Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.
The November meeting will be hosted by Chris Frey, starting at 7:30PM on Friday, November 11.
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 Porter and Stout, the styles of the month.
For the benefit of the numerous newer members to the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, I wanted to share some details about the November meeting.
Over the years I have attempted to make this meeting sort of an unofficial “launch” of the holiday season. Members are encouraged to share a side dish that is kicked up a notch. While chips and salsa, hummus and pita, pretzels and mustard, etc. are all fine, I suggest that this is a meeting for members to bring that killer appetizer, the one that everyone asks for your recipe afterwards. Or that holiday side dish that you bring to the family. Perhaps an intense cheese with artisan bread. You get the picture. The net result is that if everyone brings something special, you can probably skip or scrimp on dinner beforehand.
Following tradition, both Brian Petrovich and I will each cook a turkey to be served as appetizers during the meeting. I will inject mine with Belhaven Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, and cook with lots of leeks from the garden. Haven’t decided if I am going to stuff the turkey with them, or roast them separately in some Belgian Triple. I encourage members to think “early holiday” and hope to see some creative side dishes or appetizers for everyone to share.
Because we share a driveway with our neighbors, parking is on either South Ann Arbor Street, or Crestwood, which is the side street at the light right in front of our house. To keep the local constables happy, please park on our side of South Ann Arbor facing north.
In an attempt to try to not have a repeat from last year’s police escorts after the meeting to the town line that many people enjoyed, I will not have the banner out. Instead, I will ensure that the cupola light is on – it is the only one on South Ann Arbor Street J. If you haven’t been to the house, a cupola is a small tower above the second floor. Because the house was built before electricity, these were originally added to homes as a way to vent hot air out in the summer. I will also likely have a red Ford Focus parked on the street at the edge of the driveway.
I just received our new, high tech fuel cell Breathalyzer, so if anyone questions their sobriety, please ask to use it. Remember, you can’t have had an alcoholic drink for at least 15 minutes prior to testing to ensure an accurate estimate of your BAC. We have extra bedrooms upstairs just in case…always drink responsibly and be safe.
Our dog Jake, while not an accomplished escape artist, needs to stay within the property. Please come in through the backyard basement door (thru the picket fence gate near the back steps), and re-latch the gate behind you. He barks like the Dickens, but will likely run away from you. Don’t bother trying to pet him, and please don’t feed him.
We try to keep the 1st floor off limits. We hold the meeting in the basement of the house, with overflow in the kitchen/dining room if necessary. Bathrooms, of course, are upstairs too. In the event we get an evening that is warm enough, we can spill out into the backyard and garage. If it is dry, I might have a late night fire in the back.
All food goes downstairs. We will have several “groaning” tables set up, and I will have an electrical strip available at one table for crook pots.