The Great Northern Brewers Club
The Prez Sez, by Peter Hall - July, 2015


The long weekend is very nearly here for me, and I’m feeling like my brain has already checked out. It happens all the time though. I seem to be able to still robot through the day and pass off as mostly present. Hopefully I pull something coherent together here.

The GNBC Trail River campout was an exuberant success. I cannot honestly see how it could have gone better. I guess some things were left behind that had to be reunited with their owners, but that is a small price to pay for what we were accommodated. The sun was out, the bugs were low, beverages were delicious and plentiful, there was a huge delicious feast shared, and everyone was safe and had fun. Thank you very much to all of you that pitched in. Every contribution from the big (like being the last to go and being sure that everything is cleaned up), to the small, (such as offering some of your wonderful food at the potlach) added up to a marvelous time. Trail River is certainly a great venue, and it seemed tremendously popular. I received a lot of positive feedback and requests to keep the campout at Trail River. It may now be a consideration to just go back there again next year. Eklutna is pretty nice and much closer to home. I would be very happy to hear more input on this topic. It will certainly be considered by the board and reservations will be made soon.

BBQ is a wonderful way to enjoy the Alaska summer, and the GNBC is no stranger to doing it right. Ira Edwards has been the host of a myriad of events for the GNBC and is inviting us to his home for our July get-together. Many of us have been to his home before, but he has been nice enough to offer directions in his short article down below. We will also have another great BBQ a little later this summer up at the beautiful hillside home of Jeff Loughrey and Cathie Straub. Huge yards, big decks, and fun activities in great locations. I’ll keep you all posted for the exact date on the August BBQ.

I’m sure that I am not the only one with my mind on a variety of summer time activities. There is a bit of evidence of distraction every summer as newsletter contributions dip to nearly zero. Our Secretary seems to have a bit of a knack for writing, so he has been very helpful in filling space. Contributions from outside of the board or directors are few and far between, but when I do receive them I am positively jubilant. As I think I have covered before, if you have anything you would like to say, this is a great place to do it!

Hopefully this newsletter is keeping you reasonably informed. There are a lot of us in the GNBC, all with our own lives to keep track of. I hope to keep people at least coming to events, for which I know you need notice of when and where. I’ll be at this job for at least several more months. If ever you would like to pass along and comments/questions/concerns/newsletter articles, I am happy to hear from you at president@greatnorthernbrewers.org

Keep your brews hot and beers cold.
-Prez Peter

Hops Wreath

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