Paul Holder hosted the July B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 12th at B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate. Incoming President Sabrina Krueger called the meeting to order, welcoming new members Mike De Groff and Dave Gurney. The primary order of business was collecting dues for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Treasurer Carroll Pate didn’t meekly set up shop in the corner and allow members to queue up to pay dues. No, no – not Loan Shark Pate! He circled around the room like a vulture, pouncing on unsuspecting drinkers mid-swill, employing a fearsome glare, sharp tongue and strong arm to extract the twenty bucks. Extorted members lay cowering in his wake! You can’t argue with the results – his vicious tactics swelled the club treasury. If you haven’t yet paid, take heed – Carroll will seek and he will destroy! Special note to Travis Clapp: you can’t hide out forever with Smoky Bear!
In other news, next month will see the session beer competition. To enter a beer, you MUST provide both original and final gravity to prove your ABV is less than 4%. Paul reported on his recent experience brewing his Cubano recipe at Lazy Beach Brewing. The 10-gallon batch will be available for sampling at $3.50/pint at Lazy Beach on Saturday, July 18. Paul enjoyed the experience and encourages other members to take advantage of this opportunity. Remember – Lazy Beach provides the ingredients.
We scarfed down several delicious B&J’s pizzas provided by Paul, along with Carroll’s egg salad sliders and other appetizers, side dishes and desserts. New homebrews included a cherry cocoa porter by A-Train Almendarez/Max Klassen/Patrick Viles, Dave Gurney’s rye ale, Belgian wit, Belgian strong dark and stout, Paul Holder’s Bavarian hefeweizen, Paul Kalaghan’s “Pico D Hefe’” and Wild Bill Lehfeld’s “Free Willie!” rye IPA. For the second meeting in a row Paul showed up sporting his recently embroidered Fluorescent Lime Green B.A.S.H. shirt, searing retinas all the way to Saratoga Boulevard. What do you bet some fool shows up in a peacock green version at the next meeting?
Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:
- 9-Aug-15: B.A.S.H. meeting (Daniel Fearn, <4% ABV aka Session Beer competition)
- 13-Sep-15: B.A.S.H. meeting (Mark Woerner, demonstration brew)
- 11-Oct-15: B.A.S.H. meeting (Andrew Herzig/Sabrina Krueger, sour ale competition, BJCP 17A - F)
- 7-Nov-15: Iron Mash XII (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, multiple brewing demonstrations)
- 8-Nov-15: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, Belgian strong ale competition, BJCP 18A – E)
- 13-Dec-15: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate, demonstration brew)
Thanks again Paul and the staff of B&J’s, pay dues if you haven’t already, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at the Fearns!