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Seven City Brewers 

October 10th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Tapped Gastropub Hilltop

 

We want to thank Tapped Gastropub for hosting our meeting.

 

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time: 

Larry thanked everyone for coming out.  Larry recognized Edward Graves as one of our new members for 2019 and first time attending our club meeting.

 

Club Raffle: We are doing a 50/50 club raffle with a minimum of $35.00 going to the winner.

Club’s Barrel Program: Fred talked about the Red Wine Barrel Dark Saison and provided a sample from the barrel for everyone to taste.  Based on sampling results, the current plan is to keep the Saison in the barrel for a few more months and sample it again after the first of the year. We need to come up with a date to empty the red wine barrel and refill it with the next recipe.

We have two freshly emptied Blanton’s bourbon barrels coming to us from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  We currently have about 10-barrel brewers who want to brew the Wee Heavy and need 1 more brewer. The barrels are $145.00 a piece plus $80.00 for shipping. Each Blanton barrel cost $185.00. So far, we have $125.00 in pledges and deposit in the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund.

Fred talked about selling the second Blanton bourbon barrel at cost, but an offer was put on the table to keep the second barrel and put a Bourbon Barrel Porter in it.  We immediately got four brewers to say they would like to be in the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel fill and John Allen said he would come out of Brewing Retirement for the fill. 

 

If we are going to keep the second Buffalo Trace whiskey barrel, we are going to need the barrel brewers to step up and brew and help pay for the barrel.

You can donate money to the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org or see Fred at one of our events. 

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

Nomination of Elected Officers for 2020: We have started the nominations for our Elected Officers for 2020. Nominations are submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. New officers take office in January.  We currently have the following individuals nominated for elected office:

Brian McCrickard has been nominated for the 2020 President of the Seven City Brewers.

Larry Lentz has been nominated for the 2020 Vice President of the Seven City Brewers.

Karen Martin has been nominated for the 2020 Secretary of the Seven City Brewers.

Fred Baker has nominated for the 2020 Treasurer of the Seven City Brewers.

If you are interested in being an elected officer or if you want to nominate someone let us know.

 

 Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition Prost! 2019-03: | Date was Saturday October 12th and started at 10:30 AM.

 

Back by popular demand are the German Festbiers.  These malty, delicious

German-style beers are getting you prepared for the coming month of Octoberfest! 

 

Categories include:

4B. Festbier (Octoberfest)

6A. Märzen

 

 

October 19th NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition is being held in Arlington Virginia on October 19th, 2019. The NoVA Classic is being organized by the Grist Homebrew Club. The competition is limited to 220 paid entries.  Registration is closed.  See https://comp.gristhomebrew.com for rules and results.

 

October 25th to October 27th Seven City Brewers Camp & Brew Event: You do not want to miss this Seven City Event. We are having a camping & brewing event at the Virginia Beach KOA. The Virginia Beach KOA is located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

 

The plan is to arrive Friday October 25th after 3:00 PM and check out on Sunday October 27th prior to 11:00 AM. Come out and camp and brew with us.  Several of our members have reserved cabins in the Village Section.  Tent sites and rustic cabins are close by. A site map has been provided in our Facebook group.

 

We are going to set up canopies on tent sites 293, 294 and 295 for brewing Saturday October 26th from 9 AM to 6 PM. Bring homebrew to share with our members and campers.

 

Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 AM. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information. 

 

Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444 and talk to Store Manager Jenifer, let her know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount, or you can take advantage of their Halloween Bands & BBQ event discount by pay for 1 night, get the 2nd night for only $25.

 

The Halloween Bands & BBQ event with live music and food is Saturday October 26th from 1 PM to 8 PM.

 

If you are planning to show up and not stay at one of the cabins or campsites the KOA will charge each person $12 for the day at the gate.

 

Learn to Homebrew Day: November 2nd.  On the first Saturday in November, thousands of people will gather at Learn to Homebrew Day sites worldwide to brew beer and learn about the hobby of homebrewing.  This year Brew & Bottle Homebrewing Supply in New Port News is hosting a LTHD in their parking lot and Homebrew USA is hosting an in-store LTHD event. Rafael wants to host 3-4 brews and would love to have some help/support from our club.

 

Club Insurance: The American Homebrewers Association has partnered with West’s Insurance to provide an insurance program for homebrew club’s unique exposures. In August we renewed the club’s General and Liquor liability coverage for our club meetings and events. The homebrew club insurance policy cost $3.50 per member and provides coverage for the club’s negligence that causes someone to be physically injured or causes someone else’s property to be damaged because of a mistake by someone in our club or our club’s activities.

 

Treasurer Report: Fred Baker presented the Treasurer’s report.

Training: On September 19th our own Brian McCrickard joined Head Brewer John Wampler at the Legend Brewing Depot to brew his hazy NEIPA. Brian talked to us about his brewing experience at the Legend Brewing Depot and that Legend was releasing the NEIPA on Friday. Brian also talked about ways he reduces the chance of getting oxidation in his homebrews.

 

Foot Note: Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred or go online at www.Sevencitybrewers.com and complete the online new membership registration. Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

September 14th, 2019

Hop~N~Hab Party

Our Host Marty & Terry

Meeting Minutes

We want to thank Marty & Terry for hosting the Hop~N~Hab Party in their back yard and inviting the Seven City Brewers.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time: 

Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:

Roy Banks & Jack Waddell

 

Larry introduced Bob Hutton at the meeting. AKA Pepper Bob has been a long-time member of the Seven City Brewers and joined the club back in 2010 when we were still known as BARF.

 

Larry thanked everyone for coming out and appreciates our support for the club.

 

Club Raffle: We are doing a 50/50 club raffle. Half the money goes to the winner of the raffle and the other half of the money is split between the Pepper Lovers Club and the Seven City Brewers Club.

Club’s Barrel Program: We purchased a red wine barrel from The Williamsburg Winery and put a Dark Saison in it on August 21st.  We will let the Dark Saison do a little fermenting, soak up the red wine, and wood age for about 5 months.  We are planning to grab a sample in time for the October meeting. We are also planning on buying a freshly emptied bourbon barrel to put a Wee Heavy beer in. We currently have about 9-barrel brewers who want to brew the Wee Heavy and need 2 more. We have $125.00 in pledges and deposit in the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund. You can donate money to the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org or see Fred at one of our events. 

At the meeting we decided to go after the Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon barrel. We are making plans to pick it up or have it shipped to us.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

Nomination of Elected Officers for 2020: We have started the nominations for our Elected Officers for 2020. Nominations are submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. New officers take office in January. 

 

We currently have the following individuals nominated for elected office:

Brian McCrickard has been nominated for the 2020 President of the Seven City Brewers.

And Larry Lentz has been nominated for the 2020 Vice President of the Seven City Brewers.

We had the following nominations for elected office at the meeting:

Karen Martin was nominated for the 2020 Secretary of the Seven City Brewers by Fred Baker and seconded by Larry Lentz.

Fred Baker was nominated for the 2020 Treasurer of the Seven City Brewers by Larry Lentz and seconded by Tim Rouse.

If you are interested in being an elected officer or if you want to nominate someone let us know.

 

Results of The 26th Annual Dominion Cup: the competition was held Saturday August 10th, 2019 in Ashland, VA. Results have been posted on www.dominioncup-jrhb.org website.

There was a total of 702 entries with 10 entries being from the Seven City Brewers.

Our own Tim Rouse and the Seven City Barrel Brewers took 1st place out of 17 entries in European Sour Ale Category 23 with our Dark Sour Ale V 1.0.

Fred Baker and the Seven City Barrel Brewers took 3rd place out of 37 entries in Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Category 33B with our Bourbon Barreled Wood Aged Strong Dark Ale (A.K.A. Belgian Quad).

We want to Congratulate all our Barrel Brewers!

 

 Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition Prost! 2019-03: | Time 12 PM – 4 PM.

 

Back by popular demand are the German Festbiers.  These malty, delicious

German-style beers are getting you prepared for the coming month of Octoberfest! 

Entry opens September 1st, judging will be held on Saturday September 21st at the Fleet Training Center in Virginia Beach off Independence Blvd. The HRBC Coordinator is always looking for brewers to come out and help with the judging.

 

Categories include:

4B. Festbier (Octoberfest)

6A. Märzen

 

Brian discussed the up the coming NoVA Classic in Arlington Virginia. Fred tried to convince Tim Rouse to enter the competition so that Brian does not walk away unchallenged for the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award. Fred will follow-up with the information on the classic.

 

[NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition is being held in Arlington Virginia on October 19th, 2019. The NoVA Classic is being organized by the Grist Homebrew Club. The competition is limited to 220 paid entries.  Registration will close on the earlier of reaching 220 paid entry cap or October 9th, 2019 at 9:00 PM.  See https://comp.gristhomebrew.com for rules and registration.]

 

Seven City Brewers Camp & Brew Event: We are having a camping & brewing event at the Virginia Beach KOA. The Virginia Beach KOA is located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

 

The plan is to arrive Friday October 25th after 3:00 PM and check out on Sunday October 27th prior to 11:00 AM. Come out and camp and brew with us.  Several of our members have reserved cabins in the Village Section.  Tent sites and rustic cabins are close by. A site map has been provided in our Facebook group.

 

We are going to set up canopies on tent sites 293, 294 and 295 for brewing Saturday October 26th from 9 AM to 6 PM. Bring homebrew to share with our members and campers.

 

Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 AM. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information. 

 

Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444 and talk to Store Manager Jen, let her know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount so let them know you are with us.  Make reservations early if you are planning to stay in a cabin. Cancellation prior to 7 days of check-in is $10.00.  Cancellation within 7 days of check-in is one night’s deposit.  

 

If you are planning to show up and not stay at one of the cabins or campsites the KOA will charge each person $12 for the day at the gate.

The Virginia Beach KOA is planning to have their Halloween Bands & BBQ event with live music and food.  The main event is Saturday October 26th from 1 PM to 8 PM. Pay for 1 night, get the 2nd night for only $25, PLUS FREE admission to the event on Saturday 10/26/19.

 

Learn to Homebrew Day: November 2nd.  On the first Saturday in November, thousands of people will gather at Learn to Homebrew Day sites worldwide to brew beer and learn about the hobby of homebrewing.  This year the club is planning to brew at the John Allen House in Virginia Beach. For a lucky few of you, you might even get to touch John’s Brew Rig. Come out bring your brew rigs if you want and hang out with US.  The basic rule of Brew Day is it “Takes Beer to Brew Beer”.

 

Treasurer Report: No Treasurer’s Report this month.  Fred explained the bone head computer mistake he did when loading Windows 10 onto his computer.

Training: No formal training is planned, however for you brewers who do not know how to pour a glass of beer from a faucet, please belly up to the bar for some hands-on training.

 

Foot Note: Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred or go online at www.Sevencitybrewers.com and complete the online membership registration. Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

August 8th, 2019

Pizza Night Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Fred & Loretta Baker

We want to thank Fred & Loretta Baker for hosting our club meeting in their back yard.

 

Tonight, is Pizza Night for our members.  The club has purchased the pizzas for your enjoyment so eat up.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

From our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:

John Tillery & Donald Donafrio

 

Club Clothing Merchandise Order: We are getting ready to place a clothing order with our Seven City Brewers Logo. The clothing order book is available for anyone who wants to fill out an order form.

 

Merchandise Sales: We have beer sampler glasses with the Seven City Brewers Logo on them for anyone who wanted to purchase a glass and AHA patches.  The glasses are $7.00 and the patches are $5.00 each.

 

This month we are offering our members 1.5 oz bags of Yakima Valley Citra hop pellets for a dollar. We have 10 bags to sell for anyone who wants one. Plus, one lucky brewer will get 0.9 ounces of Citra hop pellets free.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash and NHC Swag. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00.

Treasurer Report: Fred Baker presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.    Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Club’s Barrel Program: We agreed on the recipe to use for the Dark Saison and we set the date for the barrel fill for August 21st.  We are getting a freshly emptied red wine barrel from The Williamsburg Winery. If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

 

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings.

Nomination of Elected Officers for 2020: It is time to start thinking about who we want as our Elected Officers for 2020. Nominations are to be submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. New officers take office in January.

 

Larry nominated Brian McCrickard for the 2020 President of Seven City Brewers, seconded by Fred Baker.

Fred Baker nominated Larry Lentz for the 2020 Vice President of Seven City Brewers, seconded by Dempsey Smith.

 

If you are interested in being an elected officer or if you want to nominate someone let us know.

 

Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

The 26th Annual Dominion Cup competition is being held Saturday August 10th, 2019 in Ashland, VA. We have several Seven City Brewers that have entered the competition.  Registration is closed.  Good luck to all our brewers who entered. Results will be posted on www.dominioncup-jrhb.org.

 

Hop ~N~ Hob Party with the Pepper Lovers Club: is on Saturday September 14th:  Flyers have been set out to our members with the time and address. Let Fred or Karen know if you need a flyer.  Plan to attend and drink some great homebrew and eat some fine food.  This year’s theme food is Tacos, Tacos, Tacos.  Seven City Brewers are requested to bring several kegs with us.  Let Fred know if you are willing to bring a keg to hookup to the bar.

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition 2019-03: | Time TBD. Prost!

 

There was no updated information on the HRBC Competition #3, and the website is still not available.

 

Back by popular demand are the German Festbiers.  These malty, delicious German-style beers are getting you prepared for the coming month of Octoberfest!  Entry opens September 1st, judging will be held either September 14th or September 21st depending on location. The HRBC Coordinator is always looking for brewers to come out and help with the judging.

 

Categories include:

4B. Festbier (Octoberfest)

6A. Märzen

 

Seven City Brewers Camp & Brew Event: We are having a camping & brewing event at the Virginia Beach KOA. The Virginia Beach KOA is located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

 

The plan is to arrive Friday October 25th after 3:00 PM and check out on Sunday October 27th prior to 11:00 AM. Come out and camp and brew with us.  Several of our members have reserved cabins in the Village Section.  Tent sites and rustic cabins are close by. A site map has been provided in our Facebook group.

 

We are going to set up canopies on tent sites 293, 294 and 295 for brewing Saturday October 26th from 9 AM to 6 PM. Bring homebrew to share with our members and campers.

 

Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 AM. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information.

 

Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444 and talk to Store Manager Jen, let her know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount so let them know you are with us.  Make reservations early if you are planning to stay in a cabin. Cancellation prior to 7 days of check-in is $10.00.  Cancellation within 7 days of check-in is one night’s deposit. 

 

If you are planning to show up and not stay at one of the cabins or campsites the KOA will charge each person $12 for the day at the gate.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions: Fred is going to demonstrate how Whirlpooling works and talk about the benefits.

July 11th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

New Realm Brewing Company - Virginia Beach

We want to thank New Realm Brewing Co. Virginia Beach for hosting our club meeting.

Announcement: To be able to have our meeting here at New Realm, we were required to put down a deposit of $400.00.  We also agreed to spend a minimum of $400.00 on food and beer not including tips and taxes. New Realm agreed that there would not be a charge us for the use of the meeting area if we meet our minimum spending level. New Realm will refund our deposit or a portion thereof to meet our minimum spending level.

So please ensure that you let New Realm know you are with the Seven City Brewers when making your purchases tonight.

We are also going to have a Special Drawing for our members present tonight. Please put your name on your receipt that you got from New Realm tonight and drop it into our jar.  We will be drawing a receipt from the jar and the winner will get a free growler of beer of their choice.  All receipts will be returned to you. 

We want to thank everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:

Carla & Michael Sefcik

 

The Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale was held on Saturday June 15th in the parking lot of the Foley & Foley Law Firm. Area Homebrew Clubs were invited to attend. We had an approved ABC License and were able to share some tasty homebrews.  We had food to share with our participates. We had 12 Seven City Brewers to come out and attend and we setup our club canopy and bar. Everyone had a good time.  Larry spent the most money and Fred made the most money from the swap & sale.

 

We want to thank everyone who came out and brought food and homebrew to share.

 

 

Sunday June 16th was the announcement of the winners in the Legend of Homebrewing Competition held at Legends Brewing Depot. The homebrews were so good that Legend announced two winners.

 

Please Congratulate our own Seven City Brewers Brian McCrickard & Tim Rouse on winning the competition.

 

The National Homebrewers Convention was held in Providence Rode Island from June 27th to June 29th along with the Final Round Judging of the National Homebrewers Competition. 

Larry talk about the convention, club night and next year’s convention in Nashville TN (June 18th to June 20th, 2020).  We had six kegs on tap for club night and the guys did an awesome job representing our club.

AHA announced the winners of the final round on June 29th. Although our brewers did not win, they should be very proud that they were able to make it to the final round. You guys will get them next year!

Please thank Ryan Harrigan, Rafael Corredor and Brian McCrickard for representing our club.

 

Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

The 26th Annual Dominion Cup Competition is being held August 10, 2019 in Ashland, VA. We have several Seven City Brewers that have entered the competition.  Registration is open.   Entries must be received no later than July 27th.  Go to  www.dominioncup-jrhb.org for online registration and rules.

 

Hop ~N~ Hab Party with the Pepper Lovers Club is on Saturday September 14th:  Plan to attend drink some great homebrew and eat some fine food.  This year’s theme food is Tacos, Tacos, Tacos.

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition 2019-03: | Time TBD. Prost!

Back by popular demand are the German Festbiers.  These malty, delicious German-style beers are getting you prepared for the coming month of Octoberfest!  Entry opens September 1st, judging will be held either September 14th or September 21st depending on location. The HRBC Coordinator is always looking for brewers to come out and help with the judging.

 

Categories include:

4B. Festbier (Octoberfest)

6A. Märzen

 (If you know of a location that would like to host the judging, let us know.)

 

 

October 25th to 27th, 2019 Save the Date: Seven City Brewers Brew & Camping Event. We have reserved the Virginia Beach KOA pavilion for Brewing Saturday October 26th from 9:00 AM to 6 PM. Located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Fred is planning on camping Friday and Saturday night and leaving on Sunday. Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 noon. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information. We are planning to setup taps to connect kegs to share homebrew with campers. Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444, let them know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount so let them know you are with Seven City Brewers.  Make reservations early if you are planning to stay in a cabin. Cancellation prior to 7 days of check-in is $10.00.  Cancellation within 7 days of check-in is one night’s deposit.

 

If you are planning to show up and not stay at one of the cabins or campsites the KOA will charge each person $12 for the day at the gate.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash and prizes. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00. For prizes we had grain, hops yeast and swag.  We want to thank David Jordon for the buckets of grain and hops, Rafael Cooredor for the yeast and Larry Lentz, Brian McCrickard and Dan Tully for the swag from the convention.                                                                                                           

Treasurer Report: Fred Baker presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are going to be filling a red wine barrel with a Dark Sasion for our next barrel fill. We have 11 brewers for the red wine barrel fill.  The barrel brewers are finalizing the recipe and will be setting the brew by date.  Our barrel brewers are looking into getting another freshly emptied bourbon barrel, so if you want to be a part of our barrel program, let Fred.

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions: Larry talked with us on how to make Root Beer.  The process is easy and does not require the use of yeast. 

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Zatarain’s Root Beer concentrate

½ lb. dark brown sugar

1 lb. light brown sugar

1 lb. white sugar

44 oz of Agave

4 oz maltodextrin

1 ½ tsp vanilla

Fill a 5-gallon keg halfway with hot water. Pour in the ingredients and shake up to dissolve the sugars.  Fill the keg to the 5-gallon level and pressurize the keg with CO2 to 30 psig for one week.  Periodically shake the keg to help keep it carbonated.

June 13th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Elation Brewing Company

We want to thank Elation Brewing Company and Kenny Vanhook for hosting our club meeting.

We want to thank everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:  Edward Graves, Scott Mims, Brandon Spink, and Michael Crisman

 

Seven City Brewers Eastern Shores Brewery Van Hop was on May 11th.  Larry was the designated driver. The club support was disappointing in the turnout. We only had three 7CBs and Larry to go on the trip. However, everyone who went had lots of fun and Larry got several growlers of craft beer for being the designated driver. They stopped at 3rd Wave Brewing in Delmar, DE, Burley Oaks in Berlin, MD, and Black Narrows Brewing in Chincoteague, VA. We will try to do better in the future for timely announcing this trip.

 

Results of the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #2:

The competition was held on May 25th.  There were 22 Total Entries, 9 entries from 7CB, 4 entries from HAMS, 3 entries from HRBTS 1 entry from CASK, and 5 entries from VPH.

Billy Martin VPH 1st place

Brian McCrickard 7CB  2nd place with his 25B Saison

Marshall Ayres CASK 3rd place

 

 

Results of the 7th Annual Shenandoah Hop Blossom Homebrew Competition: The competition was held on May 18th by Shenandoah Valley Homebrewers Guild (SVHG) and Valley Homebrew in Winchester, VA. There were 109 entries judged with 89 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Brian McCrickard 7CB 1st place with his 10A: Irish Red Ale Mad Irishman.  Brian went up against 7 other entries to win.

Brian McCrickard 7CB 2nd place with his 25B: Saison L’Internationale.  Brian went up against 15 other entries to win.

Patrick (Dempsey) Smith 7CB  3rd place with his 33A Specialty Wood Aged Goat Locker.  Dempsey went up against 7 other brewers to win.

Results of the Battle of the Bubbles IX: The competition was held in Fredrick MD. There were 178 entries judged with 108 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Patrick (Dempsey) Smith 7CB  2nd place with his 21A American IPA Amarillo By Morning.  Dempsey went up against 29 other brewers to win.

Results of the UNYHA’s (Upstate NY Homebrewers Association) 41st Annual Homebrew Competition:  The competition was held on May 18th in Rochester, NY. There were 294 entries judged with 127 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Tim Rouse 7CB took 1st place with his Style 23F: Fruit Lambic Interstate Kriek.  Tim went up against 7 other entries to win.

Tim Rouse 7CB took 2nd place with his Style 23B: Flanders Red Ale, 2017 Dark Sour V1. Co-Brewers 7CB Barrel Brewers Tim went up against 13 other entries to win.

Tim Rouse 7CB took 2nd place with his Style 28: Wild Specialty Beer Squeezin’ Peaches (Golden Sour Ale). Tim went up against 13 other entries to win.

 

Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale is this Saturday June 15th from 10 AM to 3 PM: We are setting up in the parking lot of the Foley & Foley Law Firm. Located at 4212 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504. Area Homebrew Clubs are invited to attends. Plan to come out and bring your used homebrew equipment to swap or sale.  We have an approved ABC License for this event so we can share tasty homebrews.  Participates are being requested to bring homebrew and food to share.

 

Sunday June 16th, 2019 at 6 PM | Legend of Homebrewing Competition Announcement of Winners: Location Legends Brewing Depot 1 High Street B, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704.  Legend Brewing is holding a Homebrewers event for the participants where the winner will be announced.  There is no cost to attend and all participates are invited and to come out and taste their different beers. The homebrews were so good that Legend is going to announce two winners.

 

National Homebrewers Competition & Convention: The Convention starts June 27th in Providence Rode Island along with the Final Round Judging of the National Homebrewers Competition.  The announcement of winners will be on June 29th.  This year we have about 5 Seven City Brewers planning on attending and our club is going to the serving our homebrew on Club Night.  We want to thank Larry Lentz, John Allen and Fred Baker for putting together a bar for the club to use.  We are planning to set it up at the Homebrew equipment Swap and sale for everyone to see.

Hop ~N~ Hab Party with the Pepper Lovers Club:  Karen wanted to let everyone know that the Hop ~N~ Hab Party is going to be September 14th and that she will post a reminder on our Facebook page.  Plan to attend drink some great homebrew and eat some fine food.

 

 

October 25th to 27th, 2019 Save the Date: Seven City Brewers Brew & Camping Event. We have reserved the Virginia Beach KOA pavilion for Brewing Saturday October 26th from 9:00 AM to 6 PM. Located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Fred is planning on camping Friday and Saturday night and leaving on Sunday. Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 noon. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information. We are planning to setup taps to connect kegs to share homebrew with campers. Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444, let them know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount so let them know you are with Seven City Brewers.  Make reservations early if you are planning to stay in a cabin. Cancellation prior to 7 days of check-in is $10.00.  Cancellation within 7 days of check-in is one night’s deposit.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash and prizes. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00.                                                                                                  

Treasurer Report: Fred Baker presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.    Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers have decided to use a red wine barrel for our next barrel fill. We sold one of our bourbon barrels for $65.00 and have received donations from our barrel brewers towards the purchase of the wine barrel. We are looking for some new barrel barrels who want to be a part of our barrel program. Let Fred know if you are interested.

Brew Event with Club Brewers: We want to thank Patrick Smith for hosting a Brew Event at his house on May 25th.  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions: No club training tonight.  Fred would like to talk with the brewers going to the National Homebrewers Convention.  We need to go over the plans for getting our kegs and gear to the convention and go over the plans for Club Night.

May 9th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Redwood Smoke Shack in Gent

We want to thank Redwood Smoke Shack and our own Past President Bob Roberts for hosting our club meeting.

We want to thank everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:

Joshua Corl & Charles Steward

 

Big Brew Event: We were disappointed in the club’s turnout for the Big Brew Event on National Homebrew Day at Brew & Bottle Homebrew supply.  However, we understand that going to Newport News is a long way to go for most of us. We are hoping that Rafael and American Homebrew Supply will able to host the Learn to Homebrew Day in November and that our club will show their full support for AHS. Brew & Bottle held a raffle, Larry won a 50 lb. bag of plain malt.

Results of the Initial Round of the National Homebrewers Conference Homebrew Competition:

The initial round of the homebrew competition was held form March 22nd to April 12th at 13 different Judging Centers. We do not have the statistics on the amount of entries for the 2019 competition yet, but during the 2018 competition they had 8,405 entries judged, with 1,203 entries advancing to the final round.

 

This year we had three of our Seven City Brewers advancing to the

Final Round:

1st Place Brian McCrickard with his Cat. 21: Specialty IPA

1st Place Ryan Harrington with his Cat. 21B7: New England IPA

2nd Place Brian McCrickard with his Cat. 15: Irish Ale

3rd Place Rafael Corredor with his Cat. 25: Belgian Ale

 

Congratulation to All!

 

Seven City Brewers Custom Canopy: We put the club’s custom canopy up at the Big Brew Event, it looks Great!  We posted photos on our club’s Facebook page. The next time we plan to use the canopy is during the Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale currently being planned for in June. 

Without the support of our club members who donated money towards the custom canopy fund we would not have been able to purchase it for our club.  We Thank You!

Up Coming Events & Save the Date:

 

May 11th, 2019: Seven City Brewers Field Trip to Eastern Shores breweries.  Get your reservations in early.  Leaving from American Homebrew Supply at 11 AM.  Planning on visiting four breweries on Eastern Shore.  The club is providing the van(s) and designated non-drinking driver(s) and providing a return home drop off service. Cost is $25.00 per person with the club paying the balance. non-drinking driver to be compensated by passengers by buying the driver a growler at each brewery visited. 

 

June 8th, 2019 or June 9th, 2019 | Legend of Homebrewing (Special Competition). Time: TBD.  Location Legends Brewing Depot 1 High Street B, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704.  There will be some great prizes for this one although no Brewers’ Cup points will be awarded. The winner will get a chance to brew their beer with the Legend Brewing Depot Brewmaster on their large commercial system and meet some fine folks at Legend.  Online registration opens May 13th, 2019 on http:/hr.brewers-cup.com.

 

Categories Include:

Any style you want. Whether you brew it or have already brewed it, make it your best beer (2 entries/person).

 

October 25th to 27th, 2019 Save the Date:

 

Seven City Brewers Brew & Camping Event.

 

We have reserved the Virginia Beach KOA pavilion for Brewing Saturday October 26th from 9:00 AM to 6 PM. Located at 1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Fred is planning on camping Friday and Saturday night and leaving on Sunday. Campers/tents: check-in time 1:00 PM; check out 12:00 noon. Cabins: check-in time 3:00 PM; check out 11:00 noon. Pets are allowed at an additional charge.  See Virginia Beach KOA website at www.koa.com for additional information. We are planning to setup taps to connect kegs to share homebrew with campers. Contact Virginia Beach KOA at 757-428-1444, let them know you are with the Seven City Brewers Group. We get a 25% group discount so let them know you are with Seven City Brewers.  Make reservations early if you are planning to stay in a cabin. Cancellation prior to 7 days of check-in is $10.00.  Cancellation within 7 days of check-in is one night’s deposit.

 

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash and prizes. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00.   Plus we have foreign beer donated by Ed McDermott and yeast donated by AHS for the raffle. Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Ed McDermott will be coming around with the tickets.

Treasurer Report: Fred Baker presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership or join the club please see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.    Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

National Homebrew Competitions Important Dates:

Final Round Shipping June 10th to June 20th

Final Round Judging June 27-28

 

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #2

 

Tis the Saison for Wheat 2019-02

May 25, 2019 | Time TBD

 

2019 Competition #2 – Spring, Summer, and those fantastic wheat(ish) beers are sure quench the thirst of even the most rugged yard-worker.  Entry opens May 1st and judging will be held on May 25th.  Location is at the Support Services Training Center at 402 Investors Place, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA. 23452.

 

Categories include:

25B Saison

10A Wheat

 

The HRBC website is currently being updated and is not available for online registration.  We recommend that if the website is not available by May 18th that you fill out bottle forms and attach them to your entries. You can drop entries off at AHS prior to May 22nd or with Larry, Ed, or Fred for delivery to the competition. When available go to www.hr.brewers-cup.com for online registration and rules.

 

The 7th Annual Shenandoah Hop Blossom Homebrew Competition:

Is being held May 18th by Shenandoah Valley Homebrewers Guild (SVHG) and Valley Homebrew in Winchester, VA. Full details can be found on the competition website at www.shenbrew.org.  If you entered this competition or any others, please let Fred know for the Seven City Brewer of the Year records.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: We emptied Clyde our Barleywine barrel on Saturday April 27th. Our barrel brewers are deciding on whether we want another freshly emptied bourbon barrel or a wine barrel for our next barrel fill. We are selling Clyde for $65.00.  First come, First severed. We are looking for some new barrel barrels who want to be apart of our barrel program. Let Fred know if you are interested.

For you New Seven City Brewers, for the barrel fill we need 11 brewers to brew the same recipe and provide a 5-gallon share.  We post the recipe and have discussions between barrel brewers on the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Facebook page.  It is a great opportunity to work with and get to know our brewers.

Brew Event with Club Brewers: If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions:

Fred set up a demonstration and talked about Yeast Starters and why they are important.

If there is a training subject/demonstration that you would like to present or receive training on let us know.  Our goal is to improve Your Homebrewing Skills!

April 4th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

American Homebrew Supply

We want to thank American homebrew Supply for hosting our club meeting.  We appreciated Rafael, Jennifer, and Rafael’s Mother for their support of our club.

Larry thanked everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club:

Michael Kieff

Tyler Stuck

Rex Sparks

Tyler Stuck and Rex sparks attended the meeting and were introduced by Larry.

American Homebrew Supply: Rafael spoke to the club about AHS Gourmet ABC license. The gourmet license allows AHS to brew on site, hold brewing classes and allows for beer style sampling. Rafael introduced his father to the club, and we made him feel welcomed.  Rafael is starting a keg rental program.  You will be able to rent and pick up a clean keg and drop off the keg that needs to be cleaned.

Big Brew Event: We discussed the club’s plans for the Big Brew Event for National Homebrew Day on May 4th, 2019.  AHS will not be able to host the Big Brew Event in May and Rafael hopes to host the event in the future.  We are planning to attend the event at Brew & Bottle LLC in Newport News. So, Seven City Brewers get your brew rigs ready and come out and brew with us on Saturday May 4th.  Brew & Bottle is offering a 20% discount on ingredients to participants.

 

Results of the HRBC competition #1:

The competition was held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton. There were 24 entries judged with the following winners:

1st Place Ernie Lang HRBTS with his 15A: Irish Red

2nd Place Brian McCrickard 7CB with his 15A: Irish Red

3rd Place Larry Lentz 7CB with his 15B: Irish Stout

 

Results of the Star City Homebrew Throwdown: The competitions was held at Big Lick Brewing Company in Roanoke, VA on March 23rd.

There were 114 entries judged with 122 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Brian McCrickard 7CB won 1st place with his 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Jacked Up on Java.  Brian went up against 23 other entries to win.

Patrick (Dempsey) Smith 7CB  won 3rd place with his 21A American IPA Amarillo By Morning.  Dempsey went up against 9 other brewers to win.

Congratulations to Brian & Dempsey!

 

Seven City Brewers Custom Canopy: The Seven City Brewers custom canopy has arrived and is available to promote our club at events.

We want to thank our brewers who have donated money towards the canopy fund.  Our brewers have donated $275.00 towards the purchase of the canopy.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00.   We also have additional beer and clothing items for the raffle.                                            

Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Ed McDermott will be coming around with the tickets.

Treasurer Report: There is no treasurers report for tonight’s meeting.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.    Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Homebrew Competitions Important Dates:

The 2019 National Homebrewers Competition

First Round Judging has been completed and scores are being verified.  Everyone who entered should be getting their scoresheets online soon,

Final Round Judging June 27-28

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #2

 

Tis the Saison for Wheat 2019-02

May 18, 2019 – May 25, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

2019 Competition #2 – Spring, Summer, and those fantastic wheat(ish) beers are sure quench the thirst of even the most rugged yard-worker.  Entry opens May 1st and judging will be held either between May 18th or May 25th.  Location to be determined.

 

Categories include:

25C Saison

10A Wheat

 

Go to www.hr.brewers-cup.com for online registration and rules. The HRBC website is currently being updated and is not available.

The 7th Annual Shenandoah Hop Blossom Homebrew Competition:

Is being organized by Shenandoah Valley Homebrewers Guild (SVHG) and Valley Homebrew and is being held May 18th in Winchester, VA. Full details can be found on the competition website at www.shenbrew.org.  Register online from April 1st through Saturday May 4th.  They have nearly reached their maximum number of entries. So, if you are planning to enter you need to do it now.

Club’s Barrel Program: Discussions are underway for emptying Clyde our Barleywine barrel on Saturday April 27th. We are looking into selling Clyde and get a fresh barrel for the next barrel fill. We are looking for some new barrel barrels who want to be apart of our barrel program.

For the barrel fill we need 11 brewers to brew the same recipe and provide a 5-gallon share.  We post the recipe and have discussions between barrel brewers on the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Facebook page.  It is a great opportunity to work with and get to know our brewers.

Brew Event with Club Brewers: If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your points.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions:

There is no planned training for tonight instead we are going to participate in the What A Crockpot Challenge. Gift awards will be presented to the Best Crockpot Dish, the Best Side Dish, and the Best Dessert.  So, vote for the ones you like the best.

March 14th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Legend Brewing Depot

We want to thank Legend Brewing Depot for hosting our club meeting and supporting our club. Legend Brewing Depot also provided our club members a 10% discount of food items.  We appreciated legend for their support of our club.

Larry thanked everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time:

Since our last meeting we have the following new member join the club: Timothy Bond.

Results of the 12th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz: 

The competition was held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton. There were 336 entries judged with 654 registered participants, judges, and stewards. Our club had the following winners:

2nd Place David Jordon with his 1B: American Lager

1st Place Timothy Rouse with his 9C: Baltic Porter

1st Place Larry Lentz with his 21A: American IPA

2nd Place Brian McCrickard with his 21B7: New England IPA

3rd Place Karen Martin with her 23B: Flanders Red Ale

3rd Place Timothy Rouse with his 25B: Saison

1st Place Timothy Rouse with his 28A: Brett Beer

3rd Place Brian McCrickard with his 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

2nd Place Timothy Rouse with his 31A: Alternative Sugar Beer

Congratulations to All!

Seven City Brewer of the Year: Fred pointed out Tim Rouse as the current leader in the point standings.  Tim is the guy you are going to have to beat if you want the $200.00 cash award for being the Seven City Brewer of the Year for 2019.  Fred let everyone know that he was the 2018 Seven city Brewer of the Year.  He won by out participating everyone else.  Information about the Seven City Brewer of the Year and points you can earn are provided in the Club News Page.

Status of the Seven City Brewers Custom Canopy: Our elected leaders agreed on the design for the club’s custom canopy and Kittrich Canopies has been authorized to make it.

The Seven City Brewers canopy will be used for club events to promote our club.

If you would like to donate money towards the purchase of the club’s canopy to reduce the cost to the club, please contact Fred Baker. You can also donate via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org and specify for canopy fund.

We want to thank our brewers who donated money to the canopy fund.  Our brewers have donated $235.00 towards the purchase of the canopy. The cost of the canopy is $809.21 and should be here in 7 to 10 days. We are planning to set up the canopy at our next meeting for everyone to see.

The Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Inaugural Awards Gala: You all that were not able to attend the Gala missed a good time.  There were about 64 people who attended, the food was good, and the homebrew was flowing like wine.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for cash. We are doing a 50/50 raffle with a minimum guaranteed win of $35.00.                                                                                                                                                     

Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Ed McDermott will be coming around with the tickets.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurers Report of Seven City Brewers finances with a copy to be filed in the Seven City Brewers records.

For you Seven City Brewers who did not pay your membership dues by March 1st, you are no longer a Member in Good Standing.

Anyone wishing to renew their membership see Fred.  You can also renew your membership via PayPal at treasurer@barfclub.org.   Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Homebrew Competitions Important Dates:

The 2019 National Homebrewers Competition

First Round Judging is March 22-April 14

Final Round Judging June 27-28

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #1

 

Luck O’ The Irish 2019-01

March 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

2019 Competition #1 – What better way to celebrate the month of March than with fine Irish beers. Registration opens March 1st and closes on March 17th. Brew something Irish and you’ll be sure to be the everyone’s lucky charm. Go to www.hr.brewers-cup.com for online registration and rules.  The competition will be in the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place, Suite 102, Virginia Beach, VA. 23452.

 

Categories include:

15A. Irish Red Ale

15B. Irish Stout

 

 

The 27th Annual Spirit of Free Beer Homebrew Competition

Is being organized by BURP (Brewers United for Real Potables) and will be held in Beltsville, MD on April 5th and 6th.  All beer, cider, and mead styles are being included in this competition.  Full details can be found on the competition website at www.sofb.brewcomp.com.  Register online from February 28th through March 28th.  Shipping window is March 7th through March 28th.

Club’s Barrel Program:

It is time to start thinking about the next homebrew we want to put into Clyde and when we want to remove the Barleywine.

For the barrel fill we get 11 brewers to brew the same recipe and provide a 5-gallon share.  We post the recipe and have discussions between barrel brewers on the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Facebook page.  It is a great opportunity to work with and get to know our brewers.

We are looking for new barrel brewers that would like to be a part of our barrel program. If anyone is interested let Fred know and we will contact, you when we are preparing for the next barrel fill. So far, Julian Durden has expressed a desire to be apart of the next barrel fill.

April Club Meeting is at American Homebrew supply on Thursday April 4th. We are looking into having a cook off challenge.  More information will be provided.

National Homebrew Convention is June 27th thru 29th in Providence RI.  Tickets are on sale now.

Brew with Club Brewers: We are fortunate to have some very skilled homebrewers in our club. If you are new to homebrewing or even if you just want to watch and pick up some good ideals, come brew with an experienced club homebrewer. Email me at sevencitybrewers@gmail.com or put your name on the signup sheet and we will let you know when we have a brew date.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions:

Tim Rouse is going to facilitate a tasting contest to determine beer styles.

 

Tim collected some several styles of homebrews at the Virginia Beer Blitz. For those of you who want to participate you are going to be divided into 4 teams of five. Each team will sample the homebrew and determine the beer style for that beer. The team with the most correct answers wins prizes.

 

If you have any ideas on what you would like to have as an informational training or demonstration session on during our meetings, let us know.

That concludes the formal part of our meeting please continue socializing and drinking homebrew. We will hold the raffle drawing once everyone has a chance to purchase their tickets.

The club meeting minutes will be posted on our website in the Minutes page.

February 13th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Bull Island Brewing Co.

We want to thank Bull Island Brewing company for hosting our club meeting and supporting our club.

Larry thanked everyone for coming out.

We want to welcome our new members and any members attending for the first time: Since our last meeting we have the following new members join the club: Andrew Fleming owner of Fleming Hop Farm and Elizabeth (Liz) Williamson.

Guest Speakers:

Tuan Bui new owner of Brew & Bottle Homebrew Supply in New Port News was introduced. Tuan wanted to let everyone know he was continuing to support the homebrew clubs with discounts on purchases and that he was planning to sponsor a Big Brew for National Homebrew Day on May 4th, 2019.

Rafael Corredor spoke to the club about his upcoming plans for the store.  He is in the process of getting an ABC license to allow beer tastings at AHS.

Seven City Brewers Custom Canopy: Fred has been working with Kittrich Canopy Company in Pomona, CA to develop a price quote for a custom canopy with our club’s logos printed on it.  The Seven City Brewers canopy would be used for club events such as conventions, festivals, and club brewing events to promote our club.  We have several Seven City Brewers planning to attend the National Homebrewers Convention this year in Providence RI, this would be a great time to setup the club’s canopy for club night to promote our club.  We also have several club brew events planned such a Big Brew Day, Teach A Friend to Brew Day and Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale Meet that we could use the canopy as advertisement for our club.  I will be asking club members if they would like to donate money towards the purchase of the club’s canopy and Fred plans to donate $100.00 towards the canopy if authorized to be purchased.

The following motion was made by Fred Baker. “Request authorization to spend club funds to purchase a custom-made canopy with the Seven City Brewers Logos. The cost to the club is not to exceed $600.00 without additional authorization from club members.  The club’s elected officers must agree by majority vote on the design for the club’s canopy prior to authorizing the purchase.”

Motion was seconded by Larry Lentz

Members voted by a show of hands: 

All members authorizing spending of club funds as outlined in the motion raised their hands.

All members opposed to spending club funds as outlined in the motion raised their hands.

Let the meeting minutes reflect that all members present were in favor of authorizing spending of club funds and the motion was passed.

 

The Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Inaugural Awards Gala is February 24th from 3 PM to 9 PM at the Vanguard in Hampton.  We currently have 10 Seven City Brewers with 16 guest planning on attending.  We have reserved the Mezzanine Area for the Awards Gala. Plan on having a good time and bring homebrew to share. The finial head count has been turned in.  See Fred if you haven’t already sent in your payment. Fred is maintaining the Reservation List of our club brewers and their guest and the status of their payment.  This is a Seven City Brewers sanctioned event and points will be awarded towards the Seven City Brewer of the Year.

New Sponsor:  Andrew Fleming owner of the Fleming Hop Farm and a new member of our club has offered to be one of our club’s Sponsors.

The Fleming Hop Farm locally grows and sources their hops.  They are using environmentally friendly agricultural methods ensuring quality over quantity. The Fleming Hop Farm is offering our members a discount on hops and merchandise bought at their farm. Show your club membership card and receive a dollar off each pound of homegrown hops purchased and 10% off other merchandise purchased at their farm.

 

Results of the Winterbrew 2019 Homebrew Competition: Winterbrew 2019 was held in Chicago, Illinois on January 12th, 2019.  The competition was hosted by Square Kegs Homebrew Club.

Our own homebrewer, Ryan Harrington won 1st Place in the 21B7: New England IPA Beer Style with his Oh Great another NEIPA entry.  You all my not know Ryan because he has not attended any of our club meetings.

Congratulations Ryan!

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for a chance to win a box containing $43.80 worth of new homebrewing supplies.  

Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Ed McDermott will be coming around with the tickets.

Treasurer Report: The end of Year Financial Report has been submitted to the President and is available for review by any member in good standing.

Fred presented the Treasurers Report of Seven City Brewers finances with a copy to be filed by the secretary.

I want to remind you that our 2018 Club membership expired December 31st, please pay dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

I have copies of the club new membership application forms for anyone who wants to join the club. For members renewing their membership you do not need to fill out the membership application again. New members can fill out the new membership application online and pay via PayPal.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club.

Homebrew Competitions Important Dates:

The 2019 National Homebrewers Competition

Application Period was January 22-29 and is closed

Beer Registration & Payment February 1-14 if you haven’t already done so register by Thursday

First Round Shipping Window March 1-14

First Round Judging March 22-April 14

Final Round Judging June 27-28

 

The 12th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz

Online registration January 26th through February 23rd

Competition Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 0900 AM at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton. Full competition information can be found at www.colonialalesmiths.org/BeerBlitz.

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #1

 

Luck O’ The Irish 2019-01

March 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

2019 Competition #1 – What better way to celebrate the month of March than with fine Irish beers. Registration opens March 1st and closes on March 17th. Brew something Irish and you’ll be sure to be the everyone’s lucky charm. Go to www.hr.brewers-cup.com for online registration and rules.  The competition will be in the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place, Suite 102, Virginia Beach, VA. 23452.

 

Categories include:

15A. Irish Red Ale

15B. Irish Stout

 

 

Club’s Barrel Program: The club has two 55-gallon bourbon barrels that we keep filled with beer for bourbon wood aging.  We now have both barrels at John Wallace’s house.  John has graciously accepted the appointed position of being our club’s Barrel King.  In honor of reuniting our barrels in one place after being separated for over a year, we named them.

 

We are using Clyde to keep our smooth sweet beers and we have a Barleywine aging in him.  Bonnie contains our dark sour beers and we have the Dark Sour Ale V2.0 aging in her.

We filled Bonnie with the Dark Sour Ale V2.0 on Sunday January 13th, 2019.  

For the barrel fill we get 11 brewers to brew the same recipe and providing a 5-gallon share.  We post the recipe and have discussions between barrel brewers on the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Facebook page.  It is a great opportunity to work with and get to know our brewers.

We are looking for new brewers that would like to be a part of our barrel program. If anyone is interested let Fred know and we will contact, you when we are preparing for the next barrel fill. Julian Durden expressed a desire to be apart of the next barrel fill as long as it is not the sour barrel.

Brew with Club Brewers: We are fortunate to have some very skilled homebrewers in our club. If you are new to homebrewing or even if you just want to watch and pick up some good ideals, come brew with an experienced club homebrewer. Email me at sevencitybrewers@gmail.com or put your name on the signup sheet and we will let you know when we have a brew date.

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions:

Homebrewing Competitions:

 

This training was an open discussion covered the types of competition, upcoming competitions, how the judges score your homebrew, entering competitions, and how to pack and ship beers for competitions. 

 

The open discussion will be facilitated by Fred Baker. For the Seven City Brewers that could not make the meeting we will post the Homebrew Competition discussion notes on our website in the Club News page.

If you have any ideas on what you would like to have as an informational training or demonstration session on during our meetings, let us know.

That concludes the formal part of our meeting please continue socializing and drinking homebrew. We will hold the raffle drawing once everyone has a chance to purchase their tickets.

The club meeting minutes will be posted on our website in the Minutes page.

January 12th, 2019 Holiday Party Meeting Minutes

Our Host

MoMac Brewing Company

We want to thank MoMac Brewing company for hosting our Holiday Party and supporting our club.

Larry thanked everyone for coming out and bringing the food.

We want to welcome our new members to the club: So far, for 2019 our new members are Alexandria Gagnon, James Strane, Austin Pawlus, Chuck McDermott, Jeff Kroener, Julian Durden, and Elizabeth (Liz) Williamson. 

Julian and Chuck were in attendance at the party.

We also have new membership application requests from Andrew Fleming, Seth Oswald, and Erin Zabel that are pending.

The Seven City Brewer of the Year Award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewer who participated in club activities and events and exhibited outstanding homebrewing ability.

The Seven City Brewer of the Year point standings run from December 1st, 2018 to December 1st, 2019.  This is so that we can present the awards during our December meeting. The club leadership set a 2019 Brewer of the Year cash award of $200.00 with a Runner Up cash award of $100.00.

The 2018 Seven City Brewer of the Year was Fred Baker with the Runner Up Award split between Brian McCrickard and Larry Lentz.

Please Congratulation Brian, Fred and Larry!

Larry presented Fred with the coveted Seven City Brewer of the Year Cup.  The Runner Ups wanted to touch it, but Fred held it high.

Fred talked about club participation and how our brewers can earn points towards the awards.  The 2019 Seven City Brewers Award Points will be posted in the Club’s News page. 

As of January 1st, 2019, the award points are tied for first place with Tim Rouse and Alisha Erfle both having 11 points.  For Runner Up we have Rafael, Dempsey, Larry, Ed, Brian and Fred tied with 7 points.

Fred Baker will be keeping the point records again this year for our members unless someone else wants to volunteer.

Chili Cook Off Contest: We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the Chili Cook Off Contest it was a big hit with our club members.

 

Especially we want to thank Rafael Corredor, his mother and wife Jenifer for providing the side dishes and chili fixings that made the event even more special.

Who would have thought we would have 12 chili cookers show up?

 

Everyone looked happy and full. Thanks!

 

Fred apologized for not monitoring the competition more closely and not eating more chili.

 

There was some voting and cooking irregularities. A Homebrewers Special Council (Fred) has been appointed by the Supreme Best Chili Association (SBCA) (Fred President) to investigate.  Areas of Inquiry:

 

Were any Chili Cook Off Rules violated? That’s obvious, there are No Rules!

 

We had 34 people in attendance, however there were only 29 votes. Was there voter intimidation? Were some votes misplaced? Who didn’t vote?

 

Was there a Texas Style Award Winning Chili Sauce Kit used in one’s home made chili?

Contestant #10 (Erfle) received 11 votes with the closest Contestant #9 (Smith) receiving 4 votes. Were there any stuffing of faces or voter intimidation? Were there any similarities with the two highest count contestants?

 

Witnesses will be interviewed, and a finding will be provided by Homebrewers Special Council to the SBCA.

 

A preliminary ruling by the SBCA has issued: A Great Chili Cook Off Challenge should be held this spring or fall to resolve the issue once and for all. We need to see which 7CB can cook the best homemade chili.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: We emptied the Dark Sour Ale barrel that was over Bob Roberts house this morning and will be refilling it with a Dark Sour Ale V2.0 at John Wallace’s house Sunday 1/13/19.  

Fred talked about the barrel program and how the barrel brewers brew the same recipe and we have 11 brewers providing 5-gallon shares for the barrel fill.  We post the recipe and have discussions between brewers on the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Facebook page.  It is a great opportunity work with and get to know our brewers. We want to have new barrel brewers in the next barrel fill, so if you are interested let us know.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for a chance to win brewing supplies, money, candy and two AHS gift cards.  We have two sharan wrap balls each containing about $50.00 worth of items. We will be having two drawings of five people each to play a game. Fred will explain the game as we go. Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Ed McDermott will be coming around with the tickets.

Brew with Club Brewers: We are fortunate to have some very skilled homebrewers in our club. If you are new to homebrewing or even if you just want to watch and pick up some good ideals, come brew with an experienced club homebrewer. Email me at sevencitybrewers@gmail.com or put your name on the signup sheet and we will let you know when we have a brew date.

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Awards Dinner

There are plans underway to have a Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Awards Dinner with all the participating clubs for a buffet style dinner and presentation of awards at The Vanguard located in Hampton in February. More details will be provided.

Treasurer Report: The next treasurers report will be reported in February meeting. Fred is working on the end of Year Financial Report that will be submitted to the President.

HRBC Completion to restart in March:

Marck Weiss is working on the competition rules and dates.  Fred and Ed is meeting with Marck Weiss the HRBC Coordinator to discuss plans.

Homebrew Competitions Important Dates:

The 2019 National Homebrewers Competition

Application Period January 22-29

Beer Registration & Payment February 1-14

First Round Shipping Window March 1-14

First Round Judging March 22-April 14

Final Round Judging June 27-28

 

The 12th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz

Online registration January 26th through February 23rd

Competition Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 0900 AM at

St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA

 

Club Informational Training/Demonstration Sessions:

If you have any ideas on what you would like to have as an informational training or demonstration session on during our meetings, let me know. We will be developing a list of items to train on and be asking club members to help in the presentations for this coming year.

That concludes the formal part of our meeting please continue eating and drinking homebrew. We will hold the raffle drawing once everyone has a chance to purchase their tickets.