At the December meeting an informal evaluation of beers was conducted. In the old days this was a regular part of the club meetings. It is being reinstated and will start about half an hour after gathering time. We were pretty much on time and WZZers submitted 12 brews for the evaluation. The highest score was a tie between new member Andy Blanchard (Stone Ruination Clone) and Andy Tenbrink’s IPA, at 44 1/2. .
Badley/McNeil – Helles Bock (35 1/4)
Andy Blanchard – Stone Ruinition Clone (44 1/2)
Kirk Howell – Vienna Lager (36)
Jason Hobbs – Belgian Tripel (32)
Jason Hobbs – Robust Porter (40) – This was a 3-year old brew!
John Norman – Imperial Stout (38 1/2)
John Norman – Belgian Double (25) – Bottom of the keg – very yeasty!
Brian Logan – “Belgian Speciality” (no score) – Brian fessed that it was fermented cherries!
Mark Smith – German Pilsner (38 1/2)
Mark Smith – Black Cherry Ale (43)
Andy Tenbrink – IPA (44 1/2)
Andy Tenbrink – Coffee Stout (42)
Some brews with low carbonation were attributed to the LONG (its only 7 miles) drive to Mogul!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the discussion during the evaluation. Hope you’ll bring your latest (or oldest) brew to the next meeting.
Thanks to everyone that came out to last night’s club meeting. We know this season is a commitment-full, busy time of year, and many had to be somewhere else, but we had a good turn out and a tasting-session that sure exceeded my expectations. Wonderful is not an exaggeration in attempting to describe it! Thanks to Rob and Elaine and Karen and all who organized this great time of fellowship and experience.
Thanks again to Karen and Sarah for their gracious hospitality. Your home is beautiful, and we were all warm and comfy and had such a good time!
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After getting more feedback, I’m backing away from the concept of regularly scheduled monthly meetings (i.e., at the Great Basin conference room). Instead, we’re going to make a sincere effort to integrate organized tastings into every club meeting we have.
See the post “DECEMBER CLUB MEETING” for more info on the plan.
The next club meeting is Friday, December 19th, 6:30 PM, at Karen and Sarah’s house, 300 Mogul Mountain Dr, 89523. (map below)
This will be the inaugural (or reinstatement rather) commitment to conducting tasting sessions at all regular club meetings.
Here’s the plan: At 7:00 PM (sharp) (1/2 hour after meeting show-time), we’ll have a blind (i.e., not knowing who brewed it, but only knowing the style, just like in competitions), oral (i.e., not writing comments but discussing them), group (one large group of whoever wants to participate, not broken into teams) tasting/evaluation session, lasting as long as it takes to get through all the brews submitted. As of now, we do not have a style to major on, but that’s OK, we’re flexible, we can switch from style to style (and I bet most of us have the BJCP app).
So if you have something you would like feedback on, whatever the style, bring it. We will set it aside so it doesn’t get sampled beforehand, and start this thing right at 7:00 PM. Just let us know what style it is when you bring it in.
This is a potluck, and thank you Karen and Sarah for hosting!