Support our bid to host the National Homebrew Conference in Michigan

Over the last several months, Fred Bonjour, Chairman of the “Get the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference (AHA NHC) here to Michigan!” effort, has been steadily obtaining support for a 2010 or 2011 AHA NHC to be held here in Michigan. Since the original proposal was submitted to the AHA last fall, several meetings with local fellow homebrewers have been held to build awareness of this effort, and get some preliminary ideas of how a Michigan based conference could be supported, and to identify volunteer resources.

The AHA’s Director, Gary Glass, is coming to Michigan visit potential conference sites provided by Fred in his proposal bid. Gary will be available on Friday, March 13th, at the Corner Brewery from 7:00-8:00PM in the lounge to discuss planning for a National Homebrewers Conference and to answer people’s questions. Additionally, Fred and his assistant chairman, Chris Frey, would like to get additional themes, topics and ideas from Michigan homebrewers for a potential local conference.

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Bizarro brew

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Mark Zadvinskis's Amazing Zymurman Logo!

Over the Valentine’s weekend, the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild resurrected an old tradition — brewing a Bizzaro ale. The first Bizarro was brewed in 2001, and was inspired by Larry Bell’s Eccentric Day ale. Members bring adjuncts and specialty grains, and these are all tossed into the kettles creating—well, A VERY unusual ale indeed. This last batch was brewed at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Michigan and will be served commercially thanks to Matt and Rene Greff’s Rat Pad program (http://www.arborbrewing.com/index.php?site=cornerbrewery&page=menu3&submenu=2). Homebrewers use a 3 half barrel system, brew a batch and it gets served a few weeks later as one of the Corner’s specialty brews. Brewers are also reimbursed for their ingredients, and get their moment of fame!

Perhaps when Mike is running away, we should pay attention!
Perhaps when Mike is running away, we should pay attention!

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February, 2009 meeting

Note the Date and Time!
Sunday at Noon!

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

The February meeting will be hosted by Mike O’Brien, starting at Noon on Sunday, February 15. We will be brewing beer starting at noon, with a potluck dinner featuring a “Door County” fish boil at dinner time.  The beer will be #2 in the “Bizarro” series, so you are invited to bring an ingredient.  See the newsletter for details.

Read more about the meeting online, including an interactive map to the location, or download the newsletter, which contains information about the meeting and features English Pale Ale, the style of the month.