May 16th @ De Kleine Duivel
Introductions - Old Members/New Faces
AHA membership is down and interest in homebrewing has seen a decline since its peak in early 2010s. If you have ideas to drive engagement and retention the guild is seeking input. Maryland State Fair competition Will be BJCP-judged on Friday, August 23. Fair week is August 23 - September 2. Entry drop-off will be August 20-21. If you drop off at Maryland Homebrew by August 19, John Jester will drive the entries up on the 20th or 21st We are going to check on the availability of Nepenthe Homebrew Show as an alternative drop location. Will make an announcement if they are interested. See the minutes for other announcements.
Guild Picnic & Wheat Beer Competition, June 1st Hollofield Area, Shelter 300, 12:00-dusk. There is a small $3 fee per car to enter the park, otherwise, this is a free event (BYOB and food to share). Guild will supply charcoal, paper products, ice, and some meat/rolls/condiments Wheat beer comp w/ cash prizes. Becky will be entering a wheat beer in the competition. Members should coordinate on carpools. AHBC’s Pints for Paws, June 15th Homebrewcon, June 27-29 Howard County Rideshare Extravaganza, July 13th Proposed route to include Sapwood Cellars, Black Flag, & Hysteria Mark the day, more to come on transportation Mashout - August 15-18 New location: 1812 Farm Brewery outside of Cumberland. They are setting up a flat field with electric, showers, etc. Cost is estimated at $35 pp. Folks are highly encouraged to coordinate a Baltibrew station.
Club gear liquidation - No Update New quorum: 7 for simple majority, 9 for 2/3 majority
New Business/Member Announcements
Mobtown Fermentations is looking to offload a water distiller. We can forward the information to anyone who is interested. Gut High Festival is this Saturday at the Fadensonnen Beirgarden for a celebration of all things fermented. https://guthigh.simpletix.com/?ShowId=43407
Ed Topic - Sensory Mini-Panel - Becky
Becky led another mini-sensory panel featuring: Ethyl hexanoate - aniseed, apple or liquorice Isoamyl acetate - banana, peardrop Hefeweizen - spicy & banana
IRON BREWER – Battle Kolsch is on for June!