The Great Northern Brewers Club
The Prez Sez, by John Trapp - February, 2017


Greetings, brewers!

I never thought February could be so busy, but holy crap was I swamped with work,travel and chasing a 3-year old. I did manage to throw together a batch of Raspberry Mead, so I feel I accomplished something last month. We have a littlebreather in our brew club schedule during the beginning and middle of March, but the agenda and calendar start to fill up quickly after that. So get your rest, brew a batchof beer and plan accordingly for some good times. Here’s the three month calendar of events.

March 4th – Fur Rendezvous homebrew competition. Drop off are on March 3rd atArctic Brewing Supply or at Resolution Brewing any time (during hours) thru March 2nd.

March 21st Monthly meeting at 49th State – 7:00 p.m.

March 25th – Curling event at Anchorage Curling Club! We don’t have a time yet, but we’ll post as soon as possible.

March 31st thru April 2nd, Beer Tripping weekend in Talkeetna! Plus home brew competition.

April 1st, Equinox Mead Competition (Spring Equinox) sponsored by Celestial Meads in Talkeetna.

April 8th – Potential House Crawl – we are looking into how many people would be interested

Tuesday April 18th - Monthly Meeting at 49th State – 7:00 p.m.

April Something??? – 49th State Brewing Company Spring Break-up HBC. More details later.

May 6th – Brew-a-Thon at Kevin Sobolesky’s Parents home on Emerald Street

May 16th – Monthly meeting at 49th State – 7:00 p.m.

May 26th & 27th – Haines Craft Beer Festival in Haines, AK – Road Trip!

The Fur Rendezvous home brew competition will be on March 4th starting at noon at 49th State Brewing Company. This is right after the start of the Iditarod and before the start of the running of the Reindeer, so plan on a day of fun and beer judging down town. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking and crossing over 4th avenue. Please see the article on this event.

Looks like the GNBC curling day is going to happen on March 25th. Jim O’Toole has been in contact with the Anchorage Curling Club, but I don’t have a time for you yet. We will post on facebook and send out a club e-mail when we have the time it starts finalized. If you’ve never been curling it is definitely worth a try. Plus, there’s a pretty good bar there that serves good beer.

Now for Talkeetna! Hopefully everyone has made their reservations at a favorite hotel or B&B for March 31st thru April 2nd. The complete agenda and list of activities for the weekend are not finalized yet, but we will have that ready by the March club meeting. And don’t forget, the Equinox Mead competition will be held on Saturday April 1st at the West Rib Pub, so dig out a few bottles of mead to enter. This will be on top of the home brew competition the same day. The home brew competition is not sanctioned, and doesn’t necessarily follow styles and guidelines while being judged. If you have a beer, and it’s pretty good, enter it! It may not fit any style or category, but if the judges like it, it could win BOS and be brewed the following year. I hope to see everyone there.

Last month I said I would have a brewing challenge for you in this month’s newsletter. Well, I delivered on my promise so please read the Small Fry Challenge article and Brew up a JAB.

There’s been some interest in another GNBC house crawl. In case you are wondering what that is, we would rent a bus and drive around to different Brewers homes where we would participate in different activities, drink some home brew and eat some good food. If this is something you’re interesting in participating in, we have a potential date of April 8th or mid-June. Stand by for further discussions and sign up.

This month’s “Meet Your Local” article features Mr. Billy Opinsky, owner of Humpy’s.

Remember, be safe and drink responsibly when out and about and keep those carboys filled.

Until next month, Cheers.
-John Trapp

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