May Minutes

May 16th @ De Kleine Duivel

Introductions - Old Members/New Faces

Guild Updates

  • 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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

    Old Business

    • 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.

    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!

    Homebrew Swap!