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.


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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

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Hey Mac! Hey Tom! Thanks!

Thanks Mac O’brien and thanks Tom Baldwin for hosting a great meeting/party last Saturday night.  And thanks to all who came.  There were some very interesting beers that were sampled, and thanks for those who contributed.  Good food too!  Thanks to all who brought some.

Stay tuned here on this site for specific information on the next meeting.

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Find Your Beach…

Club Meeting!

“Caribbean Dreams”, yes wouldn’t it be nice.  Let’s get together and fake it, with our island shirts, shorts, flip-flops, and whatever; a WZZ January tradition for many years, thanks to Mac Obrien.

Caribbean Shores

  • When:  January 11th, a Saturday night, starting at 6:00 PM.
  • Where:  Mac Obrien’s and Tom Baldwin’s place
  • Address: 4385 Lloyd Way, Reno.  (Below’s the map.)
  • Food and Drink:  No specific food themes or brewing styles,  just bring what you feel like to share.
  • Items for discussion might include:
    • The upcoming Great Basin Brew-off
    • This website
    • The Affordable Care Act (just trying to lighten the mood here).
    • We might try a group beer evaluation session, according to BJCP style guidelines (What in the beer is “to style” and what is “not to style”).   I think someone is bringing an Oktoberfest, along with a reputable commercial example.

Hope to see you there!


4385 Lloyd Way

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4385 Lloyd Way 39.476765, -119.753298


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