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.

May, 2015 meeting

10154958_10153347859510760_2146099150215979740_nPlease note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The May meeting will be hosted by Brewery Becker, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, May 8. 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.

Upcoming meetings

The latest meeting schedule is:

  • May 8: Brewery Becker
  • June 12: Steve Krebs
  • July 11: Beer-BQ at Rick & Dianne Monier’s (Saturday)
  • August 14: Michigan Homebrewers Festival
  • September 11: Mike Eriksen
  • October 9: Kevin Carey
  • November 13: Unity Vibrations
  • December 11: Rolf

What’s up with the website?

Google recently made a change in how they prioritize search results, giving a boost to “mobile-friendly” websites. Our website failed horribly on that measure. I have updated it to use a “theme” that is easier to use on devices such as your phone. I’m not completely happy with how it looks, and will be looking for a better theme.

 

April, 2015 meeting

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

The April meeting will be hosted by Geoff Billiu and Annie Zipser, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, April 10.

Read more about this month’s meeting online, 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.

I believe Crispy will be doing a mead presentation at 7PM, as well.

The latest meeting schedule is:

  • May 8: Open
  • June 12: Steve Krebs
  • July 11: Beer-BQ at Rick & Dianne Monier’s (Saturday)
  • August 14: Michigan Homebrewers Festival
  • September 11: Mike Eriksen
  • October 9: Kevin Carey
  • November 13: Open (probably Crispy)
  • December 11: Rolf

February, 2015 meeting

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

The February meeting will be hosted by Adventures in Homebrewing, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, February 13

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

Educational session at 7PM with Jeff Grainger to talk about our ciders. (details below the break)

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January, 2015 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 9.

At 7PM, Matt “the hat” Goebel will talk about unique honey varieties (with tasting). He is planning to bring these varieties:

  • Buckwheat
  • Tupelo
  • Tasmaninian Leatherwood
  • Meadowfoam (think marshmallows)
  • Hawaiian White Ohia Lua
  • Greek Fir Honey

Kurt Sonen has offered 3 Costa Rican honeys and a mint honey from one of his hives.

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

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.