Big Brew 2014

May 3rd is Big Brew! Big Brew is an annual AHA event where club members get together and brew. Clubs compete on the amount of beer brewed at the event and the top clubs get posted on the AHA website and even mentioned in the prestigious Zymurgy magazine.

Janna and Chris Kregoski have volunteered to host our club this year (keep an eye out on the email list for the address).  So bring your equipment, bring some homebrew, and bring a dish to share. Our annual Big Brew is a potluck and an all-around great day to brew and see how others brew too.

The club will supply a grill and some grill-ables. We’re calling  on everyone to bring the following:

  • A chair for yourself. There will not be enough chairs supplied.
  • A dish to share

We also need a some volunteers to bring:

  • 3-4 tables
  • 2-3 tents
  • 3-4 extra propane tanks
  • 1 propane grill for meat
  • hoses for water
  • extension cords

Big Brew is a big event, so we need to be conscientious to our hosts and their neighbors. If you can, carpool and double up on equipment (split batches, etc). Parking will be limited, so be prepared to walk a bit. The club will provide 2 port-a-potties, please use these instead of our hosts’ bathrooms. And please, no dogs.

This year’s Big Brew will be filmed! The new locally made magazine Craft Beer & Brewing will be filming Big Brew and interviewing the club members. So come prepared to represent the club and our hombrewing hobby at large!

And we are calling on you HOMEBREWERS. We’re looking for at least ten 5-gallon kegs of beer. SESSIONABLE beer (<= 5.2% ABV). Something we can drink while we brew and keep our senses about us. The first six to volunteer will have their ingredients comped by Hops & Berries. Taylor will send out an email with details. So please, there is still time to get these beer brewed if you get on it quickly; and if you’ve got a keg sitting around, this is a great way to get rid of it.

The club record for beer brewed at Big Brew is: 325 gallons. So let’s have a good time and see if we can break this record!

7th Annual Liquid Poetry Slam

The Liquid Poetry Slam is our club’s BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition and is taking place on April 26th and 27th this year.

Important: there are some changes to the rules this year:

  • We’re combining the Muse Cup and Poetry Slam to be judged at the same time. This means all categories of beer, mead and cider can be entered.
  • Entries will consist of two 12oz bottles each for beer and one 12oz bottle per mead. A third bottle for beer entries, and a second bottle for mead and cider entries, is strongly recommended if you would like your beer to be considered for a ProAm.
  • Entries will be capped at 600 total
  • Entrants are limited to a maximum of 10 entries per household. Note that the software does not enforce this, but we will only judge the first 10 entries per household.

Registration is already open.