December 2015 Meeting Notes


HHCBC December 2015 Meeting Notes

LIBME Homebrew Competition Recap

  • The club had a great showing at LIBME’s annual competition, with three of our members taking five gold medals.  Full results here:
  • Eric Sowa won first place in Ciders
  • Tim Schilling won first place in Strong Ales and in Sour Ales
  • John DiSpirito won first place in British Pale Ale and Specialty Ale; and
  • John won Best in Show and Second Best in Show for his beers.
  • The next big competition is the first round of the National Homebrew Conference Competition, which will take place in late March/early April. So start planning your brewing.
  • We can look at holding our own open competition if we can get a few more BJCP judges certified in the club.

Upcoming Festivals/Pouring Events

Taste of Rockville Center

  • We poured at this event last year. It’s a charity event, so all for good causes.
  • The event will be Friday, January 22 in RVC.
  • If you’re interested in pouring, see Ken or Eric S. Since it’s a charity event, only one brewer per beer will be granted admission.

Hops & Props

  • Saturday, February 27 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
  • We are in discussions with the promoter to determine what presence we will have at the event.
  • If you’re interested in pouring, see Ken or Eric S.

Spring Craft Beer Festival & Cask Ale Festival

  • These are a little further out but want to get people thinking about them for brewing schedules.
  • Spring Craft Beer Festival will be at Belmont in Early April. We will have as many brewers as we can at this event.
  • The Cask Ale Festival at Blue Point is normally mid- to late-April. We are reaching out to see how we can participate.


National Homebrew Conference

  • Next year the NHC will be held in Baltimore. June 9-11.
  • Great event, with tons of seminars & discussions. A club night, where clubs set up and pour their best beers, and just all around a lot of fun.
  • We’ve formed a committee headed up by Ken, Eric S., and Danielle. We are looking for two to three more people to sit on the committee and help organize and plan the event.
  • Info on the conference can be found here:

Club Incorporation, Constitution & By-Laws

  • Club leadership met last week and approved the constitution and by-laws for the club.
  • The Draft Constitution and By-Laws can be found here:
  • At the January meeting, we will have a vote to ratify the constitution and accept the by-laws. So if you want to vote, please attend the January meeting.
  • Once the constitution and by-laws are adopted, we will file the incorporation papers for the club.
  • Membership dues will be $20 for the year ($35 for families).
  • Membership will entitle you to:
    • pour at festivals and other events
    • get priority signups at classes, clinics and other events
    • access membership discounts we are negotiating at local restaurants, bars, breweries and merchants
    • borrow club equipment (with a security deposit)
  • Club leadership positions will be filled for the first year as follows:
    • President – Sam Schuster
    • Vice President – Ken Dalton
    • Secretary – Peter Tripp
    • Treasurer – Danielle Malone
    • Membership Coordinator – Jason Scott
    • Marketing and Events Coordinator – Eric Sowa

Education Update

  • We are still working on the Hop Class. Sam did a trial run of how he was going to run the class, and didn’t think it was helpful enough to be worthwhile.
  • We may do another style class while Sam works on the hop class.
  • Watch Facebook and email for more info.

Next Meeting

  • The next meeting we will Tuesday, January 19 @ Press 195 in RVC
  • Our speaker will be a rep from Sixpoint Brewery

Thanks to Barrier!

  • Thanks to Evan, Katie and all the great folks here at Barrier. It’s good to be back “home” and spend our holiday time here.


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