Holiday Party – Dec 12

Society of Barley Engineers will be holding our fifth annual SBE Holiday Party.

It will take place the evening of Wednesday, December 12 at Chris Banker’s home in southeast Oceanside. Directions will be sent to those who RSVP.

This will be a casual holiday gathering with potluck food and beer sharing. It will be a chance for everyone to get together outside of regular meetings, share homebrew and food, and celebrate a great year of beer.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm

Chris Banker’s house, southeast Oceanside (south of the 78 near CostCo and the DMV). Address will be provided to those who RSVP

Open to members and their guests. Festive casual attire is encouraged.

Please bring a food item to share, along with any homebrew or commercial beers you wish to share. Kegs can be accommodated with advance notice (sign up in the RSVP).

Please RSVP here

2019 Officer Elections

Officer elections are planned for November 7th at our meeting. There are 5 elected positions and 5 appointed positions (at the discretion of the elected officers). In addition, we make use of a string of volunteers to coordinate events and activities. The club has been successful in large part through the volunteer efforts of the organization, so I encourage you to get involved. Please let Andy ( or any of the current Officers know if you are interested in one of the Officer positions for 2019 or would like to volunteer to coordinate an event. Below are the elected positions and the expected appointed positions for 2019.


President (Chief Engineer): Responsible for running the monthly meetings and for the overall operation of the club. Coordinates and supports speakers for the meeting.
Vice President (President of Vice): Makes the President look good. Supports meetings by running the back bar and working with the President to engage with all star guest speakers. Runs meetings in the absence of the President.
Events Officer (Special Ops): Develops the master event plan and ensures that each planned event has a coordinator and adequate resources. Provides support for events to ensure we are able to organize successful events.
Information Officer (Propaganda Minister): Provides IT support for SBE communication forums including mail list, web site and Facebook page.
Treasurer (Guido): Manages finances and membership list. Can be persuasive when collecting overdue debts.


Papparazi: Documents meetings and events with photos and takes notes at Officer Meetings.
Festmeister: Helps coordinate festivals that we organize or participate in.
Charity Officer: Creates the master plan for charity support and participates in the coordination of charity events and activities.
Competition Czar: Plans out and coordinates SBE and SdL homebrew competitions throughout the year.
Swag Officer: Coordinates paraphernalia with SBE and SdL designs and logos for members. Sources drawing prizes and has the grand responsibility of generating a random number for the drawing.

SBE September Meeting Announcement

September Meeting – Peter Zien

We will have special guest speaker Peter Zien, CEO of Alesmith, who will lead a discussion entitled The Maturing of the Craft Beer Industry – A New Era Begins.

The September meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers will be held on Wednesday, September 5th @ 6pm at Booze Brothers Brewery in Vista. We will have special guest speaker Peter Zien, CEO of Alesmith, who will lead a discussion entitled The Maturing of the Craft Beer Industry – A New Era Begins. I hope you don’t mind, but we let Peter know that it is okay for him to bring Alesmith beer to the meeting as a part of the presentation. 👍

On the agenda:
1) Social time & small pour sharing
2) Homebrew sharing and discussion
3) ViaSat Fest (September 13) 
4) Quafftoberfest (September 15)
5) Charity Oktoberfest (September 28)
6) Lambic Harvest (Oktober 13th)
7) The Maturing of the Craft Beer Industry: A New Era Begins – Peter Zien
8) Post-presentation social time

Don’t forget to bring name badges, tables and chairs!

Please RSVP here

Public Event: SBE and VANC Oktoberfest

Society of Barley Engineers and Veterans Association of North County (VANC) are working together to run the First Annual VANC Oktoberfest. The event will be held on Oktober 15th at VANC’s facility in Oceanside. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans Association of North County. See the flyer below for details.

Tickets are available at the VANC website.


SBE Homebrew Competition

As most of your know, we are hosting our first big homebrew competition, sponsored by Rip Current Brewing. The grand prize winner will get to scale up their recipe and brew on Rip Current’s production brewery!

The link to our competition is
The competition will be capped at 100 entries, 2 entries per person max with no duplicate sub-category entries.
Entries are now being accepted and will remain open until we hit the entry cap, or 8/24.

Categories accepted:

Category #5 – Bock
Category #13 – Stouts
Category #16 – Belgian & French Ale
Category #18 – Belgian Strong Ale
Category #23 – Experimental/Specialty Beer

We need BJCP qualified judges and a few volunteer stewards for the competition! You can register for these positions via the competition software. These are available for signup right now. The competition is registered with BJCP so judges will be awarded points. Judging will take place on Sunday, September 7th. Lunch will be provided and also a custom gift. Judges and stewards will be contacted to confirm acceptance.

Entry cost is $5/entry and must be paid through the competition software via PayPal only. You will not be able to print your labels until your entries are paid for. No cash or checks accepted.
If you do not have a PayPal account, sign up for one. It’s free and easy.
**IMPORTANT** Once you click the PayPal link and pay for your entries, you must click the “RETURN” button to go back into the competition software. If you fail to do this, your entries will not show as paid.

Each entry must be 2 plain brown 12oz unlabeled bottles, with unmarked caps.
Bottle drop off dates are: 8/20-8/24 in person at Rip Current Brewing (1325 Grand Ave #100, San Marcos, CA 92078) during Tasting Room hours ONLY. Wed – Thurs: 4PM – 8PM, Fri: 3PM – 9PM, Sat: 11AM – 9PM, Sun 12PM – 5PM.
No mailed entries accepted. No after hours entries accepted.
Rip Current is doing us a huge favor by hosting and accepting entries, so please help us make this as easy on the brewery and their employees as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Good luck & may the best brewer win!

Chris Stawney
Competition Czar

SBE December Meeting Announcement

The final meeting of 2012 is upon us. We are scheduled to have a critical review of some homebrews as the main event. Last meeting, we went over the judging process and the BJCP guidelines, so, this week we will try it out. If you have a homebrew that you would like to volunteer for the exercise, Please indicate that on the RSVP form.

We will have judging forms and will go through the process of judging 2 or 3 beers, just as would happen in a competition.

Also, we will be confirming Officers for the next year. I will send a separate e-mail regarding that.
Finally, we will be collecting ideas for meeting topics for 2013.

The Shared Entree will be Penne with Chicken and tomatoes. Please indicate on the RSVP form if you will be participating. As always, it is $13 including tax and tip.

The RSVP form link is below

Please bring:

  • Homebrew
  • Money for Entree if participating
  • Ideas for meeting subjects
  • Dues for 2013.

Officer Election Results

Officer elections for 2012 were held at the November meeting. Congratulations to our newly elected officers:

President: Jeremy Jerome
Vice President/Treasurer: Andy Gamelin
Propaganda Minister (Communications Officer): Chris Banker
Events Coordinator: Judy Glasser
Director of Special Operations: Lauren Sallee
Competition Czar: Chris Stawney
Professor of Vice (Education Coordinator): Jeff Kiser

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