The end is near!
For Tom being the host of the annual beer and sausage extravaganza, anyway. So come celebrate the end of a WZZ era. Be there to enjoy some unique brews and fabulous fare!
Saturday, June 14th at 6 PM.
1766 Forney Ct, in Sparks.
Questions?? Call Tom at 813-8042 or 787-6732. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Want to take over this WZZ tradition? Contact Rob at the Reno Homebrewer, 329-ALES.
Northern Nevada was definitely “on the map” in the just announced Sacramento NHC First Round competition. We had 6 local brewers, brewing 9 winning entries , qualifying for the National Finals held this year in Grand Rapids, MI.
Congratulations to Jeff Current, Barry Cochran, Jason Green, Jason Hanski, and Jason Hobbs for your expertise and a job well done!
Hey, all you judges, stewards, old, new, or prospective; here’s a message from Darrell Amerine, Coordinator for the California State Fair Homebrewing Competition (p.s., I’m planning on being there):
Good Morning everyone,
The NCBG and the CA State Fair have begun the process of signing up judges and/or stewards to work the week of May 29th – June 1st. We are looking for about 40 judges and 20 stewards per day to judge and score the nearly 750 expected entries this year.
This year promises to be bigger and better than last year. We will have great food, raffle prizes and can assist people who have to travel more than 50 miles with Hotel Accommodations.
If you are available any or all of the dates on the registration page, please signup so we can have a great list of potential judges.
Judges who can make the trip from out of town, please contact me via email so I can make the Hotel accommodation with you.
Darrell Amerine, Coordinator
CA State Fair Homebrew and Commercial Craft Beer Competitions
At this month’s meeting we will discuss some changes at the management level, and WZZ’s commitment to brew for the Hoppy Hour event at this year’s NCHF.
The president and treasurer have decided that the club will pay for a 5-gallon batch of beer ingredients if you will make it for that event. Anything left over will be used in the club booth on Saturday. We will be among several other clubs displaying their/our brewing prowess. I think we are honored by the invitation to participate at this level.
On a related note, we got the NCHF board to agree to a guaranteed ticket for each person who brews a batch of beer for Hoppy Hour; not a free ticket, but a guaranteed ticket (remember the big cluster flap over getting tickets last year?). The catch?…. We get 10 (ten) tickets guaranteed for that job.
These tickets will be for members in good standing (dues paid) by the end of this month’s meeting.
Those not brewing for Hoppy Hour specifically will have to scramble for tickets like everyone else.
Oh, and by the way the April meeting will be 6:00 P.M. at the Reno Homebrewer on Saturday, April 19th. (2335 Dickerson Rd., Reno 329-2537) (map below, just in case you’re new and would like to visit)
BBQ will be available for grilling. (Bring your own meat or veggies.)
By the way, does anyone remember what the theme is for this year’s NCHF?
The May WZZ Meeting will be at Jason Hobbs House!
Details to follow…..
Mark Smith is hosting us at his home.
Saturday, March 22
2839 Markridge Dr, Reno 89509 (map below)
Pot luck of course, which encompasses both food and homebrew.
Hope to see you there!
I’m (Kirk) driving to Sacramento Saturday, March 15th. I’m hauling my first round NHC entries and will transport yours too if you want. No charge, as I need to make the drive anyway.
I’ll be at Rob’s Shop Friday afternoon until closing, March 14th. So bring your entries then (or before), and we’ll pack them up snugly for travel on Saturday, the 15th, and I’ll deliver them to Brew Ferment Distill that day (the drop-off window is March 10-17).
Hey, did anyone out there get entered into the National Homebrewing Contest?
I entered for the first time this year, and it went pretty smooth. I entered three brews, which I’m not going to say what styles they were, because I’m going to enter the same ones into the Great Basin Brew-Off, and don’t want to show my hand.
The new system they are using seems to work really well. Did you know that the software is the same as what we use? Just beefed up for the huge size of the contest, but designed by the same person, Geoff Humphries, of BrewCompetition.com. That guy has helped a lot of us get competitions off the ground.
Anyway, feel free to comment, and let us know if you got through with any entries.
In case anyone is interested, SNAFU (Las Vegas) is hosting their annual Winterfest competition on March 28 and 29, and Bill Moreland (the organizer) is offering a free ticket to their beer/food pairing dinner/awards banquet to anyone traveling in to judge.
I would like to go, but can’t this year due to lots of reasons. Yet, I went last year and got to know many of them because of it, and they are a great group. Note: I do plan on going there this fall for the Nevada State Homebrew Championships (NSHC), and so who can expect more than one trip a year to Las Vegas, if even one.
Anyway, here’s a link to their site. Maybe, someone would be interested in entering a brew or two, and skip the trip.
Entry registration for the Great Basin Brew-Off has been moved up to March 1st. Here’s a link to the site.
The Treasurer has confirmed that the Club will pay for (and bring) the commercial style example of anything we evaluate as a group at club meetings.
So, let’s say there’s something in your personal homebrew inventory, something special that you wouldn’t mind allowing us to practice our judging skills upon. Let us know and we’ll set it up for a monthly meeting. It’s that simple.
The club will supply the commercial brew , the sample cups, and even make arrangements with you to transport your homebrew so that you can be anonymous (for objectivity), and then afterwards, it’s your call on how secret you remain.
We will keep the judging as professional and objective as we can, and we won’t hold up the commercial example as the standard for comparison. We’ll go by the guidelines. It won’t be surprising if the homebrew example fits within the guidelines better and has fewer flaws than the commercial entry.
Just leave a comment or email via the Contact Us page, and we’ll take it from there. As of right now, we don’t have beer to judge for the February 22nd meeting.