The Great Northern Brewers Club
The Prez Sez, by Peter Hall - July, 2014

Do I have fish on my brains, or do I have fish brains? I’ve been forgetting things recently and have been terribly distracted. Brewing has predictably slowed down for me this summer. I’m eager to get outside and enjoy what I worked on over the winter now. The sun is out again and I’m thinking about the tides in the Kenai area. This fog may clear with a full freezer, but I can never be so sure. As long as I can keep everyone updated on GNBC events, I’m sure you will all be happy enough with my mush for brains.

Another successful summer campout has passed by and I would like to say thank you to everyone who could make it out. It was a little rainy and participation a little low, but those who were there had big smiles on their faces. I certainly did. It was my and my wife’s first camping trip with our son, there were great beverages aplenty, more delicious food than you could possibly eat, I didn’t get too wet, and people seemed to like my dog. The rain could not get us down! A small stream flowing through one couple’s tent put a damper their night’s sleep. After packing up and drying out, even they managed to make it back in time for dinner. Next year we will be at Trail River. There were some requests for a date change. Keep an eye out for info as next summer approaches.

On Tuesday, July 8, we will be headed back out to the beautiful home of the Jeff Loughrey and Cathie Straub. They have been inviting out to their home for a few years now, and I’m sure that most GNBCers are quite familiar. If not, come out and acquaint yourself. There is a big table to share whatever you would like, and a barbecue with plenty of room to accommodate a variety of grillables. The gig starts at 6:00 and goes until “whenever.” In August we will be headed out to the Levinson’s Eagle River home. As long as the GNBC has active members and good friends, we will continue to have a great variety of events to keep us entertained. Thank you!

I have made this plea before, and actually right in the same time frame. I need your help/participation! I will do everything that I can to make sure that the calendar is filled, but I need a lot of help to keep everything running smoothly. This month the newsletter is rather scant. It’s happens about every summer and really doesn’t bother me much. I would still much appreciate anything that anyone would like to contribute. Had a beer adventure recently? Had , in one way or another, a spectacular brew day? I would be overjoyed to hear about it. As far as events, when I ask for help or solicit a coordinator I’m talking to you. After securing the site for the Eklutna, coordinating that campout meant picking the theme for Saturday night and writing the newsletter article. I asked for three months for someone to step up and had no volunteers. If you are available, help (me) the GNBC.

Hopefully I have covered what needs to be covered. I have a sneaking suspicion that I have not. Please contact me at if you have any questions/comments/concerns. I will do my best to get back to you ASAP. Being summer ASAP is on a sliding scale depending on the sun and the fish but I will get back to you. I will hopefully be able to pass along any beer related info as it comes available to me, so keep an eye on your email inbox.

Keep your brews hot and beers cold.
-Prez Peter

Hops Wreath

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