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Old 12-12-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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I live in Dracut, MA and there are no home brew clubs close to me, so I was wondering if anyone knew how to go about starting a home brew club? I mean I know I could call my friends to my house and call it a club, but I want an official club.
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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That link is good stuff. If you want to run it right, try to establish a rigid time and place for your meetings. The best places are homebrew shops, brewpubs followed by beer bars but you'll have to get permission to bring your own beer in for tasting. It's sketchy but it can be done if you don't bring so much that you don't buy. Make a habit of buying a pint and some appetizers while you're there. Build a website. Make flyers for local HBS window. Even with only a few members, elect leadership roles; prez, treasurer, secretary.
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The Worts are in Boston... not too far... The Boston Wort Processors

and the Wizards are in Marlborough... The WIZARDS Home-Brew Club @ BrewBeer.org

FOAM is in Fitchburg... www.foambrew.com

North Shore is in Beverly.. www.northshorebrewers.org

All four would be less than an hour from you


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I don't want to have to drive more then 20 minutes, there is the problem. All of those clubs, besides the Wizards, have their meetings somewhere different every time as well so it could be more then an hour. I want something local that will be easy for me to get to and that is not available so I figured I would look into making one myself.
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I don't want to have to drive more then 20 minutes, there is the problem. All of those clubs, besides the Wizards, have their meetings somewhere different every time as well so it could be more then an hour. I want something local that will be easy for me to get to and that is not available so I figured I would look into making one myself.
I can dig it.... I guess it just depends on what you're looking for. I think all of the clubs I listed cover some pretty wide areas but don't have huge memberships. My club (South Shore Brew Club) stretches from Boston to Newport, RI, has been around since '94, is pretty well know around the south shore brewing community and we only have about 40 members. The Worts are a little bigger than us (although not by much I don't think) but they cover all of greater Boston. I just don't know how big of a club you're going to be able to build in Dracut when you've got three other clubs surrounding you (FOAM, North Shore and the Wizards) not that size is what you need be shooting for.

All I'm saying is if you're looking for close and small, I think you could definitely do it and it would be a lot of fun and not a lot of work to set it up... but if you're looking to have a good-sized 20+ member club that's going to hold competitions, etc, I think you're going to have a lot of competition in the area.

Ehhh.. who knows though. Those clubs might suck. You might highjack a bunch of folks. I only know one guy in any of those three.
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Ya I have heard good things about the Worts and North Shore but nothing about FOAM or Wizards.

I really just want to have 10 people or so to start. I am going to look into it some more. It is just hard for me to travel to far with my son so I am trying to keep it local.
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man i wish we were into this when we were at school.
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Ya, It would have been nice but I only know of one event that FOAM hosts each year. Plus we really didn't have the money when we were at Fitchburg State.
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