Brad Klager hosted the April B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 10th. El Presidente Sabrina Krueger called the meeting to order and welcomed guest Mike Westergren and new members Steve Cook and Randy Sandifer (with wife Carla). Treasurer Carroll Pate rambled on about the club treasury and took a lot of pictures. We all congratulated Daniel Fearn on earning 3rd place in an AHA regional competition with his European amber lager.
For the upcoming Big Brew on Saturday, May 7 Sarah Tilton and Aggie Bill Hughen will brew the two AHA recipes (Dusseldorf alt and ginger beer, respectively). Heads up – the May monthly meeting will be on the 3rd Sunday (5/15) so as not to interfere with Mothers’ Day. You don’t want to miss Nikki Daniels’ INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS taco salad. Jim Hildreth was strong-armed into being nominating committee chairman for this summers’ club elections. Daniel Fearn made us aware of the upcoming Alamo City Cervezafest. Beer competition entries cost $8 each. You can enter one beer per BJCP category in three unmarked 12 ounce bottles.
Paul Holder gave a brief presentation on fruit beers. They may contain chemicals which interfere with medication. The bottom line is to always disclose fruit presence in homebrew, especially with grapefruit.
The competition this month was for lagers. Wild Bill Lehfeld’s dopplebock captured 1st place, earning 3 points. Mark Quade’s American lager finished 2nd, scoring 2 points. Wild Bill’s Helles exportbier tallied one point for a 3rd place finish. After two club competitions, cumulative scores are as follows:
- Wild Bill – 4 points
- Mark Quade – 3.5 points
- Paul Kalaghan – 3 points
- Andrew Herzig/Sabrina – 1.5 point
We enjoyed a bounty of Southeast Asian food along with an explosion of new homebrews. Besides the scoring competition beers, we tasted new brews from Daniel Fearn (Vienna lager), Tom Freund (English porter), Jim (IPA), Paul Holder (“halfieweizen”/pale ale), Paul Kalaghan (Czech pils), host Brad (“reindeer beer”), Wild Bill (Munich dunkel) and Mark Quade (Helles bock). Interesting commercial beers made their usual appearance, including Boulevard Calling IPA (Steve), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (Andrew/Sabrina), Pilsner Urquell (Paul K) and Big Bend Hefeweizen/No. 22 Porter/Tejas Lager and Twisted X Premium Tex-Mex Lager/Fuego Jalapeño Pilsner/Chupa Hopra IPA (Lou Needleman).
Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:
- 7-May-16: Big Brew (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, multiple brewing demonstations)
- 15-May-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (NOTE: 3RD SUNDAY, John Daniels)
- 12-Jun-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Walt Crawford, Irish Red Ale competition, 2015 BJCP 15A)
- 10-Jul-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, hosted by Paul Holder)
- 14-Aug-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Daniel Nutting, Biere de Garde competition, 2015 BJCP 24C)
- 11-Sep-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Mark Woerner, brewing demonstration)
- 9-Oct-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, Scottish Ale competition, 2015 BJCP 14A-C, 17C)
Thanks again Brad, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at the Big Brew and the Daniels’ !