Jack and Karen Heim hosted the October B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 8th. El Presidente Mike Wojdyla opened the meeting and welcomed former members from the 1990’s Dale and Liz Loveland, who rejoined the club. Treasurer Tom Freund reported another healthy account balance.
In old business, VP for Competitions Daniel Fearn reported results from the online survey. Responses totaled 33, of which 50% have entered at least one club competition, most of whom enter 1 or 2 of the 6 annual competitions. Most people entered a competition because they already had a beer in that style or because they liked the style and decided to brew for that competition. At least 80% of those who entered competitions liked receiving feedback on their beers.
Tom gave an update on Novembers Iron Mash team brewing competition. Tom collected team rosters by the end of the meeting.
In new business, Daniel led a long discussion on proposed changes to our in-club competitions, with several members offering their two cents worth. The goal of the changes is to increase participation, give written feedback to all entrants to improve their future beers and give our certified judges opportunities to advance in the BJCP judging hierarchy. If we notify BJCP 30 days in advance and pay a fee, we can hold a sanctioned competition resulting in points for the certified judges. The “best of show” winner would get a mention in Zymurgy magazine. Sanctioned competitions will require at least 12 beers.
One motion was made, seconded and approved to move the judging offsite with beers turned in before or at the nominal competition meeting. Certified judges and other members would score the beers at a later date. Results would be announced (and score sheets provided) at the following meeting. Another motion was approved to allow beer styles not listed in the 2018 competition schedule to be entered in those competitions. All beers would be scored and the “best of show” would be eligible for mention in Zymurgy.
The competition this month was for pale malty European lagers (BJCP 4A-C). Beers were turned in and the results will be announced at the November meeting.
After the meeting adjourned, we filled up on Greek gyros. We enjoyed three of the beers originally brewed for the Classic Brew – Paul Holder’s Belgian IPA, a double IPA by the 4J’s of Mathis and Wild Bill Lehfeld’s white IPA. Other new homebrews were provided by Chris Ackman (brown ale) and the 4J’s (porter). Interesting commercial beers included Brad Klager’s Jester King RU55 Barrel Aged Sour Red and Buffalo Bayou Figaro, Figaro, Fiigaro Quadrupel With Figs, Lou Needleman’s Lazy Magnolia Southern Hospitality IPA, Mark Quade’s Innis & Gunn Hopped Boubon Cask Ale and Karbachtoberfest and Jeremy Van Horn’s Foam Brewers Built To Spill DIPA.
Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:
4-Nov-17: Iron Mash XIV (team brewing competition, B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate)
12-Nov-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Eric Linssen, brown British beer competition, BJCP 13A-C)
10-Dec-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate, brewing demonstration)
14-Jan-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund, Iron Mash XIV judging)
11-Feb-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, European sour ale competition, BJCP 23A-F)
Thanks again Jack and Karen, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at Iron Mash and Eric Linssen’s !