BHG monthly meeting is April 10 at Chris Brehm’s house (2617 Cedarwood Ave). Doors open at 6pm, business will be discussed at 6:30, homebrew sampling will occur until it’s gone. If you received and brewed with the New Zealand Pacific Jade or Moteuka, remember to bring that beer and we’ll see how those hops stack up. See you there!
The BHG is turning 5 years old this May, and a few of us thought it might be fun to brew something special to commemorate it. Step one is to agree on a style to brew. After that we can work on a recipe and decide what to do with it after its done. The general plan will be to brew the beer in May rather than the more traditional approach of having the beer ready by an anniversary date. Several of us will likely brew it together at the May 3rd Big Brew. So, what should we brew to celebrate 5 years?
March’s BHG meeting will be hosted by Bellingham’s other brewery under construction, Wander Brewing (1807 Dean Ave). Hopefully we’ll get to hear a little about where they’re coming from and what they plan on brewing as we check out their new shiny bling. As usual, we’ll meet at 6pm, please bring something to share – homebrew, commercial beer, snacks, etc.
Also on the agenda is our second club competition of the year – Bocks. Bring enough for everyone at the meeting to have a chance to sample and score your entry, as well as an extra 12oz bottle for off-site BJCP evaluation.
Last but not least, this will be the last meeting for our club’s founder, North Corner employee extraordinare, award winning home brewer, award winning wine maker, BBL founding brewer, bung award maker, math wiz, and all around great guy Jesse Nickerson. Come give him a hug before he moves back to the north east, this club wouldn’t exist without him.
First off, I’d like to introduce you to the lineup of 2014 club officers. For the third year, two of the four members of the club officers have been turned over to new members. The lineup for 2014 looks like:
President: Todd Quesseberry
Vice President: Chris Brehm
Secretary: Jon Edwards
Treasurer: Justin Bajema
Secondly, it’s that time of year when we ask you to pay your annual dues if you’d like to be an official member. Dues are optional, and everyone is still welcome at meetings and events whether you’re a dues paying member or not. Dues are one of the club’s two sources of income (the other being the Best of the Bay award ceremony), and go towards things like buying commercial examples for style calibrations, off flavor kits, liquor permits, food for the annual meeting and group brews, club equipment, etc. As a member you get to have a say in how money is spent, officer elections, and other decisions as well as show your support for this group. In return, in addition to a warm fuzzy feeling, you also get:
Discount at North Corner
Access to club equipment (jockey box, cider press, floor corker)
A vote on club decisions (such as equipment purchases or officer elections)
First entry to the Best of the Bay is free (New!)
Discount on Best of the Bay award ceremony taster glass (New!)
Free BHG glassware (New!)
Dues remain $25, and are collected on an annual calendar year basis. In an effort to encourage membership and the paying of dues in a timely fashion, this year we’re offering a free BHG logoed Belgian tulip glass to anyone who pays dues by the end of January. In addition, members have the option to purchase more glasses at the low price of $5 apiece. After January you’ll no longer get the first one free, and they’ll also be made available to non-members for $10 each until they’re gone.
To pay dues, you need to have an account and be logged into the guild’s website, then you can buy a year of dues from the guild store (requires PayPal). Additional glassware will be added to the store in the future, and I’ll have it available at the next couple of meetings for purchase.
The first Saturday of November is the annual AHA Learn to Homebrew day, and the BHG will be participating in it with a big group brew at Chris’s house (2617 Cedarwood Ave).
Club members will be bringing their setups to brew together on, and you’re welcome to bring your equipment and join in the fun, or just stop by and check out local homebrewer’s systems and ask questions. And the club will provide donuts and brats!
We’ll be getting started at around 9am and going until the brews are done. See you there!