February Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street
Our guest for this meeting will be Jimmy Carbone.  He is a NYC-based restaurateur, dedicated social entrepreneur, and event producer. In addition to owning Jimmy’s No. 43, an East Village bar and restaurant with a focus on unique beers and a greenmarket menu, Jimmy co-founded The Good Beer Seal, which exists to identify bars offering an intriguing selection of craft beer in a unique atmosphere created by owner/operators who exhibit a deep commitment not only to the promotion of craft beer but to their community as well.

Jimmy launched Beer Sessions Radio in early 2010 with co-host Ray Deter (RIP), and more than five years later Beer Sessions Radio is longest continuously running show on Heritage Radio Network.

We’ll also be collecting dues for 2017.  As a reminder, dues are $20 for returning members, $25 for new members.

Other announcements to note:

  • Information about Homebrew Alley is at the end of this email.
  • NYC Fermentation Festival Saturday February 25. Brewstoria needs volunteers for the upcoming NYC Fermentation Festival on February 25th from 11am-3:30pm at the Brooklyn EXPO Center. You can bring whatever style you want as long as it’s more than 2.5 gallons. There will also be a homebrew competition at the event involving brewing with bread that would otherwise go to waste by a bakery. Please email info@brewstoria.com for details about volunteering and the competition.
  • AHA National Homebrewers Competition 2017 First Round Entry window is January 30th – February 5.  You can register here.
  • The 39th annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference—aka Homebrew Con—will be in Minneapolis, June 15-17, 2017.

January Meeting

Wednesday, January 4 2017
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

Hello Brewstorians, and Happy New Year!

At our first meeting of the year, Interboro Spirits & Ales will be joining us.

We’ll also be collecting dues for 2017.  As a reminder, dues are $20 for returning members, $25 for new members.

Other announcements to note:

  • Homebrew Alley is Friday and Saturday February 10 & 11.  Entries are still open and more judges, stewards and sponsors are always welcome.  More information at: https://www.homebrewalley.com
  • NYC Fermentation Festival Saturday February 25. Looking for volunteers. See Ryan.
  • AHA National Homebrewers Competition 2017 First Round Entry window is January 30th – February 5.   https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/
  • The 39th annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference—aka Homebrew Con—will be in Minneapolis, June 15-17, 2017.

December Meeting

Wednesday,December 7 2016
7:300 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

This month we are excited to have John LaPolla from Bitter & Esters.   John will be talking to us about NYC water and how it affects your brewing.

In addition to our guest speaker we are pleased to announce that Brewstoria has submitted paperwork to the State of New York to become a Not for Profit Corporation.  This provides us with some flexibility and will hopefully make the club easier to run going forward.  While there are some benefits to being incorporated it does come with bureaucracy. To that end we will be having our first ever election.  As with some of the other clubs in the area, a slate of candidates will be put forward and all members will be invited to vote either yes or no on the whole slate. Club leadership will be presenting the following slate of candidates for election:

Scott Rubel – President
Alex Merahn
Mike Sheehan
Amanda Gonzalez

We will also be having an equipment raffle.  We have a few pieces of equipment that will be raffled off to raise money for the club. If you have anything taking up space that you would like to donate, please bring it to the meeting.

November Meeting

Wednesday,November 2, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

This month our guest speaker is Brewstoria’s very own Andrew Schultz.  Andrew is the Brewery Rep for Founders Brewing.

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Andrew we will be speaking to us about his personal path in craft beer and giving us insight into the retail side of the craft beer business.    Before going to Founders he was a rep for Union Beer and before that he was associated with JW Overbeys a micro-distillery in Brooklyn.

October Meeting

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

kcbcThis month we are excited to have KCBC as our guests.  KCBC is a 15BBL brewery that opened this past summer in Bushwick.

Please show your appreciation to our hosts by purchasing a beverage (or two) from our dedicated server in the meeting space, we will be meeting in their enclosed patio in the back.

September Meeting

September Meeting

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

Just a reminder that our September meeting is coming up. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please show your appreciation to our hosts by purchasing a beverage (or two) from our dedicated server in the meeting space, we will be meeting in the back of the restaurant.

 

August Meeting

August Meeting

Wednesday,August 3, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street

Please show your appreciation to our hosts by purchasing a beverage (or two) from out dedicated server in the meeting space, we will be meeting in their patio in the back.

SAISON MONTH!

This month we are dedicating our meeting to Saisons.  To start the meeting a few of our members have all brewed saisons using the same base recipe.  They will share their process as well as any special ingredients they used, and an opportunity will be had to sample and compare their offerings.We are also excited to welcome back Transmitter Brewing who is making a special appearance for our saison meeting.  As you know, Transmitter is brewing some of the best saisons and farmhouse ales in the city.  The last time they came to our meeting they had just opened up their brewery and have brewed a lot of saisons since then.

July Meeting

July Meeting

Wednesday,July 6, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse- 28-50 31st Street
Please show your appreciation to our hosts by purchasing a beverage (or two) from our server, we will be meeting in their enclosed (and heated) patio in the back.

Breiss Sensory Evaluation Method

At the National Homebrew Conference Breiss Malting  gave a seminar on performing sensory analysis of base and specialty malts.  They provided step by step instructions on how to quickly evaluate and compare malts. At our July meeting  we will be discussing their method and how it can be used by homebrewers.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

The Steering Committee will be meeting at 6:30 at the Irish Whisky (Olde Prauge) next to the Astoria Brewhouse. This meeting is open to members in good standing who wish to take a more active role in the leadership of the club.

June Meeting – Sixpoint Brewery

Wednesday June 1, 2016
7:30 PM
Astoria Brewhouse , 28-50 31st Street

 

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We apologize for the late notice, but we were busy securing our guest speaker for our June Meeting.  We are excited to have Sixpoint Brewer Danny Bruckert as our speaker for this month.  Danny has worked as a brewer, manager and all round mad scientist at Sixpoint and he has promised to bring us something “fun” to sample.

A friendly reminder that Astoria Brewhouse has asked that upon entering the premises that you go straight to the back and order all of your food and drink from our server. 

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER FROM THE BAR

Brewstoria Goes to NHC!

The National Homebrew Conference is quickly approaching and we are putting in a last minute order for conference themed t-shirts.  We are encouraging everyone who is going to the conference to order one, and to wear it to Club Night. You can order and pay for a T-Shirt here: https://www.customink.com/g/xyp0-00ak-jr75

Shirts need to be ordered by May 30th.  I will hand them out at NHC, if you are not going to NHC and want a shirt I will bring it to the July meeting.

A special thanks goes out to club member Mark Forsman who designed our NHC logo.

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