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Club Business & Competition

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Co. (MAP)



Informal Discussion & Beer Sampling

4th Tuesday of the Month

Olde Main - Upper Level, Restaurant Side (MAP)



How to Join

Join the Mailing List

(click image below)

Email MikeYoungHB "at"

if you run into problems.

Check us out on Facebook:


2014 Club Officers


Colette Simpson

Vice President: 

Scott Nelson


Rachel Eigenberger


Mike Young


Mike Young 




Ames Brewers League - Information


Club Business & Style of the Month Competition

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Company (MAP)

7:00 PM


Informal Discussion & Homebrew Sampling

4th Tuesday of the Month

Olde Main - Upper Level on the Restaurant Side (MAP)

7:00 PM

How to Join

- Show up to one of our two monthly meetings

- Check us out on FACEBOOK

- Join the Google Group to signup for the mailing list

*email MikeYoungHB "at" with any problems*


**We ask that no one under the age of 21 attend our monthly meetings.  Both Torrent and Olde Main have been generous to allow us to use their establishments for our meetings, and we would hate to jeopardize their liquor licenses.**


Meeting Info

As you can see above, the Ames Brewers League meets twice each month.  The first meeting in the month is slightly more formal, with old and new club business being discussed and the Style of the Month competition following.  After the competition has ended, members will talk amongst themselves about various brewing related topics and share any homebrews that were brought.  Bringing samples of your homebrewed beer is always appreciated.


Our second monthly meeting is more of a social gathering.  Members can meet at Olde Main for a few pints and also share samples of any homebrew they choose to bring.  This meeting is very informal and more about members getting to know each other and sharing beer & brewing knowledge.


How to Join the ABL Mailing List

Joining the Ames Brewers League is easy: just attend one of the monthly meetings, either at Torrent Brewing or Olde Main.  Also, sign up for the ABL Google group in order to get club emails.  Click HERE and ask to join the group, or email MikeYoungHB "at" to get added.



Mission Statement

We are the Ames Brewers League. Our mission is to help educate the region of central Iowa centered around Ames, IA, about the brewing and enjoyment of beer. The production of beer is a conceptually simple process of fermenting a hop-infused sugary solution with yeast, but it is much more than that. Our purpose is to help our membership to brew better beer, and to educate the public about the many and varied styles of beer made in the world today. We also have a great deal of fun at our monthly meetings, trading experiences and exchanging information about new techniques and established practices.  We always have something interesting to discuss at every meeting.



Our club has been growing steadily since its inception in March of 1999. We currently have between 20 and 30 members. These members come from every walk of life, and every level of brewing experience is represented from absolute beginners to commercial brewers. We also have members at every level of brewing complexity from all extract to full, multi-step mash regimes.  Everyone is welcome to attend as long as they are of legal drinking age.


Past Guest Speakers

  • Cory O'Neel - Head Brewer at Granite City

  • Jeff "Puff" Irvin - Head Brewer at Olde Main Brewing, Ames

  • Steve Zimmerman - former Head Brewer at Court Avenue Brewing Company, Des Moines

  • Laurel Maney - Once of Miller Brewing, now the Director of the Brewing Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College

  • Paul Kreutzfeldt - Head Brewer at Rock Bottom Brewing, Des Moines

  • Dave Coy - Head Brewer at Raccoon River Brewing Company

  • Rob Moline - American Homebrewers Association Board of Advisors, Winner of the 1996 Gold Medal for Barleywines at GABF