For the club's June 2015 meeting, we will be taking a break from visiting breweries & businesses and return to the home of long-time club member Chris Meta. Chris and Rachel have been hosting a summer meeting for some time now. It's a great tradition - relaxed and easy going, with plenty of homebrew being passed around.
Please RSVP here to let us know you're coming.
There will be food provided at this meeting. Chris loves to cook and in the past has put together a large batch of pulled pork, mac & cheese, baked beans, etc. This year will likely be the same. We'll make sure there is vegetarian-friendly food as well. To cover the cost of the food, there will be a slight fee to attend: $5 for guests, free for dues-paid members (though a $5 donation would be appreciated). The club will pick up the balance. Anyone that wants to bring a dish to share is welcome to do so.
As always, bring any homebrew or commercial beer you wish to share. Chris is an excellent and renowned brewer of sour beers. This is a good meeting for anyone that makes sours to bring them out and pass them around. You'll be in good company.
The quarterly mini-competitions have been a big success thus far, with about 15 entries in January and March. The next one will be at the June meeting, and the style will be BJCP Category 6 - Light Hybrid Beer. This consists of Cream Ale, Blonde Ale (not Belgian Blond Ale), Kolsch, and American Wheat or Rye Beer. The complete details of the styles can be found here:
We want to keep these mini-competitions fun and lightweight, but we do recognize that the current format might be a bit overwhelming. It's tough to taste 15 beers and vote for your favorite. We will be discussing ways to add a bit more structure to the competitions without making them too heavyweight, and also to provide a bit more feedback to the entrants for each beer. Those details will be announced once they're worked out. For now just get brewing!
added on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Jack Smith
There will be a vote among the active members in attendance at the June meeting on two changes to the club bylaws that were proposed at the May meeting at Grist House. If you want to have a say on these two changes, come to the June meeting:
- Club Officer Terms: It is proposed to change the club officer terms such that they are staggered. Currently all four officers are elected every two years. Under the proposed change, the President and Treasurer will be elected on even years, and the Vice President and Secretary will be elected on even years. This will allow for a smoother transition between officers with no chance of an entire new board being elected in any one year.
- Membership Grace Period: It is proposed that the grace period to renew one's club dues be moved from March 31st to January 31st of the year following the year for which dues were paid. The reason for the three month grace period was to allow members ample time to attend a meeting to renew dues. We now accept payments online (in addition to at meetings), so a one month grace period is sufficient and helps significantly with club bookkeeping.