Carroll and Judy Pate hosted the December B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 10th at their home in Calallen. El Presidente Mike Wojdyla opened the meeting by thanking our hosts and welcoming new member Rob Sullivan. Treasurer Tom Freund confirmed we’re still in good financial shape.
In old business, Paul Holder reported on the competition committee’s recommendation to hold simultaneous Best of Show (any style) and Homebrewer of the Year (specific style) competitions, with rules and scoring systems as explained on the website. Each entry will receive written score sheets from the judges. The person with the most Best of Show points for the year will be commemorated in some way. A motion was approved to adopt the recommendation.
Vice President for Competitions Daniel Fearn presented the proposed Homebrewer of the Year competition schedule for 2018/2019/2020. The August 2018 style will be changed from German wheat beer to open category extract beer. The 2019/2020 schedules also include an extract competition in August. The 3-year schedule was approved, with a suggestion to add a mead competition in 2021.
Steve Cook explained the Lone Star competition circuit. See Steve if you’re interested in entering beers in these regional competitions.
Vice President for Plans and Policies Jessica Fearn presented a brewing education event. Bottles of Lone Star were opened and dry hopped with three pellets each of four different hops (Tettnang, Perle, Cascade and Cluster), then recapped. Members opened and tasted the beers to learn the effect of changing hops independent of other recipe changes.
The November contest was for British brown beers, BJCP 13A-C.Wild Bill Lehfeld submitted the only entries, thus earning one point towards homebrewer of the year. His British brown scored an average of 37.5/50, while his English porter averaged 33.8/50. After all six competitions, Wild Bill totaled 15 points, Jeremy Van Horn 3 points, Greg Sawyer 1 point, Mark Quade 1 point and John Daniels 1 point. Wild Bill is thus homebrewer of the year and retains the B.A.S.H. cup.
The Pates fed us well with brisket and bratwurst which we washed down with the competition beers and new homebrews by Steve (citra session IPA/English bitter), Rob (sour saison/framboise lambic), and Jeremy (British brown). Interesting commercial brews included Jim Hildreth’s Saint Arnold IPA, Dale and Liz Loveland’s Saint Arnold Elissa IPA/Troeg’s Blizzard of Hops IPA, Lou Needleman’s Ballast Point Victory at Sea Vanilla Porter and Mark Quade’s Delirium Noel.
Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:
14-Jan-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund, Iron Mash XIV judging)
11-Feb-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: BOS open category/HBOY European sour ale, BJCP23A-F)
11-Mar-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, brewing demonstration)
8 –Apr-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: BOS open category/HBOY CA and KY common, BJCP 19B/27B)
5-May-18: Big Brew (multiple brewing demonstrations)
20-May-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (John Daniels, NOTE: 3RD SUNDAY)
10-June-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: BOS open category/HBOY Czech lager, BJCP 3A-D)
Thanks again Carroll and Judy, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at the Freund’s!