Calif. State Fair Homebrew Contest

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.
Please use this link to scroll to the bottom of the page and register as a judge. if you know of someone who would be a steward please forward the link to them as well.
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

April Meeting

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…..
The Reno Homebrewer

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The Reno Homebrewer 39.521626, -119.839918

March Club Meeting!

Mark Smith is hosting us at his home.

Saturday, March 22

2839 Markridge Dr, Reno 89509 (map below)

Phone:  250-6754

Pot luck of course, which encompasses both food and homebrew.

Hope to see you there!

2839 Markridge Dr

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2839 Markridge Dr 39.495067, -119.840685


Want to Save NHC Shipping Costs?

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).


Anybody Enter the NHC?

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  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.

Las Vegas Winterfest

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.

More about Beer Evaluations

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.


February Club Meeting

Hey, our next WZZ club meeting/party is scheduled:  Saturday, February 22nd,  6:00 PM(ish), at Kirk and Jackie Howell’s home, 3090 Meadowlands Drive, Sparks, NV 89431.  (map below)

Newcomer?  Thinking about getting involved but not sure?  Old-timer but haven’t been active for awhile?  Come on out, you’re welcome.  Give us a try.  See if you like the fit.

No theme chosen (maybe we should try “Let it Rain”).  Pot-luck of course (food, snacks, and interesting brews/homebrews).

Interested in becoming a beer judge?  Want to try evaluating a beer? We’ll make an attempt (though it’s not easy at parties), where we first evaluate a commercial beer, followed by a homebrew of the same BJCP style; listing (for both) what we sense as “to style” or “not to style” according to the guidelines.  Sometimes the commercial entry doesn’t score all that well, and it’s really nice when the homebrew entry outscores the commercial brew.

It works better if we keep the homebrewer anonymous (saves someone’s pride and promotes objectivity).   I’ll try to set something up but, if you’d like to volunteer, leave a comment (I’ll keep your identity anonymous too) or use the “Contact Us” site feature, and I’ll get  back to you.

Cheers!  Drink lots of water, eat lots of food, and drive safe.

3090 Meadowlands Dr

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3090 Meadowlands Dr 39.557423, -119.737735