The October B.A.S.H. meeting was held on Sunday the 9th at Railroad Seafood Station, hosted by brewmeister Sean Sutherland. El Presidente Daniel Fearn called the meeting to order, thanking Sean and welcoming new member Gabriel Marroquin and guest Ronnie Middleton. Treasurer “Cretaceous” Carroll Pate was off on another embezzling trip, so stand-in “Neon” Paul Holder reported another ridiculous club balance.
In old business, Paul thanked Classic Brew participants. KEDT plans to have us back next year and we got a nice write-up in the Caller Times. Paul announced the style category for next months’ Iron Mash XIII – amber and brown American beer (2015 BJCP 19A-C). This category encompasses American amber ale, California common and American brown ale. Tom Freund has the team sign-up sheets. Each team can have up to four members and may submit one or two beers for judging. All team members must have paid dues for this year. This outdoor team brewing competition will be held on Saturday, November 5th in celebration of AHA’s Learn To Homebrew Day. Please don’t bring homebrew but you can enjoy B&J’s beers outside at the event.
In new business, there are still opportunities to help out at Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. Dixie Cup judging session in Houston. So far Daniel and Jessica Fearn and Steve and Erica Cook plan to attend. There are still two slots open for the BJCP test in March. Judging training sessions continue every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Lazy Beach Brewing. Vice President and Competition Director Mike Wojdyla proposed that we purchase two bound copies of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. The motion was approved unanimously. Micah Cole announced that he is looking for a “brew buddy” in Calallen to split batches.
The competition this month was for Scottish ales, BJCP 14A-C and 17C. Wild Bill Lehfeld’s “Fat Bastard” wee heavy earned three points with the win, with a judges score of 163. The remaining three entries were Scottish exports, with Greg Sawyer earning two points for 2nd place with a score of 144. Vic Aguilar rounded out the scoring with one point for 3rd place with a score of 119. Bringing up the rear was Wild Bill’s foamy entry, scoring 90. After 5 of 6 club competitions, cumulative scores are as follows:
- Wild Bill – 8 points
- Mark Quade – 3.5 points
- Vic Aguilar – 3 points
- John Daniels – 3 points
- Jim Hildreth – 3 points
- Paul Kalaghan – 3 points
- Greg Sawyer – 2 points
- Andrew Herzig/Sabrina Krueger – 1.5 point
As the meeting concluded, we feasted on Railroad’s beer-battered fish and onion rings. Sean poured samples of the current Railroad beer lineup – Cerveza De La Flor, Desperado Pilsner, Red Caboose IPA, Riot Rye IPA, Texas Red v. 2.0, Vanilla Porter, Vienna Blonde, Wildlife Wheat and Witches Brew Imperial Pumpkin Stout. Besides the competition beers we enjoyed new homebrews by Paul Holder (East Coast IPA), Eric Linssen (chocolate stout/English bitter), Phil Mooney (dopplebock) and Chris Swanson (nut brown ale). Tom showed up with KCCO Resignation Golden Lager.
Mercifully, both Wild Bill and Paul Holder forgot to wear their clownish Oktoberfest outfits.
Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:
- 5-Nov-16: Iron Mash XIII (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, team brewing competition)
- 13-Nov-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Brad Klager, Russian Imperial Stout competition, 2008 BJCP 13F)
- 11-Dec-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate, brewing demonstration)
- 8-Jan-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund, Iron Mash XIII judging)
- 12-Feb-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, Dark European Lager competition, BJCP 8A-8B)
Thanks again Sean, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at the Iron Mash and at Brad Klager’s !