October 2013 Meeting Notes

The October meeting of the Star City Brewers Guild was held last Saturday at Kim and Lizbeth’s house in Salem.  A small but hearty crowd of about 20 members and 4 guests gathered, sampling a wide range of homebrew and commercial beer in the gazebo.  Thanks again to Kim and Lizbeth for hosting!

Mike U. showed up just in time for the Treasurer’s Report.  The balance stood at $1631.80 with 72 members at the beginning of business.  The next meeting will be held at Justin and Carrie C.’s house in Salem on November 23, followed by the December meeting on the 14th at Chaos Mountain Brewing in Callaway.

Learn To Homebrew Day is coming up on November 2, and we will again be conducting a homebrew demonstration and tasting at Blue Ridge Hydroponics from 11-4. Alex B., John Z., and possibly Harry M. are slated to brew.  Blue Ridge Hydroponics will again supply ingredients if anyone else is interested in brewing.  Harry has the ABC license secured (thanks again Harry!) and also has Big Willy if anyone wants to bring a keg.  There’s a chance that we’ll provide some meat for smoking – still checking on the logistics of that.  In addition to brewers, we need volunteers to bring and pour beer, set up at around 10, clean up at 4, and possibly bring some snacks or side dishes.

In September we conducted our first homebrew swap to allow people to get more variety in their fridge and/or get some extra feedback on their beers.  James mentioned that it was a bit awkward exchanging beers packaged in different formats, so maybe we should stick to trading 12 oz for 12 oz and bombers for bombers in the future.

I spoked to Frank Moeller of Flying Mouse again recently, and he sounds really gung ho about working with us both on a special beer to be brewed at the brewery, as well as possibly working out a day to have Guild members come in as a team to volunteer.  I’ll double check that he’ll make it worth our while, and what day of the week it might be.

Carrie mentioned that it would be cool to set up a tour or pub crawl of local breweries if we can convince each of the brewers to produce a special beer for the event.  She saw this done elsewhere and thought it would be cool to try here.

Thom invited us to Roanoke Railhouse to watch or help out with their canning process.  This was today, and I stopped by for a couple hours during lunch to check it out.  Looks like things went pretty smoothly for the most part.

The Roanoke Jaycees are hosting an Octoberfest Party this Saturday the 26th at Parkway Brewing at 3:00.  There are a lot of cool door prizes so it definitely looks like something worth checking out.

Our own former Prez and BOTY Bryan S. is taking the plunge into commercial brewing, looking to open a 2 bbl brewery and taproom in downtown Roanoke around May.  Big Lick Brewing, as it will be called, will be located on Salem Ave near 2nd St. across from the Roanoke Times.  Good luck Bryan!

We then took a break during which votes on categories for our competition beers next year were placed and tallied, and a couple of beer swaps took place.  After a 3 way tie for the last two spots was broken, it was announced that the following categories had won:

4. DARK LAGER

9. SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALE

13. STOUT

18. BELGIAN STRONG ALE

Click on the links to see which subcategories can be voted on by the November meeting.  One subcategory will be chosen from each category.

Finally, we held our Spice, Herb and Vegetable Beer style presentation in preparation for our December competition. We tasted a diverse selection of five beers, including Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, AleWerks Pumpkin Ale, Terrapin Reunion Beer 2013, 10 Barrel/Blue Jacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter, and Founders Breakfast Stout.  All were solid and unique beers.

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