by the time these notes are distributed)
- Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day – November 7th
- Mike U. volunteered to brew. Others?
- Volunteers are needed!
- Beer is needed!
- Star City Homebrew Throwdown – November 14th
- Reached maximum number of entries
- We passed around the best of show and first place trophy. James B. made beautiful star-shaped bases out of matching wood.
- Around $3000 in prizes!
- We encourage members to attend the awards presentation which will begin about 6:00 on Nov. 14th to support Chaos and the Brewers Guild in our inaugural Throwdown competition!
- Those that attend the awards presentation will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle for some of the cool prizes and will get a souvenir tasting glass with the competition logo and Chaos Mountain’s logo (on opposing sides) (Thanks to Chaos for sponsoring the glasses!). A sample tasting glass (same brand/size, but with different logos) was passed around.
- Custom insulated growlers
- $26 plus shipping (approximately $3 for a total of $29) (These are typically sold for $40 – $50)
- SCBG logo included
- We will pre-order and just charge actual costs. We need a minimum of 24 units.
- Logo – is it time to update it?
- General consensus was that the logo should largely stay the same – perhaps only update the font. Also under consideration: adding “Est. 1997” on the curve at the bottom to make it circular.
- Open floor (local beer/brewery updates, brewing tips/questions, etc.)
- Carrie suggested that we need to update the club brochure (and will work with Kevin to get it done)
- Peter presented his mini-Randall.
- Discussion of the new tasting room at Parkway and the “green” parking lot. Plus James B helped build the bridge! They are now open on Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday.
- No raffle this time due to lack of members and time…