July 2016 Beer-BQ

The July Beer-BQ will be hosted by Jeff Stuebben, from 1:00 PM to dark on Saturday, July 16. 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. 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 or join online by following the instructions on the new members page.

Things you may want to bring:

  1. Bug repellent!
  2. Chairs (there are going to be a lot, but you never have enough)
  3. Yard games
  4. 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
  5. Side Dish
  6. Ice – You can never have enough in July!

Jeff would like help setting up on Friday and tearing down on Sunday.

May 2016 meeting

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

The May meeting will be hosted by Geoff Billiu and Annie Zipser, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, May 13.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location.

Geoff writes:

We’re in the country, so parking anywhere on the property is okay as long as there isn’t any snow. I’d like to note that people should park on the grass and not to block the driveway. Lots of additional parking is available in the backyard. People can walk right in from the front door or through the back doorwall on the deck.

January, February and March 2016 meetings

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

The February meeting will be hosted by Adventures in Homebrewing in Ann Arbor, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, February 12.

Brian Lagoe will present the results of his IPA experiment comparing year-old hops to new hops at 7PM. He writes:

I’ve been brewing a lot of aggressively hoped IPAs this year using bulk purchases of fresh crop hops. And despite vacuum packing and storing them in the freezer I felt the hop intensity has been diminishing from batch to batch throughout the year. 

I recently received my 2015 hops and still had just enough 2014 hops purchased a year ago to brew the same IPA. Both beers were brewed the same day and kegged just this week. I’ll bring enough of each to pass around and discuss during the 7-7:30 presentation period. I also have been spending a lot of time researching and studying different hoping techniques and I have a few really good IPA recipes to share for those interested.

The March meeting will be hosted by Adventures in Homebrewing in Ann Arbor, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, March 11.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location.

 

December, 2015 meeting

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

The December meeting will be hosted by Rolf Wucherer, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, December 11.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location.

There is no educational program, but the following events are “scheduled”:

  • Matt Goebel has asked for people who have participated in past ‘olas (Meadola, Brewola) to bring them to share.
  • Michael Hoepfner and Matt Moberly (Director of Business Insights at Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and a former AABG member) will be doing an informal presentation on Bell’s Eccentric Ale, discussing its history and sharing a significant vertical collection from over the years. This will occur around 8:30. Heard confirmation from Matt M. that he will make the meeting (yeah!).

November, 2015 meeting

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

The November meeting will be hosted by Unity Vibration, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, November 13.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location. Please note that the taproom entrance is at the back of the building.

There will be no educational program. The brewery opens at 5 if you want to come early.

October, 2015 meeting

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

The October meeting will be hosted by Kevin Carey, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, October 9.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location.

The education program starts at 7PM. It will feature Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes talking about the proposed fermentation studies program at EMU. They have a short presentation and will take questions from the club. Cory says:

Our main points are likely to be:

  1. structure of the program,
  2. how the AABG can interface/collaborate directly with the program,
  3. and if there are opportunities to spin off small chunks of the program occasionally as ‘weekend courses’ for AABG members and other interested folks in the community.

We’re certainly happy to take the conversation in whatever direction the group wants, though.

September, 2015 meeting

Please 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 11. 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 us about this year’s crops and what varietal blends members will be likely 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.

July 2015 Beer-BQ

The July Beer-BQ will be hosted by Rick and Diane Monier, from 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Saturday, July 11. 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 September meeting or join online by following the instructions on the new members page.

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!!

Mike O’Brien is cooking the meat. 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.