November, 2014 meeting

brewery-beckerPlease note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The November meeting will be hosted by Matt Becker at Brewery Becker in Brighton, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, November 14. We will be meeting on the upper level, so come into the brewery and up the stairs. Parking is available behind the brewery and in public parking lots nearby.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

October, 2014 meeting

happy halloweenPlease note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The October meeting will be hosted by Josh Budde, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, October 10.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

September, 2014 meeting

applesPlease note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The September meeting will be hosted by Michael Eriksen, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, September 12. He says, take the stone pathway around the house to the back of the house where you will find a large deck and screen porch.

Educational Program – Cider

The educational program will begin at 7. Jeff Grainger (Grainger Cider Mills) will be our educational speaker at this meeting. There will once again be a day for AABG members to have a private pressing.

Jeff will speak to use about this year’s crops and likely be looking for suggestions/recommendations of what varietal blends members will like to see. Jeff is also encouraging members to bring ciders from their family orchard to share at this meeting.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

August, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The August meeting will be hosted by Crispy Frey, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, August 8.

Please read these notes from our host:

Directions

Our home is 1/4 mile south of Michigan Avenue (275 South Ann Arbor Street). We are at the first light (Crestwood and S. Ann Arbor). If you park on South Ann Arbor Street, please ensure your vehicles are parked in the direction of traffic. It would be best if you pass our house and turn around and face north. Also, parking is available on Crestwood and Pleasant Ridge Road. Drop off only in the driveway as we share it with our neighbor.
Weather permitting the meeting will be in the backyard. You can bring any food items into the screened in porch attached to the garage.

The gates in and out of the backyard are marked either “PUSH” or “PULL”. If you don’t get it right you will break the hinges and cause undue stress on your hosts. Please keep the gates shut as our dog (Jake) needs to be contained. He barks but does not bite.

Educational program

Bob Barrett will be providing an education session at next Friday’s meeting, starting @ 7:00PM.

Bob will show interested members how he built a digital temperature controller for ~$35 vs buying one for $85.

Info will also be provided on where these parts were purchased and how much each part cost.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

July, 2014 Beer-BQ

The July Beer-BQ will be hosted by Rick and Diane Monier, starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 12. The Beer-BQ is our annual family-oriented picnic. The whole family is encouraged to come and enjoy, including children. We will have a bounce house for the kids. We will have dinner starting about 4 or 5 PM, and you can stay overnight if you bring camping gear. Please add your name to the sign up list and let us know what you plan to bring.

Read more about the meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

In contrast to most AABG meetings, this is a members-only event. If you’re thinking about joining, please check back at the August meeting.

Diane writes: We live on a small shallow lake which is great for kayaking, canoeing, and just splashing around.  This is kid friendly.  Our address is 13511 Island Lake Rd, Chelsea MI 48118.  Our phone number is 734-475-3835.  Please call or email if you have any questions.  We do need some help with set up and clean up on Sunday.  We have have plenty of room for camping overnight, Please stay over, especially if you have to much to drink.  Come to have fun!!

Rick will roast a pig. It should be ready between 4 and 5. Please bring a dish to pass and beer to share. We will provide root beer and water. Please bring ice — you can never have too much.

You are welcome to bring water toys, kayaks, and canoes. There are clams in the lake so water shoes are recommended. We will have a swimming area roped off for the kids. Bring dry clothes and towels if you plan to get wet.

Bring lawn chairs if you have them. We will have a bonfire in the evening. Bring warm clothes (jacket and pants) as it is generally 10 degrees colder than in town because of breezes from the water. Bring bug repellent, sunscreen, and a flashlight if you plan to stay after dark.

The Monier “KOA” will be open for business, so everyone is invited to bring their tent, camper, RV or truck and stay overnight. Breakfast will be served in the morning.

Diane and Rick would appreciate help Friday after work or early Saturday to help set up, and help Sunday morning to break it all down.

Things you may want to bring:

  1. Bug repellent!
  2. Blanket, jacket, pants (the temp drops off at night)
  3. Chairs (there are going to be a lot, but you never have enough)
  4. Yard games (we have volleyball, frisbees, bocce, horseshoes, croquet, and several more)
    1. Slip and slide for the kids (and Crispy)
    2. Other water sprinkler thingies
    3. Towel
  5. Beer or mead
    1. Drinking Glass (plastic cups will also be available, but who likes drinking good beer out of red solo cups?)
    2. Beer Cozy
  6. Side Dish
  7. Ice – You can never have enough in July!
  8. Tent if you want to stay over
This is a terrific event. Others, please feel free to chime in on this, as we have a lot of “newbie’s”, and I want to encourage them all to come, bring family, food, brews and games and have a great time! These are your dues dollars at work (did I mention that you should be a current and paid up member to attend ;-) , and it is a blast!
Directions:
From Ann Arbor: take I-994 west to Baker Rd (Exit 167). Turn right (north) from the exit. Turn left at the end of the road onto Main St in Dexter. Go straight at the next light and through the tunnel under the RR tracks. Go straight at the next light onto Island Lake Rd. The road becomes gravel at Lima Center Rd, continue straight. The road curves to the right. Make a left turn at the bottom of the hill. The driveway is 3/4 mile further on the left. The driveway is 1/4 mile long. Take the left fork. You cannot see the house from the road. We will have the AABG sign just inside the driveway.

June, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The June meeting will be hosted by Matt Becker, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, June 20. Matt will be hosting at the Brewery Becker in Brighton, MI. The brewery is not yet open for business, so we will be the only guests in this beautifully restored old building.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

May, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The May meeting will be hosted by Steve Krebs, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, May 9.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

Steve writes:

Note there is no parking on the East side of Montgomery. Park on the West side of the street only. There is parking on Washington and Abbott streets.

The meeting will be in the back yard. There will be plenty of room in the back yard for everyone. I will have Mike’s big tent to keep us dry if it rains. It will be warm, in the 60’s, so keeping dry is the main concern. I will not have chairs or tables so if anyone can bring either or both, that will be appreciated. We will need tables for the food.

A large part of the front porch will be taken up with stuff for the remodeling of my bathroom. This means that if we do end up on the porch at some point, there will be much less room than usual.

While there is a bee hive in the back yard there are no bees in it yet.

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April, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The April meeting will be hosted by Tarek and Rachel of Unity Vibration, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, April 11.

The educational segment will begin at 7PM. Sam Firke and Aron Butler will talk about their electric brewing setups and experience. Slides are available here.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.

March, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The March meeting will be hosted by Adventures in Homebrewing, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, March 14. Come at 7PM for a demo of “brew in a bag” by Roger Burns and Jeremy French.

Roger writes:

BIAB is a fairly low cost method to make the jump from extract brewing to all grain brewing.  It’s a single vessel brewing system using a nylon bag to hold your grain.
BIAB allows you to use your existing equipment with a $4 investment.  If you want to “try before you buy,” then BIAB might be for you!
Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location, and special information pertinent to meeting at AiH.

January, 2014 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The January meeting will be hosted by Adventures in Homebrewing, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, January 10. Come early at 7PM if you are interested in talking about continuing the newsletter, and about how we might want to continue with the “Style of the Month.”

Read more about this month’s meeting online, including an interactive map to the location.