The February club meeting is Thursday, 2/13 at 6pm. We’ll be meeting at the Aslan’s NEW brewery at the corner of Forest and Magnolia.
All are welcome, please bring your own tasting glass and something to share – homebrew, commercial beer, or snacks.
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 December meeting will be at the downtown Co-op Connections building, 6pm, Thursday 12/12.
Also several of us will probably head to the Copper Hog afterward to help send off Chuckanut brewer Bryan as he heads to Germany for more lager schooling.
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!
Thursday, 10/10/13, 6pm.
Aslan Brewing has offered to host us again in their downtown workspace (1208 Bay St, Suite 102, off the alley behind the Up Front Theatre). Come check out their sweet electric pilot system if you haven’t already, and there might be a field trip later in the evening to see how construction on their new brewing facility is coming.
Also, with the summer doldrums over, I want to start doing tastings/evaluations/competitions at meetings again to help us better educate our palates together. Because it’s the season, it seems appropriate to make the meeting fresh-hop themed! We’ll have a variety of several commercial fresh-hop beers to sample blind as a group and attempt to identify base styles and hop components. If you have a homebrewed fresh-hop beer, bring it too!
After the end of summer every year the club has it’s ‘Annual Meeting’, which is basically an end of summer BBQ. At the last Thursday club meeting it was decided to push the date a couple of weeks so as not to compete with Bellingham Beer Week. The Meeting will be October 5th starting at 3pm at Chris Brehm’s house (2617 Cedarwood Ave.). Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate, and if not we’ll setup some covers. As in the past, it will be a potluck style bbq. The BHG will provide some grilled meats (and non-meats), and ask that you bring a side-dish, salad, or dessert to share. And of course bring homebrew. We’ll also have left-over Best of the Bay entries to sample and distribute. This is a family event, so bring your spouses and significant others, bring your kids!
2013 Best of the Bay results have been posted – http://www.bellinghambrewers.com/competition. Congratulations to all of our winners.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the awards ceremony and contributed to making it another success. Thanks especially to everyone that brought beer to share or helped out in any way. What a great afternoon for drinking homebrews in the sun with friends!