High Plains Draughters December, 2001

I. Last Meeting
II. Next Meeting
III. The Blue Bonnet Open
IV. The Greater Wichita Homebrew Competition
V. Bock is Best Competition
VI. Winners Circle
VII. New at the Brewshops
VIII. Next Month's Meeting

I. Last Meeting

Our March/April meeting ended up being a no-holds-barred forum for club members to share likes, dislikes, resolutions, future visions, etc. pertaining to our beloved hobby and the High Plains Draughters. Generally, the following were kind of agreed upon:

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II. Next Meeting

Yes, it's National Homebrew Day once again! On May 3rd at 3:00 pm. we'll gather with friends and family for great chow, better suds, fun-n-games for everyone. However, we have had to change our venue, due to extensive construction efforts ongoing at Casa Robles, the usual site. We'll be meeting this year at Wiley Post Park in south OKC. It's a little tough to get to due to the Robinson St. bridge construction, but it's best to approach from the south. Get off I-35 around SW 23rd and head west until you hit Robinson. On Robinson, head north. Just before you reach the blocked-off bridge, there is an entrance to the park on the west side of the road. We'll be in the big pavilion in the middle. There are horse show pits, a volleyball court (no net) and a basketball court, so bring any of the appropriate equipment. We'll be entertained by the steller ramblings of the Brews Bros. again and will have the usual looney brew-reltaed games. Be there or be square! A map is included for the directionally impaired.

Click on the map to browse

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III. The Blue Bonnet Open

As usual, the Blue Bonnet Open homebrew competition was a major hoot. This year, we had around 50 entries and 20 HPD loyalists attended the festivities, both new club records. While the Friday night dinner and tasting were pale in comparison with last year's, we did manage to carry off a stellar tasting of our own by the pool. Talks were given starting early the next morning, and those who managed to drag themselves out were treated to a yeast seminar by Dr. George "There are only 5 kinds of yeast!" Fix. Byron Burch followed with a session on mead-making. Byron is a two-time AHA Meadmaker of the Year and has extensive wine-making experience. His talk focused on how we mead-making brewers can better our efforts by copping some wine-making methods, particularly in relation to balancing sweetness with appropriate evaluation and acidification. Good stuff! A well-organized judging session followed, then it was on to the pub crawl. As usual, everyone wound up at the Gingerman for many pints of wonderful cask-conditioned St. Arnold's Amber. The award ceremony was tolerable, though the consensus was that the computer sound effects were overdone after the first 5 minutes. We even managed to take home some awards, including (gasp) a couple of beer awards. Winners are as follows:

Burt Renard 3rd, Fruit & Vegetable Beer
  3rd, Fruit & Vegetable Mead
Brian Myers 2nd, Cider
Stephen Law Honorable Mention, Fruit & Vegetable Mead
Tim Nagode 1st, Herb & Spice Beer

Congrats to the winners adn start planning for next year! Evaluation sheets are in and will be available at National Homebrew Day.

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IV. The Greater Wichita Homebrew Competition

Held on Saturday, April 12th, the Wichita event was well-run as usual. Last year, we had about 8 entries and fared reasonable well with about 4 awards. This year, we had around 17 entries and kicked butt! In total, 11 awards were brought home by HPD brewers, including 3 first-place awards and an unprecedented 5 awards by Brian Myers, his bad, brewing self. Winners are as follows:

Brian Myers 1st, Bock
  2nd, Melomel
  2nd, Fruit Beers
  3rd, Cyser
  3rd, Tradtional Mead
Burt Renard 1st, German Light Lager
Stan Babb 1st, Stout
  2nd, Bock
Jim Steward 3rd, Stout
Jim Andrews 2nd, Smoked Beer
Tim Nagode 3rd, English/Scottish Strong

A couple of HPD judges were lucky enough to judge best of show (way tough!) and later figured out that Stan Babb's Oatmeal Stout had made it into the final six beers in contention for top honors. At the post-award hang-out, congratulations abounded for our excellent showing. Way to go, gang! The ride home, though long, was punctuated with Hale-Bopp viewings, excellent beers/meads and an outrageously yummy homebrewed lambic that was brought home from the Blue Bonnet. Next year, more beers, more attendees, more awards!

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V. Bock is Best Competition

A slight adjustment to the Bock is Best Competition, we'll judge it on Saturday, May 10th instead of Friday, May 9th. Entries will be accepted at National Homebrew Day festivities, at S.W. Brewer's Outlet (until noon on May 9th) and at the Professional Brewer's Warehouse until 2:00 p.m. on May 10th. Check last month's newsletter or the AHA Style Guidelines for eligible categories [online, see the Competition Page].

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VI. Winners Circle

This month's Winners Circle will be heavy on Nagode recipes, because, hey, they're the only one's I've got! If the vast number of recent winners will please forward their recipes to me, next month's Winners Circle will be huge. You can fax them to me at the number at the bottom of the newsletter, hand them off at National Homebrew Day, email them (nagode@draughters.com), whatever.

Grand Cru: 1st Place, Herb & Spice Beer, Blue Bonnet Open

Old Gnarly: 3rd Place, English/Scottish Strong, Greater Wichita Open

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VII. New at the Brewshops

Professional Brewers' Warehouse

April and May have been designated as "Smoked Beer Months" at the PBW. They currently have several varieties of smoked malt on hand, including mesquite-smoked DWC Pale malt and cherry-smoded 2-row. Each Saturday will feature a new smoked malt, 'cause they'll be smoking 'em while you wait. So come on down, sample a smoked beer and smoke a cigar while observing the smoking of the malt. You'll be so smoked, the spousal unit won't even let you back in the house. And if that's not enough, sign up for Smoked Beer 101, coming on May 17th at 10:00 a.m. Also, the astoundingly fabulous, highly sought after, incredibly cool High Plains Draughters T-shirts will be on sale for a mere $15. Get one now! Also, competition winners may pick up their awards at the shop (John Pearson, your're Belgian award is getting dusty!)

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XIII. June Meeting

Probably early June, probably technical, certainly at Belle Isle, certainly will evaluate beer styles/faults. More info next ish.

That's all for now. If you have comments, contributions, gripes or whatever, feel free to contact one of the newsletter staff. They may be reached (at reasonable hours) at the following numbers: Joe Bocock - 552-2256, Rick Lloyd - 340-1977, Tim Nagode - 280-4957, fax: 290-2754.

See you at National Homebrew Day...Hoppy brewing!!!

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