Seven City Brewers February 2017 Newsletter

February 23, 2017



 Meeting & Events


Our club held a meeting at Commonwealth Brewing Company in Virginia Beach on February 9th. You all that were not able to attend the meeting missed another good time.


The information session was on: Growing HOPS in Virginia presented by Master Gardener Dan Schreiner. Dan is a member of the club and provided a great presentation. Dan has agreed to be the club’s point of contact for hops related questions and issues. Dan loves to talk about hops and can be reached by email at or by phone at 757-412-8637.


The club is planning on filling the barrel with an Old Rasputin Imperial Ale on March 5th at Bob Robert’s house. Go to the Seven City Brewers Face book group for the latest information on the barrel fill.


Our next club meeting is March 9th, 2017 at Tradition Brewing Company from 7 PM to 9 PM. They are located at 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd Ste 103, Newport News, VA 23606. Second floor Mezzanine.


The next Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition is March 15th, 2017:  HRBC Competition #2 starts at 6 PM at Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.


Online registration will open later this month for Competition #2 and I will post it on face book when registration opens– Here Comes the Sun. Entry deadline for Competition #2 is Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm.
Entry Beer Styles:
1C Cream Ale, 18A American Blonde Ale, 24A Belgian Wit, and 25B Saison

If you guys need any help with label forms and fill them out or classifying your beer style, I will have Ed McDermott and Dan Tully standing by to help you at the March 9th meeting.


Results of the January 25th, 2017 HRBC Competition #1


Remain of the Day Results

27 Total Entries, 10 Entries from 7CB

1st Place Winner HRBTS brewer Jane Wallingford

2nd Place Winner HAMS brewer Carrie Kaylor

3rd Place Winner 7CB Tim Rouse with Bob Roberts brewer


7CB Judges & Stewards

Larry Lentz, Carl Perry, Fred Baker and Ed McDermott


7CB Additional Brewers

Larry Lentz, Carl Perry, Fred Baker, Ed McDermott, Tim Rouse, Greg White, Ben Phillips, Dan Tully, Roman Goldshteyn, and Melanie Phillips


Results of the January 27th & 28th, 2017 Tenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz Results

383 Entries and 526 Registered Participants, Judges and Stewards

7CB Winners

Karen Martin 1st place for Imperial Stout

Dan Tully 1st place for Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Dan Tully 3rd place for Festbier

Ed McDemott 3rd place for Blonde Ale

Timothy Rouse 1st place for American Pale Ale

Timothy Rouse 2nd place for Saison

Timothy Rouse 3rd place for Brett Beer

Bob Roberts 2nd place for Rye IPA

Larry Lentz 3rd place for Double IPA

7CB Judges & Stewards

Jason Erfle, Dan Tully, Tim Rouse, and Chris Ward

7CB Additional Brewers

Fred Baker, Roman Goldshteyn, Jason Erfle, and Chris Ward


Teach A Member to Brew Event

The January Teach a Member to Brew Event went well. Ed McDemott, Carl Perry and I brewed the Rasputin Imperial Stout for the barrel fill on January 28th. We had a good time. Drank a few brews, ate some homemade chili, and talked about homebrewing.  The next teach a member to brew event will most likely be in March after the winter weather starts to clear up.


For those of you who what to develop your homebrewing skills there is no better way than to brew with an experienced club brewer. Signup sheets will be available at the meetings for anyone interested in attended.  You can also contact me at or at


2017 Seven City Brewers Events in Planning

We are working on several ideals for events that we think you all might like to participate in:

Brewers Event: Where we brew the same recipe using different techniques. We would present these brews to the club at a meeting for tasting and they will choose the one with the best flavor and style. If we plan well we should be able to enter these brews into the HRBC competition and get a BJCP certified judges to score the brews. If interested in participating let Larry Lentz or I know.


Brew Ridge Trail Tour: Looking at Friday April 21st where we get club members together and go visit Breweries in the Charlottesville region of Virginia. Check out the Brew Ridge Trail website at .Transportation arrangements will depend on the number of club members who want to go and how many volunteers we have to drive. We will see what it would cost for the club to rent a van. Signup sheets will be available at our next meeting if you are interested in going or you can contact me. The tour date is flexible, if anyone is interested in going but I need to make reservations as soon as possible if we need to rent a van.


National Homebrewers Conference: Planning has started for the club to participate in the National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis Minnesota. The conference date is June 15th through June 17th. A BNA-12 preconference get together (party) sponsored by The Brewing Network will most likely be on June 14th. I have started a Seven City Brewers 2017 American Homebrewers Convention face book group and have started posting planning information. If interested in going contact me.


Seven City Brewers Web Site Update

I am developing a new web site for the Seven City Brewers using Wix web builder software. The Wix web builder does not requires computer coding skills and is relatively easy to use. I have the website about 90% complete. I hope to have it published with our existing domain name and online in the near future. I will let you all know via face book when it is up and running.





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