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

Greetings, brewers!

I survived another January Beer Week, and I definitely hope you all survived too. There were some fantastic dinners eaten and malty events attended.

The Thursday Club meeting at 49th State Brewing Company was incredible; it’s so nice to see others in the brewing industry that show up to this event once a year. A big thank you to all the volunteers that made it happen; we couldn’t have pulled it off without you. A special thank you goes out to David McCarthy and Jason Motyka and the rest of the staff at 49th State for hosting us. They put on a hell of a show (OMG the Duck Poutine) and deserve lots of credit for a successful night. Here’s the 3 month calendar of events. Jason Ditsworth’s organizational prowess in the background is noteworthy.

Tuesday February 21st. Monthly Meeting at 49th State – 7:00 p.m.

March 4th – Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition. Please see article.

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

March 25th – Possible Curling Event at Anchorage Curling Club, Promise to have more details later

March 31st thru April 2nd, Beer Tripping weekend in Talkeetna

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

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

At the Thursday meeting, the Homebrewer of the Year (HBOTY) was announced. For those who couldn’t make the meeting, please help me congratulate Mike Cragen for a job well done. Mike makes some tasty stuff and worked hard to achieve this impressive status. Way to go Mike

Mike and Chris are heading up the Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition, so please see their article for details. The article also contains information on the HBOTY categories for the different competitions entered.

We are working on a possible curling event for the club on March 25th. Jim O’Toole is spearheading this activity and is in the process of nailing down final details. We will get that information out to the club as soon as we have it. If you’ve never been curling you’re missing out on some sweeping fun times.

Oh Talkeetna! Hopefully everyone has received the news that the dates for Talkeetna Beer Tripping have changed. There was a conflict with another event and we decided to change our weekend to better accommodate the town. We’ll be up there from March 31st thru April 2nd. And don’t forget, the Equinox Mead competition will be held on Saturday April 1st - no joking - so dig out a few bottles of mead to enter. This will be on top of the home brew competition the same day. Hotels and B&B’s book up pretty quickly, so plan ahead and make your reservations now. I hope to see everyone there.

In the April and May meetings there will be a beer challenge that I hope everyone will take a jab at. Look for a full article explaining the challenge in the March newsletter

This months “Meet Your Local” article features Petr Dohm and Lisa Peltola of Arctic Brewing Supply.

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

Until next month, Cheers.
-John Trapp

Hops Wreath

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