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Meeting Info

ABL Meetings

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Co. (MAP)



How to Join

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Club Officers


Scott Nelson

Vice President: 

Luke Hoekstra


John Murphy


Mike Young


Mike Young 




Welcome to the Ames Brewers League Website!


Club Business & Style of the Month Competition

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Company (MAP)

7:30 PM


How to Join

- Show up to out monthly meeting!

- Dues: $15 per person/family per year

- Check us out on FACEBOOK

- Join the Google Group to signup for the mailing list

*email MikeYoungHB "at" with any problems*

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 commitment needed up front.  If you decide you'd like to join the club, dues are only $15 per person/family per year.  So if your significant other or spouse would like to join the club also, you still only pay $15 per year for both people.  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!





**The November 2016 Meeting will be the THIRD Tuesday of the month (15th) due to the election and will be starting at the new time of 7:30pm**

All future club meetings will be the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.  Please note the permanent time change.  This change is being made so the Torrent owner does not have to rush over and open the facility from an earlier ongoing commitment.  We as a club want to be as accommodating as possible to the Torrent owner since he is gracious enough to let us meet in his facility


Science of Beer & Brewing



Ames Brewers League member & current President Dr. Scott Nelson gave a great presentation on the Science of Beer & Brewing at Torrent Brewing Company!  Scott provided in-dept information on the process of brewing, which included topics such as the malting process, enzyme activity, how yeast multiply & convert sugar to ethanol, and many other interesting topics. There was a great turnout for his presentation, and the brewery was filled with people interested in hearing about the more scientific aspects of brewing.  Great job Scott!





2016 Mead Day


We had great weather for this years ABL Mead Day hosted by Mark & Colette Simpson!  Several buckets of apples were crushed and pressed along with a few batches of mead being mixed up.  Everyone who attended brought several different types and bottles of meads, beer, and cider for sampling among the group.  A great time was had by all!




2016 Big Brew Day at Torrent Brewing



The Ames Brewers League setup a few different brew systems in front of Torrent Brewing Company to celebrate national Big Brew Day. There was a lot of foot traffic earlier on in the morning for a local food truck showdown down the street, so the club was able to hand out business cards and talk through the brewing process with a few people. The weather turned a bit rainy around noon, so since the current beers being brewed were almost finished, we called it a day at that point. Overall, it was a fun event to get the club together as well as provide anyone interested in the brewing process a little more detailed look at what's involved.



2016 Ames Brewers League Raffle


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



C&S Brew Supply

Growlers (2)

$20 Gift Cards (2)

Pint Glasses (2)



T-Shirts (4)

Hats (2)

Lanyards, Stickers, Magnets







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)



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



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



Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon



Star-San Sanitzier (15)

PBW Cleaner (15)



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)


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