The Great Northern Brewers Club
The Prez Sez, by John Trapp - July, 2017


Here we are half way through the year and I still haven’t accomplished a quarter of my list of crap to do this summer. I need to get my act together because time is flying by at warp speed.

GNBC members had great time at this year’s GNBC Summer Camp Out at South Rolly Lake Overlook. Everyone that attended had lots of fun. As a bonus, the weather was incredible. The group meal on Saturday evening was a classic GNBC feast, which means more great food than you can shake a stick at, and the shrimp boil on Friday evening turned out to be a crowd pleaser as well. The late Larry Williamson used to have a shrimp boil on the Friday evening of the campout in years past. I think it’s time we resurrect this tradition and have it every year

We will be back at Trail River Campground for next year’s campout on June 15 and 16; I have us booked already. Here’s the 3 month calendar of events:

July 11 – Summer BBQ at Jeff and Cathy’s house on Lake O the Hills.

July 15 – E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition in Fairbanks (Fox, AK)

August 5 – Augtoberfest at 49th State Brewing Company in Healy, AK.

August 19 – BBQ at Peter and Shannon Hall’s House.

September 19 – Monthly meeting at 49th State Brewing Company, 7:00p.m.

September ?? – Talkeetna Beer Festival. Exact dates and time will be published when we get them

End of September – Oktoberfest season starts!

The July BBQ at Jeff Loughrey and Cathy Straub’s house up on Lake O’ the Hills will be on July 11. Head up O’Malley road and take a right on Stoneybrook. At the stop sign take a left on Mountain Lake Drive and follow it around until it turns into Lake O’ The Hills Circle. Bring Home Brew and something to throw on the grill. This kicks off at 6:00 and goes until 9:30.

July 15 is the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition in Fairbanks. Scott is always looking for judges and the quality of the beers is usually pretty good. This year the selected categories are pretty nice, so it’s definitely worth a trip north. See Scotts article.

Peter and Shannon Hall will be hosting the august BBQ at their home on August 19. We’ll have details about what time and what to bring in next month’s newsletter, but we say thank you for hosting GNBC at your home.

I still haven’t heard anything about heading up to Healy for Aug-toberfest the first week in August. There’s a whole slew of beer drinking events going on this summer and I know that we must pick and choose which ones we go to, but this one would be cool. Always a great excuse for a road trip and camping out while drinking great beer at 49th State Brewing Company.

The July BBQ at Jeff Loughrey and Cathy Straub’s house up on Lake O’ the Hills will be on July 11. Head up O’Malley road and take a right on Stoneybrook Drive. At the stop sign take a left on Mountain Lake Drive and follow it around until it turns into Lake O’The Hills Circle. Bring Home Brew and something to throw on the grill. This kicks off at 6:00 and goes until 9:30.

July 15 is the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition in Fairbanks. Scott is always looking for judges and the quality of the beers is usually pretty good. This year the selected categories are pretty nice, so it’s definitely worth a trip north. See Scotts article.

The July BBQ at Jeff and Cathy’s house up on Lake O’ the Hills will be on July 11. GNBC thanks the Loughrey’s for having us back to enjoy their home on a nice lake where my boy caught his first fish.

There’s been some talk about heading up to Healy for Augtoberfest the first week in August. Yes, it’s Oktoberfest celebrated in August. This event is always a great excuse for a road trip and camping out while drinking great beer at 49th State Brewing Company. Nothing has been organized yet, but it should be on your radar if you’re looking for something to do that weekend.

Also, just a reminder of a few competitions coming up in October. First will be the Anchor Town Invitational on Oct. 8, and then the Autumn Pour in Juneau on Oct. 14. Ryan Johnson with Alaskan Brewing came in and talked to the club at the May meeting. They would love for us to participate in their festival.

This month “Meet Your Local” article features Shane and Dana, Owners of King Street Brewing Co.

Remember, be safe and drink responsibly when out and about and keep those carboys filled.

Until next month, Cheers.
-John Trapp

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