January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Meeting Minutes: January 26, 2016

Member Announcements

  1. 17 current members were present.
  2. 3 new members were voted in – Bill, Lisa and Greg.
  3. Jerry joined us for his first meeting.
  4. 2016 dues ($25/individual; $30/couple) can be paid to Eric Stellrecht.

Holidaze Recap

Holidaze was well attended and the new venue worked out great.  We all enjoyed a delicious spread of food and homebrew.

In addition to the $25 Niagara Tradition certificate we buy each year, we also raffled the following prizes that were generously donated, unprompted, by some amazing local businesses.

  1. Community Beer Works – one 10-fill growler card ($120)
  2. 12 Gates Brewing – two growlers with fills ($18 each)
  3.  Niagara Tradition – $15 certificate and $10 certificate
  4. New York Beer Project – one growler will fill ($18)

Business Meetings/Socials

  1. The February 9th Social will be at New York Beer Project and the Sultans will be there as well.  7:00 is the official start time, but some members usually show up early to eat.
  2. The next business meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Crazy Jake’s.

20th Annual Amber Waves of Grain (AWOG)

John Crossett is the new organizer for AWOG this year.  The event has been registered for April 1-2 and committee meetings are underway.

We need a volunteer to brew a sessionable calibration beer for the judges on April 1-2.  If there’s any left, it will also be served at the banquet on April 2.  If you’re interested in brewing something else to serve at the banquet, contact John Crossett (jpcrossett@gmail.com) so he can plan according and let Tim Belczak (tbelczak@niagarabrewers.org) know if you want to use any donated NY Craft Malt.  The club has sacks of 2-row and Munich for events like this.

The registration website should be up in the next week or so – Tim Belczak is working on finalizing it.

If you can please help with anything (bottle registration, coordinating a breakfast, lunch or dinner order, photocopying paperwork, set-up, clean-up, etc.) please contact John Crossett. If we spread responsibilities out among many members the burden will not be as great on the core group of organizers or any one individual.

Business Topics

  1. The Roycroft Inn is hosting a four-course homebrew and food pairing on Thursday, February 18.  Each course will be paired with one brew from the Sultans of Swig (who organized the event) and one beer from Niagara Association of Homebrewers.  Cost of the dinner is $30 and reservations should be made by calling the Roycroft Inn at (716) 652-5552.
  2. The Art of Beer will be held on Friday, March 4 at the NACC. We will be sharing a table with Niagara Tradition and assisting with the brew demo.  Thank you to those who volunteered to help.
  3. Beerology is Saturday, March 5. We will be brewing a demo in the kitchen like we’ve done in the past.  Tickets sold out on January 27th.
  4. Dick and Jenny’s on Grand Island is interested in offering a homebrew course.  Tim Collins offered to stop in to find out more details.
  5. The club’s new website has been launched.  More features will be added as we go along, but we will be focusing on functionality and keeping things up-to-date (calendar, meeting minutes, etc.).  If you have interest in writing content for the site, please contact Tim Belczak for a login.

BJCP Style Education

  1. Tom Piwtorak gave an excellent overview of ciders and perry.  He brought three homemade examples – a still, medium-dry cider, a medium-sweet carbonated cider and a perry.  We leaned at the end of the presentation that the first two were actually the same cider that he backsweetened to different levels the night before and force-carbonated one.
  2. February’s style will be Baltic Porters, presented by Dan Karyczak.
  3. March’s style will be Bocks, presented by Mike Conley.
  4. If you want to present a style and perhaps brew an example of your own to go along with your presentation, contact Tim Belczak to get on the list. We’d like to fill the list up several months in advance to give members the opportunity to brew an example for the presentation if they desire.

Meeting was adjourned and we shared some delicious homebrew with one another.

December 2015 Meeting Minutes

Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Meeting Minutes: December 22, 2015

Member Announcements

  1. 14 current members were present.
  2. 3 new member were voted in – Eric, Mary and Harry.
  3. 2016 dues ($25/individual; $30/couple) can be paid to Eric Stellrecht.

Business Meetings/Socials

  1. We had about 10 members show up for our December Social at Handlebar. It’s a neat little space with a dozen beers on tap as well as a variety of bottles. They also offer smoothies and cocktails as well as a light menu of rice bowls and flatbread pizzas.
  2. Holidaze will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Lakeshore Fire Hall in Hamburg. More info below…’
  3. There will be no January social given the proximity of Holidaze on the calendar.
  4. The next business meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Crazy Jake’s.

Holidaze

  1. When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM
  2. Where: Lakeshore Fire Hall at 4591 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.
  3. Map/Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/V71dXPVJ5uD2
  4. Bring your best homebrew to share (or commercial beer if you have no homebrew), and a dish to pass.
  5. Current members plus one guest get in free. Additional guests are $5 each.
  6. We have extended a free invitation to the Sultans of Swig, who may each bring a guest.
  7. Dues may be paid at the party. Rates remain the same: $25/individual or $30/couple.
  8. We will be doing a secret bottle exchange once again. Bring a great bottle of homebrew or commercial beer, which will be blindly exchanged at the party. One participant will receive an extra prize!
  9. We’ve received very few responses so far. Please RSVP here so we can plan accordingly: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054FA5A92BA7FE3-holidaze

20th Annual Amber Waves of Grain (AWOG)

After running AWOG for many years, Todd Snyder stepped down as Competition Organizer and John Crossett agreed to take over his responsibilities. A big thank you to both gentlemen for past and future work. A call for help has been sent out for a lot of things that go beyond stewarding and judging. If you can please help with anything (bottle registration, coordinating a breakfast, lunch or dinner order, photocopying paperwork, set-up, clean-up, etc.) please contact John ASAP at jpcrossett@gmail.com. If we spread responsibilities out among many members the burden will not be as great on the core group of organizers or any one individual. Because of the late start and limited availability of the Knights of Columbus, the tentative dates for Amber Waves of Grain have been pushed back to April 1-2, 2016 – soon to be finalized.

Business Topics

  1. The Art of Beer will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the NACC. We will be sharing a table with Niagara Tradition and assisting with the brew demo. Tim Belczak will attend and bring a keg. We could use one or two more club members to help work the table.
  2. Tickets are on sale for Beerology, which is on Saturday, March 5, 2016. We will be brewing a demo in the kitchen like we’ve done in the past. Tim Belczak will bring the leftover keg from Art of Beer and we could use another 1-2 members to show up with homebrew and help with the demo.
  3. Terry Felton mentioned that the 37th Annual National Homebrewers Conference is in Baltimore this year (June 9-11, 2016) and we’re starting to gauge interest in getting a caravan of members there, possibly with our club booth to exhibit.
  4. A new website was developed for the club in October and will be launched as soon as we can point the domain to the new host.

BJCP Style Education

  1. Marcus gave a presentation on wood-aged beers and brought Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout. It was a great presentation and a fine example.
  2. January’s Style Education will be Ciders, presented by Tom Piwtorak.
  3. February’s style will be Baltic Porters, presented by Dan Karyczak.
  4. If you want to present a style and perhaps brew an example of your own to go along with your presentation, contact Tim Belczak to get on the list. We’d like to fill the list up several months in advance to give members the opportunity to brew an example for the presentation if they desire.

Meeting was adjourned and we shared some delicious homebrew with one another.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Meeting Minutes: November 24, 2015

Member Announcements

  1. 22 Members/Prospects were present.
  2. Rob Haag took the BJCP tasting exam in August and is our club’s newest judge! The Sultans also added two judges to the local judge pool.
  3. Erik, Mary and Wes attended their second meeting.
  4. 2016 dues ($25/individual; $30/couple) can be paid to Eric Stellrecht.

Business Meetings/Socials

  1. We had a good turnout for our November Social at 42 North Brewing. The beers were very good and the tour was much appreciated.
  2. The next social on December 8 will be at HandleBar in downtown Buffalo.
  3. The next business meeting will be held on December 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Crazy Jake’s.

Business Topics

  1. We had a date picked for Holidaze but ran into difficulties when the Knights of Columbus prohibited us from bringing our own homebrew. Alternate venues are quickly being explored so a date can be set.
  2. The Sultans of Swig still need five beers for their Dears, Beers and Cheers fundraiser on December 5. There is no registration fee and a brewer may enter multiple beers. Contact Andy Urban at sultansofswig@gmail.com.
  3. The Art of Beer will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the NACC. We will likely be sharing a table with Niagara Tradition and assisting with the brew demo, and pouring beer.
  4. Tickets go on sale December 1 for Beerology, which is on Saturday, March 5, 2016. We will likely be brewing a demo in the kitchen like we’ve done in the past.
  5. The tentative dates for Amber Waves of Grain are March 25-26, 2016.
  6. We drew names for the Sultans of Swig/American Homebrewers Association beer/food pairing at the Roycroft Inn. The date for the dinner will be February 4th or February 25th. Brewers representing NAH will be Alex Placito, Sean Wall, Marcus Palmisano, and Tom Piwtorak.
  7. A new website has been developed for the club and should be launched shortly.
  8. Albe Pilon quickly discussed the Random Trios. Some teams have already brewed and others were discussing recipes.

BJCP Style Education

  1. November’s BJCP style education was presented by Mark Zambron. He gave and excellent PowerPoint presentation on Kentucky Common and brought his homebrewed example as well as Common Sense from Upstate Brewing Company.
  2. December’s style will be wood aged beers presented by Marcus Palmisano.

Meeting was adjourned and we shared some delicious homebrew with one another.

AWOG 2015 Winners

Best of Show - Beer

Best of Show

Robert Pilon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Light Belgian Strong Ales
Gentlemen And Pimps Prefer Blondes

2nd Best of Show

Thomas Ocque, UNYHA
Imperial IPA
Burning Stars Of The Galaxy

3rd Best of Show

Scott Kroon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Light Hybrid
Happy Thoughts Of Spring

Honorable Mention

Ian Howard
Scotch Ales
Way Heavy

Best of Show - Mead and Cider

Best of Show

Robert Hilferding, Special Hoperations
Common Cider & Perry
See See Cider

2nd Best of Show

Mark Zambron, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Open Category Meads
Wayward Christmas

3rd Best of Show

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Traditional Mead
Locust Mead

Light Lagers

First Place

Rob Sells, Brewing Network
Easy Chill Export Lager

Second Place

Andrew Urban, Sultans of Swing
To Helles With It

Third Place

Steven Landgren, Upstate NY Homebrewers Association
Bob Would Like This

Pilsners

First Place

Brian Milleville, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
The Key Boey The Key

Second Place

Adam Kugler Pilsner, Salt City Brewclub
Did I Do That Urkel

Third Place

Joshua Slade
I Am Pilsener

Honorable Mention

John Sullivan, UNYHA
Noblesse Oblige Pils

Dark & Amber Lagers

First Place

Mark Zambron, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Night Of The Bubak

Second Place

Robert Yount, Bonnie Brae Brewers
10W40 Lager

Third Place

Tom Garippo & Timmy Laskaris
Hurs

Bocks

First Place

Rob Haag, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Berg Bock

Second Place

Jason Barker, Oregon Brew Crew
Oregon Doppelbock

Third Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Cold Winter Eisbock

Honorable Mention

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Do I get to brew with Rudy?

Light Hybrid

First Place

Scott Kroon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Happy Thoughts Of Spring

Second Place

Paul Brennan
Rye Clone

Third Place

Michael Winter
Stange Phenomenon

Amber Hybrids

First Place

John Depaolo, Sultans of Swig
Dampfbier II

Second Place

John Depaolo, Sultans of Swig
Dussel This!

Third Place

Kyle Liebler, Das Hausbrauers Von Buffalo
Blitzkrieg

English Bitters & IPAs

First Place

William Serowski
Slow Willies Honk’n ESB

Second Place

David Kerling, Kaisertown Brewin
462 IPA

Third Place

Ray Krystofik, Sultans of Swig
Drip Lipped Bitter

Irish & Scottish Ales

First Place

Ray Krystofik, Scottish Sultans of Swig
Snowvember

Second Place

Mark Zambron, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Boombox

Third Place

William Serowski
Stewart’s 80

Scotch Ales

First Place

Ian Howard
Way Heavy

Second Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Brew on the River Scotch

Third Place

Scott Kroon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
I’m A Wee Heavy

American Pale Ale

First Place

Brian Milleville, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Ode To A.P.E.S.

Second Place

Brendan Palfreyman, Salt City Brew Club
Les Verts Monts Pale Ale

Third Place

John Crossett, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Killer A.P.E.S. BOOM

American Amber & Brown Ales

First Place

Eric Stellrecht, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
A.P.E.S. Citra Ass Brown

Second Place

Matt Shotwell, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Gems Of Amber

Third Place

Jim Gorman, Niagara Association of Homebrewers

Honorable Mention

Dan Karyczak, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
DanK Brown Ale

English Brown Ale

First Place

Thomas Ocque, UNYHA
Get Back On The Train

Second Place

Brandon Kapral, Sultans of Swig
The Carolina Gentleman

Third Place

Russell Byington, Brewing Network
British Me Mild

Porter

First Place

Wally Kopinski London Porter Niagara Association of Homebrewers

Second Place

Jeremy Steinbacher
Hat Trick

Third Place

Dan Baish, Sultans of Swig, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Velveeta Pirogi

Dry & Sweet Stouts

First Place

John Crossett, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Crossett Brother’s Milk Stout

Second Place

Steve Mcmahon, Kaisertown brewin
No Stout About It

Third Place

Patrick Johnson
Pj’s Brew

Oatmeal, Foreign and American Stouts

First Place

Michael Nowakowski, The Brewing Network
Toasted Quaker

Second Place

Jeannie Alexander, Buffalo Beer Goddesses
Murican Stout

Third Place

Marcus Palmisano, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Stoutystoutystout.

Honorable Mention

Rick Felser
Terminator Stout

Imperial Stout

First Place

Thomas Bacon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
King Stout

Second Place

Norman Smith, Niagara Homebrewers Association
Just Brew It

Third Place

Dan Baish, Sultans of Swig, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Everyone In The Pool!

American IPA

First Place

Andrew Urban, Sultans of Swing
Galactic 4 Some

Second Place

Russell Byington, Brewing Network
18th Revo IPA

Third Place

Brian Milleville, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Oh Hell Ya

Imperial IPA

First Place

Thomas Ocque, UNYHA
Burning Stars Of The Galaxy

Second Place

Joseph Parfitt, Salt City Brew Club
4th And Long

Third Place

Russell Byington, Brewing Network
Plight Of The Pliny

Belgian & German Wheat & Rye Beers

First Place

Rob Haag, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Schlupfwinkel

Second Place

Jonathan Huber
Witbier

Third Place

Wally Kopinski, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Weizenbock

Belgian & French Ales

First Place

Marcus Palmisano, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
BEER.

Second Place

Gregory Sherman
Spice And Lace Saison

Third Place

Ken DeMarree, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Safe Word Saison

Sour Beers

First Place

Dennis Lovelock
Cab Flanders BIER

Second Place

Rob Sells, Brewing Network
Framboise Foray

Third Place

Jason Crossett, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Jay’s Berliner Weisse

Light Belgian Strong Ales

First Place

Robert Pilon, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Gentlemen And Pimps Prefer Blondes

Second Place

Timothy Rouse, UNYHA
Jack’s Tripel

Third Place

Phil Boulanger, UNYHA
Triple Chair Tripel

Dark Belgian Strong Ales

First Place

Rob Jewell III
3/4 Quad

Second Place

Bill Faust
Quad 10.9

Third Place

Brian Richards
TBI

Strong Ales

First Place

Rob Sells, Brewing Network
Blasted In America!

Second Place

Rob Jewell III
3/4 Baltic Baish

Third Place

Mark Zambron, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Elixir Of Confabulation

Fruit Beer

First Place

Gary Coons
KKW&B Raspberry Wheat

Second Place

John Depaolo, Sultans of Swig
Peach Saison

Third Place

Jeff Clift
Berry Boat Stout

Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beer

First Place

Phil Boulanger, UNYHA
Aztec Stout

Second Place

John Meteer
Summers In Rangoon

Third Place

Eric Burt, Sultans of Swig
Robot Coffee Porter

Honorable Mention

Dave O’Connor, Junkshow
JunkSauce

Smoked & Wood Aged Beers

First Place

Andrew Urban, Sultans of Swing
Oaked Goats

Second Place

Daniel Cassetta, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Smoke, Man!

Third Place

Todd Snyder, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
From Russia with Oaked Lusciousness

Specialty, Historical & Experimental Beer

First Place

Lee Kexel
Kellerbier

Second Place

Bert Dyster, Niagara Association of Homebrewers

Third Place

Alex Sowyrda
5 Cow Farm Maple Porter V

Honorable Mention

Alex Sowyrda
Citra-Wittra

Traditional Meads

First Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Locust Mead

Second Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Buckwheat Mead

Third Place

Jason Wild
Long Time Brewer First Time Meader

Fruit Meads

First Place

Steven Landgren, Upstate NY Homebrewers Association
Jean’s Cranberry Relish

Second Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Agave & Palmetto

Third Place

Patricia Marshall
Red And Black Raspberry Rush

Open Category Meads

First Place

Mark Zambron, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Wayward Christmas

Second Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Vanilla Mead

Third Place

Tim Collins, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Cinnamon Mead

Common Cider & Perry

First Place

Robert Hilferding, Special Hoperations
See See Cider

Second Place

Russell Byington, Brewing Network
Strong Cider

Third Place

Ryan Clark
Shutt’s Hard Cider

Specialty Cider

First Place

Adam Kugler, Salt City Brewclub
Cranberry CiderWeisse

Second Place

Dan Gestwick, Niagara Association of Homebrewers
New England Cider

Third Place

Sean Hill, Bourbonic Plague

Honorable Mention

Chris McGowan, North Shore Brewers
Watermelon Cider

October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Niagara Association of Homebrewers
Meeting Minutes: October 27, 2015

Member Announcements

  1. 25+ Members/Prospects were present.
  2. Tim Belczak is the club’s new 2015-2016 president. Marcus Palmisano was elected vice president and will become the 2016-2017 president next October.
  3. 2016 dues ($25/individual; $30/couple) can now be paid to Eric Stellrecht. There are a few current members who owe for 2015 and even back to 2014. If you have questions as to your membership status, Eric can be emailed at ericstellrecht@gmail.com.
  4. Bill and Harry attended their second meeting.
  5. Erik and Mary attended their first meeting.

Business Meetings/Socials

  1. Sean Wall recapped a well-attended social at Marcy Casino which featured beers by Community Beer Works.
  2. The next Social on November 10 will be at 42 North Brewing in East Aurora.
  3. The next business meeting will be held on November 23, 2105 7:00 PM at Crazy Jake’s.

Business Topics

  1. Tim Belczak is finalizing a new website for the club and asked members to contribute any brewing-related photos for it. They can be uploaded to https://www.wetransfer.com/?to=tim@belczak.net.
  2. The annual Holidaze party is coming up and we are still investigating the possibility of moving it to December this year.
  3. Alex Placito mentioned that High Bines has local pelletized lab-tested hops for sale at $20/lb. Cascade, Nugget, and Centennial are still available.  Contact Ian Howard (highbines@yahoo.com) if interested.
  4. Albe Pilon ran the fantasy brewing draft for the four teams involved this year. Each team will brew two distinctly different beers using only the ingredients they drafted.

BJCP Style Education

  1. October’s BJCP style education was presented by Scott Kroon. He discussed Festbier and brought commercial examples from Paulaner and Warsteiner.
  2. November’s BJCP style will be Kentucky Common presented by Mark Zambron.

 

Meeting was adjourned and we shared delicious homebrew with one another.

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