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May 2015 Meeting Notes

Posted by Captain Badass on June 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Here are the notes from the May 2015 meeting at the Brew Cave.


WELCOME to about 20 attendees. Thanks once again to Gary and Claire for hosting the meeting.

BREWER’S CORNER – We will be trying to use a format similar to BURP’s for tasting members’ beers and giving feedback. Ours might be a bit less formal than theirs. Brewers will be asked to briefly describe what they were attempting to brew, then allow members to taste it and participate in a discussion and critique in real time.

SPECIAL EVENTS- The Guild Picnic (June 6th, 2015) will be at Hollofield Area, Shelter 300, 12:00 – dusk. There will be a wheat beer competition (THEY NEED ONE MORE JUDGE). There will be a raffle at the picnic with proceeds going to Matt McCann’s family. Matt was a founder of BaltiBrew and succumbed to cancer recently. A fundraising campaign has been established and more info can be found at https://www.crowdrise.com/Supportthe McCanns/fundraiser/caleakevlinganci

REFER to the AGENDA for this meeting on the BADASS website for details on these upcoming events: Frederick Beer Week, Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood, Savor, MASHOUT, and Zymurnauts/SPBW/GUILD Crab Feast

Latest news is that next year’s AHA will not be held in Baltimore or DC… but maybe Louisville.

This year’s “Bacon and Beer” fest was GOOD! They offered a rare beer tapping every ½ hour, opened the gates early and finally, cooked the bacon properly!

The DC Spring Seasonal “thing” had low attendance, was in a space that was too large, not decorated, and is not being recommended as a future event.

EDUCATION TOPIC this month is: “BADASS Yeast: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Gary will post his presentation on the BADASS website. He discussed details for why and how to “Harvest Your Own Yeast”… His sources can be found in the NOTES section of his PP Presentation.

Various members of BADASS have yeast to share with other members. Mark specifically has lots of saison yeast. Go onto the “Members Only” section of the website, use your password for further info. Categories include “I have some (to share)” and “I want to get some”

THE BEER THEME this month is MAIBOCKs (BJCP Style 5a (5 for Bocks and “a” for a Maibock). A Maibock is a lager that is malty, between 6.3 and 7.4 ABV. The group tasted and commented on 4-5 Maibocks …some made by members and some purchased from commercial brewers.

NEXT MONTH’s MEETING will be hosted by Matt Ellis and will be Sunday June 21st (note date change to June 28th) in conjunction with the BADASS annual potluck. There was some concern that attendance might be low since it was Father’s Day. Please be sure to sign up for food on the website. Maybe we should have a BBQ competition???

Mark asked club members to consider supporting some type of charitable activity: suggestions were “A Wider Circle” or the “DC Diaper Bank” or “DogsXL”. Members should email Mark directly if you want to add another charity. Maybe our club should ask the Guild to consider adding “A Wider Circle” to the list of charities who receive money from the proceeds of the FSHCG Holiday Party.

CONSIDER SHOPPING….on June 8th 10% of the proceeds from Fenwick Beer and Wine will be donated to A Wider Circle.

Should BADASS create a Membership Directory? What determines “a member”? Benefits? Local Discounts at restaurants or breweries? Could each member print their own “MEMBER CARD” from the Members Only section of the website?? Probably need more discussion on this topic.

 


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