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


This is my last Prez Sez for my second stint as club president. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve over the last year. As a club we have accomplished quite a bit in 12 months. Our knowledge of beer has increased and members are brewing more beer. I thank the fantastic officers and board members that worked with me to achieve this goal; we couldn’t have done it without you. But most importantly, thanks to all the members of this great organization for attending the events and showing your enthusiasm for great beer. Mike Cragen has been elected your new President and will be taking over at the January meeting. I have all the confidence in the newly elected members to continue guiding us to greatness and achieving our potential.

Here’s the three month calendar of events:

December 2nd – Humpy’s Big Fish Home Brew Competition

December 9th – GNBC Christmas Party once again at the Alaska Zoo!

January 13th to 20th – Alaska Beer Week! Many festive activities all week long.

January 18th – Thursday meeting of Beer Week for Barley Wine Fest at 49th State Brewing Company

February 20th – Monthly meeting at 49th State Brewing Company 7:00 p.m.

February ? – Fur Rondy Home Brew Competition – stay tuned for date and place

The November meeting wasn’t just elections; we followed up the topic of sanitation with a tasting of off-flavors in beer. As much as that doesn’t sound appealing, it’s important to identify the problems so we can fix it and produce good, clean beer. We have many more educational presentations coming up in February and March that will be very interesting for brewers.

December 2nd is Humpy’s Big Fish home brew competition. Peter Hall is organizing this so please read his article on it. Always a good competition to enter with lots of great prizes. Dig through the crawl space or closet and find something good to enter. Don’t forget, this is also a great competition to judge so plan on that too.

The GNBC Christmas Party is all set for December 9th at the Alaska Zoo; same place we’ve had it for the last 4 or 5 years. The theme is “Beer Character” so please use your imagination. If anyone has a “Duff Man” outfit, please wear it. This is a pot luck dinner, so think of something good to share and bring your homebrew

Our January meeting is just around the corner. For those of you that have not attended before, it is by far our biggest meeting of the year. It’s held on the Thursday of AK Beer Week (Jan 13th thru 20th) and you’ll need to have your membership card to get in. Pay your dues or you’ll miss out. We will need volunteers to help set up and break down tables and chairs as well as check membership ID’s at the door. We’ll have a sign up campaign in the beginning of January, so consider volunteering.

As I come to a close here, a few more thank you notes are in order. Thanks to the editors for making me look a little better than I am; I know it can be a thankless job but you rock Jim, I owe you a beer. And thanks to my lovely wife Cyndi who encouraged me to run again, couldn’t have done it without your love and patience.

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

Thanks for all your support, Cheers.
-John Trapp

Hops Wreath

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