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First Meeting at Torrent Brewing!



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



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!



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



Check out the State Fair Homebrew Competition results HERE.


Ames Brewers League 2014 Raffle



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)



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



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)


Brew Day with 515



$10 Gift Card

Pint Glasses (2)


Number 7 Brewing

Growler & fill (2)


C&S Brew Supply

Glass Carboy

Wooden 6-pack holder


EZ Cap Bottle


Full Court Press

$25 gift cards (2)


Arrowhead Hops

T-Shirt & Koozie pack (2)



5 lb CO2 Tank Refill



Extract Brew Kit 



Free Yeast Coupons (4)

T-Shirts (2)

Hats (2)


William's Brewing

Glassware (3)



Oktoberfest Competition Information


A page has been setup for our Oktoberfest Competition later this year that includes Competition Information, Entry Forms, and Bottle ID Forms.  This will be the first BJCP competition that the ABL has hosted, so we're hoping everything goes smoothly.  Check out the link below or click the "Oktoberfest Comp" link on the left sidebar to check out the competition page.

Oktoberfest Competition Page

2013 Summerfest Brewing Demonstrations

This summer, the Ames Brewers League had an opportunity to show the community about the brewing process and homebrewing in general.  We all had a great time talking with people, handing out information sheets, and giving people business cards.  Even though it started pouring rain later in the day, it was still a fun event.  Here are a few pictures:



ABL Logo Redesign


After working through several different logo designs, the Ames Brewers League decided to go with the image above.  We worked with a very talented graphic designer named Luke Leidal who was able to take our ideas and present several different options.  The website has been mostly updated, and we will be working on updating several other club items including our banner, business cards, and flyers.  Also, look for a t-shirt and merchandise order in the future.

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