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January Club Meeting at South Shore Craft Brewery!

Join Us on Tuesday, January 19th for the first club meeting of the year at South Shore Craft Brewery (3505 Hampton Rd, Oceanside, NY 11572).
  • We’ll get to enjoy South Shore’s Homebrew Excellence Series’ first release, a Belgian Blonde Ale–by John DiSpirito
  • Awards & Prizes will be handed out for the Winter Club Competition
  • The winners of the Holiday Calendar Vote will be announced
  • Club Raffle and Homebrew Feedback Tables will be open
  • Post below if anyone has any topics, questions or educational content they would like to share during the meeting…
All attendees must follow South Shore’s guidelines, remain seated for the meeting and wear a mask. If you have contracted any illness or have been in contact with anyone who has been sick over the past two weeks, please stay home. Meetings are optional attendance and open to anyone 21 years and over.

November 2020 Meeting Notes

Thank You to Paul and Ghost Brewing Company for hosting our November Club Meeting! Spaced out seating and permitting a safe and clean environment to host our annual board elections, announcements and Iron Brewer Team Challenge made for a very comfortable and easy evening.

Brewmaster, Paul Komsic, thanked the club for attending, was appreciative of the positive feedback for the tasty and unique beers he had on tap and talked about his upcoming beer release and barrel program. 

Thank You to all who attended and participated, especially to the new members and . . . 

  • Kevin McKenna for hauling the club gear
  • ‘The Chairman,’ Ken Dalton, for moderating the Iron Brewer Challenge
  • Martin Scott for collecting raffle tickets
  • Mike Murphy, Peter Muscat, Jason Scott and all those who donated to the club raffle
  • All those who brought donations for the ‘Turkey’s Against Cancer’ event, coordinated by Greg Wright and collected by Kevin McKenna
  • All those who brought bottles for the Holiday Calendar Share
  • And to the Iron Brewer Teams . . . 

IRON BREWER TEAM CHALLENGE | The Chairman mailed mystery ingredients to the homes of random club members in a challenge to brew a beer of any style using all of the mystery items. The emerging teams ended up creating the following beverages which were sampled during this meeting. . . (The Chairman showed no mercy)

  • Wheat Beer with Cranberries, Oats and Bay Leaves
  • Witbier with Raspberries, Lemon and Candied Bacon Jerky
  • Cream Ale with Mint Leaves, Powdered Blueberries and Corn Muffin Mix
  • Rye Porter with Black Peppercorns, Powdered Rosemary and Hostess Apple Pies

Congratulations to Team McKenna|Tovar|Smith for earning the title as the NEW Iron Brewer Team Champions! Finally unseating the reign of Team Dalton|Murphy|Elmore. Homebrewers Kevin McKenna, Gabe Tovar and John Smith took on the mystery ingredient challenge and created a tasty and balanced wheat beer with cranberry, oats and bay leaves. All four teams were within five votes of each other, from first to last, so the competition was very close! Well done everyone!


No new nominations were received for the 2021 HHCBC Board, so the following will start their new terms in December:

President | Bernard R.

Vice President | Ken Dalton

Treasurer | Danielle Malone

Secretary | Peter Tripp

Events & Marketing | Kevin McKenna

Membership | Claudia Chavez

Education | Mike Murphy


November Club Meeting at Ghost Brewing Co.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

Join us for an eventful event at Ghost Brewing Company (25 Drexel Dr, Bay Shore, NY 11706 [Behind Great South Bay Brewery]). All in attendance must adhere to proper Covid-19 precautions and any regulations implemented by the host/venue. Be prepared to remain seated at a table for the duration of the meeting.

‘Iron Brewer’ Team Challenge Judging – All in attendance will be served tasters of each team entry and a winning ‘Iron Brewer’ will be named.

  • Several members were mailed secret ingredients and the names of other homebrewers to partner with. All secret ingredients must be used to create a unique beer that will be sampled and judged by those in attendance. The winning team is seeking to overthrow the reigning Iron Brewers: Team Dalton, Murphy & Elmore – Will The Chairman crown a new Iron Brewer? 

 We will also be . . .

. . . voting on the 2021 Club Board of Directors.

. . . collecting bottled donations for the Turkey’s Against Cancer fundraiser with the Barbeque Brethren (w/Greg Wright)

. . . collecting bottled entries for the holiday calendar (w/Kevin McKenna)

. . . announcing and signing up for future challenges and happenings

. . . celebrating the medal-winners of the LIBME Homebrew Competition


October Club Meeting at The Black Sheep Ale House

Join Us on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 PM for our next Club Meeting at The Black Sheep Ale House [78 2nd St Mineola, NY 11501]. As per current pandemic rules, all attendees must be wearing masks and following the house rules for safe distancing and dinner service, including remaining seated for the duration of the meeting and must order one food item per beverage ticket. (If you’re gonna drink, you gotta eat). There will be table service for food and beverages. Lucky for us, The Black Sheep now serves dinner; and what a tasty menu they have!

We’ll be celebrating the recent club competition winners, discussing brewing German beer styles, and accepting nominations for the 2021 Club Board Positions. Space is limited to the quantity of seats available. Please note, we may be outdoors/indoors depending on the weather. 

September Club Meeting at Bright Eye Beer Company!

Join us on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 PM at Bright Eye Beer Company, 50 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561. Co-Owners, Luke, Molly and Keira opened the brewery earlier this year and have some excellent beverages on tap. Luke teamed up with head brewer Brendan Maxim,  who brewed for Laguna Beach Beer Company in California and Crazy Mountain Brewing in Colorado before joining the Bright Eye team. 

Entries for the Fall Club Competition and Last Brewer Standing Secondary Round will be collected at this meeting!

August 31st |Club Webinar with Imperial Yeast

The fine folks at Imperial Yeast will be joining us for a Zoom Chat on Monday, August 31st at 7PM to share best practices on yeast handling, QC on a homebrew scale and any questions you may have regarding Imperial Yeast.  This event is for HHCBC or AssLIHC Members Only. If you have interest in joining the club, or for any additional questions send a note to before the event.

When: Aug 31, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Registration Links will be posted to the club Facebook and Google Group announcement. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

August Club Meeting at Garden Social

Join Us for our August Club Meeting at Garden Social in East Meadow! Tuesday, August 18th at 7:30 PM – 1964 Hempstead Tpke East, East Meadow, NY 11554 (Behind Lidl) – – Great tap list and menu to enjoy in a socially distanced and outdoor dining venue. Bring your homebrew questions and let’s start getting ready for those end-of-summer recipe plans. 

July 18th, Imperial Stout Style Class

*For 2020 HHCBC and AssLIHC Club Members Only*

If you’re interested in a membership, please email

Current Members may sign up on the Club FB Discussion Group Invite

Hosted by Education Director and BJCP Judge Mike Murphy. This is a style class on Imperial Stout. We will discuss recipe creation and variations of the style. Due to COVID concerns this class will be limited to the fist 15 people who sign up. I am asking everyone that is coming to please bring at least 30 ounces of an Imperial stout based beer for the group to sample. I will add a few from my cellar as well. Please post what brand and type of beer you will be bringing in the comments section of the post so we can cut down on duplicates. I will have enough tables and chairs to assure proper social distancing is maintained. Please bring your own face covering and hand sanitizer. Thank you in advance!

July 21st Club Meeting at South Shore Craft Brewery!

Tired of webinars? Us too.

Join us on Tuesday, July 21st at 7PM for our in-person Club Meeting at South Shore Craft Brewery (3505 Hampton Rd, Oceanside, NY 11572). We’ll try to guess who’s hiding behind each mask, re-cap the winners of the Spring Club Competition, Last Brewer Standing Primary Round an upcoming events (hopefully).

Due to current C-19 Related Policies, this meeting will have limited capacity. Please click on the following link to reserve a FREE Ticket to attend this meeting. Once tickets are ‘sold out’, the capacity has been reached.

July Club Meeting RSVP

All attendees must be wearing masks, following all guidelines for social distancing and the host venue’s rules upon entry. No exceptions. Please use your best judgement and be kind to one another. Let’s get together to share a pint, in person. Finally.