Poets and Muses:
It’s time for the final meeting of 2014. December’s meeting with be hosted by Odell on December 4th. Which, let’s face it, is the contender for the best venue of the year. This meeting will start 30 minutes later than usual at 7:30 pm and will go until 9:30 pm.
This month’s agenda:
Board Elections: This is your final chance to vote for the 2015 board of directors. We might provide some limited paper and pen voting at the meeting. We’d prefer you to vote online. So get to the website and vote:
You’re 2015 board members will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Xmas Party Reminder: Our annual holiday party will the following Saturday on the 6th. See the club email list for the time and place. It is a pot-luck. We’ll be providing the protein for omnivores and vegetarians alike. It’s up to you to bring the appetizers, sides, and desserts. If you brewed for the party, we’ll be handing out your reimbursement gift cards at the party. And don’t forget the silent auction. We’ve gotten some great donations from our local breweries and home brew shops (all 1 of them this year. Also, please bring any items you wish to donate to the auction. We’re always ready to bid on spectacular homebrew, mead, etc.
Our regularly scheduled program:
Beer Social: For the first half hour of the meeting we hang out, meet and greet old friends and new members alike. Try other’s homebrew and have others try yours. Essentially geek out about our hobby for a bit. New members, keep an eye out for Alison Rosso, she is our new member ambassador and is happy to introduce you around! And don’t forget, this is a club of homebrewers and homebrewers homebrew, so please bring in your homemade fermented beverages to share!
Tasting Panel: This is a small break out group that gives each other direct feedback on the homebrew you bring. This group more in depth and direct than our beer social portion of the evening, but still not as formal as other break out groups. If you’d like to get and/or give direct feedback on homebrew, this is the group for you. If you have homebrew with a defect, bring it here! This is an excellent opportunity to learn about defects, to experience them, and to learn how to avoid them in the future.
Style of the Month: One of our most popular groups, this group reviews a different BJCP subcategory every month. In this group you’ll go over the category, drink some commercial examples and compare them with the guidelines. Then repeat with beer brewed by club members! If you’re interested in how BJCP judging works, this is an excellent group to get involved with.
Our last style for 2014 is Baltic Porter (12C). This is a style that has always captured my imagination. I have several (at least 4) commercial example this time and I’ll be bringing my first attempt at this style in for your feedback. So join me at my last style of the month table. I’m looking forward to your homebrews too!