MEETING MINUTES

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January 8th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Brick Anchor Brew House

We want to thank Brick Anchor Brew House for hosting our meeting.

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

We want to thank everyone for coming out. 

 

We have two new members since our last meeting, Todd Cannon and Chad Pellerin.   

We welcomed Brandon Christian back.  Brandon was out sailing the seas with the USN.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are getting ready to brew a Grisette for the next barrel fill.  We are planning to empty Bonnie our Dark Sour Ale V2 barrel on Saturday January 25th and refill it with the Grisette.

We will be looking at emptying and refilling our red wine barrel. 

 

We have a Dark Saison in the wine barrel. We filled the Dark Saison barrel on August 22nd. Fred was not able to grab a sample before the meeting but should be able to bring a sample to our next barrel fill for our barrel brewers to sample.

We have a Wee Heavy Ale in our WEE Willie barrel.  We filled the Wee Wille barrel on November 13th. The plan is to let the Wee Heavy Ale to bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 2 months to see how it is aging.

We also have Porter in our second Buffalo Trace barrel. We filled the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel on November 20th. The plan is to let the Porter bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 3 months to see how it is aging.

We have a lot of barrel fills coming up, if you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

 

The 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year Award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewer who participates in club activities and exhibits outstanding homebrewing ability.

For 2020 the Brewer of the Year Awards are:

1st Place Winner: The Seven City Brewer with the most points in addition to earning the right to display the coveted Seven City Brewers Cup in your own brewery with your name permanently sharped on it, you will receive a cash award of $150.00.

2nd Place Winner: The Seven City Brewer with the second highest points will receive a cash award of $100.00.

3rd Place Winner:  The Seven City Brewer with the

third highest points will receive a cash award of $75.00.

The rules and points for the 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year have been posted on our website. 

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

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2019 Club membership expires December 31st, please pay the 2020 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

Fred has 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 new membership application. New members can fill out the application online and pay via PayPal.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see Fred.

 

Up Coming Events:

 

January 15th, 2020:  HRBC Competition #1

 

Cellar Cleaner 2020-01

January 15th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Need to clean out your cellars, refrigerators, and coolers to make room for new brews? We have a suggestion for you. Enter one of them in the first competition of 2020! That’s right pick your favorite beer, cider or mead you have, and put it up against some stiff competition. All categories will be accepted.

 

The hosting club is the HRBTS and the competition is at the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

 

Up Coming Competitions:

 

2020 National Homebrew Competition Important Dates.

 

Open Enrollment January 14th to January 22nd

 

Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment Notified by February 14th  (7 days to pay after notification)

 

First Round shipping window February 20th to March 5th

 

Brian talked about the National Homebrew Convention in Nashville TN and that we are planning to get a group of our homebrewers to go and participate in Club Night.  You all need to get your reservations in early if you are planning to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Convention center.

 

The 5th Annual West/Ocelot Classic, is being hosted by the 50 West Homebrew Club on February 8th in Dulles, VA.  The entry limit has been nearly reached.  They are limiting entries to a maximum of 120. Go to website 50westbrewclub.com for online registration and rules.

 

Brain talked about additional upcoming homebrew competitions:

The Mazer Cup is a mead competition March 20 & 21st in Denver Co.

The Star City Throwdown is March 21st in Roanoke, VA and

The Virginia Beer Blitz is March 14th in Hampton, VA. 

December 12th, 2019 Club Meeting &

Holiday Party Minutes

Our Host

American Homebrew Supply

 

We want to thank American homebrew Supply owners Rafael & Jennifer for hosting our meeting and supporting our club. We have got a lot of things to go over, good food to eat, and tasty homebrew to sample.  So, let’s get to it!

 

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

We want to thank everyone for coming out.  We have one new member since our last meeting, Mathew Bisgaier.  Mathew is our second new member for 2020.

 

Subsequent to our last meeting: The Great Chili Cook Off Challenge was cancelled by the Supreme Best Chili Association (SBCA).  So, for now the unresolved issue on which 7CB can make the best chili is still outstanding. The Erfle’s laid out tonight and will not be competing in tonight’s food contest.

 

Instead we choose to have a Holiday Party Food Competition. American Homebrew Supply is providing gift cards as prizes.  The rules for the competition are:

Each family may enter up to 2 categories.

 

1.  Main Dishes:  $50 Gift Card to the best main dish: Main dish requirements: Must be a hot one-pot/pan dish.  Crock pot recommended. Enough portions to share with the club.  Beer MUST be used as an ingredient.

 

2.  Side Dishes: Two $25 Gift Cards to the top 2 side dishes. Side dishes can be hot or cold. Beer as an ingredient is not required but recommended.  No limit on side dishes.

 

3.  Dessert:  $35 Gift Card to the best dessert.  Hot or Cold.  No limit on entries.

 

Use the Sign in Sheets to record your vote.  Votes will be totaled, and gift cards presented to the winners after everyone has got a chance to vote.

 

Election of Officers:  Nominations were submitted at the September and October meetings with no additional nominees proposed to date.

We have the following Seven City Brewers nominated for elected office for 2020:

For President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

Fred Baker requested that we close the nominations of elected officers for 2020 and proceed to vote.  Do we have a second?  Larry Lentz seconded the motion to close the nominations and proceed to vote.

The closing of nominations for elected officers for 2020 has been first and seconded. 

All in favor of closing the nominations of elected officers for 2020 raise your hands.  All opposed raise your hands. 

Let the record reflect that all members in attendance except Larry Lentz voted in favor of closing the nominations for elected officers for 2020.

Our Bi-Laws allow us to vote by a show of hands when we have only one person running for an elected position.

So, please vote by a show of hands:

All in favor for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

All opposed for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

Let the record reflect that a unanimous vote by all members present were in favor of President Brian McCrickard, of Vice President Larry Lentz, of Secretary Karen Martin, and of Treasurer Fred Baker.

These elected officers will take office January 2020.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for $100.00 cash. Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars and your arm’s length of tickets for ten dollars. 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our club now has a four-barrel wood aging program.

Currently we have a Wee Heavy Ale in our WEE Willie barrel.  The Wee Heavy will bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months. 

We will grab a sample in about 3 months to see how it is aging.

Our barrel brewers brewed a Bourbon Barrel Porter for our second Buffalo Trace barrel. We filled the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel on November 20th. The plan is to let the Porter bourbon barrel wood age for about 5 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 4 months to see how it is aging.

We have a Dark Saison is in the red wine barrel we got from The Williamsburg Winery. 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.

Bonnie our sour barrel with a Dark Sour Ale V2.0 is ready to come out.  We filled Bonnie with the Dark Sour Ale on 1/13/2019. Our sour barrel brewers are coming up with the next recipe and a plan for emptying and refilling the sour barrel.

We want to thank our barrel brewers for donating to the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund. We were able to raise the funds to pay for the two Buffalo Trace barrels and now have a surplus in the 2019 Whiskey barrel fund of $60.00. Especially we want to thank John Allen for his donation of a custom-made mash paddle for the barrel fund raffle. 

John made and engraved “The Bathtub Brewery” on the mash paddle for winner Edward Graves. Fred presented the mash paddle to Edward.

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

 

Results of the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #4 that was held on November 20th.  We had a good turn out with the Winter Wonders!

 

30A. Spice/Herb/Vegetable (SHV) Beer

30C. Winter (Holiday) Seasonal Beer

 

There were 16 Total entries, 12 from 7CB, 1 HRBTS and 3 from VPH.

 

1st place 7CB Larry Lentz for his 30C Winter Seasonal Beer

2nd place VPH Mathew Campolattaro for his 30A SHV Beer

3rd place 7CB Roy Banks for his 30A SHV Beer

 

Congratulation to Larry and Roy!

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup: We are honored to have the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition Coordinator Marck Weiss with us tonight.  Marck spoke to us about the plans for the 2020 HRBC competitions.  The participating homebrew clubs are providing 2 members for a HRBC Council to help Marck.  Each club will be able to host a competition in their area and choose the beer styles they want to compete with.  We are hoping to get better support from the other clubs. 

Marck, presented the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup to this year’s winner Brian McCrickard.  The Hampton Roads Brewers Cup will be on display at the American Homebrew supply for about two weeks before it is returned to Brian for display in his brewery. 

Congratulations Brian!!

Marck, recognized Larry Lentz for being in 2nd place for the HRBC and Ed McDemott for his 3rd place in the HRBC competition.

Congratulations go to Larry & Ed!!

 

Marck, recognized the Seven City Brewers as the homebrew club that won the Overall Club Results.

We want to thank our brewers for supporting our club!

 

Now that we got that out of the way we want to talk about the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.  The award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewer who participated in club activities and events and exhibited outstanding homebrewing ability. The club leadership set a 2019 Brewer of the Year cash award of $200.00 with a Runner Up cash award of $100.00. 

Earning points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award is easy. If you made it to the meeting you earned points, if you participated in the food contest you earned points, if you brought homebrew to share you earned points, if you host a meeting or event you earn points.

The 2019 Top Five Seven City Brewers are:

5th place Ed McDermott with 71 points

Ed gets nothing, Better Luck next year!

 

4th place is Fred Baker with 71.2 points

Fred gets nothing, Better Luck next year!

3rd place is Tim Rouse with 102.7 points

Tim gets a hardy handshake and a slap on the back for a

job well done!

2nd place and Runner Up Award is Larry Lentz with 107 points.

Larry received a $100.00 cash award and a

Congratulations from all of us!

1st place and the 2019 Seven City Brewer of the Year is

Brian McCrickard with 164 points.

Brian received a personalized bamboo cutting board, a $200.00 cash award and has earned the right to display the coveted

Seven City Brewers Cup in his brewery.

 

We are currently working on the rules and points for the 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year will be posted on our website.  For 2020 we are going to have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

 

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

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2019 Club membership expires December 31st, please pay the 2020 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

Fred has 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 new membership application. New members can fill out the application online and pay via PayPal.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see 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. Saturday Dempsey Smith is hosting a brew event for anyone who wants to participate, see Dempsey. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

Up Coming Events:

 

January 15th, 2020:  HRBC Competition #1

 

Cellar Cleaner 2020-01

January 15th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Need to clean out your cellars, refrigerators, and coolers to make room for new brews? We have a suggestion for you. Enter one of them in the first competition of 2020! That’s right pick your favorite beer, cider or mead you have, and put it up against some stiff competition. All categories will be accepted.

 

The hosting club is the HRBTS and the competition is at the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

 

Up Coming Competitions:

 

2020 National Homebrew Competition Important Dates.

 

Open Enrollment January 14th to January 22nd

 

Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment Notified by February 14th  (7days to pay after notification)

 

First Round shipping window February 20th to March 5th

 

The 5th Annual West/Ocelot Classic, is February 8th in Dulles, VA. 

 

Burp’s Spirit of Free Cider & Mead, is February 29th in Silver Spring, MD.

 

Rafael thanked everyone for coming out to American Homebrew Supply for the holiday party and thanked the club for supporting the store.  AHS has just completed their first year of business and the Seven City Brewers are their largest customer.   Rafael wants to let everyone know he appreciates our support.

 

That concludes the formal part of our meeting please continue eating and sampling homebrew. Please vote on the dishes and desserts you like using the attendance sheets. We will announce the winners after everyone has got a chance to vote.  We will hold the club raffle drawing once everyone has a chance to purchase their raffle tickets.