Reminder, March COC is open, entries due March 12th

Reminder, the March Club Only Competition (COC) registration closes Tuesday, March 12th at 5pm and your entries of 2 bottles need to be turned in at the club meeting at North Texas Home Brew Supply. If you can’t make the meeting, please reach out to me and we can make other arrangements ahead of time.

You can register your entry and print off labels at coc.nthba.org

Full Brewer Royale / COC rules can be found at nthba.org/brewer-royale

And for anyone who did not enter, please consider being a judge, no experience needed, and best of all you get to drink free beer (you can register on the COC site)

Any questions, ping me at [email protected]

BJCP Judging (Tasting) Exam March 10th

I will be hosting a BJCP Judging Exam on March 10th at North Texas Homebrew Supply. I currently have 7 commitments which leaves 5 open seats for the exam. If you would like to take the Judging Exam you will need to pass the online exam in advance.

Please contact Jimmy if you are interested in taking the Judging Exam at [email protected].

The cost for the Online Exam is $10 for one take or $20 for three takes.
The cost for the Judging Exam is $40 for non-BJCP and $15 if you are already BJCP. BJCP folks can take the Judging Exam again to improve their Judging score.

The link to the Online Exam is: http://bjcp.coursewebs.com/

NTHBS has been hosting a BJCP Style Class for the last couple of months. If you are familiar with the BJCP Styles, you can probably pass the online and Judging Exam.

Bonus: If you judge 3 tables at the Bluebonnet this year and pass the Judging Exam, The Bluebonnet Brew-Off will give you $100.

Jimmy

Help with the Bluebonnet Brew-Off

A couple of items related to Bluebonnet Judging.

James Lallande is our Head Judge this year and is working on scheduling judges. There is a page on the Bluebonnet website: https://bbbrewoff.com/bluebonnetbrewoff/judging-assignments/ that shows the current judge assignments. You can go to that link and see where you have been assigned.

We currently do not have enough judges for Wee Heavy and Smoke beers. If you are not already assign and can judge that day, please contact James at [email protected] and update him on your availability.

Last, for our BJCP/Experienced judges, We need a backup Site Head Judge if Fritz is unavailable. The role is just to resolve any judging issues like wrong category clarification. If you are willing to be the backup Site Head Judge, please contact James at the email address above.

Thanks, Jimmy

February 2024 Newsletter is Published

Here is the link to the newsletter: Click me for the newsletter

Quick Sips for January:

WhatWhereWhenTime
Officers MeetingBavarian GrillFebruary 6th6:30pm – 8:30pm
Club MeetingBitter Sisters BreweryFebruary 13th6:30pm – 8:30pm
Quick Sips

These and other events can be found on our Club Calendar.

Bluebonnet Brew-Off judging starts this weekend. We will be judging at NTHBS Friday nights and Saturdays for the next few weeks. Judging will improve your brew as it introduces you to styles and problems. Please come out and help.

You can register your availability at: Click Me

Cheers,
Jimmy

Bluebonnet Brew-Off Help at Login

We will be logging in the entries for the 2024 Bluebonnet Brew-Off this Saturday February 3rd. We will need help. If you can come out we would really appreciate it. If you have never been to the competition login, you can learn what goes on before judging. How we create anonymous entries and sort into Tables (medal categories).

It usually does not go past about 1:30pm. We move really quickly.

We also might need help getting entries that were dropped off at North Texas Homebrew Supply to login. We had about 15 case boxes this weekend but more will be trickling in. We are also getting Kettle to Keg’s drop offs that need to be transported to the Church. If you have a truck and can help move entries, please contact Jimmy at [email protected]. We may need covered beds or tarps as it looks like rain on Friday and Saturday.

The login location is Peace Lutheran Church. We start at 9am. The address is:
941 W Bedford Euless Rd, Hurst, TX 76053

Cheers,
Jimmy

The results for COC are in !

The first COC of ’24 was a great success with 12 entries, all different styles, which makes for a fun round of judging. After considerable discussion among the judges; Sir Bill Lawrence, Doug Hicks, Garrett Bryan,  Malachy Bryan and Eric Morgan, the judges selected a Belgian Single brewed by Jimmy Orkin for the bronze, an American Wheat brewed by James “Smitty” Smith for the silver and the gold goes to Mark Rendon for his British Brown Ale. All excellent beers.

You can see the results over at coc.nthba.org and download your score sheet.

Thanks to North Texas Homebrew Supply (now open on Mondays) for allowing us to use their store for few hours and Eric for staying late.

Reminder you collect Brewer Royale points for being a COC judge.

Thanks again to all who entered, the next COC will be in March, registration will open March 1st and close the day of the March club meeting (COC takes place on the odd numbered months).

Cheers John,

[email protected]

Reminder! Winter Party THIS Saturday!

Smitty here. Reminding everyone about our Winter Party coming up tomorrow starting at 6:30 PM. The club is providing a BBQ trifecta of pulled pork, chicken, and jalapeno-cheddar sausage. As always, please bring an appetizer, side, or desert. Our address is HERE.

We will award the Brewer Royale trophy and prizes along with the Big Mohunker prize. You must be present to win the Big Mohunker.

Please bring your own beverages of choice, including and especially homebrew to share. The club kegerator is not slated to be in attendance, but we do have a limited number of spare jockey boxes should you wish to bring a keg. Tap space is first come, first served, so please email [email protected] no later than 6PM today to reserve a space. If you do not let me know or we run out of available taps, you will need to supply your own gas and dispensing method.

Texas weather in January is living up to expectations tomorrow with high only in the upper 30’s. Our garage bar is climate controlled and well ventilated, so we should have plenty of room to congregate somewhere inside. Smoking is permitted in the garage bar.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

Cheers!
Smitty

Recap of Tuesday Meeting/Socials Update/Upcoming Events

I covered a lot of ground at last night’s meeting and wanted to provide a recap along with a rundown of the events this month.

Brewdays:

  • Brewdays will be on the 3rd Saturday of each month unless: 1) there is not a brewday that month, OR 2) there is a special event.
  • Brewdays will occur at the NTHBS unless someone volunteers to host at their place
  • Brewdays will require at least one volunteer to brew. Preferably, other brewers participate. You can bring your own equipment or brew on the store Gen 3 35L 240V Brewzilla.
  • See Club Calendar HERE for dates.

Club Meetups:

  • One per quarter with possibly one or two others added throughout the year. Stay tuned.
  • Q1 – Bluebonnet
  • Q2 – Pub Crawl possibly w/Dallas area clubs
  • Q3(September) – Oktoberfest @ Bavarian Grill
  • Q4 – Local brewery, likely Autonomous Society

Events this month:

  • Saturday, Jan 13 9am-3pm: Brewday at Mike Grover’s. As always, members are welcome to brew. Otherwise, please come by, socialize, and bring your homebrew for sharing and evaluation. More details HERE.
  • Saturday, Jan 20 6:30pm-???: Winter Party at James Smith’s.
    At the time of this post, the club will provide smoked pulled pork, sausage, and chicken.
    Bring an appetizer, side, or desert to share, along with your homebrew.
    We will award the Big Mohunker and Brewer Royale prizes.
    Bring your homebrew to share! Commercial beer allowed also. If you plan on bringing a keg, we have jockey boxes to serve your beer from. Please send an email to [email protected].
    More details HERE.
  • Saturday, Jan 27 8am – 3pm: Big Rig Brewday / Housewarming Party: 5pm till ???
    Some of you know that one of our longtime club members Wayne Yandell has a 1.5 bbl 3-vessel system that the club and others brew on from time to time. Several award-winning beers have been brewed on this system in recent years, including Labor of Love best of show and a Bluebonnet stein.
    A group from the club will be brewing a Czech Pilsner(BJCP 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager) on Saturday, Jan 27 starting at 8am. Anyone is welcome to attend and even help brew if you want. Wayne and his wife, Jennifer are graciously hosting a house warming party starting at 5pm as they have recently completed construction at their new residence on this beautiful property. Please RSVP to Wayne at his email address HERE. The address is HERE.

Club Parties:

I did not touch on club parties throughout the year for the benefit of anyone new. Last year, we had 4 club parties throughout the year and we plan to continue with that, assuming we get volunteer hosts. Aside from the Winter Party mentioned above, they are presently TBD as follows:

  • Spring Party: Sometime April-June timeframe.
  • Limbo Awards/Summer Party: Follows Limbo Judging in August
  • Fall/Oktoberfest Party: September/October

Stay tuned on these events throughout the year.

In conclusion, we have a busy slate of activities coming up this year. As I stated in the January Newsletter, our success as a club with these events relies on member attendance. We understand everyone is very busy and the likelihood for most of attending every event isn’t possible. Please plan to attend as many as you can. If you have ANY questions about brewdays and events, please do not hesitate to email me HERE.

Thanks!
“Smitty”

January club meeting at NTHBS store Tuesday, Jan 9th

Reminder that tomorrow night is the January club meeting at North Texas Homebrew Supply starting at 6:30pm.

The club will provide pizza and everyone is encouraged to bring your homebrew to share. The more the merrier.

Pizza, homebrew, good friends, does it get any better?

Yes it does, as January is a COC month so make sure you have registered your COC entry by 5pm at coc.nthba.org and bring your 2 bottles to the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting to drop off your entries let me know and we can make arrangements.

Cheers John,

[email protected]