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Meeting Minutes

Ames Brewers League meeting 06-12-2017

Scott Nelson opened the meeting at 7:00pm.  It was a small group with only 8 people in attendance as many of our members were preparing for the 39th annual National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis June 15-17. (Homebrewcon)

June 22nd and 23rd Cory O’Neal from Old Main will be doing a seminar at the Iowa Tap House in Des Moines.

We had a new member joins us his name is Rob White and he works with Zach. 

Club Competition:

Style of the month competition was Session beers, (anything less than 1.045 SG) BJCP Category was  various.

First place went to Zach with a Saison BJCP Category 25B

Second place went to Ron with an American Pale Ale BJCP Category 18B

Third place went to Pete with a Red IPA BJCP Category 21F

Thank you to all who participated.

 

 


Ames Brewers League meeting 04-11-2017

Scott Nelson opened the meeting at 7:30

Seventeen People attended the meeting.  We had one new person in attendance, Brandon from Roland.  Cheers Brandon.

HomebrewCon:  You can send beer along to this year’s HomebrewCon even if you are not attending.  The club will provide ingredients and kegs for your beer if you are interested.  No bottles please.  You will need to get your own ingredients but turn in the receipt to Mike Young and you will be reimbursed by the club for the expense.  See Mike Young or Mark Simpson if you have questions.

BYOB:  You can still get a discounted subscription to BYOB magazine through the club until next month’s meeting May 17th.   If you are interested bring $17.50 to next month’s meeting.

Big Brew Day:  May 6th will be Big Brew Day at Torrent.  There are three different official recipes for big brew day.  IPA, Saison, and Octoberfest.  If you are interested in brewing one of these styles the club will pay for your ingredients.  Contact Scott Nelson if you want a recipe for big brew day.  You may also brew any other style you want but the club will not cover your ingredient expense.   Please bring your equipment and come make this another great Big Brew Day.

Changes to future club meeting format.  Starting in May our club meeting will go back to a 7:00 PM start time.  It will still go until 9:00pm.  If you will be submitting a beer for the style of the month competition please E-mail Luke Hoekstra lukehoekstra@gmail.com ahead of time and tell him what you are bringing.  Please also try to get your beer to Luke as soon as you arrive so he can set up while we conduct the business portion of the meeting.  We will be switching to a condensed score sheet.  Thish should speed up the judging portion and give us more time afterword for one on one feedback so we can continue to improve our beers. 

Business meeting closed at 8:15pm

Style competition:  Funky Sour

First place went to Luke Hoekstra with a Plumb Fruit Lambic category 23 F

Second place went to Neil with a Berliner Weisse category 23A

Third place went to Mike with a Flanders Red Ale category 23B

Fourth place went to Sebastian with an American Amber category 28A

Thank you to all who participated.


Ames Brewers League meeting 03-14-2017

Scott opened the meeting at 7:30.

Treasurer’s report:  Mike reported we have $1845.23 in our account. We brought in $ 950.00 from the raffle, which is the second best raffle ticket sale so far.

Old (and new) Business:  Homebrew Con is open for registration. There will be more information at the April meeting.

The Tuesday night Beer judging class at Mark’s place is going well.

In April Mark is bringing the “off flavor” kit to the April club meeting so we will all be able to sample known “off flavors”.  This is a great opportunity to learn why your beer tastes like butter wrapped in an old Band-Aid and served with bubble gum.

The club’s next brew day will be May 6th (time to be determined).  As per the American home brewers association guidelines this will be a “Big Brew day”.  The club will be purchasing and providing ingredients for the big brew day details will be determined at the April club meeting.

If you interested in a discounted subscription to BYOB magazine bring $17.50 to the next club meeting or contact Mike Young.

ABL Social Meeting - We will hold a social meeting at Olde Main on Thursday, March 30th starting at 6pm.  We will meet in the balcony on the restaurant side.  Cory O'Neel (new brewer at OM) will be in attendance to answer any questions and chat about what he's been doing at Olde Main and what to look forward to.  Feel free to bring samples of homebrew to share and discuss.

Results of this year’s first club brew competition Isle Beers.

First place:  Luke with an English Porter 13C Well done Luke.

Second place:  Mike with an English IPA 12c

Third place:  Nadav with a British Strong Ale

Below is a list of all the submissions:

Two Ordinary bitter  11A

Three Strong bitter  11C

One English IPA 12C

One Dark Mild  13A

One British Brown  13B

Two English Porter  13C

One Scottish Ale  14C

One Irish Ale  15A

One British strong Ale  17A

One Wee Heavy  17C

Thank you to all who participated.


February Meeting Minutes - 02-14-2017

Meeting was opened at 7:30 PM by Scott Nelson, minutes from previous meeting were read and approved.

There were approximately 16 people present at the beginning of the meeting with two new people to the meeting.  Welcome Brad and Beth.

Treasurer’s report: Our balance as of meeting time was $635.00

Club dues are due now.  Dues for 2017 are $15.00.  Please get your dues to Mike Young.  Please see Mike if you have questions.

 

OLD BUISNESS:

We want to try and get a tour of the ISU Horticulture farm hop yards in June or July.  It would be great if we could get some of their hops for a club brew.

Convention:  March 7th 2017 will be the first chance to sign up and register for the American Home Brewers (AHB) convention in Minneapolis June 15-17 this year.   AHA membership is required to attend the convention.

Club Raffle:  Feb 28th this month is our club raffle at Torrent.  Set up will begin at 6:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the raffle begins at 7:30.  We have a lot of great stuff to give away so make sure to attend.

Beer Judging class:  Feb 21st this month is the start of our beer judging class.  The class will go through May meeting most Tuesdays at Mark Simpson’s house.  Cost to attend is $25.00 Mark is sending out E-mails to all in the club.  Please contact Mark with questions.

The March club meeting beer style will be the club recipe Isle style beers.

 

NEW BUISNESS:

We are going to have an off flavor kit at the April meeting.  This will be available to all who attend the April club meeting.  This is not just for the people taking the beer judging class.  This will be a great opportunity to learn what causes some of the funky flavors that show up in your homebrew from time to time. 

BYO magazine subscription discount:  If you are interested in subscribing to BYO magazine you can do it now through the club and get a discount.  Cost for one year’s subscription is $17.50 see Mike Young by the May club meeting if you are interested.

AHB national home brewers convention this June in Minneapolis.  We have a club Jokey box and you can send up beers for our booth at club night even if you are not attending.  If you will be attending be thinking of ideas for a theme for the booth at pub night. 

Knowledge on Tap at Torrent:  Wed Feb 22  There will be a tours of the torrent brewery given every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30 pm given by Andy and a presentation on the Science and Practice of Brewing following at 7:00 pm given by our own Dr. Scott Nelson.  Please show up it will be a great opportunity to support Torrent, Scott and the ABL.

Cyclone Liquors in Ames has two beer classes coming up in March and May of this year.  Entry in each class is $25.00.  These classes are not associated with the Ames Brewers League.  The first class is March 7th 2017 the class will be a selection of different beer styles poured blind & tasted side-by-side.  May 16th 2017 the class will be on sour beers.

February Style of the month: Belgian beers

First place Ron  25B Saison

Second place Neil  26D Belgian dark strong ale

Third place Scott  26C Belgian Tripel

Fourth place Pete  26B Belgin Dubbel

 

The meeting was closed and many more excellent home brews were sampled.


Meeting Minutes - January 2017

Meeting was opened at 7:30 PM by Scott Nelson, minutes from previous meeting were read and approved.

Approximately 15 people attended the meeting with four new people attending for the first time.  Welcome Zach, Mark, Pete, and Patrick, we are glad you were here and hope you keep coming back.

Old Business:
(1)          Next month’s club beer style is Belgians BJCP Category 24-26

(2)          American Home Brewers (AHB) convention coming up June 15-17 of this year in Minneapolis.

(3)          Feb 28th is the Ames Brewers League annual raffle at Torrent.  Mike will need helpers to gather materials for the raffle from local vendors.  Please contact Mike Young directly if you are able to assist.  (mikeyounghb@gmail.com)

(4)          We had a show of hands for who was interested in taking a beer judging class that would meet every Tuesday except club meeting nights at Mark and Collette Simpson’s home.  Seven and a half people committed to attending the class.  The class will begin Feb 16th.  Cost will be approximately $25.00.  If you are interested and were not at the last club meeting please contact Mark Simpson or come to the next meeting with your $25.00.  This class will help you prepare to test and become a certified BJCP judge.  Taking the test is not required, you can take the class and not the test if you are more interested in learning than becoming a judge. 

(5)          We discussed having a commercial style beer that is the same style as our style of the month available at each club meeting.  This would be used as an example of the style for all those who were interested.  This was something done in the past that we will begin doing again.

(6)          The March Style of the month beer is the Club Brew.  Nine people present indicated they would be brewing all gain and three people indicated they will brew extract.  If you were not at the meeting and want to participate in the March Club Brew Please contact Scott Nelson.  Scott Nelson and Mark Simpson will come up with a grain bill.  Details about picking up your materials for the club brew will be available on the club Facebook page and or website and via E-mail.

New Business:
(1)          Collette Simpson is retiring from the DOT on Jan 31st and having a party at Torrent.  Please come and help her celebrate.

Speaker:
Diana Cochran, Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University spoke for approximately 30 minutes on her ongoing research on hop production in Iowa.  Professor Cochran has a large plot of Hops growing at the ISU Horticulture farm.  Thank you Doctor Cochran.

Style of the Month:
January’s style of the month was open to all styles.  There were two American Amber Ale BJCP 19A, one British Brown Ale BJCP 13B, one Irish Red Ale BJCP 15A, one Double Bach BJCP 9A, and one American Pale Ale 18B.  The winner was Sebastian with his Irish Red Ale.  Well done Sebastian.

The meeting was closed and many more excellent home brews were sampled.

 


Meeting Minutes - December 2016

12-13-16

Meeting was opened at 7:30 by Collette as Mark was out of state.

Minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved

Old Business:
(1)          We are going as a club to Homebrew Con in Minneapolis June 15-17 2017.  If you are unable to go with the club you can still donate beer for the event.

(2)          Mark and Scott attended the Thirsty Beer Competition.  It went well but they could have used more judges.

(3)          ISU Hop Research - Head researcher is planning on joining us at the January meeting to discuss what she's been working on at the university and we would like to tour their Hop farm next year at the ISU Horticulture research farm north east of Ames.

New Business:
(1)          The club raffle is scheduled for Feb 28th 2017 (the fourth Tuesday in February)  We would like to hold the raffle at Torrent so we can support Andy and thank him for letting the club meet in his Taproom.  We also discussed having food at the raffle.

(2)          Welcome to the new members attending the club meeting for the first time.  Everyone went around the room and introduced themselves and said how long they had been brewing.  There were three or four new people at the meeting.  Total we had 19 people in attendance.

(3)          2017 Club Officer Elections:
President:                           Scott Nelson (of the North Dakota Nelson’s Long may El Presidente reign)
Vice President:                 Luke Hoekstra
Treasurer/Web master:                Mike Young
Secretary:                           John Murphy

Both Luke and Mike agreed to continue in their current roles of VP and Tres/Webmaster for another year.

(4)  Having a beer judging class was again discussed.  Cost will be $50.00 per person and the twelve session class would meet every Tuesday (except for club meeting Tuesdays) at Mark and Collette’s place.  Testing will be offered but not required.  You can take the class to learn more about beer styles even if you do not want to become a certified Judge.  If you do want to become a certified Judge this is an excellent opportunity.  Anyone who is interested please be prepared to commit to the class during Januarys club meeting.

Style of the month:
December’s style of the Month was Big Beers.  There were four submissions, Two Russian imperial stouts 20C, one Double IPA 22A, and one Belgian Dark Strong 26D.  The winner was Neal Kaloupek with his Russian Imperial Stout.  This was Neal’s second club meeting and his first club beer submission.  Well done Neal!

 


Meeting Minutes - November 2016

Old Business - See below

New Business

Minneapolis Homebrew Con 2016 - Think about attending if you haven't been to one before since it's so close.  We had a great time when the Con was in MN several years ago. The club will discuss possible themes for club night beer serving.

Thirsty Beer Competition - Info from Susan: 

You are invited to join the THIRSTY homebrewclub as a judge for their THIRSTY Classic competition. Entries are limited to 150 and the 2015 BJCP guidelines will be followed. Bagels and coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will follow the morning judging session.
 
When: Saturday, December 3 9:00 am
Where: Millstream Brewery Amana, IA
This is the last competition in the IBOTY

ISU Hop Research - Head researcher is planning on joining us at the January meeting to discuss what she's been workig on at the university.

2017 Raffle - This will be held in February. More to come on this at a later date.

Treasury Report - Discussed possible ways to use club money to give back to members and benefit club.

- Planning on using club money to fund two monthly beer comp base malt/extract bases (March & November).  Club members would receive enough base grain for the sytles of the month and then they could build the rest of the recipe on their own and bring the beer to the monthly competitions.

-Also discussed purchasing commercial classic examples for each monthly competition.

Officer Elections - Tabled until December

Styles of the Month for 2017 - We picked the styles of the month for next year. We tried focusing on broader groups of beer styles in order for more people to participate without too much planning. These will also be posted in our Style of the Month page.

 

January - Open to all styles

February - Belgians

March - Isle Beers (Club sponsored base grain/extract)

April - Sours & Funky

May - Spice Herb Veg/Fruit/Wood/Smoked

June - Session

July - American

August - Hoppy

September - Mead/Cider/Cyser

October - Non-Isle European (German, Czech, etc)

November - Stouts & Porters (Club sponsored base grain/extract)

December - Big Beers

Style of the Month Competition (Porters & Stouts)

1st - Luke - Coffee Oatmeal Stout

2nd - Ron - American Stout (tied w/ Scott)

2nd - Scott - American Porter (tied w/ Ron)

4th - Sebastian - Irish Stout

 


Meeting Minutes - October 2016

Meeting called to order by Mark Simpson at 7:15pm

Three new people at meeting, Steve Green, Neil, and Nathan.  The rest in attendance were John Murphy, Jan, Ron, Lucas Gray, Scott, Colette, and Eric Armstrong.

Minutes from previous meeting were read by Colette and approved by the group.

Old Business:

-          Scott is in contact with ISU horticulture, and the hop farm director will come speak to the club sometime yet this year and hopefully next month.

-          Mead day was a success.

-          Leo went to a competition in Emmetsburg.  There were 20 beers and three judges.

-          Octoberfest was celebrated last week at Torrent and Boone Valley Breweries.

-          October 22nd is the downtown Ames Octoberfest celebration and three of our club members will be judging beer for the celebration - Lucas Gray, Jeff Postal, and Eric Armstrong.

New Business:

-         Next month’s club meeting will be the Third Tuesday of November at 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.

-          Lucas told the group there will be a brewing contest in Manchester, Iowa on Nov 12th.  The Brewery hosting the event will let the winner of the contest brew a big batch of their recipe on the breweries system.

-          Scott told the group next month the club needs to set the styles for next year and nominate next year’s officers.

-          The club’s vice president was not present at the meeting so Mark found our green tote of supplies for our monthly beer contest.

-          Mark told the group there is a beer contest in Fargo, North Dakota called “Hoppy Halloween” the end of this month October.

-          Mark told the group that 515 won a gold medal at the great American beer festival this year.

-          The NHA National Home Brewers Association convention will be in Minneapolis MN this coming June 15-17 and does the club want to do a “Club Night” booth and host a hospitality room?  The club has a six tap Jocky box available.  Also If anyone is interested in becoming a

beer judge they will be able to take the “tasting” test at the NHA convention but they will have already needed to have passed the online written test.  If there are people interested in testing the club will need to start setting up classes after this coming January first so people can study, and prepare.

 

This month’s Beer Style was Lagers and Mark Simpson was the only member who brought a lager so after we all drank his beer we unanimously agreed he was this month hands down winner.

Meeting adjourned when all the beer was gone.

 


Meeting Minutes – September 2016

 

Old Business – See minutes below from last month

New Business

Mead Day:

Saturday, September 17th at Mark & Colette’s house (address was sent in email and on Facebook page).  Start time is 2pm. The apple crusher and press will be available for people to use. We will make a couple of meads throughout the day. Sandwiches will be provided, but feel free to bring a side or snack to share. Also all homebrew and commercial beers, meads, and ciders are welcome. Hope to see you Saturday!

ISU Hop Farm - Potential Speaker

Scott talked with the Dianna Cochran who runs the ISU hop research plot recently as part of one of the classes he teaches. He is going to follow-up with her and potentially schedule an upcoming meeting where she can discuss the hop farm and everything that goes along with it. Look for an announcement in the future regarding this. More information about the hop farm HERE

 

 Other Upcoming Events:

Little Giant Beer Summit – Saturday, September 17th – el Bait Shop

http://elbaitshop.com/events/#

Olde Main Oktoberfest Tapping – September 23rd

Boone Valley Brewing Oktoberfest Tapping – October 8th

Ames Oktoberfest – October 22nd

http://www.amesdowntown.org/events/#/oktoberfest/

 


Meeting Minutes – August 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 Old Business:

Cyclone Liquors had their Summer Showcase this July 14th from 4-7pm. It’s a FREE event that promotes most of their distributors throughout the store.  Mark attended early, as it got busy very quickly.

 Olde Main Brewing Company Event on July 15th introduced the New Master Brewer, Cory O'Neel.  Cory was former head brewer at Granite City and subsequently worked for a malting company before taking the position of head brewer at Olde Main.  His primary focus has been cleaning up, and getting the old recipes to their original intent.  There has been a noticeable in the quality of the brews being served.  The event showcased two new brews - “Summer Citron” and “It’s About Time IPA”.  Several members attended.

 Iowa State Fair - July 30th and July 31st was the beer judging.  Lucas Gray placed 2nd in the Belgian Strong & Specialty style.  Full results can be found here:

https://www.iowastatefair.org/participate/competition/results/winners-cheer-for-best-beer-brews-at-iowa-state-fair/

 New Business:

5th Annual Beer Nuts in Cedar Rapids, Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Benz Beverage Depot - 501 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door and will include glassware and beer tastings from clubs across the state, food vendors will be available, and Live Music will be provided.  You can see a list of beers being poured with our web app, found here: https://crbeernuts.herokuapp.com/ and tickets are on sale now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cedar-rapids-beer-nuts-homebrew-fest-tickets-21610580829

 Paralleling the Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour last month, a new event at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, August 25th, 5-7pm.

 Rescheduled: The annual Mead Day event hosted by Mark and Colette Simpson at their house near Ames (which is essentially the club’s big annual celebration) is scheduled tentatively for Saturday, September 17th.  Apples will be ground, mead will be made, and homebrew samples will run through the club’s jockey box or from bottles and growlers brought.  Hold the date for now – more details will follow.

 October 1st, Emmetsburg, IA – BJCP Competition

Keep EM Brewing, KEMB-LP FM Home Brewing Competition

http://www.kembevents.com/

 Scott Nelson was going to meet with Diana Cochran about the ISU Hop Farm.  He will ask about visiting for interested club members.  This would likely need to take place soon, as harvesting is likely to occur soon.  Background information is available here:

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/new-project-offers-research-growing-hops

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/new-project-isu-horticulture-station-offers-research-growing-hops

 Monthly Club Competition: Mead, Cider, Cyser

The club brew recipe guidelines for the monthly competition are posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website:  http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Submissions:

1.       Cider and Other Fruit (C2B)         2nd place               Mark Simpson                  

2.       New World Cider (C1A) 3rd place               Scott Nelson

3.       Multifruit Melomel (M2E)            1st place                Mark Simpson

 


Meeting Minutes – July 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 

Old Business:

New Banner - Mike secured a new banner, kept simple, and leaving a blank area on both ends where a tap list could be temporarily be written for use with our jockey box at pouring events.


Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour

Animal Rescue League of Iowa Fundraiser

Thursday, June 16 at 5 PM - 7 PM

5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, Iowa 50313

Unwind with your pup after work at Yappy Hour! The ARL and Iowa Brewers Union are pairing up for the Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour at Bailey’s Bark Park at ARL Main. Bring your dog and enjoy local homebrews all in support of the ARL. The ARL will also have fun freebies! This is a free event, but an RSVP is required due to space.

http://www.arl-iowa.org/events/jimmy-carter-yappy-hour-D06162016.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/events/1047492341992619/

Mike reported the event was short, but went well.  More events are to come.

DSM Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2016
VIP 1-5 p.m.  General Admission 2-5 p.m.
Downtown Des Moines – 200 block of E. 3rd Street (entry gate at intersection of Walnut & E. 3rd)

The Iowa Brewers Guild is pleased to announce the details of the Sixth Annual Iowa Craft Brew Festival.  Over 45 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national craft breweries, will be featured at this year’s festival.  Participating breweries will be pouring unlimited beer tastes of approximately 300 beers, including a variety of limited release brews.  In addition to an array of outstanding beers, the ICBF will feature food from Ceviche Bar, Iowa Taproom, Formaro Stuffed, Melts without Borders, Over the Top, and Forefathers Bacon; educational seminars; street shenanigans from Josh Peters' Dangerous Fun Show; Human Foosball; and, for goodness sakes--we'll even have an app for you to download soon (stay tuned)!  This event will sell out—no day-of tickets will be available.

http://www.iowabeer.org/events-1/#icbf

Colette and Mark served for Raccoon River, and “a good time was had by all.”

 

5th Annual Beer Nuts in Cedar Rapids

Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Benz Beverage Depot - 501 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door and will include glassware and beer tastings from clubs across the state, food vendors will be available, and Live Music will be provided.  A portion of proceeds will benefit Pints for Prostates.  You can see a list of beers being poured with our web app, found here: https://crbeernuts.herokuapp.com/.

Tickets are on sale now at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cedar-rapids-beer-nuts-homebrew-fest-tickets-21610580829

The annual Mead Day event hosted by Mark and Colette Simpson at their house near Ames (which is essentially the club’s big annual celebration) is scheduled tentatively for Saturday, October 8th.  Apples will be ground, mead will be made, and homebrew samples will run through the club’s jockey box or from bottles and growlers brought.  Hold the date for now – more details will follow.

Big Brew Day Recap -  Scott brewed a Ginger Beer using the recipe provided here: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/homebrewassoc/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Summertime-Ginger-Ale-%E2%80%93-All-Grain-FINAL.pdf.

Chase brewed an Alt Beer using the recipe provided here: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/homebrewassoc/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Strike-Team-Chanukah-Altbier-%E2%80%93-All-Grain-.pdf.

Both were presented for sampling after the meeting agenda was done.

Iowa State Fair

Saturday July 30th will have judging of small flights.  Sunday, July 31st will be the main beer judging.  The fair will be using the older BJCP style guidelines for evaluation.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a steward.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as free admission and a parking pass to the fair.  It’s a great opportunity to taste, add numbers, and help serve.  Judging will take place at the Elwell Family Food Center which is air conditioned, large, and quiet.

New Business:

Olde Main Brewing Co Event to introduce the New Master Brewer, Cory O'Neel.  Cory was former head brewer at Granite City and subsequently worked for a malting company before taking the position of head brewer at Olde Main.  His primary focus has been cleaning up, and getting the old recipes to their original intent.  There has been a noticeable in the quality of the brews being served, and the event scheduled this week will showcase two new brews.  Event details below:

 

Olde Main Brewing Company is pleased to announce the release of 2 Limited Edition Brews at our Meet the Brewer Bash Friday July 15! Join us for an evening of tastings, tours and live music from Damon Dotson!

1. “Summer Citron” A brand new recipe to beat the heat… Summer Citron is a refreshing ale brewed with zest of lemon and grains of paradise; a seed from the ginger family, which adds a subtle peppery, citrus after-note. This light-bodied beer is made with American two-row barley and wheat and sweetened with Iowa honey. Reminiscent of the Munich Weiss beers and the light effervescence of England’s shandy, it pairs perfectly with sun and sandals

2. “About Time India Pale Ale” When we announced we would be brewing an India Pale Ale, the name was obvious. Everyone said “It’s About Time”! As we refresh the Olde Main beer family it was clear we needed at least one extraordinary IPA. This first incarnation is assertively hop-forward with enough malt body to provide balance. Generous dry hop additions create a full flavor and aromatic extravaganza, yet with a crisp and clean finish.

Contact Jacque Ross for RESERVATIONS JacqueOMBC@gmail.com

Grab a Brew and Meet its Maker!
4pm Brewery Tour
6pm Beer Tasting and Complimentary Appetizers
7pm Brewery Tour
9pm Damon Dotson live in The Pub
21+ after 10pm. Please Celebrate Responsibly 

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Cyclone Liquors will have their Summer Showcase this Thursday from 4-7pm. “This is always one of our favorite shows and is a great way to try product and learn a little about it. This is a FREE event that will promote most of our distributors throughout the store. Please make sure you bring valid ID with you as we will check at the door. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. See you then!”  It’s recommended to show up before 5pm, as it gets busy very quickly.

 

Treasury Report:  Mike paid for club’s cost of the website for the last couple of years, $156.  He splits the cost of the domain name he shares with the club.  Currently we have $970 in the bank and roughly $100 cash.  We should think about how we want to spend this, possibly with Sensory Evaluation or hop kits.  Possibly for BJCP study classes.

2016 Cityview Brewfest at 7 Flags Event Center, Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 4-7 PM

 
.  Tickets available at: http://sevenflagseventcenter.com/events/2016/07/16/default-calendar/2016-cityview-brewfest 

Paralleling the Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour last month, a new event at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, August 25th, 5-7pm.

Mike will (already has) posted the monthly competition styles on our Facebook page.  Next month is Mead, Cider, and Cyser.

Monthly Club Competition:

The club brew recipe guidelines for the monthly competition are posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website:  http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Submissions:

1.       Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (28B)     1st place                Lucas Gray

American Wheat (1D) base fermented with pedio, lacto, brett                  

2.       Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (21A)      2nd place               Scott Nelson

Ginger Beer

 

Meeting Minutes – June 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 

Old Business:

New Banner - We discussed creating a new banner for the club with an updated logo. Something simple with our logo, club name, and the year the club was founded.  Mike will put together a few simple designs, and the club can look them over.  We’re looking at an 8’ by 4’ or 5’ by 3’ banner that’s simple and has the club website address on it.  Luke brought up leaving a blank area on one end or both where a tap list could be temporarily written for use with our jockey box at pouring events.
 

T-Shirts - Colette has 3 or 4 t-shirts left from the last order.  Mike also brought in a tie-dye t-shirt from an earlier order for anyone who wanted it.  We discussed a potential t-shirt order later in the year.  If we use the same place as last time, they should have the design saved which may lower the minimum number of shirts needed for an order or at least keep our costs down.  The last order had three colors – olive, tan, and gray blue and the cost was roughly $15.  The order minimum was 20-30 shirts.  Colette will check with Christine for more details about the last order.

 

Sensory Evaluation / Hop Kit - Matthew brought up purchasing a sensory evaluation kit that provides ingredients to dose beers in order to determine off-flavors. This can also be done with household items.  Mark also brought up hop kits which could also be used to help learn different hop varieties, which would be nice with so many new hops on the market now.  We’ll discuss again at a later date, probably fall when more members are available.

 

BJCP Study Class - We have previously held a study class for people interested in taking the BJCP exam, and/or people just interested in expanding their beer knowledge.  It would also be good for those already certified now that the new style guidelines are out.  With the AHA National Homebrewers Conference coming to Minneapolis next year, it will be possible for attendees to get a guaranteed seat for the written test (an online test would need to be completed prior to this).  Cider exams may also be available.  If people are interested, we should determine if it’s something a club member could host/run (Mark & Colette have offered in the past).  If a study class were to happen, it would likely not be until the fall/winter.  More discussion to come.

http://www.bjcp.org/index.php

 

Big Brew Day Recap -  Scott brewed a Ginger Beer using the recipe provided here: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/homebrewassoc/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Summertime-Ginger-Ale-%E2%80%93-All-Grain-FINAL.pdf.  He said it had a great ginger flavor and aroma, but is a bit different from the clear ginger beers on the market.  Chase brewed an Alt Beer using the recipe provided here: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/homebrewassoc/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Strike-Team-Chanukah-Altbier-%E2%80%93-All-Grain-.pdf which was lagered and turned out well.  Sebastion brewed a Porter.  It unfortunately stuck during fermentation, but he plans to revive it and keg 3 gallons then age 2 on oak.

 

Three new attendees – Nick, Nathan, Brandon

 

New Business:

 

The triumphant return of our president!

 

Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour

Animal Rescue League of Iowa Fundraiser

Thursday, June 16 at 5 PM - 7 PM

5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, Iowa 50313

Unwind with your pup after work at Yappy Hour! The ARL and Iowa Brewers Union are pairing up for the Jimmy Carter Yappy Hour at Bailey’s Bark Park at ARL Main. Bring your dog and enjoy local homebrews all in support of the ARL. The ARL will also have fun freebies! This is a free event, but an RSVP is required due to space.

http://www.arl-iowa.org/events/jimmy-carter-yappy-hour-D06162016.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/events/1047492341992619/

 

Olde Main Brewing Co Event to introduce the New Master Brewer, Cory O'Neel!
Friday, July 15 at 4 PM to July 16 at 2 AM

316 Main St, Ames, Iowa 50010

Join us for a night of Live Music from Damon Dotson as we introduce our New Master Brewer, Cory O'Neel!  Grab a Brew and Meet its Maker!
4pm Brewery Tour
6pm Beer Tasting and Complimentary Appetizers
7pm Brewery Tour
9pm Damon Dotson live in The Pub
21+ after 10pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/140837456333918/

 

DSM Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2016
VIP 1-5 p.m.  General Admission 2-5 p.m.
Downtown Des Moines – 200 block of E. 3rd Street (entry gate at intersection of Walnut & E. 3rd)

The Iowa Brewers Guild is pleased to announce the details of the Sixth Annual Iowa Craft Brew Festival.  Over 45 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national craft breweries, will be featured at this year’s festival.  Participating breweries will be pouring unlimited beer tastes of approximately 300 beers, including a variety of limited release brews.  In addition to an array of outstanding beers, the ICBF will feature food from Ceviche Bar, Iowa Taproom, Formaro Stuffed, Melts without Borders, Over the Top, and Forefathers Bacon; educational seminars; street shenanigans from Josh Peters' Dangerous Fun Show; Human Foosball; and, for goodness sakes--we'll even have an app for you to download soon (stay tuned)!  This event will sell out—no day-of tickets will be available.

http://www.iowabeer.org/events-1/#icbf

 

39th annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference

Minneapolis

June 15-17, 2017

Stay tuned for more details later this year. You can expect conference registration to open mid-winter 2017.

http://www.homebrewcon.org/news/see-minneapolis-june-15-17-2017/

 

Iowa State Fair

August 11-21, 2016

Competetion deadlines are coming up.  Judging and Steward opportunities will be available.

5th Annual Beer Nuts in Cedar Rapids

Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Benz Beverage Depot - 501 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door and will include glassware and beer tastings from clubs across the state, food vendors will be available, and Live Music will be provided.  A portion of proceeds will benefit Pints for Prostates.  You can see a list of beers being poured with our web app, found here: https://crbeernuts.herokuapp.com/.

Tickets are on sale now at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cedar-rapids-beer-nuts-homebrew-fest-tickets-21610580829

 

The annual Mead Day event hosted by Mark and Colette Simpson is scheduled tentatively for Saturday, October 8th.                                                

Monthly Club Competition:

The club brew recipe guidelines for the monthly competition are posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website:  http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Submissions:

1.       American IPA (21A)                                         2nd place (tie)     Sebastian Speer              

2.       Fruit Beer (29A) (American IPA base)     

3.       American IPA (21A)                                         2nd place (tie)     Chase Colton

4.       American IPA (21A)                                        

5.       Double IPA (22A)                                             1st place                Scott Nelson

 

Meeting Minutes - May 2016

Old Business - See ABL website (http://amesbrewersleague.org/minutes.htm)

 

New Business

 
New Banner - We discussed creating a new banner for the club with an updated logo. Something simple with our logo, club name, and maybe the year the club was founded. Mike will put together a few simple designs, and the club can look them over at the next meeting.

 
T-Shirts - Colette is checking to see if she has any t-shirts left from the last order. Discussed a potential t-shirt order later in the year. Need to get a higher number of shirts ordered in order to keep costs down (over 20-30).

 
Sensory Evaluation Kit - Matthew brought up purchasing a sensory evaluation kit that provides ingredients to dose beers in order to determine off-flavors. This can also be done with household items. This led into the next topic regarding a BJCP Study Class like we've done in the past.

 
BJCP Study Class - We have previously held a study class for people interested in taking the BJCP exam, and/or people just interested in expanding their beer knowledge.  If people are interested, we will determine if this is something that a club member would be interested in hosting/running. Mark & Colette have offered in the past.  It will depend on their schedule as well as the BJCP exam schedule.  Since the class is geared towards taking the BJCP exam, we would need to try to find an exam that was close to our location or try to coordinate a class and tasting exam.  If this were to happen, it would likely not be until the fall/winter.  More discussion will come in the future.

 
Club Competition Results - Belgian, Funky, Sour, Weird

 
1st - Scott - Berliner Weisse
 
2nd - Mike - Flanders Red
 
3rd - Luke - Duvel Clone
 
4th - Leo - Oud Bruin
 
5th - Chris - Experimental/Sour Mead

Meeting Minutes – April 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month) 

Two time-important considerations are the BYO subscriptions and the May 7th Big Brew day, so please see details below concerning them. 

 

Otherwise the big event was the Club Brew.  The Ames Brewers League provided grain/malt extract to members in order to compete.  It was interesting to sample all the different creations!

Old Business:

Boone Valley Brewery will celebrated its 4th anniversary on Mar 26th.  Event details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/474918646026955/

Boone Valley Brewing has grown a lot since we opened the doors to our taproom in March of 2012. Celebrate 4 years of local craft beer with us!
Saturday March 26th 1pm-10pm
Food Truck: Melts Without Borders 4pm-9pm
Anniversary Belgian Quad taps at 1pm!
Our production brewery will be open for visiting too!

 

New Business:

AHA National Homebrew Competition in Saint Paul, MN will be April 15th.  Mark and Colette Simpson will be judging. For more information see:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/competition-information/

 

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BYO magazine subscriptions are available again.  The cost is $16.50/yr.  Submissions are due May 27th.  Contact Mike at: MikeYoungHB@gmail.com if you’re interested.  We may need more signups for the discount, so please respond soon!

 

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Big Brew for National Homebrew Day is May 7th.  We had a great turnout last year, and many thanks to Torrent for hosting.

 

Mike sent out the following event notice on Facebook:

Join the Ames Brewers League for national Big Brew day, starting at 9am at Torrent Brewing Company! Feel free to bring your brew equipment and setup in the parking lot, or just hang out and brew with fellow homebrewers. This is also a great opportunity for us to teach the community about homebrewing and how awesome of a hobby it is. We hope to see a lot of you there!

 

Recipes for the event are posted at:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/

but feel free to brew what you’d like.  Torrent will be serving at 11am

 

May 7th is also the first day for the Ames Farmers Market, and there will be a food truck competition:

The Food Truck Showdown will have a great variety of Ames and Central Iowa food trucks competing for the best overall food truck voted by the Ames community. It takes place at the Ames Main Street Farmers' Market season opener, May 7, with live music and activities for the whole family!

 

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Summerfest (5th annual) in Campustown is June 6th.  We did not participate last year, but did the previous two years.  Members brewed and shared information with the public.  We should discuss whether there is an interest in participation this year.  More information is available at: http://www.amescampustown.com/event/summerfest/

 

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Iowa State Fair Beer submissions are due July 1st.  We can discuss whether club members are interested in submitting, and whether someone would volunteer to take all submissions for drop-off (if there is enough interest.)  Last year’s competition results can be found here:

http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/results/winners-cheer-for-best-beer-brews-at-iowa-state-fair/

 

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The American Homebrewers Association will host their National Homebrewers Conference (38th annual) in Baltimore on June 9-11th.  Registration opens March 8th.  More information is available at:

http://www.homebrewcon.org/

 

Monthly Style Competition: Club Brew                         

Ames Brewers League provided the grain/malt extract to members.  Guidelines for the competition were posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website: http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Submissions:

Blonde Ale (18A)                  

Strong Bitter (11C)                

Pre-Prohibition Porter (27G)               3rd place         Scott Nelson

American Pale Ale (18B)                               

American Pale Ale (18B)                    1st place          Luke Hoekstra

American IPA (21A)             

American IPA (21A)                          2nd place         Chase Colton

Saison (25B)                                      

Belgian Dubbel (26B)                        

Mixed-Style (34B) / ESB Base lightly soured 

 


Meeting Minutes – March 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 

Old Business:

The club brew recipe guidelines for the April competition have been posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website:  http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Mike purchased grains and extract for the April competition from C and S Brew Supply in Ankeny and Beer Crazy in Des Moines.  ABL is supplying the base recipe grains/malt extract and the brewer will be responsible for hops, yeast, and other ingredients.  It was agreed that batch volume can be adjusted by the brewer as well.  Supplies were distributed after the meeting, but for those who could not attend, they could contact Mike to arrange for a pick up.  NOTE: this option is for dues paying members, so be sure to pay your dues in order to participate.

 

The IBU Open was scheduled at the Twisted Vine Brewery (under construction) for Feb 26, 27, 28

 

Confluence Brewery is having a 2nd wort challenge: 

 

There were opportunities for judging competitions in Kansas City

 

BYO magazine subscriptions are available again.  The cost is $16.50/yr.  We need 10 signups to get this club discount.  The magazine is a great resource for amateurs and professionals alike.  Bring money to sign up at the next meeting.  Submissions are due May 27th.  We still need 4 more signups for the discount.

 

Torrent celebrated its one year anniversary on February 19th from 3:30-11:00pm

 

There was a discussion on whether anyone is interesting in learning to judge beer styles.  The club has in the past hosted meetings to help members become certified beer judges.  This was done at the Simpson’s house previously, but we could meet on Tuesdays during non-club meetings or meet at times when Torrent is open and try to arrange use of their meeting room to learn how to recognize and judge different beer styles.  BJCP offers an off-flavors kit as well to help recognize various common flaws in beers.  Several members expressed interest in this.  Fall may be a better time for everyone to participate.  We should discuss when we have a full group - this could be a great learning opportunity.

 

 

New Business:

BYO magazine subscriptions are available again.  The cost is $16.50/yr.  Submissions are due May 27th.  We still need 4 more signups for the discount!

 

Big Brew for National Homebrew Day is May 7th.  Last year we set up outside of Torrent Brewing.  Torrent opened early, provided food, and allowed us to use their water.  Several ABL members and others in the community participated.  There are recipes posted for the event, but last year participants brewed whatever they wanted.  We should check if Torrent will allow us to repeat the event at their place again (an use their water) and discuss whether we want to follow a particular recipe or not.  Our event can be registered at:  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/

 

Summerfest (5th annual) in Campustown is June 6th.  We did not participate last year, but did the previous two years.  Members brewed and shared information with the public.  We should discuss whether there is an interest in participation this year.  More information is available at: http://www.amescampustown.com/event/summerfest/

 

Boone Valley Brewery will celebrate its 4th anniversary on Mar 26th.  Event details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/474918646026955/

Boone Valley Brewing has grown a lot since we opened the doors to our taproom in March of 2012. Celebrate 4 years of local craft beer with us!
Saturday March 26th 1pm-10pm
Food Truck: Melts Without Borders 4pm-9pm
Anniversary Belgian Quad taps at 1pm!
Our production brewery will be open for visiting too!

 

Iowa State Fair Beer submissions are due July 1st.  We can discuss whether club members are interested in submitting, and whether someone would volunteer to take all submissions for drop-off (if there is enough interest.)  Last year’s competition results can be found here:

http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/results/winners-cheer-for-best-beer-brews-at-iowa-state-fair/

 

AHA National Homebrew Competition 1st Round in Saint Paul, MN will be April 15th.  Steward opportunities are available.  For more information see:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/events/aha-national-homebrew-competition-1st-round-saint-paul/

 

The American Homebrewers Association will host their National Homebrewers Conference (38th annual) in Baltimore on June 9-11th.  Registration opens March 8th.  More information is available at:

http://www.homebrewcon.org/

 

 

New members: Robert Brown

 

 

Monthly Style Competition: Isle Beers (English, Scottish, Irish, Aussie)

We are using the 2015 BJCP Style Guide now.

 

Submissions:

1.       Best Bitter (11B)                               3rd place               Robert Brown

2.       Oatmeal Stout (16B)                      

3.       English Porter (13C)                        2nd place               Scott Nelson

4.       Old Ale (17B) w/ Rye                      1st place                Sebastian Speer

 

Other submissions:  Chase Colton


Meeting Minutes – February 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 

Old Business:

Monthly style competition winners are encouraged to share their brew recipe/technique with the group.

 

C and S Brew Supply in Ankeny has moved.  More information is available at:

candsbrewsupply.com

 

Dues are set as: annual membership of $15/person, family, group. 

 

The ABL Raffle will be held on February 23rd at Torrent Brewing Company.  The raffle will start around 7pm.  We plan to begin setting up at 6pm, and sell tickets as people arrive.  Torrent will be serving from their taps, but homebrew may be shared as well.  Mike created a facebook event, and has notified the other brew clubs.  Mike has also already picked up donations around Des Moines and will be picking up more week and the next.  ABL will bring a few dishes to share, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share with the group.  Food from local businesses can also be ordered by attendees for delivery.  Torrent may have menus or recommendations available.

 

Treasury report was:  $534.95 bank, $80.00 cash = $614.95 total

 

 

New Business:

The club brew recipe guidelines for the April competition have been posted on the Ames Brewer’s League website: 

http://amesbrewersleague.org/styleofthemonth.htm

 

Mike purchased grains and extract for the April competition from C and S Brew Supply in Ankeny and Beer Crazy in Des Moines.  ABL is supplying the base recipe grains/malt extract and the brewer will be responsible for hops, yeast, and other ingredients.  It was also agreed that batch volume can be adjusted by the brewer as well.  Supplies were distributed after the meeting, but for those who could not attend, contact Mike at MikeYoungHB@gmail.com to arrange for a pick up.  NOTE: this option is for dues paying members, so be sure to pay your dues in order to participate.

 

The IBU Open is scheduled at the Twisted Vine Brewery (under construction) for Feb 26, 27, 28.  Sign up to Judge or Steward at:

http://www.ibuopen.com/

Being a Steward is a great opportunity for learning how to judge.

 

Confluence Brewery will offer a 2nd wort challenge:

 

(It was mentioned that there needs to be more feedback to those participating in the challenge.  Several club members participated last year.)

 

Opportunities are coming for judging competitions in Kansas City.  This can be a great opportunity for gaining experience.

 

BYO magazine subscriptions are available again.  The cost is $16.50/yr.  We need 10 signups to get this club discount.  The magazine is a great resource for amateurs and professionals alike.  Bring money to sign up at the next meeting.  Submissions are due May 27th.

 

Torrent is celebrating its one year anniversary on February 19th from 3:30-11:00pm.  Here’s a post from their facebook page:

“There's really no other way to say this so we'll just get straight to the point, we're having a party and this is your official invitation! Mark your calendars for February 19th (3:30-11pm) and come help TBC celebrate our One Year Anniversary! We've got lots of fun stuff planned highlighted by live music through the evening provided by "Bluestem", Rico's Tacos food truck, Brewery Tours (4-6pm), a new beer release and a chance for you to win "Beer for a Year"! Tickets for "Beer for a Year" can be purchased for $1.00 in the taproom everyday were open until 7pm on February 19th. Plan to spend the evening with us celebrating the Ames brewery you helped build and great local beer.”

 

There was a great discussion on whether anyone is interesting in learning to judge beer styles.  The club has in the past hosted meetings to help members become certified beer judges.  This was done at the Simpson’s house previously, but we could meet on Tuesdays during non-club meetings or meet at times when Torrent is open and try to arrange use of their meeting room to learn how to recognize and judge different beer styles.  BJCP offers an off-flavors kit as well to help recognize various common flaws in beers.  Several members expressed interest in this.  Summer may be a better time for everyone to participate.  This could be a great learning opportunity that the club could sponsor!

 

Treasury report included:

- $280 for expenses related to supplies for members participating in the club recipe completion in April.

- $521 final total balance for account and cash.

With the raffle coming up for fund raising, we should think about how we want to budget our money for this year.

                                                        

 

Monthly Style Competition: Session Beers

(We are using the 2015 BJCP Style Guide now)

 

Submissions:

1.       American Pale Ale (18B)                                1st place                Scott Nelson

2.       Best Bitter (11B)

3.       American Pale Ale (18B)                               

4.       Kolsch (5B)                                                          2nd place               Christine Darby Weydert

5.       American Pale Ale (18B)                                3rd place               Chase Colton

 

 


Meeting Minutes – January 2016

(2nd Tuesday of the Month)

 

Old Business:

New Officers were elected last month for the 2016 year:

President: Mark Simpson

Vice President: Luke Hoekstra

Secretary: Chase Colton

Treasurer: Mike Young

Webmaster: Mike Young

 

Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company is now open in Bondarant.  The 15 BBL brewhouse was last housed at Raccoon River Brewing Company in downtown Des Moines.  Hours are Tue-Fri 4p-10p, Sat 11a-10p, Sun 12p-6p.  More information is available at reclaimedrailsbrewing.com and on their facebook page.

 

April’s Style Competition will be a Club Recipe.  The club will provide grains/extract to those who are interested in competing.  The current plan is to provide for 8 all grain and 5 extract brewers.  All brewers will use the same grain bill.  Extract brewers will have a comparable extract.  All brewers will use the same specialty grains.  Grains may be toasted, roasted, or smoked.  Hops and yeast will be left up to the individual brewer to decide.  Mike volunteered to pick up the grains and extract.  He will either bring them to February’s meeting or interested club brewers can stop by his house for pick-up.

 

The ABL Raffle will be held on February 23rd at Torrent Brewing Company.  The raffle will start around 7pm.  We plan to begin set up at 6pm, and sell tickets as people arrive.  Torrent will be serving from their taps, but homebrew may be shared as well.  Mike created a facebook event and will notify the other brew clubs.  Mike is working with others to pick up donations around Des Moines.  We may order food or encourage attendees to bring a dish to share with the group.

 

Iowa Tap Room from the owners of El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus, and the Royal Mile is scheduled to open in late February or early March.  The location is 215 E Third St in the East Village, Des Moines.  It will feature only Iowa beers and have 120 on tap.

 

BrrFest is set for January 30th at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  Attendees can sample and purchase craft beers from breweries across the Midwest.  Tickets are no longer available for early admission, but are for general admission at $30, 1:00–4:00pm.

 

 

New Business:

Jan Hovick is selling his brewing equipment which includes kegs, taps, a chiller (Therminator), and many other items.  He has a 10 gallon system.  Mike asked him to post the items on our facebook page.

 

Scott Nelson initiated a discussion about asking the winner of the monthly style competition to share the brew recipe/technique used.  There was a discussion about creating a possible recipe database for the winning recipes.  Mike Young has a web site where he posts his own recipes, which are exported from Beer Smith.  The ABL website may have a recipes link already.  Winners of the style competition could send Mike the recipe for him to post on the ABL site.

 

C and S Brew Supply in Ankeny has moved.  An open house is scheduled for January 15th from 4p-7p at 106 SW Linden St, Ankeny, IA 50023.  More information is available at candsbrewsupply.com.

 

Dues were set as: annual membership of $15/person, family, group.  Several members presented dues to the Treasurer.

 

Treasury report was the same as last month:  $534.95 bank, $80.00 cash = $614.95 total

 

Noted that additional score sheets were needed for the Monthly Style Competition.

 

Monthly Style Competition: Open To All Styles

We are using the 2015 BJCP Style Guide now.

 

Submissions:

1.       New World Cider (C1A)

2.       Wild Cider (C2F)

3.       Blonde Ale (18A)                              3rd place               Scott Nelson

4.       Weissbier (10A)

5.       British Brown Ale (13B)                  1st place                Chase Colton

6.       English Porter (13C)

7.       American IPA (21A)                         2nd place               Matthew Goodman

8.       American IPA (21A)

 

Submissions also from: Ron Nelson, John Murphy, Leo (Webster City), Luke, Chris