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ABL Meetings

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Co. (MAP)

7:00pm

 

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2016 Club Officers

President:

Mark Simpson

Vice President: 

Luke Hoekstra

Secretary: 

Chase Colton

Treasurer:  

Mike Young

Webmaster:  

Mike Young 


 

 

 

Welcome to the Ames Brewers League Website!

Meeting Info

A typical Ames Brewers League meeting consists of discussing club business & events and then holding a monthly Style of the Month competition.  The monthly competition is a great way to get feedback from experienced judges and provides a way for you to discuss feedback afterwards.  When the competition has ended, members will talk amongst themselves about various brewing related topics and share any other homebrews that were brought.  Bringing samples of your homebrewed beer is always appreciated!

 

**We ask that no one under the age of 21 attend our monthly meetings.  Torrent Brewing Company has been very generous to allow us to meet at their brewery, and we would hate to jeopardize their Native Brewery licensing.**

 

How to Join the ABL

Joining the Ames Brewers League is easy - Come to a monthly meeting at Torrent Brewing Company! You can check out the club and see if it's something you would be interested in.  No commitments needed.  To stay up-to-date on club information and activities, we suggest you sign up for the ABL Email List through Google Groups as well as the ABL Facebook group.  Click the links below to sign up!

 

     

 

Announcements

2016 Ames Brewers League Raffle

2/23/2016

We had another great ABL raffle this year! Since we started meeting at Torrent Brewing Company, we decided to hold our raffle there and have a potluck for food which worked out great.  I didn't get as many pictures as usual and missed images of all the grain donations we had that came in a little later, but as you can see from the image below, we had a great turnout.  We'd like to thank all the people and businesses that donated to our raffle this year as well as Torrent for hosting.  With the help of all our donors, we were able to raise close to $800 to fund our club activities for the year.  Thank you to all of our donors and members who purchased raffle tickets at the event!

 

 

 

 

Confluence Brewing

55lb Golden Promise

Tasting Glasses (4)

$20 Gift Card

Stickers

 

C&S Brew Supply

Growlers (2)

$20 Gift Cards (2)

Pint Glasses (2)

 

Wyeast

T-Shirts (4)

Hats (2)

Lanyards, Stickers, Magnets

 

Briess

Hat

T-Shirt

 

BSG

Yeast (US-05 & S-04)

Weyerman Munich (5 lb)

Irish Stout Malt (5lb)

Grain Samples (5 varieties)

Mandrania Bavaria Hops (8 oz)

Citra Hops (8 oz)

 

Full Court Press

$25 Gift Cards (2)

 

Madhouse Brewing

Gift Basket (2 Bombers, coozie, bottle opener)

 

515 Brewing

5 lbs Simcoe Hops

T-Shirts (2)

 

Boone Valley Brewing

Growlers w/fill coupon (2)

T-Shirt

 

LD Carlson

Chocolate Milk Stout kit (5 gallon)

Cranberry Dark Wit kit (1 gallon)

Cider House kit (6 gallon)

Wine/Bottle Openers (3)

 

Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

T-Shirt

 

Andrew Koehring (Bells)

2011 Excentric Ale (4)

Bells Sachel/Cooler

T-Shirts (2)

Ceramic Coasters

Patches & Buttons

 

Olde Main Brewing Company

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt (3)

 

Alluvial Brewing

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt

Pint Glasses (2)

 

Lallemand Yeast

Nottingham (10)

Munich (10)

Abbaye (10)

Munich Classic (10)

BRY-97 (10)

Belle Saison (10)

Windsor (10)

 

Exile Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon

Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

1 lb Fresh Roasted Specialty Coffee (2)

 

Granite City Brewing

Various Grain Samples

Various Hop Samples

 

Torrent Brewing Company

Dark Star Burner

Growlers w/ fill coupon (2)

 

Mark & Colette Simpson

T-Shirts (5)

Glassware (12)

 

Christine Wydert

Refractometer

 

Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon

 

Five-Star

Star-San Sanitzier (15)

PBW Cleaner (15)

 

Fermentis

Yeast Packets (5 of each)

US-05, S-04, S-33, S-23, W-34/70, T-58, Abbaye, WB-06

Calculators, Lanyards, Coasters, Pens

 

Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co

Pint Glasses (2)

 

Founders Brewing

T-Shirts (2)

 

 


 

2015 Ames Brewers League Raffle

1/27/2015

 

We had another great raffle this year for the Ames Brewers League, and with the help of all our donors/sponsors, we were able to raise over $700 for the club!  We really appreciate all the organizations & businesses that donated items to the raffle this year.  We couldn't do it without you.  Also, we'd like to thank Olde Main for hosting this even for the last several years.  They are always very accommodating and really bend over backwards to help us out.  Check out the pictures below and also a list of all our sponsors and donations for the year.  Cheers!

 

 

 

Briess

-Shirt

-Baseball Hat

 

LD Carlson

-Honey Brown Ale Kit

-AM Pale Ale BIAB Kit

 

Full Court Press

-2 x $25 gift cards

 

Five Star

-PBW 1 lb (24)

-StarSan 8oz (24)

 

Fermentis/Lasaffre Yeast

-Yeast (5 each US-05, S-04, T-58, Abbaye)

-Box Openers

-LED Flashlights (12)

-Bags, Coasters, Pens

 

Muntons

-Mexican Cerveza Kit

-Shirts (6)

-Hats (4)

-Bottle openers, coasters, pens, notepads, mini-mugs

 

Lallemand

-Yeast (10 of each)

BRY-97, Abbaye, Nottingham, Windsor, Belle Saison, Munich)

 

Confluence

-50 lb Irish Stout Malt

-Growlers w/ $12 gift card (2)

-T-shirts (2)

 

Brewcraft USA

-Magnum hops (1 lb)

-Vanguard hops (1 lb)

-Hop sample packs (centennial, fuggle, Willamette)

-Mangrove Jack Yeast (3 x M4, 3 x M79)

-BeerStix American Oak

-Brewing Spices (coriander, bitter orange, paradise seed)

 

Wyeast

 -4 gift bags (shirt, other)

Firetrucker

-Growler w/ fill

 

Beer Crazy

-$50 Gift Card

-T-shirts (2)

-CO2 Charger

 

BSG Handcraft

-Specialty Malts (3)

-10 lbs Weyermann Pils

-10 lbs Rahr Pale

-10 lbs Crisp Marris Otter

-10 lb Irish Base Malt

-8 oz El Dorado Hops

 

White Labs

-T-shirts (3)

-Yeast Coupons (5)

-BrewMaster Game

 

Bells Brewing Co (Andrew & Liz)

-T-Shirts (3)

-Sweatshirt

-Hat

-Stickers & Coozies

 

Torrent Brewing Company

-Growler

-T-Shirt

-Pint Glass

-Stickers & Coasters

 

MadHouse Brewing Company

-Gift Basket (Beer, glass, chocolate, metal beer bucket)

 

Granite City Brewing Company

-Hops (Willamette, Sterling, Tettnang)

-30 lbs 2-row

-Specialty Grains (Abbey, Brown, -Crystal 70/80 & 135/165, Caramunich 3, Roast Malt, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate)

 

C&S Brew Supply

-$15 gift cards (2)

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Bottle Openers (2)

Exile Brewing Company

-$20 Gift Card

-Growler

 

Boone Valley Brewing Company

-Boston Rounds w/ Fill & Carrier (2)

 

Groernfell Meadery

-Flannel Sweatshirt

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Stickers (10)

 

Hokel

-5 lb CO2 Tank Fill

 

Rock Bottom Brewery

-30 G Cody Road Bourbon Barrel

-Rocktoberfest Krugs (12)

 

Twisted Vine Brewing

-T-shirts (2)

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Magnum Hops (2 lb)

-Saphire Hops (1 lb)

-Cascade Hops (1 lb)

 

Mucky Duck

-$20 Gift Card

 

Olde Main Brewing Company

-50 lbs Rahr Pale (2)

-50 lbs Golden Promise

-50 lbs Weyermann Munich

-50 lbs Weyermann Vienna

 

Flix Brewhouse

-Movie passes (4)

 

515 Brewing Company

-Mt. Hood Hops (2 lb)

-Sweatshirt

 

Founders Brewing Company

-T-shirts (2)

 

Lauri Glasgow

-6-piece glassware set

 

John Mogler

-15 gallon fermenter

 


First Meeting at Torrent Brewing!

10/14/2014

 

We had a great first meeting at Torrent Brewing! The brewery is really coming along and the guys are hoping to be open sometime middle-late November. We had one of the biggest turnouts for this meeting since people wanted to check out the brewery. There were also a couple new people that came that were interested in the club, so that's always a good sign right after moving meeting locations. We look forward to this new partnership with Torrent Brewing and can't wait to see where it goes from here!


2014 ABL Mead Day

10/4/2014

 

We had a great turnout for this years annual ABL Mead Day! We made a few batches of mead and of course sampled some meads from different club brews. Mark and Colette were great hosts as always. We had a table full of crock pots and different food that members brought for people to snack on throughout the day. Mark served a couple kegs of his Russian Imperial Stout that he ages in a Jack Daniels barrel, and they were great. Several other members brought beers that they've been saving for a special occasion. All in all, it was a great day to enjoy a sunny day outside.


NEW Business Meeting Location - Torrent Brewing!

8/21/2014

 

With Wallaby's moving to their new location at the end of September, they will no longer be able to accommodate our ABL club meetings.  We greatly appreciate Wallaby's generosity over the years by allowing the club to meet at their restaurant and bring in samples of our homebrew when no one else in Ames would.  Our September 9th meeting will be the last one held at Wallaby's, so let's make it a good one!

 

After discussing new meeting locations, Torrent Brewing Company has generously offered to allow the ABL to meet at their brewery, and we are happy to accept!  Starting in October, the business/competition meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) will be held at Torrent Brewing.  We look forward to this new partnership and hope to see it grow over the years.

 

Upcoming Meeting Info/Recap:

September 9th - Last meeting at Wallaby's

October 14th - First meeting at Torrent Brewing Company!

 


2014 Iowa State Fair Beer Competition Results

8/5/2014

 

Check out the State Fair Homebrew Competition results HERE.

 


Ames Brewers League 2014 Raffle

1/28/2014

 

We had a great time at our annual raffle as always this year, with even more prizes and attendance than previous events.  We greatly appreciate all the organizations that donate items to the raffle each year.  This year, we were able to raise around $800 to fund the club and our activities.  Thank you to everyone who made the event a success!

 

 

Raffle Donations

 

Granite City

44 lbs Glacier Hops

3 lbs Summit Hops

3 lbs Apollo Hops

1 lb Cascade Hops

1 lb GR Tettnang Hops

1 lb Willamette Hops

Assorted Malt

(2-row, wheat, brown, C70, C150, Brown, Chocolate, CM3)

T-Shirts (3)

Hats (2)

 

Olde Main

50 lb Rahr Pale (2)

55 lb Golden Promise

55 lb Wyermann Munich

55 lb  Wyermann Vienna

T-Shirts (2)

 

Boone Valley Brewing Co.

Boston Round Growlers (2)

Boston Round Carrier

Gift Card for 2 refills

 

Lallemand Yeast

Yeast Packets (25)

-Munich, BRY-97, Windsor, Nottingham & Belle Saison

 

LD Carlson

Equipment Starter Kit

Brewers Best Pale Ale Kit

 

Five Star Chemicals

PBW (4)

Super Moss (4)

Star-San (4)

Foam Five Star Toys (lots)

 

LD Carlson

Equipment Starter Kit

Brewers Best Extract Kit

 

Raccoon River Brewing Co

Sack of Grain (coupon)

1 lb Hops (coupon)

T-Shirts (3)

RRBC Mug

 

Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

 Bottle Opener

T-Shirts (3)

Black & Tan Spoon

 

Court Ave Brewing Co.

11 lbs Vanguard Hops

 

Twisted Vine

1 lb Northern Brewer Hops

1 lb Columbus Hops (leaf)

T-shirts (2)

 

Keg Stand

Assorted Beers

(Sam Adams Tetravis, SN 2013 Bigfoot, Stone Lucky Bastard, Rogue 2012 Imperial Stout, Stone Old Guardian, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged)

 

White Labs

T-Shirts (3)

Free Yeast Coupons (5)

Brewmaster Game

 

Muntons

T-Shirts (3)

Hats (3)

Polo Shirt

Brew Calendars (2)

Notepads (4)

 

Brew Your Own Magazine

1 year subscription (new or renewal)

Rock Bottom

55 lb Pilsner Malt

55 lb Wheat Malt

Glassware (10)

T-Shirts (3)

 

515 Brewing

2 lbs Pacific Jade Hops

Glassware (2)

T-Shirt

Brew Day with 515

 

Confluence

$10 Gift Card

Pint Glasses (2)

 

Number 7 Brewing

Growler & fill (2)

 

C&S Brew Supply

Glass Carboy

Wooden 6-pack holder

Growler

EZ Cap Bottle

 

Full Court Press

$25 gift cards (2)

 

Arrowhead Hops

T-Shirt & Koozie pack (2)

 

Hokel

5 lb CO2 Tank Refill

 

Briess

Extract Brew Kit 

 

Wyeast

Free Yeast Coupons (4)

T-Shirts (2)

Hats (2)

 

William's Brewing

Glassware (3)

Hat

 


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