SBE August Meeting Announcement

The August meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday August 3rd at 6p.m. at the Alesmith Brewing Company in San Diego (http://alesmith.com/contact/) and will focus on Beer and Cheese pairing. Chris Banker who is our resident Cheesemaker will lead the event and Alesmith Brewmaster Peter Zien who is also an avid Cheesemaker will host the event. Due to the limited space, this special meeting will be open to members only and we will be asking everyone to become current with their membership dues. We will also be ordering Pizza for those who are interested in dinner.

On the agenda:
1. Pairing Beer and Cheese
2. Stone Anniversary Celebration Planning
3. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Foldup chair to sit on
Tasting glasses
Cash for Pizza

SBE July Meeting Announcement

The July meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday July 6th @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Belgian Dubbels. The entree of the evening will be Mac n’ Beer Cheese. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Belgian Dubbels with samples – Andy
2. National Homebrew Conference Recap – Lauren
3. Mead Judging for Club Only Competition – Paul
4. Stone Anniversary Celebration Planning – Andy
5. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

SBE June Meeting Announcement

The June meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday June 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Brewing With Unusual Ingredients. We will have special guest speaker Lars Gilman to lead this discussion. Lars is the founder of Hydrobrew, Brewmaster at Breakwater Brewing Company and a former brewer at Stone Brewing Company. The entree of the evening will be Wild Mushroooms Over Penne Pasta. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Brewing With Unusual Ingredients – Lars
2. Big Brew Recap – Paul
3. Spring Fling Campout Recap – Andy/Stan
4. NHC Planning – Lauren/Stan
5. Treasury Update – Jeremy
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

SBE May Meeting Announcement

The May meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday May 4th @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on India Pale Ales. We will have special guest speakers Dan Love and Tom Garcia to lead this discussion. Dan is the founder and brewmaster for Mother Earth Brew Co. and Tom is the founder and consultant for TAG Brewing Solutions. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. India Pale Ale Style Discussion – Dan & Tom
2. India Pale Ale Tasting – Dan & Tom
3. Big Brew Update – Paul
4. Spring Fling Campout – Andy/Stan
5. NHC Planning – Lauren/Stan
6. Treasury Update – Jeremy
7. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

SBE April Meeting – Evaluating Beer

The April meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday April 6th @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Evaluating Beer. We will be breaking into judging panels so that everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the beer judging process. The entree of the evening will be Chicken Tikka Masala. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. BJCP Judging Process – Paul
2. Large Group Calibration Beer – Paul
3. Small Group Judging Panels
    a) Bock Beer Judging Panel for Club Only Competition
    b) Wood Aged Beer Judging Panel for Club Only Competition
    c) Other Beers Judging Panels
4. Spring Fling Campout – Andy/Stan
5. Treasury Update – Jeremy
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for notes from the meeting.

SBE March Meeting – Dark Ales

The March meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday March 2nd @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Dark Ale styles. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Dark Ale styles – Chris Stawney
2. Blind tasting (match the dark ale to the style) – Chris Stawney
3. Information Office update – Chris Banker
4. Upcoming Events – Stan
5. Stone March Madness AHA Rally event – Andy
6. Americas Finest City Homebrew Competition Results – Paul
7. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree if desired ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for notes and photos from the meeting.

SBE Febrewary Meeting Announcement

The Febrewary meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday Febrewary 2nd @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Wood Aging Beer. The entree of the evening will be Spicy Beef & Broccoli. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf.

On the agenda:
1. Wood aging process discussion – Jeremy
2. Commercial & homebrewed samples of wood aged beer – Jeremy
3. Events Plan for 2011 – Stan
4. Upcoming competitions – Paul
5. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree if desired ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2011 ($25), if not already paid

Note: See comments for presentation notes.

Website Updates

I was recently elected to the position of Communications Officer and have been making many changes to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of communications both within the club and externally.  As part of these changes, I have made several improvements to the website.  The following are the most notable changes:

  • Addition of a club calendar. This is a google calendar, accessible through the Calendar menu link, that shows SBE meetings and events, as well as public beer events of interest to the homebrewing community.  The different types of events are differentiated by different colors on the calendar.  If you use Google Calendar, you can add these calendars to your own using the (+) Google Calendar button at the bottom right of the calendar.
  • Addition of a Speaker Notes page.  This page contains an archive of notes and handouts from previous meetings.  I will continue to post notes from future meetings, as well as continue working on gathering them from previous months.  These notes are also linked to in the comments for their respective meetings.
  • Notes from meetings.  Following each meeting, I will be posting information such as presentation notes, Club-Only Competition Winners, meeting photos, and announcements.  These notes will be posted as comments to the meeting announcement post.
  • A simple form for joining the SBE Associates email list.  This form is available on the About page of the site.  The associates email list is a low-traffic announcement-only list for those who are interested in getting involved with SBE and finding out about meetings.  Typically the only emails sent to this list are a once-monthly meeting announcement from our president.

I plan to continue making improvements to the website and welcome any comments or suggestions.  I can be contacted through the Contact page of the site.

Chris Banker

SBE Communications Officer

SBE January Meeting Announcement

The January meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday January 5th @ 6 p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Bock Beers. We are pleased to have a special guest speaker and QUAFF member Greg Lorton to lead the discussion on Bock Beers. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Bock Beer discussion with commercial samples and homebrewed examples – Greg Lorton
2. Lager brewing tips – Andy
3. Introduction to 2011 SBE Program – Andy
4. National Homebrew Convention Event planning – Stan
5. English Pale Ale Club Only Competition – Paul
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrewed bock beers for main discussion
English Pale Ales for competition
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2011 ($25)

Note: See comments for notes from the meeting.

December Meeting Information – Holiday Ales

The December meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday December 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Holiday Ales. Since it is the sharing season, we would like to encourage everyone to bring a friend that would enjoy holiday beers. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato.   Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Holiday Ale discussion with commercial samples – Chad
2. Homebrewed holiday ale sharing and brewing discussion – All
3. Green Flash Anniversary Celebration recap – Stan
4. Solicit input for meeting topics and events for 2012 – Andy & Stan
5. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
A friend
Homebrewed holiday ales for discussion
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2012 ($25)