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”.

The discussion will take place in Crispy’s basement, and the AABG meeting will be in the garage/patio area.

Crispy starts the discussion with these words:

Which leads me to my final point, and it will be the last time I bring this up, except at the August meeting, when I am I hoping to have “Gray Beards” come to the “educational” portion of the meeting. I believe the club would be more effective if it had more structure, i.e., officers – members responsible for specific activities and duties.

And if the club finds this concept repugnant, then I believe it would be better if it at least have identified committees. Jim Satin is effectively a one man band with the Michigan Homebrewers Festival. The calls for trailer towing and ice cream wouldn’t happen if some members had Beer-B-Q oversight. Same for NHC, educational presentations, etc. While the club is rightfully proud of what it does get done in its present anarchistic and someone spontaneous way, I know of other clubs that are getting more done more effectively with the benefit of some structure.

Here are some notes to start/inform our discussion, which will undoubtedly just start at this meeting.

From Crispy:

What do we do as a club?
Last night we discussed what the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild is… See comments on Facebook.

From Brian Lagoe:

People might also want to check out Josh Weikert’s recent presentation at HomebrewCon “Growing Up: Building a Lasting Homebrew Club” Josh is a political scientist and a dynamic speaker that comes across well through the audio, I thought there was some good advice here.

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