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


One of the happiest times of the year has come and gone. Hopefully you took advantage of the Oktoberfest activities and whooped it up. If not, better luck next year. GNBC had another fantastic meeting in October. A big thank you goes out to Dennis Urban for coming in and talking about the importance of sanitation in your brewing. We will be following up this topic in the November meeting with “off flavors” so plan on attending.

Here’s the three month calendar of events:

November 11th – Bodega Fest, Alaska Aviation Museum from 5 to 9

November 21st - Monthly Meeting at 49th State Brewing Company, 7:00pm

December 2nd – Humpy’s Big Fish Home Brew Competition

December 9th – GNBC Christmas Party once again at the Alaska Zoo!

January 18th – Thursday meeting of Beer Week for Barley Wine Fest at 49th State Brewing Company

The November meeting is when elections take place, so please show up. We have candidates for all positions, but there’s always room for more. If you were interested in running for a seat as a board member or officer position you can e-mail me and I’ll be sure to get your name on the ballot. Just look at the newsletter and my contact info is there.

December 2nd is Humpy’s Big Fish Homebrew Competition. Peter Hall is organizing this so please read his article on it. This is always a good competition to enter with lots of great prizes. Dig through the crawl space or closet and find something good to enter. Don’t forget, this is also a great competition to judge so plan on that too.

The GNBC Christmas Party is all set for December 9th at the Alaska Zoo, the same place we’ve had it for the last four or five years. I think we’re still working on a theme, but I’m pretty sure it will be “beer” related if you get my drift. This is a pot luck dinner, so think of something good to share and bring your homebrew.

Our January meeting is just around the corner. For those of you that have not attended before, it is by far our biggest meeting of the year. It’s held on the Thursday of beer week (Jan 14th thru 20th) and you’ll need to have your membership card to get in. So please pay your dues and don’t miss out. We’ll have more news as the date grows closer

I almost forgot, a big thank you goes out to Mike Fisher for coordinating the Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition. See his article on the event. Congratulations goes out to Eli Logan for winning Best of Show (BoS) with his Pale Ale (Eli won BoS at Valdez the day before with the same beer). Also, Tony Strupulis’ Imperial Stout with Birch Sap was chosen as the brewer’s choice to be brewed at King Street. Congrats to both on your tasty victories.

This months “Meet Your Local” article features Broken Tooth Brewing Company’s Head Brewer –Tyler Jones.

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

Until next month, Cheers.
-John Trapp

Hops Wreath

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