2010 Big Brew

First, Crispy’s brief report: Big Brew 2010 is in the bag. (Literally for Roger!) I have posted our results to the AHA site. I was given the number 185 for the number of gallons brewed. I forgot to make an actual batch count and participant count, so I gave it Read more…

April’s Brew & View

We will be enjoying American Beer – a documentary. “In June of 2002, five friends left New York City by minivan and set out across the United States to visit 38 breweries in 40 days.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372140/ . They visit some well renowned breweries and talk with their founders and brewmasters Read more…

Michigan Homebrewers at the NHC

Crispy sent this group photo of Michigan homebrewers at the National Homebrew Conference. He says “If you weren’t in the picture, you missed a really good time.” (Not all of the brewers are AABG members, which may be why you don’t recognize all of them.) (Click on the image for Read more…

21-batch brew day?

Mike O’Brien writes: I had read an article, in a German brewing magazine, that talked about a system that could brew 21 batches in a 24 hour period! This System for 21 batches in a day uses some very highly engineered kettles to maximize energy efficiency and claim to be Read more…

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.


Bizarro brew


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!