June 2018 meeting notes


It was a very warm June day, but the guild’s tent and the backyard foliage shaded us from the brutal heat. We had 22 members in attendance and one guest. As always, Rudy and Diane were wonderful hosts and accommodated everything we could possibly need. There’s always a nice selection of beers on tap in Rudy’s brewery. The basement worked perfectly for judging space as well. Thanks to Rudy and Diane for hosting!

Dues Reminder- If you have not paid dues for 2018, please do so. Diane will collect dues at the next meeting if you wish to pay cash or check. If you would prefer to use PayPal, simply send money to president@starcitybrewers.org. Choose the “Friends and Family” option to avoid a fee.

  • Next Meeting– Southern Hills Homebrew Supply! Thanks to Robb for hosting!
  • Treasurer’s Report– $5,084.94
  • Microfestivus Volunteers– If you are interested in volunteering for Microfestivus, please contact Harry. We have roughly 30 people already signed up for various shifts, but more are always needed.
  • Competitions
    • Several members entered the Bushels and Barrels competition. Of the guild members that entered, we had Allen Francis and Jesse Feldberg place 1st in the light category and Kyle Peer with honorable mention for the Lager category and 1st place in the “other” category. Congrats!
    • September 22nd– Blacksburg Brew Do, Sponsored by Ballast Point this year. The Guild did really well in this competition last year- we swept almost every category. Mike Czernicki won best in show last year and had his beer brewed earlier this month by Starr Hill in Roanoke. His beer should be on tap sometime in early fall. It would be exciting to have another guild member’s beer win best of show again this year!
      • Drop Off Times & Locations:
        • August 20th and 21st Between 5:00-7:00 @ Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg
        • August 21st from 5:00-7:00 @ Ballast Point in Daleville
        • Steve Lusk will be running competition entries to Ballast Point. Thanks, Steve!
    • 25th Annual Dominion Cup- August 11th
        • Entry Deadline- July 28th
        • There are several drop-off locations in the Richmond area. Steve L. and Takumi have been discussing a possible group trip to Richmond near the deadline to drop off club entries.
  • Community Building Committee
  • The committee will continue with a strong focus on the following initiatives: Welcome Packages, Ambassador Program, Women’s Brew Events.
  • SCBG & Twin Creeks Brewery are hosting a Women’s Learn to Brew Event on Sunday, July 8th (Noon – 6 pm). This will be a hands-on event led by taproom manager Haley Overstreet and co-owner Andy Bishop. We thank Twin Creeks for co-hosting this event and we hope a lot of our ladies can make it to this event. If you know anyone that may be interested, please invite them!
  • Throwdown Committee
    • Throw Down: Rudy Lyon is Event Director. Volunteer positions were discussed and accepted for the following:
      • Judging Director: Matt Klump
      • Head Steward: Rachel Klump
      • Food Director: Marisa
      • Directors of Swag: Chris Gray, Allen Francis, and Rudy Lyon (A collaborative effort)
      • MC: Ken Sharp-Knott
    • Board of Directors Vacancy
      • Doug Moyer has stepped down from the Board of Directors, therefore we must hold an election for a new board member.
      • If you would like to run for election for the board, or would like to nominate someone for the board, please let Allen know.
    • Open Floor
      • Mike C. shared his experience brewing with Starr Hill with the group. He said it was a fun experience and they hope for his beer to be on tap in October. Starr Hill is repeating his process exactly for this beer. We look forward to sampling it soon!
      • Adam K. shared his idea from the May Community Building Meeting of a “Brew Night” event on a weekday night. His pitch was that someone leads and demonstrates the brewing process and each attendee gets to take home a gallon of wort (also perhaps bottling supplies). This will show brewers how easy the process can be, and a very small investment from ateendees.
    • 50/50 Raffle
      • 82 dollars collected. Allen F. won the $41 pot.
    • Competition Raffles
      • Judge/Steward Raffle– Ken K. walked away with a variety of hops- 1lb. Falconers Flight and several ounces of Cryo Mosaic, and an ounce of Cryo Citra. Hops were generously donated by Big Lick Brewing Company.
      • Entry Raffle– Chris G. and Allen F. won the gift card to Southern Hills. They will fight over it later.
    • Competition Results
      • There were 14 entries for the Czech Premium Pale Lager competiton.
        • Third Place– Robert Roux
        • Second Place– Justin and Carrie Cox
        • First Place– Steve Lusk