September, 2016 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 9. 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.

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

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.

August, 2016 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 12.

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

The pre-meeting program starts at 6:30PM. We will be discussing how we want to go forward as a club: do we want to be more organized, and if so how?

Dress appropriately – tomorrow is going to be hot, real hot, damn hot! There is also good chance of rain. If it doesn’t rain, it’s going to be muggy. And the meeting is going to be in the garage and screened in patio attached to the garage. However, the business meeting will be in the basement from 6:30 to 7:30. If you want to mix and mingle and drink, please go directly to the garage. We need focus for what promises to be the start of a process of discovery and ideation.

Michigan Avenue is under heavy construction with detours posted. You can’t cross over Michigan Avenue at Ann Arbor Saline Road if this is your normal route. On top of the construction, the town will start it’s Summerfest celebration, so S. Ann Arbor is closed from Michigan Ave to the next block south (Henry Street – where Salt Springs Brewery resides). Otherwise follow the detours, get on Henry and then turn south on Ann Arbor Saline Rd.

Parking is on the street (we share a driveway with the neighbors). Be mindful of Jake (our dog). Gates need to be latched at all times. Pay attention to the signs – gates go one way. It will either say “PUSH” or “PULL”.

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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.

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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.