The annual Beer-BQ is for members only. You can join by following the instructions here.

The Beer-BQ will be hosted by Dave Olds, starting at 1PM on Saturday, July 20, and will run until “late”.

Read general information about the meeting, including an interactive map to the location.

QUICK SUMMARY   This year’s AABG BeerBQ (beer/barbecue/picnic) will be at Natalie and Dave Olds’ house in NE Livingston County.  Punch in the address above on GPS to find us.  It’s 6 miles north of M59, 2 miles east of US23.  If you get lost, call me on 810-877-0098.  Typically, it is an all-day event (1:00pm to late).

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?   The BeerBQ is a social event for AABG families to be held this year in a heavily wooded location half way between Hartland and Fenton. We drink good beer (bring some), eat meat by Mike O’Brien (species TBD) and side-dish pot luck by everybody.  Kids have a bounce house and acres of nature to explore.  (And if that gets boring, we’ll find kids movies in the TV room.). Lawn games, outdoor ping pong, nature walk, maybe a treasure hunt for kids, a raffle of cool beer related stuff, campfire when dark, card games – lots of possibilities. 

This is a family friendly affair meant for AABG members, their SOs, and their kids.  Make sure your AABG membership status is “good.”  If you want to bring your fun loving brother-in-law, that’s great, he can join the AABG the day of for our annual dues of $20 – a bargain!  If you want to bring your young niece and nephew, do it, no cost, they will have fun.  Kid friendly doggies are also welcome.

TIME  Nominally starts at 1:00 PM, but we welcome anyone earlier to help set up.  Folks with other commitments that day may want to aim for the 3 to 7 time frame when Mike’s bbq will be ready.

BEER   This is a homebrew club picnic, so bring your “top shelf” homebrew in kegs, growlers, or bottles to share.  We will have all the club’s jockey boxes ready to connect with your kegs. If you don’t have any top shelf homebrew on that day, bring some good craft beer to share – we will understand.  There will also be plenty of water and iced tea (you remember the advice: a bottle of water for every bottle of beer).  If you want special soft drinks, best to bring them with you.  And we always need more ice.

FOOD   Mike O’Brien, our club’s professional caterer extraordinaire, sets up his industrial size smoker and cooks some kind of meat (TBD at the moment).   While Mike will supply the primary protein for this event, it is expected that all the side dishes, salad, casseroles, bread, deserts, snacks are brought in “pot luck.” These can be anything like salads, potato dishes, chips/dips, cheese/crackers, veggie chili, gourmet brownies, banana bread, whatever. If you are famous for an amazing appetizer, bread, or dessert, this is the event to bring it to!  Please indicate your plan on the sign-up sheet.

Soft serve ice cream!  Mike O’B will crank up his vintage machine.  It pumps out a kid friendly vanilla early in the day, and then a supplemented adult concoction later.  Ice cream sundae toppings are a good thing to bring (sign up).

RAFFLE   It’s been a tradition to have a raffle of valuable beer related loot that benefits the club’s treasury. Susan Rankert has volunteered to organize this event and will communicate details under separate cover.  

OTHER STUFF: We will need a few more folding tables for the buffet, ice, CO2, etc.  Bring your own drinking glass if you like, otherwise we’ll provide plastic ones.  We will have bug repellent and sun screen, but if you have a favorite, bring your own.  There will be many chairs, but a few more could be useful.  We have a couple lawn games, but please bring more.  Anyone have a corn hole set up?

Regarding the kid’s bounce house, Jeff Steuben and Donald Wilson have volunteered to arrange for this fun.  Help will be needed to set it up and take it down.

We plan to have a PortaPotty, but folks are also welcome to use the bathrooms in the house.

Mike brings a bunch of big, round tables and lots of metal folding chairs.  We will need help putting these up and down.

If wet weather is likely, we will set up Mike’s big tent and also go inside as necessary.

STAY SAFE    Anyone worried about driving home is welcome to stay the night. Plan to camp out if you want or there’s plenty of room on the couches and floors.  We really want everyone to stay safe. There will be breakfast for folks here in the morning who help clean up. 

Please comment if I’ve forgot something, or if the link is faulty, or anything else.  Dave

GPS address: 12085 Rohn Rd., Fenton, MI. 48430


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