September Brew Day This Saturday!

Address: 4100 Camino Dr. Plano 75074

Starting at 9AM THIS Saturday, Sep 23, Smitty will be hosting the September Brew Day. Smitty and Mike Grover are brewing a Rauchbier. Others are encouraged to brew as well.

We will provide lunch. College football will be on, and undoubtedly a cigar session will occur sometime in the afternoon. Please bring homebrew or commercial beer to share, including/especially your homebrews to be evaluated. If you have any questions, please reach out to Smitty at [email protected].


Spring Party – Saturday May 20th!

Greetings, NTHBA. Saturday, May 20th at 6PM will be the Spring Party hosted by yours truly. Our address is: 4100 Camino Dr. Plano 75074.

I plan on smoking some chicken, probably with a Tex-Mex flare, as well as my take on suadero tacos, also smoked. Suadero is its own cut of beef not readily available even in these parts, so brisket flats will be substituted. I might throw some other items on the smoker as well. Please bring an appetizer, side, or desert to share.

I have several beers on tap and the beer engine is making an appearance to serve my pub ale. My taplist can be found HERE. Of course, please bring our own personally brewed or commercial concoctions to share.

We do have a pool and aside from a current temperature of 84 degrees, is fully prepared to accept any brave souls into its cool waters. Although, the current forecast does call for only a high of 79.

If you have any questions, please shoot me an email at [email protected]. Looking forward to seeing those of you that can make it out on Saturday.


Update to Club Meeting This Evening

Greetings, and sorry for all the updates this morning. We will try to spread them out when possible, but lots going on in the next few weeks. Yesterday, I posted about the events this week HERE. I omitted that for our club meeting, Odd Muse is welcoming homebrew for sharing tonight in their brewery where we will be meeting. If you have anything you would like to bring and share, please feel free to do so.

Very nice of the folks add Odd Muse to allow us this, so please also support them through purchases of their beers and tipping the staff appropriately.

If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].


Club Happenings This Week

Greetings, club members. We have a couple of events this week I wanted to remind you of.

  1. We have a club meeting on Tuesday at Odd Muse in Farmers Branch. They are located at 4488 Spring Valley Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75244. We will arrive starting at 6:30 and get the meeting going sometime after 7:00. Food is not available at Odd Muse, so please plan accordingly. There is a BBQ place across the parking lot.

  2. Saturday, October 15 at 6:30PM is the Fall/Oktoberfest Party, hosted by yours truly and his frau, Julie. The address is 4100 Camino Dr, Plano, TX 75074. We will be serving bratwurst two ways: smoked and beer boiled w/onions, along with pretzels, German mustard, and beer cheese. Please bring a side, appetizer, or dessert. There will also be a Oktoberfest people’s choice beer competition. Details HERE, along with sign-up.

Hope to see you at the club events this week.


Oktoberfest Party Competition Sign-Up

Coming up on the 15th, we have the NTHBA Fall/Oktoberfest Party. Same as last year, we will be holding a peoples choice competition for German / Octoberfest style beers at the party. Everyone will vote for their favorite beers and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with North Texas Homebrew Supply gift certificate awards of $50, $30, and $20 respectively. 

Styles allowed:

  • Munich Helles (4A)
  • Festbier (4B)
  • Kolsch (5B)
  • German Pils (5D)
  • Marzen (6A)
  • Altbier (7B)
  • Munich Dunkle (8A)
  • Weissbier (10A)
  • Dunkle Weisse (10B)

If you are entering a beer for the Oktoberfest/Fall Party, please fill out the form at the link below so we can add it to the taplist. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. Good luck!

Oktoberfest Party Competition Sign-Up


October Officer Meeting Location Change

Greetings, NTHBA. Due to inconsistencies in service at The Londoner, we decided to relocate this month’s officer meeting to another location. We will convene tomorrow at Vickery Park in old downtown Plano. They are located at 1011 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074. As usual, we will arrive around 6:30 and get started with officer business around 7:00.

In this month’s newsletter, I mentioned that we are seeking volunteers for 2023 officers, as we will have elections at the November meeting. If you have already expressed an interest, or would consider it, please feel free to come to the meeting tomorrow.


September Brewday

This coming Saturday, September 24 starting at 9AM, we will have our club brewday hosted at Smitty’s. Calendar and location information is HERE. Lunch will be provided.

Smitty will be brewing a Dunkles Weissbier(10B) for the Fall/Oktoberfest party on October 15. Recipe link can be found HERE or using the download link below. All club members are welcome to bring out their equipment and brew themselves, or just come hang out, share your brews, and talk about our favorite hobby. If you aren’t a club member yet, feel free to come hang out as well and see what we’re all about.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Club Survey Results Republished

Hey all. Real quick, sorry for the glitch this morning on the post. The chart images got wiped when it was published so had to pull it back and repost. The blog post has been republished and can be found HERE.


2022 Club Survey Results

Greetings, homebrewers and NTHBA club members. This year, after several years having passed since the last one, we set a goal to send out another club survey. Gathering feedback from membership about the state of things currently and where the club can focus efforts to make for a better member experience is important. So, in July, a concise questionnaire was made available for members to complete. This post is meant to provide a summary of the results of the survey and takeaways from it.

With around 50 club members at the time of the survey send, we received 25 surveys back – a 50% return rate, which is excellent. One of my goals in compiling the questions was to make it as concise as possible, avoiding unnecessary or repetitive questions, so as to make it more palatable to complete. This then should contribute to better returns and validate any findings…and hopefully did.

With that, on to the results, but first, apologies if the labels get cut off in the images. This is just how Google Forms renders the results. Hopefully, you get the gist, but my commentary will call out the prevailing results.

Question 1:

NTHBA has ebbs and flows between more socially oriented and competition oriented. These results point more towards social over competition at this time. Additionally, education is ranked 3rd(more about that below). Competition is still an important component, but it appears to be taking a back seat right now.

Question 2:

Glad to know that NTHBA is overwhelmingly viewed as open and inviting. I hope things stay that way.

Question 3:

Education here is not surprisingly at the top of the list, which we have been aware of since the last survey and working to enhance this year. Hopefully, you see this from Bill Lawrence in the newsletter, as well as his presentation at the August club meeting. We hope to have more of these in the future, along with some presentations/demos at brew days, and perhaps a webinar or two. If you have any specific suggestions or requests, please reach out to our education czar at [email protected]. The other standout responses were more events, and interestingly that NTHBA needs no major improvements.

Question 4:

Not a lot to say about this. I don’t think I was around when club membership exceeded 200 members, so I don’t know what it was like managing that. I’d say it was around 100 when I first joined and found that events . I don’t know that we will see 200+ again, but we could stand to add some members and fresh faces.

Questions 5-6:

Both very positive responses…

Questions 7-9:

The majority of us are satisfied with the meeting times and locations. I have personally received feedback that BYO meetings are a welcomed addition. However, we also know that this may not be practical for every meeting. As the one who schedules the meetings, I have found it more and more difficult to find locations that do not have some other activity like trivia competing with the club conducting a quality meeting. Because of this, I personally would not mind maintaining a single location for the majority of our meetings with a few “outings” to other locations. If it comes down to quality of the meeting versus the effort expended to find a legitimate location, I am going to choose the former. We will continue to tweak this going forward.

Question 10-11:

We came close to abandoning the raffle this year, but will continue to fund it for the foreseeable future. The fact of the matter was that supplying the raffle became too cumbersome without a local source, so the quality suffered. With North Texas Homebrew Supply opening up, we will be better equipped. As to the content of meetings, we hear you that various educational presentations and guest speakers would enhance them and we will continue efforts to provide these going forward.

Question 12:

Questions 13-14:

Since I have been involved with the club and as an officer, there has been 100% consistency in delivery of the monthly newsletter. Although it takes some effort, the officers take seriously getting their articles and and the newsletter published at the first of each month. Having said this, the new website is equipped to provide a consistent stream of communication on an ongoing basis. This blog post is an excellent example. I am not on Facebook and many others are not active on it either. So, we do not want to rely on social media as a soul form of communication. With our website and the newsletter, we have the ability to communication with 100% of the membership. I do recommend you take a moment to subscribe to blog posts here and also set yourself up in the forum.

Question 14:

This is about what I expected to see. I do hope to see more participation and engagement in the club forum.

Questions 15-17:

I have seen most of you at at least one brew day over the last few years and the favorite aspects of them aren’t surprising. There are some simple enhancements we can do to add to the value of the club brew days, which the officers will discuss. The predominantly requested enhancements can easily be made part of the scheduling and communication with the host.

Question 18:

The layout of this pre-built chart is a bit confusing, but hopefully the question wasn’t. Here’s the order of ranking. 1st and 2nd are obvious, but the last two are a bit more murky.
1) Winter/Holiday Party
2) Fall/Oktoberfest Party
3) Spring Party
4) Summer Party

The Spring and Summer parties are the least favored, but between 3rd and 4th place votes, the Spring party came ahead leaving the Summer party in 4th. All of the parties are great and usually well attended. There has been discussion about dropping one from the schedule, but we will see. If you haven’t been to any, I encourage you to make plans to come to one in the future.

Question 19:

We have had a few this year with some well attended and others only sparsely. There is clearly an interest in continuing these, so we will continue scheduling them.

Question 20-22:

Fairly self-explanatory, but nice to know we don’t appear to be overdoing it on events. Two-thirds of us attend the majority of them.

That’s it. Sorry for the long post. If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please feel free to email me here.


Club Meeting Tonight!

Greetings NTHBA. Tonight starting at 7:00, we have our monthly club meeting. Please feel free to arrive between 6:00 – 6:30 before we kick off the meeting. This month, we are pleased to be hosted by our newest homebrew store, North Dallas Homebrew Supply. Eric Morgan is the proprietor. They are located at 17811 Davenport Rd Suite 11, Dallas, TX 75252. Here is the map link:

This is a BYOB meeting, so bring your favorite homebrew or commercial beer to share and a chair would also be advisable as provided seating will be limited. Food will not be available, so plan accordingly to eat ahead of time or bring something. Also, bring some money for the raffle and if you need to renew your membership, we can process it at that time. See you tonight!