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Halbrust 10-17-2012 05:43 PM

Brew club meetings
What are your brew club meetings like?

I think ours are very untypical. We had one where no one drank at all. I usually try to bring something, either HB or craft brew, or commercial I haven't tried but want to.

Our meetings are small, usually just three of us in attendance. We're also a brew club as a subset of the SCA (a medieval research and re-creation group). We have internal judging and rank advancements. So things are sometimes brought to be judged, but that averages about every other meeting.

There's usually a little talk about upcoming events where we will be offering tastings. Discussion of the last and next competitions. I, the newest member, usually start a discussion about research and ducumentation (a requirement for any entry) to be judged

How do your meetings run?

AussieBrewerInColorado 10-17-2012 05:53 PM

We usually have about 20+ in attendance at each meeting, nearly everyone brings either homebrew or commercial examples they would like to share. We have mingle time among ourselves, members usually bring an entree, side, desserts, and we eat drink and be merry. Then the club president starts the meeting talking about stuff that is going on like events, competitions, things going on in our club. There is often a technical discussion where either someone in the club will talk about a technical topic, or we bring someone in to talk about something. There could be a tasting or judging depending on what is going on. Then after the meeting we continue to taste/share/discuss homebrewing among ourselves. We meet once a month and its typically at a homebrew store.

Cambone 10-17-2012 05:54 PM

Sounds like a blast.

KeyWestBrewing 10-17-2012 06:40 PM

Our meetings range from 15-25 people depending on the turnout and we hold them at various craft beer bars in town. Generally discounts on crafts are provided during meetings. We also discuss any events that we are planning or would like to participate in. Then sometimes we talk about certain aspects of brewing ex: kegging, bottling off a keg, carbing methods, beer styles.

After that at every meeting, which is once a month, we have a club judging for beer of the month. Then it's usually hang out until you feel like leaving.

Homercidal 10-17-2012 07:23 PM

My Homebrew Club meetings sound like this:

Myself: "I should really get some guys together and start a Homebrew club..."

Pappers_ 10-17-2012 07:37 PM

We usually have about 50 women and men. We have met at members homes but now are meeting at a German cultural center that can accommodate us more comfortably. A few times a year, we'll meet at a production brewery or brew pub.

Lots of folks bring beers to share, lots of time to share and socialize. We have a buffet dinner. Then the "meeting " begins, which can include announcements of upcoming events and competitions, someone sharing something brewing related, etc. Each meeting has a monthly style and we do a guided tasting of a variety of homebrewed and commercial examples of the style.

Homercidal 10-17-2012 07:41 PM


EDIT: Making fun of Pappers_ double post.

Pappers_ 10-17-2012 07:48 PM

And now its gone, Homer ;)

cclloyd 10-17-2012 07:56 PM

We do ours (www.tampabaybeers.org) at a bar owned by one of the members on the first Tueday of each month. We usually have 30+ in attendance (our club has over 150 members). We discuss competition - both results and upcoming comps - and cover other events that we can or will be involved in. Most of us bring homebrews to share and have critiqued. We are fortunate to have two BJCP master judges in our club so we are able to get assistance and input on what to do to improve our beers and also which categories to enter in comps and such if there is a question of that nature. Generally an all around good time.

landshark 10-17-2012 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by Homercidal (Post 4507816)
My Homebrew Club meetings sound like this:

Myself: "I should really get some guys together and start a Homebrew club..."


Originally Posted by Homercidal (Post 4507896)


Originally Posted by Homercidal (Post 4507897)

This sounds like mine as well. But I don't think people like me. So I am too scared to start a club.

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