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April Club Meeting at Sand City South!

Join us on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, at Sand City South (150 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757) for our next club meeting. The meeting will be from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. 

This is limited capacity event due to social distancing and seating capacity restrictions. HHCBC and AssLIHC members may sign up to reserve their seat by clicking here.

The highly anticipated opening of Sand City’s southern Long Island location took place in early March and the club is fortunate to be able to attend a limited capacity event at the brewery. We’ll be awarding the winners of the Spring Club Competition, discussing progress of the ’45 Challenge’ teams and Last Brewer Standing: Clone Wars entrants, along with some other special announcements. Bring any homebrew-related questions with you! 

Feedback Table will be open for anyone that wants to bring homebrewed samples to discuss. 

The monthly club raffle is open for donations. Some tasty beverages are up for grabs in this month’s raffle.

All attendees must follow Sand City’s guidelines, remain seated for service during the meeting and wear a mask when not seated. If you have contracted any illness, have cold symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has been sick over the two weeks prior to the meeting, please stay home. Meetings are optional attendance and open to anyone 21 years and over.

2021 Club Memberships are Open:

$25/Individual | $40/Family | Add $10/person for Tri-Club Membership


March Club Meeting at Noble Savage Brewing Co.

Thank You Noble Savage Brewing Co (Glen Cove) for hosting our March Club meeting! Special Thanks to Frank and Lauren for holding down the taps, serving awesome beer and providing a safe socially distanced place for us to meet. While the attendance was limited due to pandemic capacity restrictions, everyone enjoyed the evening.

We caught up on some of the members’ progress with their ’45 Challenge’ recipes—an attempt to create a winning homebrew recipe that can earn a score of 45+ in a BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition. [No easy feat!]

A few of members dropped off entries to the Spring Club Competition, with the top three entries getting a chance to have their recipe brewed at South Shore Craft Brewery, joining John DiSpirito’s Belgian Blonde in South Shore’s Homebrew Excellence Series of special releases.

The Primary Round entries of the Last Brewer Standing: Clone Wars competition were collected at the meeting, as well. 24 Entrants were split up into pairs, assigned commercial beers and challenged to recreate the commercial recipe in a homebrewed example. Winners of each paring move onto the Secondary Round in June.


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.