- January – Scottish 60/70/80 (9A,B,C)
- February – Belgian Dubbel (18B)
- March – Düsseldorf Altbier (7C)
- April – Oatmeal Stout (13C)
- May – American IPA (14B)
- June – Melomel, Other Fruit (not apple or grape) (25C)
- July – Witbier (16A)
- August – Munich Helles (1D)
- September – American Brown Ale (10C)
- October – Bière de Garde (16D)
- November – Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin (17C)
- December – Baltic Porter (12C)
Board elections will be conducted at the December meeting which means we need some nominations! We will be accepting nominations for all positions.
It would be great to see self-nominations. I want to encourage people with the desire and motivation to contribute their ideas or talents to the greater membership, however, you can also nominate other people.
We will also be accepting nominations (via email) up to 1 week from the meeting. The deadline is Nov 14th, at midnight. Once all the nominations have been collected, we will have a 1 week period (until Nov 21st at midnight) to retract your name from the list if you do not want or are unable to fulfill the duties of the position. The complete list will then be sent out to the membership and online voting will commence. Online voting will continue until the meeting on December 5th. We will also have voting at the meeting for those that do not participate online. Finally, we will tally the votes at the meeting and announce the 2014 Board.
Just as a reminder, here is a quick description of the positions on the board:
President - this position is responsible for leading the club at meetings and through the year. They will work closely with other board members as well as delegate to non-board members to get things done. They will be responsible for announcing meetings and other news pertinent to the membership. They represent the club and are responsible for outreach and welcoming new members. They are responsible for the Monthly newsletter to the membership. Finally, they are responsible for calling together the board for meetings which traditionally happen quarterly but are at the discretion of the president. Ultimately, this is not a difficult or time consuming position. It is mainly a communication position and is nice if you can provide some energy and excitement about and/or behind the club.
Vice President - this position is responsible for backing the president in all of the previously mentioned duties, especially when the President is not able.
Events Coordinator - this position is responsible for coordinating with all the other breweries in town to provide an annual meeting schedule. They are the contact between the club and the breweries for club meetings. They are responsible for confirming meeting arrangements in the week/s prior to the meeting. They are also responsible for coordinating all other events that the LPs get involved including, Summer BBQ, Xmas Party, and other Beer events.
Competition Coordinator - this position is responsible for conducting, coordinating, planning, and arranging all things competition for the LPs. The main event is the LP Slam/Muse Cup that happens in June. This is a very time consuming position and will require effort, however, it is very important for the club. The Competition Coordinator will also appoint an Assistant Competition Coordinator to assist with the competition-related duties.
Treasure - this position handles the finances of the club. They are responsible for cutting checks to the appropriate people when necessary. They also are the person who deals with the bank. This position requires an organized and reliable person. They are responsible for doing all the book work also – making sure all the pluses and minus add up.
Board-at-large (4) - these positions are advisory positions for the other positions. They represent the rest of the membership at the board meetings. They often are involved with committees and sub groups to get other things done behind the scenes such as website work, etc…
This is a rough list of the responsibilities and is in no way complete. The important thing to remember is that this is a volunteer group and the only way things get done is by volunteering your time.
Our next LP meeting will be at New Belgium Brewery on Thursday, November 7th @ 7:00 PM.
1) There will be 2 tours of the brewery for a limited number of people who are able to get there earlier, but you must RSVP to go on the tour. Andy Mitchell has arranged for us to get a more “behind the scenes” look into the brew house, cellar, and packaging than most of us have experienced before. The first tour will start at 5:30 and the other will start at 6 pm. Each tour will last about 90 minutes, and there will be a 25-person cap on each tour. You must RSVP to Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to go on the tour. You must also wear closed-toe shoes on the tour.
2) We will have a beer social for the first ~ 30 minutes. You can bring any homebrews you would like to share with the group.
3) We will be doing tasting panel. If you have any beers (or meads and ciders) that you want specific feedback on please bring them. This is an opportunity to get very direct comments on beer attributes and style for your good or bad beers. Also, if you have beer that you know has a specific “problem” – bring it! This is a great educational opportunity to train other people on beer attributes and taints.
4) Imperial IPA (BJCP: 14C) is the November style of the month. If you have a one, please bring it for the table. We will have a couple commercial examples for calibration. Discussions will be led by BJCP judges and is a great opportunity to really dissect the diversity and qualification for certain beer styles. For brewers who are interested in learning how competition beer judging works – this is the table to be seated at!
5) Our Xmas Party has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14th. This is a potluck style dinner so please bring a side. The club will provide a large meat of sorts (perhaps BBQ). We will also have a lineup of homebrew on tap that have been crafted by your fellow brewers. There will be a silent auction at the party to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. If anyone has any cool beer-related things they would like to donate for the silent auction let me know. All of the proceeds will go to the Larimer Food Bank.
6) We still need a few more people to brew beer for the Xmas party. Let me know if you are willing to brew a 5 gal batch. The club will reimburse you for the cost of the ingredients. To make things interesting, we will be voting on the best beer that was brewed for the party and the winner will get a $25 gift certificate to Hops and Berries. Here is who has volunteered to brew so far:
Andy Mitchell – session pale / IPA
Josh O’Malley – juniper IPA
Kevin Murphy – red ale
Doc – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale clone
Taylor – dark sour saison
Chris Kregoski – pumpkin beer or big stout
Upcoming Local Competition News
11/10/13 – Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Challenge – Denver, CO
($7 and 2 bottle per entry – Entries due: 11/1/13)
Hops & Berries (North) is a drop off!
11/9/2013 – Fort Collins HopHeads Spiced Beer Competition (BJCP Category 21A)
($5 and 2 bottles per entry – Entries due 11/2/13)
Hops & Berries (North) is a drop off!
12/7/13 – Biere de Rock – Belgian and French Ale ONLY (BJCP Categories:16 – 18) – Castle Rock, CO
($7 and 2 bottles per entry – Entries due: 11/23/13)