August LP Meeting

Dear Poets and Muses

Our August meeting will be held at Pateros Creek from 7-9pm on the 7th.

This month’s agenda:

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.

The style this month is Munich Helles, a beer style that I am absolutely in love with. I’ve brewed some, hopefully  you have as well.

And don’t forget to brew for the upcoming styles: September is American Brown. I’ve had some excellent examples of this style from members in the club and would love to see them at the September meeting. The style of the month for October is Biere de Garde.

Camping Trip: The club’s annual camping trip is in Jack’s Gulch from August 8-10th. The site is already reserved. The campers will get the left over beer from the BBQ, so if you haven’t RSVP’d already, make sure to follow up with the announcement on the email list.

Board (Bored?) Challenge: Don’t forget that we’re reviving intra-club competitions with the Board Challenge: Brewing Techniques. Our first competition is an extract beer, brewed with no more than 20% steeping grains, to be judged at our September meeting.

Cheers everybody!

The Board Challenge

Hi All,

As announced at our last meeting, we’re bringing back intra-club competitions. This time we’ll be focusing on brewing techniques instead of whacky ingredients. We’ll give away medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as well as a Hops & Berries gift certificate for the first place winner.

The first competition will be judged at our September meeting. For this competition, we’re doing extract beers. So brew any kind of extract beer you like, as long as you don’t use more than 20% steeping grains, and show everyone what you’ve got.

The winners will be featured as a “Kit of the Month” at Hops & Berries (with the winner’s permission, of course).