The Herald Trubune

Newsletter of the Ann Arbor Brewer's Guild

"Now, go have a beer"
--Bob Paolino--

Vol. 9, No. 5
May 1995

Newsletter Editors
Spencer Thomas: 994-0072
Josh Grosse: 769-0906

Meeting Schedule                   
Tue, May 9      Nan Nelson -- Rauchbier Roundup      
Thu, June 15    Spencer Thomas--Porter   
Sat, July 15    Bill Pfeiffer -- Beer-BQ -- Weiss is Nice            
Thu, Aug 10     Jon Van Eck -- Belgian     
Tue, Sep 12     Best of Fest    
Thu, Oct 12     Heavy (Barleywine)    
Tue, Nov 14     Renowned Brown  
Thu, Dec 14     Specialty/spice               
Jan, 1996       Pale Ale        
Feb, 1996       Stout           
March, 1996     Bock is Best    
April, 1996     Pilsner         

The Meeting:
What's Happening

We'll be judging "smoked" beers for entry to the AHA Rauchbier Roundup club-only competition. Bring 2 bottles.

Jeff Renner has proposed moving the meeting to Fridays. The advantages of Friday meetings should be obvious to all! Let's vote on this proposal: The meetings shall alternate monthly between the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Friday of the month.

Also last month, Mike O'Brien mentioned that the Frankenmuth club wanted to host a get-together on National Homebrew Day, May 6. It won't happen.

Mazer Cup Mead Competition entries will be accepted at the meeting. Entry forms are attached. Two (2) bottles, $6 per entry. Checks payable to Ken Schramm, Mazer Cup Mead Competition. Categories are 1. Show, 2. Traditional, 3. Melomel, 4. Cyser, 5. Pyment, 6. Hippocras, 7. Metheglin, 8. Braggot. Subcategories: a. Sparkling, b. Still.

AABG Mugs are available. We hope to have some at the meeting. $6 with the AABG logo, $7 with your name on the back (has to be special ordered, though). Support your club and get a nice mug at the same time. Anybody want to volunteer to do T-shirts?

The Last Meeting

Thanks to Steve Krebs for sharing his house with us. The food and beer was great, as usual, as was the company.

Bill Pfeiffer has been brewing up a storm. We tasted his emphatic Alt, among others.. Hal Buttermore brought 4 beers: Bitter, Pale Ale, Weizen, and Bock. The Silver Dollar Porter by Ed Brosius was nicely done. We didn't get a chance to taste Pete Sobczak's More Honey Stout. Dan McConnell's Vienna was wonderfully malty, and his Tripel was smooooth. And, the "Worker Bees," Dave and Jon van Eck, brought a Pale Ale fermented with two yeasts.

AHA National

The club sent about 30 beers to the first round of the AHA National competition, including 10 from Bill Pfeiffer. Very early reports from Chicago indicate that two of Hal's entries and one of Dan's went on to the 2nd round--we just haven't heard about the others, yet.

Treasurer's Report

Rolf Wucherer

Starting balance: $959.97. I received 1995 dues of $15 from Darwin Harting. I recieved $61.00 in cash from Mike O'Brien, which I believe must be from the March and April raffles; this made for a total of $76.00 taken in.

The pico-Brewery Sinking Fund still stands at $151. Bill Pfeiffer has the club's prototype pico-Brewery up in Brighton, so if you want to use it, call Bill at (810)229-0727. It's a great system and members get to use it for only $1/gallon of wert made.

I didn't pay anything out to anybody this month, since I missed the meeting (and I'll miss the next one, too - the regret is mine, also). By the next report we'll owe a substantial amount to Spencer for a couple of months' worth of copies, and I'll have replenished our supplies of stamps. For now , this leaves a balance in the checkbook of $1035.97; the club owned less than 1 roll of 32cents stamps before this newsletter went out.


We are now at the start of a new dues cycle. Virtually everybody's dues are now due, excepting those that paid for 1995 as mentioned above. Members whose dues are not paid by the writing of the Treasurer's Report for March will be dropped from the list and will not receive newsletters. Dues for calendar 1995 are $15; for members joining after January, dues are prorated at $1.25 a month through December '95 Make your dues checks payable to me, Rolf Wucherer, 1942 Steere Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The club does not have a bank account and checks made out to the Guild must be resubmitted.

The Meeting: How to Get There

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30PM
1029 Pontiac Trail
Nan Nelson's, 313-769-7527

From central Ann Arbor: Take Division north, across the railroad and river bridges, through the first light, and turn left at the light at Moore St. (Maiden Lane goes to the right). Take an easy left at the flashing light at Pontiac Trail, onto Longshore Dr. The house is on the corner. Park on the side streets (you can't park on Longshore Dr. or Pontiac Trail).

From I-94: Take the State St. exit, and go north on State. Go through 3 lights, and bear left at the light onto Packard. Go through 2 lights, and bear right at the 3rd light onto Division. Follow the directions above.

From the north (US-23/M-14): Take M-14 west to Exit 3 (Downtown Ann Arbor). You will end up going south on Main St. At (I think) the second light, turn left onto Kingsley. Go 4 blocks to the next light, and turn left onto Division. Proceed as above.

Guide for New Members Bring 1-2 bottles per batch of your beer that you'd like to share, or an interesting commercial beer. Bring tasty munchies to cleanse the palate and sop up the alcohol. Feel free to share and sample with other members and make and accept constructive comments; making better beer or curing ailing ales is our interest! Please observe good judgment while imbibing and don't drive while intoxicated.

Ann Arbor Brewer's Guild
c/o Rolf Wucherer
1942 Steere Pl.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104