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Old 09-02-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of any Homebrew clubs in New Jersey and if so are the fairly large and active? Please Post if you know of any.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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NJHOPZ in the Hackettstown area...Jay is the leader...can't recall his logon...sorry Jay...hey, am I going to be seeing you guys again in a couple of weeks? I'll be in Rockaway again 21-25 Sep. Call me.

There's one on the east side of No Jersey also...contact Bobby_M

Burlington Cty wants to start one...

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As far as the Northern half of Jersey is concerned, there's the newer NJHOPZ in Hackettstown and 13 year old WHALES out of Woodbridge, NJ. You could join both! We meet on different days.

The Whales website is linked in my signature below and has plenty of info to help you decide if you want to check it out.

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I know the Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold is starting up a brew club also for folks in South/Central NJ if your interested in getting in on the ground floor. I don't know where they are in the process but for me it's right down the street and I've signed up. Bobby, I heard WHALES was full and not taking new members. Judging from your post that's not true.

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Where did you hear that the Whales were full? We technically have more members (55) than our meeting location can support but we average about 35 people at a meeting so for now we're still accepting members. We have people that travel from as far South as Toms River and several others from Ocean and Monmouth counties. I don't want to spend too much time knocking startup clubs but they'll have a long way and a lot of growing pains before they hit a rhythm. Then again, if good things are going on, I'd join a bunch of them.

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Where did you hear that the Whales were full? We technically have more members (55) than our meeting location can support but we average about 35 people at a meeting so for now we're still accepting members. We have people that travel from as far South as Toms River and several others from Ocean and Monmouth counties. I don't want to spend too much time knocking startup clubs but they'll have a long way and a lot of growing pains before they hit a rhythm. Then again, if good things are going on, I'd join a bunch of them.
Just from a customer at the BA when I was there last time and they said the reason Whales wasn't taking new members was because you were above 50 people. As far as new clubs I don't think I'd be interested in this if it wasn't 2 miles from my house and at the BA. I know that sounds lazy but I get up for work at 4:45 am so traveling the 30+ minutes to Woodbridge for a Tuesday night meeting is tough. Compound that with a three year old. I think having a LHBS supporting you goes a long way in getting things off the ground. I'm sure the same can be said for the help JJ Bittings gives you guys.
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Wow, I wish people wouldn't spread misinformation. There may be a time where we have to reject new members due to size but it hasn't happened yet. I don't mean to sound like used car salesman for the club but I just really like it. 95% of the people who get their procrastinating asses (j/k) out to a meeting tend to join that night or the following meeting. I too was hesitant to show up.

FYI. JJ's "support" is letting us use their upstairs dining room for meetings once a month and letting us buy their food and beer. Of course, finding a meeting location is half the battle with a club.

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Wow, I wish people wouldn't spread misinformation. There may be a time where we have to reject new members due to size but it hasn't happened yet. I don't mean to sound like used car salesman for the club but I just really like it. 95% of the people who get their procrastinating asses (j/k) out to a meeting tend to join that night or the following meeting. I too was hesitant to show up.

FYI. JJ's "support" is letting us use their upstairs dining room for meetings once a month and letting us buy their food and beer. Of course, finding a meeting location is half the battle with a club.
Bobby, I'm not arguing with you - I'm just telling you what someone told me in casual conversation. I'm sorry I even brought it up but I thought you might want to confirm/deny. And as far as job/kids it's called priorities, not procrastination. Please don't judge people until you know their situation. What may work for you may not for others. I'm glad you like it and I'm sure I would too, but it needs to fit in with the rest of the commitments I've made. Lastly I wasn't trying to assume what "support" JJ's gives you, just saying help is help.
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I work at BA and we are trying to start a club. 1st we are trying to get a feel of how many people would be interested in joining. We actually are having a beer tasting Sept 19th if anyone is interested. Only $10...There will probably be more talk about the status of the club then.

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Bobby, I'm not arguing with you - I'm just telling you what someone told me in casual conversation. I'm sorry I even brought it up but I thought you might want to confirm/deny. And as far as job/kids it's called priorities, not procrastination. Please don't judge people until you know their situation. What may work for you may not for others. I'm glad you like it and I'm sure I would too, but it needs to fit in with the rest of the commitments I've made. Lastly I wasn't trying to assume what "support" JJ's gives you, just saying help is help.
Hold on man, I'm not taking an attacking tone with you. There's no reason to get defensive. Please try re-reading what I wrote and think tongue-in-cheek lighthearted banter because that's where I was at when I wrote it. Call off the dogs. If you make it to a meeting, that's great. I'm not trying to twist your arm.
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