July 2016 Meeting Recap
Post date: Sep 23, 2016 3:33:17 PM
July 2016 Meeting Recap
Better late than never - sorry for the tardiness of the July meeting recap. The Middlesex Malters July meeting was graciously held at member Bill’s home in Meriden. Bill and Jim, in a sheer stroke of genius, decided they would combine a night brewing session along with the July meeting. Unfortunately, the attention required of a brew somewhat took away from Bill and Jim’s enjoyment of the meeting.
We had a fairly good turnout for a July meeting with Paul, Steve, Chris, Dave, Bill, Jim, Bryan, Joe, John, Brian, Jesse and Ryan’s guest Anna.
Our July style of the month was… Kolsch. We had few homebrewed kolsch beers with Chris’ super-quick 3 day(yes, you read that right, 3 day Kolsch) being amazing for only 3 days. Perhaps he’ll bring a lagered version for our August meeting. Jesse brought a hopped up Kolsch or perhaps it was an IPA fermented with Kolsch yeast. Jim shared a Goose summer kolsch. John brought a wheat beer that had a bit of a solvent-y character and it spurred some quick cell-phone research and excellent debate on what may be the cause of that.
We were anarchists and abandoned any and all procedure to just enjoy our beers and each other’s company.
Brian shared a super interesting Funky Buddha Lemon Meringue beer, which surprisingly tasted just like lemon meringue.
Paul busted out his homebrew carbomb stout with Jameson and vanilla.
Marty did bring his homebrew Kiss My Nuts porter, a recreation of Jamil Z’s chocolate hazelnut porter.
Ryan brought his homebrew…. Wait for it…. Vienna Lager.
Brian shared the remainder of his homebrew MASH IPA experiment beer made with Target hops. I didn’t know they had hops at Target these days. ;)
The new guy Steve brought his homebrew IPA, which I believe was his first or second homebrew. Nice start, Steve.
Chris E. brought a growler of Firefly Hollow’s Luciferin IPA.
Brian A shared some Building 8 The IPA
Jesse shared Abandoned Building The Other End Imperial IPA
Jesse shared some Founders reDANKulous.
Joe also had some Abandoned Building Brewery’s Odin Quadruple.
Chris E brought the tried and true Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait.
Joe brought some Shmaltz He'Brew R.I.P.A. On Rye.
John brought his other wheat ale homebrew.
Bill P. pulled some Hop Stimulator by Funky Buddha out of his stash acquired on his recent Florida trip. We should have had a Funky Buddha organized theme, but it was all coincidental.
Jesse shared his Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.
Brian A shared some Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie & Friends Trve Edition.
Bill also picked up some Cigar City Jai Alai in Florida he shared.
And lastly, Brian A busted out some Garden of Grass by Brewmaster Jack.
I’m sure there were more, but that was plenty to have documented.
Brian H has graciously volunteered his home for our August 26th meeting. The address is 123 Country View Dr, South Windsor, CT. Thanks, Brian! Hopefully Bill and Jim’s beer is done and tasting great.
The September meeting style is sour beer, which is always a favorite. Hope you have something fermenting.
The Rest Of The Year
If you are ever wondering what’s coming up for the rest of the year, you can always check the club homepage at http://www.middlesexmalters.com/
At the Eli Cannon’s beerfest on Aug 1st, in addition to all the great commercial brews from CT and around the nation, there was also a homebrew competition in which both Ryan C and Jesse P participated. Neither won the competition, but had some good brews on tap. Also participating at the brewfest was a new CT brewery with close ties to our club opening up in Berlin within the next year named Concentric Brewing. Be sure to check them out.
Oh, and I can finally feel my knee after the drunk digger walking out the back door of Bill’s house.
As always, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew