December 2014 (12-18) Meeting

Hey all,

Just a quick message this month. We are meeting as usual at Ice Harbor Thursday starting at 7:00PM

We will be taking nominations for the President and Treasure officer positions (to be voted on in January)
Having a tech talk from our illustrious leader
Reminder about club dues
Talking about the MCZA Post Holiday Party (Details below)

January 17th 6PM to 10PM
5252 Pinehurst St
West Richland
Bring an App and Beer to share

Lastly, For those not at the meeting last month we made we votes to change the Club Quarterly Style Competition.
For now
January – Open Category (all styles welcome, best of show)
April – Voted Style America Pale Ale
July – Open Category (all styles welcome, best of show)
October – Voted Style TBD

Chad Zimmerman

November 2014 Meeting (11-20-14)


The November meeting will be held on Thursday the 20th at Ice Harbor starting at 7PM for social time. The meeting will kick off around 7:30 with the following topics of discussion.

Holiday party (Jan 17th): Who, What, Where, When, and Why???
Club Quarterly Competition: What is the future, How do you want it to look?
Club Dues: They are coming due, know where and when to pay.
Technical Topic: When is it a good time to brew a Lager?

T-Shirts: For those who pre-ordered your shirt may be picked up for $15 (See Chad & Sveta)

I look forward to see you all,
Chad Zimmerman

October Club Meeting (10-16-14)

Hey All,

Time for another Club meeting. As normal we will be meeting at 7 PM in the back of Ice Harbor to tasting and social time. The official meeting starts at 7:30.

We will be talking about the following:
November 8th Mega Brew (Dark Malty Rye Beer) – We will need volunteers on Friday night, 11-7-14, to help crush grain
Holiday Party (Dates and Locations will be discussed)
The future of the Club Quarterly Style competition
A tech topic will also be discussed for those interested.

Please come and enjoy some time sharing your homebrew with other club members.

Chad Zimmerman

June 2014 Meeting

Hey Everyone,

We will be meeting this Thursday 6-19 at Ice Harbor Brewery. Tasting will begin at 7 PM back in the brew house with the formal meeting kicking off at 7:30.

Don’t forget to bring your Club Quarterly American Amber Ale to be judged by the group for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the homebrew shop.

We will also be discussing our involvement in BEERSTOCK 5060-5 (more info below), The Benton Franklin Fair Homebrew Competition, & enjoying a quick technical talk.

Beerstock 5060 is taking place July 12th. It will be held near Orting, WA(south of Seattle). Beerstock is yearly homebrew celebration where regional clubs get together and share their homebrew. It is a great opportunity to meet other homebrewers, taste lots of beer, and have a good time. Below is a list of activities taking place:

BEERSTOCK 5060-5 OFFICIALLY STARTS  at 1:00 pm, July 12, 2014: 
-Booth set-up starts at noon (you’re welcome to come at 11:00 if need be)
-1:00 pm begin tasting other brew club member’s concoctions in a Beerstock taster glass
-Meet homebrewers from all over the area
-Live Band – Blinded By No One will perform with other entertainers
-Fire Dancers, Muselheim, will welcome the full moon
-Free Range BJCP beer judges will be roaming if you’d like feedback on your beer
-Beer games, raffles & prizes
-Smell, taste and compare various hops and grains, etc.
-Brewing equipment Garage Sale
-Beer Art Sale
-6:30 pm Pot Luck, bring a side dish, snacks, dessert, salad, etc.  Best food made with    beer chosen by Bri, last year’s winner.  (Please write a descriptive sign for your dish.)
-Bratwurst provided by the Beerstock 5060 staff
-The Great Beer Exchange, back by popular demand, bring a bottle of homebrew!
-A new Beerstock t-shirt and/or cap will be for sale (cash or check only)
-Plenty of room for camping and RV’s (no hook-ups) – light breakfast included
Camping space is provided for Saturday night and everyone is encouraged to stay the night. Cost is $20 per person and will need to be given to me for check-in.

After the main business portion of Thursday’s meeting I will get everyone interested in attending together for quick coordination of car pooling, beer we plan to serve, supplies to bring, etc. If you are unable to make the meeting and are interested in attending email me and I will get in touch with you.

MCZA Holiday Party – 1/18

Hope you have all recovered from your holiday festivities…just in time to come celebrate with your fellow homebrewers! Our annual MCZA Holiday Party is this Saturday, January 18th from 5pm to 10pm at Shrub Steppe Brewery. Details are as follows:

1. No outside food of any kind – this is a health-code issue. The club will be providing members with some food/drink; you are more than welcome to purchase extra food/drink from Shrub Steppe!

2. Bring your brews! – outside beer *is* ok to bring in, and as always, members are encouraged to share the wealth!

3. We will be holding a whopping three (3!) judging competitions: Club Quarterly for Winter style; Best Munich Dunkel from Megabrew; and Best Overall beer at the party. Be sure to talk to one of the officers/James to get your beer entered.

4. We will be voting on two officer positions: Vice President and Publicist. If you have any last-minute nominations, bring it up at the meeting. Be sure to attend if you want to cast your vote!

5. This party will be family-friendly, so bringing the kiddos is A-OK. Bringing your best friend/boss/neighbor/best friend’s boss’s neighbor, however, is not. This is a members-only event, and as such, only significant others and immediate family are welcome to attend.

6. A few members will be bringing their fire pits from home so we can toast by the embers. If you have extra firewood lying around and would like to donate it to this endeavor, please bring it on Saturday.

Lastly, as always, the club encourages responsible drinking. If you are showing signs of being over-served, the staff at Shrub Steppe has the right to cut you off. The club will also try to provide transportation to members who need a ride home. Along with being responsible consumers, we should all be responsible guests. Please be sure to thank the Shrub Steppe-ians for their generosity in providing a venue for our shindig, and respect both the staff and the establishment.

Hope to see you all there!