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2010 Meeting Notes

January 2010 Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 24 January 2010

Our second meeting this month (technically) brought together a lively bunch of 23 members and 4 guests, Greg & Charlotte P., Daniel W., and John K. The meeting was held at the home of Harry M. Many thanks to Harry and Lynn for their hospitality. The accommodating set-up in a heated garage worked great.Our newly appointed Treasurer Kevin C. gave us a financial report of $497.51, after paying for his samples, and before any dues paid at the meeting. A final tally of 33 paid members including those paid up till the time of the meeting gives us a great start to the year. A further reminder that dues should be paid at a rate of $20 for a family, or $15 for an individual was stated. As well as a reminder that anyone competing in club competitions must be paid in order to enter.

Meeting dates for the year are all spoken for. As follows:
February 27th at Chris M. (Tech Talk on off flavors)
March at John M. (Cream Ale Competition)
April at Chuck G. (APA Presentation and Tasting)
May 1  at James B. (Big Brew 2010)
June Beth D. (at the lake, APA Competition)
July and Aug will be decided by John S. and Doug M.
September Bryan S.
October Jeff F.
November Carrie and Justin C.
December Will L.

After a break, CyberDave lead us in the Cream Ale Presentation. Known for doing this style, Dave gave us a great lesson on preparing adjuncts. What to do and what not. Unfortunately the style is not available locally, except for Genesee Cream Ale. I think we all agreed it was a pretty bland “lawnmower” beer, at which point, Dave reminded us of the fact it used to be “Goat” beer, before the invention of the lawnmower. All in all I think we enjoyed Dave’s homebrewed example much more, even if a touch out of style.

After another short break, Kevin C. gave us a presentation on the Russian Imperial Stout style. Unlike our normal process, we stepped up the timing of this presentation due to its need to age 6 to 12 months. So don’t forget to start brewing yours soon for the December competition. To our surprise, Kevin had found a plethora of examples for our tastings. While it is safe to say the examples were all quite unique, the Old Rasputin seemed to get the best feedback overall.

 

 

February Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 28 February 2010

For our February meeting with all gathered at the house of Chris and Pam M. We had a good number of old and new members and one guest, John N. As always many thanks to Chris and Pam for their hospitality. Our treasurer, Kevin C., gave us a treasury report of 46 members and a balance of $477.72 before expenses for the 2010 trophies and the “off-flavor” base beer (which will remain nameless as to not shame this fine group). A final reminder that anyone entering next months competition must be a paid 2010 member.

PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECTION FOR THE 2ND COMPETITION. IT SHOULD BE IRISH RED, NOT APA. APA WILL BE SEPT.

Meeting dates for the year are all spoken for. As follows:
March 20 at John M. (Cream Ale Competition)
April at Chuck G. (Irish Red Presentation and Tasting)
May 1  at James B. (Big Brew 2010)
June Doug M. ( Irish Red Competition)
July Beth D. (APA Presentation)
Aug John S.
September Bryan S. (APA Competition)
October Jeff F.
November Carrie and Justin C.
December Will L.

Many up coming events were discussed at the February meeting including the possibility of doing a “Teach a Friend” type even in the spring. As American Craft Beer Week is May 17-23 a Saturday May 22 date was suggested. More to come on this in the months to come, but I will be looking for volunteers to advertise, set-up, bring beer and/or food and take-down. CHRIS AND FRAN, if you are interested in this, please look into an ABC license.

Joan B. mentioned the possibility of working with the Taubman Museum during their Folk Art program coming soon. As there was some interest in participating, Joan will be our liaison to find out exactly what type of presentation we will need be it live demonstration, slide show, power point, etc.

As always, a lively discussion on the upcoming Microfestivus ensued. Microfestivus has been scheduled for August 14, 2010. After a bit of talk, Harry M., with his connections to the Square Society, volunteered to be our liaison. We agreed our participation would be as a pool of educated servers with the hope we will be offered the early sign up for serving slots like last year, and hopefully get some recognition as a club. However, that would be our only level of participation this year in regards to the Square Society. I will be looking for volunteers to hang around the Blue Ridge Hydroponics tent to meet with interested folks.

A number of other festivals were mentioned:

Hickory Hops Brew Festival, April 17th Hickory, NC http://www.hickoryhops.com/
The World Beer Festival Raleigh, NC April 24  http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/raleigh-nc/
The World Beer Festival Richmond, VA June 12 http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/richmond-va/

Harry M. mentioned visiting a new homebrew equipment shop and beer store in Forest, VA. Pints O’ Plenty. I was unable to find a website for them. Harry’s discussion with them was in regards to the Lynchburg brew club (Hill City Homebrewers?, no active website). Apparently they have quarterly competitions as well where the winner gets his/her beer brewed at a local brewery. There is also the possibility of join meetings. If anyone has a contact within the club, I’d like to pursue a possible meeting with them.

After a break, our own Doug M. presented us with the first 6 “off-flavors”. They were Acetaldehyde (green apple), Acetic (vinegar), Almond, Butyric (rancid butter), Diacetyl (Buttery, non-rancid), and DMS (cooked corn). All in all I think the first two people agreed were flavors they had experienced before. The almond was new to me anyway. The butyric was overwhelmingly terrible, putrid if you will. And the last two while “off” for this purpose are required in some instances. There was some discussion of doing a special meeting to finish off the “off flavors”. I’m willing to open a discussion on when that could be done.

See you all next month.

 

March 2010 Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 21 March 2010

A group of 16 members and two new members met at John and Kathy M.’s house for the Cream Ale competition. Many thanks to John and Kathy for their hospitality and Kathy for her stewardship.Our treasurer, Kevin C., gave us a report of 53 paid members (by meetings end) and a balance of $680.78.

A few competitions were mentioned as coming up. The National Homebrewers Conference entries are due in this next week. This is an open competition of all BJCP styles. The AHA is also hosting a club only competition for American Ales. Entries are due Saturday, April 3, 2010. A Bluegrass Cup in Lexington, KY are due May 1.

At our next meeting in April we’ll be having two presentations. Bryan S. has agreed to present our next competition style Irish Red Ale. Doug M. agreed to present another 6 “off-flavors” from our Seibel sensory kit. Thank you to both for volunteering.

We got a brief update from Joan B. on the Taubman Museum’s interest in a presentation by the Guild. While we’ve missed the “folk art” time at the museum, other opportunities may present themselves. Stay tuned.

We’re still talking about a spring “teach a friend” type day on Sat. May 22 at Blue Ridge Hydroponics. I have not had a chance to talk to Chris and Fran about an ABC license for the day, but I’m hopeful we’ll get everything pulled together in time.

Harry M. was not at the meeting but had relayed the Square Society’s interest in meeting with some of us to discuss the Guild’s participation in Microfestivus. I had said we’d be meeting March 30th at 6pm downtown. PLEASE NOTE: Harry has since informed me that time will not be best and a new time will be announced shortly.

After a recent e-mail from Chuck, he will be around for Arpil 10th, so we will be having the meeting at his place.

FUTURE MEETING DATES:  April 24 at Chuck G. (Irish Red Presentation and Tasting, “off-flavors”)
May 1  at James B. (Big Brew 2010)
June Doug M. ( Irish Red Competition)
July Beth D. (APA Presentation)
Aug John S.
September Bryan S. (APA Competition)
October Jeff F.
November Carrie and Justin C.
December Will L.

After a short break 11 beers were judged in the 6A BJCP style category of Cream Ale. The results were 3rd place, your truly, Will L. 2nd place Chris M., and in 1st, Bryan S. Blue Ridge Hydroponics has graciously offered $35 gift cards as door prizes to those that enter and I was lucky enough to draw my own name for that prize.
Congratulations to all.

 

April 2010 Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 11 April 2010

I wish to thank Chuck and Kim one more time for their hospitality at what was easily one of the most attended meetings in a long time. A total of 32 members and 3 guests, John H. from Tech, along with Jim (the graphics guy) and his friend attended on a pristine day. Kevin C. gave us his treasury report which had us at 53 paid members before out meeting. Our balance was $665.78. Expenses for this meeting consisted of Irish Red samples and some beers Doug likes to drink that we used for “off-flavors”.

The Sam Adams Long Shot competition was reviewed in brief. They are limiting entries to BJCP style #23 Specialty Beer but also including fruit/vegetable and spice beers in there as well. Entries are due between May 17 and 28th.

Meeting dates for the year are all spoken for. As follows:
May 1 James B (Big Brew)
June Doug M.  (Irish Red Competition)
July Beth D. (APA Presentation)
Aug John S.
Sept  Bryan S. (APACompetition)
Oct Jeff F.
Nov Carrie and Justin C.
Dec Will L. (RIS Competition)

Harry and Kevin attended a meeting with the Square Society to discuss the clubs involvement in Microfestivus which will be held August 14th from 12-6pm. As we did last year we’ll have an opportunity to sign up as pourers a week or two earlier than the public, and in addition some folks can sign up to stand at the tables and talk about the beers provided we aren’t stepping on the brewer’s toes. In addition we have been asked to taste the beers and choose a “Brewers Choice” best of show. There are still some issues to iron out on logistics, but we thought a 10-12 man team with 20 tastings each should be able to canvas the selections and come to agreement on a beer. Hopefully. And finally, we have been asked to steward the public’s best of show competition in which everyone who enters will be given a token of some sort to put in a container for their favorite beer which we will then count (more likely weigh) the tokens in each container to see who wins.

CHUCK PLEASE GET HARRY THE GUILD LOGO

We also discussed further us having a Craft Beer Week demonstration at Blue Ridge Hydroponics on May 22. The date has been confirmed with Chris & Fran, and it is my understanding they are working on an ABC license for samples for the day. It will be an 11-4pm event. I will be looking for people to be there at 10 to set-up and stay late to clean up. We’ll need brewers for demonstrations. The tents and tables will be needed wherever they end up after Big Brew. We’ll need volunteers for food. And of course beers to sample. So please give all that some thought and I’ll be sending out a formal request for volunteers in the near future.

A couple of notes from the floor:

Floyd Fandango is July 3rd and 4th (Sat. and Sun.). Blue Ridge will not be setting up a table. So you are all on your own if you want to participate.

Doug has volunteered to buy tasting glasses for the club (being reimbursed of course). He’s buying an extra case for anyone who is interested in purchasing a nice smaller glass. I’m sure he’ll have a price at some point but it won’t be more than a few dollars I’d guess.

Carrie C. is taking shirts for embroidery if anyone is interested. You can either drop them off with her or I’m betting she’ll take them at Big Brew in a few weeks. The cost is $7 a piece. You buy the article of clothing first.

We had a short break followed by a presentation from Bryan S. on the Irish Red style. The interesting point was that it is a style that never really existed until Michael Jackson mentioned it and the macro brands decided to make it one of Irleand’s own if I remember correctly. We then sampled 4 examples from Michelob, Saranac, Moylan’s and O’Hara’s. Even though it was a little outside the style guidelines for ABV (at 6.5%) the consensus was the Moylan’s was the best tasting.

After another short break, Doug M. brought out the big guns, the 40s of High Life, and presented 6 more “off-flavors”. “Earthy” was the first and we all agreed it was very evident that you were drinking dirt from packaging or water contamination. “Mercaptan” was next. This is everyone’s favorite skunkiness most often associated with light struck beers, but also a poor yeast or autolysis issue. Next up was Ethyl Acetate, a solvent like ester. This is most often caused by high fermentation temps and sometimes wild yeast. Our fourth off-flavor was Ethyl Hexanoate which is your fruity, apple like ester. This again is a fermentation issue from low aeration or too high a pitching rate. While this is present in all beers it’s the concentration that varies. Next up was “spicy”. That clove taste which arises from microbial contamination, wild yeast or aging. In the case of hefeweizens the 4-vinyl guaicaol is typical. Finally we had “Metallic”. This comes from water sources, but also non-passivated vessels. A lengthy discussion arose about when to clean your pots and it was concluded that cleaning right before brewing and getting a shiny polished surface was bad, especially in Aluminum pots. If you find yourself with a shiny pot, the sheet suggested 250 degrees in the over for 6 hours, or as Doug said, a few days in normal room temps.

That concludes the minutes. We’ll see everyone at BIG BREW!!!!

 

Big Brew/May Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 02 May 2010

A modest group of about 30 homebrewers and two new members gathered at the home of James and Joan B. yesterday. After a week of hearing about rain, it turned out to be a very warm and sunny day. Many thanks to James and Joan for their amazing hospitality and wonderful back yard for this event.We had a very short meeting where Kevin informed us we have 55 paid members so far this year and I’m very happy with that number. Thanks to all our new members and old.

 

Our future meeting dates are as follows:

June 19 Doug M.  (Irish Red Competition)

July Beth D. (APA Presentation)
Aug John S.
Sept  Bryan S. (APACompetition)
Oct Jeff F.
Nov Carrie and Justin C.
Dec Will L. (RIS Competition)

Note that next months meeting has been set on Saturday June 19th.

Thanks again to all who attended Big Brew. Stay tuned for an e-mail on our May 22nd Craft Beer Week Demonstrations at Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrew Supply shop in Roanoke. Give some thought on if you’d like to brew, donate homebrew for tastings, set-up, clean-up, or just be there to talk shop. Spread the word too.

Cheers!!!

Will Landry

SCBG President

 

 

JUNE 2010 MEETING NOTES
Written by William Landry
Monday, 21 June 2010

Many thanks to all who attended the June meeting at our house this past Saturday. We had about 26 members and 2 guest Charlie and Jaime.Kevin C. gave us a treasury report. We are at our highest member total for at least the past 3-4 years since I’ve been a member. That number being 57. We have a balance of $695.44.

 

A brief review of upcoming events took place. Floyd Fandango is July 3rd-4th. We do not have any official participation in this. Microfestivus is August 14th. Harry M. is coordinating with the the event organizers. It looks like we’ll have a team of SCBG judges to go around and judge the beers for a best of show. I believe it is Starr Hill that will supply bottle caps to guests for a people’s choice, which will need volunteers to help tally those. And of course anyone interested in pouring will more than likely get first shot at a slot. Finally, Blacksburg Brew Do is October 30th. They offer one of the few homebrew competitions in the immediate area. The winner gets to work with Jim Strickland at Bull N Bones to brew their winning beer.

 

Future Meeting Dates:

July Beth D. (APA Presentation)
Aug John S.

Sept  Bryan S. (APA Competition)
Oct 23 Jeff F.
Nov Carrie and Justin C.
Dec Will L. (RIS Competition)

BETH AS SOON AS YOU CAN, PLEASE GET ME A DATE FOR JULY.

Items from the floor started with Dogstown Pizza opening in downtown Floyd which the owner promised would serve nothing but craft beer. Check it out.

John M. will be demonstrating the recent trend of “brewing in a bag” this coming Saturday if anyone is interested.

Bryan S. mentioned a possible joint meeting with/at the Elks and Awful Arthur’s possible in Feb 2011. Stay tuned.

And if anyone is attending Floyd Fest, John S. has hotel reservations nearby he’s looking to get rid of. My notes are a little shacky on this one.

After a short break, we began the Irish Red Competition. We had a good turnout of entries. The scoring once again was a little scattered. But when the dust cleared 3rd place went to James B. 2nd Place to John M. And the winner, Harry M. Congratulations to the winners. Scores have been updated on the website. Also a congrats to Chris McD. for winning the door prize, a gift certificate to Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrew Supply store. (Chris I will bring it to the next meeting).

That concludes the minutes for the June 2010 meeting. We’ll see everyone in July for an APA style presentation (Bryan S.) and another off-flavor presentation (Doug M.)

 

JULY Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 11 July 2010

Many thanks to all who attended the July meeting at Beth and Al D. this past Saturday. We had about 15 members and 1 guest Eric S. Eric is returning to Roanoke after many years and has been part of both the Richmond and James River homebrew clubs if I remember correctly. Bottom line is he’s been brewing for 7-8 years and it sounds like he’ll be a regular.Kevin C. gave us a treasury report. We are still at 57, and Eric said he’d be 58. We have a balance of $695.44, less the APA samples and the 40s of that yellow stuff they call beer.

A brief recap from Kevin on Floyd Fandango sounded like it was another hit and a great opportunity to get some time with the brewers from the local brewpubs and breweries. Blacksburg Brew Do came up. The wesite is updated and it appears the format of the homebrew competition is the same. $5 per entry of 3 bottles. Up to three entries total. Only one per category, light, amber, dark, and specialty.

 

A discussion about Microfestivus took place. About 17 Guild members have volunteered. Please e-mail Harry if you are interested in volunteering for judging, pouring, or working the Blue Ridge Hydroponics tent. The biggest task we have will be the competition of brewer’s choice. I believe by the time we were done we agreed it’d be best to divide the volunteers into groups of 3-4 and each group take one section of the Microfestivus layout. Once each group has narrowed the field to the top 2-3 in the categories of light, amber and dark (the categories may change), the groups will merge and retaste the top choices to determine the best in each category. Something like that.

 

After a short break, John M. presented us with the APA styles. If nothing else it was made very clear the style had a broad range of acceptable characters. Our first was the standard by which the BJCP judges everything else, Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. This was a very balanced beer with minimal malt and hop character. From there the beers seemed to develop more hop character ending in the groups overall favorite the Firestone-Walker Pale Ale which had the most nose and hop flavor. A discussion insued about which beer would be used as a calabration beer for the APA competition. Due to the range of acceptable characteristics it was decided we probably wouldn’t do a calabrating beer. However, we may put out the remaining bottles at the start of the meeting so people/judges could try them again to refresh their memories. Just a reminder we will be starting the judging at 4:30 and all beers should be at the September meetin by 4:15.

 

After another short break, Kevin presented 6 more off flavors. As always we had some “good” off flavors and some bad. I think we all agreed that the High Life with the Gerinol (hop flavor) made for a wonderful beer actually. While the cheesy (stale hops) was tought to swallow, so to speak. We’ll have the final 6 off flavors at the August meeting.

 

We’ll that’s all for this meeting. We’ll see some of you at Microfestivus. I believe John S. said August 28th for the meeting but I’ll send another e-mail out to confirm that.

 

Cheers!!

Future Meeting Dates:
Aug 28 John S.
Sept  Bryan S. (APA Competition)

Oct 23 Jeff F.
Nov Carrie and Justin C.
Dec Will L. (RIS Competition)

 

 

AUGUST MEETING NOTES
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 29 August 2010

On a beautiful Saturday in August a group of 19 members and 2 guest (that became members) met at the lake house of John and Diana S. Many thanks to them for hosting. It was really a nice treat to have the meeting on the doc.Our treasurer, Kevin C., gave us his report. I believe with the two new members, James S. and Kendall P., we are now at 59 members. Very impressive. Our balance stands at $695.44 before the new members and the cost of the 40s for the off-flavors.

 

A recap of Microfestivus was first on the list. Those that attended agreed Harry M. did a fine job of organizing the club’s judging. The weather was great, the beers were cold, and a good time was had by all.

 

Blacksburg Brew Do was next on the agenda. It will be held Saturday, October 30th, from Noon till 5pm. Brew Do has a homebrew competition with 4 categories of Light, Amber, Dark and Specialty. Entries are due between Monday October 11th and Wednesday October 13th between 3-7pm. A max of three entries per person at $5 a piece are allowed. Good luck to all those that enter. NOTE: I will be going down one of those nights to drop of my entries. I’m more than happy to bring down club members entries. If you want to drop off entries the weekend before that will be fine. I’ll send out a reminder e-mail closer to the date.

 

In addition Bramwell is coming up. We heard from John M. on this. It’s October 9th (Sat.). John and Kathy are going and said they’d bring homebrew entries as this is a homebrew competition event as well.

Sept 25 Bryan S. (APA Competition)
Oct 23 Jeff F.
Nov 20 Carrie and Justin C.
Dec 18 Will L. (RIS Competition)

After a short break, Kevin C. presented the final 6 off-flavors. Caprylic was a goaty aroma and taste fromt he breakdown of fatty acids in trub over long periods of conditioning. Papery was the cardboard, oxidized flavor resulting from the oxidation of long-chain fatty acids during long term storage. Vanilla was an interesting one. It produced a cream soda tast to the beer apparently formed during aging of some beers. Some of us were trying to figure out how to get this to happen as the taste could work well with a stout. Bitter was next. A harsh, acrid, or asprin flavor from early hop additions at the beginning of the boil, or from roasted malts or residual yeast. Infection was clearly a bad taste as many people couldn’t get past the smell much less the taste. The best description was as if you took malt vinegar and added it to the beer. This is obviously a sanitation issue. Finally a somewhat familiar flavor, Hefeweizen, the clove phenolic part of it which is produced from specialty yeasts, was a nice relief after the infection. Kevin and Doug will be working on getting out a complete list of the off-flavors and their reasons and remedies for the club in the near future.

Well that’s about it. A reminder to all that next month is a competition month. American Pale Ale is the style. All entries must be at Bryan S.’s house by 4:15. Judging will begin at 4:30 in an attempt to not fry taste buds from sampling before judging. John M. will have a few of the style examples from May’s meeting to “calibrate” judges taste buds, but we will not have one particular beer for this style due to the wide range of the guidelines. Doug please let me know if you will be there with the tasting glasses. I will put out an e-mail ahead of time to recruit judges and get a headcount of entries.

Cheers everyone. Brew On!!!!

Will

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2010 MEETING NOTES
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 26 September 2010

On a breezy, or was it? It was at Bryan’s. Anyway, on a nice day in September the Guild met at the home of Bryan and Jenny S. Whether in the kitchen, outside under the tent, or in the basement, a good time was had by all. Many thanks for a great competition meeting.Treasurer, Kevin C. (Newly engaged), gave us a report of 60 paid members for this year. A new record we believe. A bank balance of $641.96 keeps us happy. Thank you Kevin.

 

A discussion of the Blacksburg Brew Do started us off. The event is Saturday October 30th. Kevin and I will be dropping off entries for the homebrew competition between Oct 11 and Oct 13. Feel free to drop off entries at either house the weekend before with the entry form and check written and we’ll bring ’em down. There’s a 3 entry max. 4 categories light, amber, dark and specialty. Entries are $5 a piece. If you place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in a category you will received a free glass and 20 tastings. It’s fun.

 

TAFTH, now Learn to Homebrew Day is Sat. Nov 6. We’ll be looking for volunteers to set-up, take down, brew, bring beers for sampling, etc. That’s assuming we’re a go with Chris & Fran.

 

Future meeting dates are as follows:

 

Oct 23 Jeff F.
Nov 20 Carrie and Justin C.
Dec 18 Will L. (RIS Competition)

Please start thinking about competition beers for 2011. We’ll have a discussion on styles at the October meeting.

James B. and John M. will be attending Bramwell on Oct. 9th. I believe. Get with them if you want to submit an entry to their competition.

By this point in the meeting we had already finished the APA competition and the results were announced. In third place, Mr. James B. In second Mr. Kevin C., and in first, your truly Mr. Will L. James also won the door prize, a gift certificate to Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrew Supplies. Congratulations to all and MANY thank to Kathy and her stewards for their work.

I think that wraps it up. I know I left a couple things Bryan, and I’ll grab the tent back this week if possible.
Cheers everyone!!!!
Will
SCBG President

 

 

OCTOBER Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 24 October 2010

On a festive fall evening, our October meeting was held at the home of Jeff and Cindy F. 20 members and several guests attended. We even had a few members in costume. A great time was had by all.
Treasurer, Kevin C. gave us a report of 60 paid members for this year. A new record we believe. A bank balance of $641.96 keeps us happy. Thank you Kevin.

 

We began with a reminder that next weekend is Blacksburg Brew Do. As of these notes, no results of the homebrew competition have been announced. The even is Saturday October 30th from 12 to 5pm. $20 for 10 tastings and $30 for 20 tastings. A handful of members raised their hand they were attending.

 

Next up was Learn to Homebrew Day. This will be held on Saturday November 6th from 11-4pm at Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrew Supply at Lamplighter Mall on Williamson Road in Roanoke. Chris M., Harry M., Kevin C. and Bryan S. have volunteered to brew. We’ll need some more folks to set-up, take-down, and bring ffod and beer samples. More to come on that.

 

At this time we will take suggestions for 2011 competition styles. If you will send me an e-mail with 4-5 styles I will compile a list of the top 10 or so to be brought to the November meeting and voted on. All e-mails must be received by Friday November 19th.

 

A reminder that November’s meeting is also the time to nominate members for Presidency. If there is someone you’d like to nominate, I suggest you check with them between now and the November meeting to make sure they will accept.

 

FUTURE MEETING DATES          NOV 20 Carrie & Justin C.

Dec 18 Will & Jen L. (RIS Competition)

2011      JAN Harry M.

FEB Chris M.

MAR Thom B.

 

Thanks again for Jeff and Cindy for hosting. Hopefully we’ll see some of you at Brew Do this weekend. And many more of you at Learn To Homebrew Day.

 

 

CHEERS!!!

 

 

November Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 21 November 2010

On a beautiful fall afternoon about 16 Guild members, along with 4 guests, met at the home of Carrie and Justin C. for the November meeting. Along with great food, great beer and of course a HOKIE win, a good time was had by all, even the kids. We welcome Jason, Jaime, Cynthia and Frank, our guests for the evening.Treasurer, Kevin C. gave us a report of 60 paid members for this year. A balance of 641.96, plus 60 for dues for 2011, less some supplies (including brochures, postcards, business cards and the 2010 BOTY shirt) should leave us back around $650 for a balance. I believe we also picked up a few members at the meeting.

 

A recap of recent events started the items to be covered. Blacksburg Brew Do was a successful event for the SCBG with 3 first places in Light, Amber and Dark and a 2nd in Specialty, along with a Best of Show by our hosts for their Russian Imperial Stout. Congrats to all and keep up the good work.

 

Learn to Homebrew Day was next. Another successful day of brewing, and interest in the club. We had about a dozen interested parties, 4 of which attended this meeting and I believe joined the club. Thank you to all that participated. One other note, the Korean restaurant supplied the egg rolls free of charge. They were fantastic. Please help support them next time you are interested in eating out somewhere different.

 

FUTURE MEETING DATES          Dec 18 Will & Jen L. (RIS Competition) 3pm start
2011      JAN Harry M.
FEB Chris M.
MAR Thom B.
A side note to the December meeting. There was discussion of doing a Beer Exchange where anyone who wants to participate will bring a 4 or 6 pack or a bomber of a nice beer to be exchanged through a “yankee swap” format. I don’t what y’all call it down here.

 

PLEASE NOTE ALL ENTRIES IN THE RIS COMPETITION MUST BE AT THE HOUSE BY 3:30pm. COMPETITION WILL START AT 3:45. We’ll need volunteers to judge. I’ll ask for them in the meeting agenda e-mail the week before.

 

 

FROM THE FLOOR  Kevin C. mentioned a possible road trip to River Company and Sharky’s, both in Radford, on a Sunday afternoon soon. He’ll send out more info with a date here soon I’m sure.

 

Also a reminder that River Company is doing a 5 course beer dinner on Sat. Dec. 11th. It’s $50/person.

 

There was also talk of a road trip to Bull N Bones in February for the tapping of Carrie & Justin’s RIS. More to come on that as we know dates.

 

When then took nominations for President for the 2011 year. YOUR NOMINEES ARE CHRIS McD., WILL L., and KEVIN C. Good luck to all.

 

Finally there was a vote for the styles to be brewed for the 2011 quarterly competitions in the club. The schedule will be as follows:

 

March – English IPA

June – Belgian Blond

Sept. – American Stout

Dec. – American Barleywine

 

We’ll have the English IPA tasting/style presentation at the January meeting, and the American Barleywine at February’s meeting, similar to how we did it this year with the RIS.

 

Thanks again to Carrie & Justin. We’ll see you all in December.

 

 

Cheers!!!

 

 

December Meeting Notes
Written by William Landry
Sunday, 19 December 2010

Despite the outlook for bad weather earlier in the week, the meeting was held on a cold yet sunny Saturday afternoon/evening at the house of Will and Jen L. A festive group of 27 members and 1 guest, Will’s dad Pete, enjoyed a wealth of food and beer.Kevin C. gave us a treasurer’s report of 60 members for the year and a balance of $736.96 before 2011 dues were tallied for the day.

For the January meeting, Bryan S. volunteered to present the first quarter competition style, English IPA. Thank you Bryan.

From their a discussion on a January trip to Radford, starting at Sharky’s and ending at River Company for dinner took place. After some discussion a motion was made by Joan B. for the Guild to pay $50 towards either a van, or if Doug can use his points to get the van for “free”, the $50 will go towards the first round of drinks. A vote was held and the motion passed.

Future meeting dates are as follows: Jan 22 at Harry M. (English IPA style Presentation)
Feb at Chris McD. (American Barleywine Presentation)
Mar at Thom B. (English IPA Competition)

Next up was the vote for the 2011 President. The nominees were Will L., Chris McD., and Kevin C. The top vote getter is President and the runner up VP. The result of the voting is Chris McDonald will be the new President and Will Landry will be the Vice President. The President will announce his choice for Treasurer at the January meeting.

By the time we had started the meeting we had already completed the quarterly competition, Russian Imperial Stout. The winners were, in 3rd place, Harry. In 2nd place Beth. And the winner is Kevin. Congrats to all the winners and also to Chris McD. who won the door prize, a $35 gift certificate to Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrewing supplies.

And now for the big one. The winner of the Brewer Of The Year by a margin of only 5 points (it was a close one) Bryan S. Very well done. Congrats to Bryan.

Thank you all for a wonderful meeting, and another good year. Happy Holidays!!!