The July Beer-BQ will be hosted by Roger Burns and Tony Arruda, starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 13. The Beer-BQ is our annual family-oriented picnic. 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 Mead, the style of the month.

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. There will be no August meeting. All members are encouraged to attend the Michigan Homebrew Festival.

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
Typically it is an all day event (1:00pm – 12:00am), with those with other commitments (or fewer beer bullets) concentrating on the 4:00 – 8:00pm time frame.
Our master of ceremonies, Mike O’Brien, Caterer Extraordinaire, provides the anchor to this event. with his infamous trailer full of goodies. Mike typically brings a large tent, 8-10 large round tables, and seating for about half the crowd (bringing your own seating is good form). Additionally, he will bring his portable grilling system, and cook up beef brisket.  Additional beef brisket halves will be available for purchase at $40/half brisket.  Indicate if you would like to purchase extra on the sign up sheet.
While Mike will supply the primary “protein” for this event, it is also good form (and anticipated) to bring a side dish. These can range from pasta salads to chips and dip, cheese and crackers. Swedish meatballs, to shrimp and cocktail sauce, what have you. If you have that “killer” appetizer that everyone loves at your home gatherings of friends and family, this is the event to bring them along.  Please indicate what you will bring on the sign up sheet.



Mike usually also hauls out his soft serve ice-cream machine. He will usually start with a straight vanilla mix, and once the children have been satiated, it is time for the adult mix.  Beer Ice Cream sounds weird, but is amazing!


The club 10 and 12 tap systems, as well as three jockey boxes (3, 5, and 5 taps for another 13 taps), will be available. Bottles of “special” and “regular” homebrew, craft beer and even American Homebrew Association Commemorative beers and meads are encouraged.  If your keg uses Coke fittings, please let Mike know beforehand.


A call for help usually goes out for members to either show up early Saturday morning or Friday after work (weather depending) to help unload the trailer, set up the tent, tables and chairs, etc. A similar small volunteer army is highly appreciated late the next morning to break it all down and pack it up.

Sign Up Sheet:

The sign up sheet will have more details, as well as items that are necessary, like ice, vanilla mix from Washtenaw Dairy, etc.  Keep your receipts for reimbursement.

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!

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