High Plains Draughters December, 2001

I. Last Meeting
II. Next Meeting
III. North Texas State Fair Competition
IV. Winners Circle
V. New at the Brewshops
VI. Next Month's Meeting

I. Last Meeting

What started as a possible fiasco of large proportion turned into a fabulously entertaining evening of fact and fun. As everyone started to arrive at our usual Belle Isle meeting place on the evening of June 6th, it became apparent that all was not well. It seems that a last minute catering event had been booked in our room for 8:00 a.m. the next morning and the setup had already been completed. This had always been a possibility, but hadn't occured until now. After a bit of wandering around and muttering by club members, the day was saved by none other than Joe Bocock, who invited us all over to his place for the meeting. It was just like days of old, gathered around the pool, sharing libations in the cool of a fabulous Oklahoma spring evening. Stan Babb gave an excellent program on stouts, including history and stylistic ramblings. Stan also brought along some recipes, including his 1st place winning Oatmeal Stout and the now-legendary Babb Raspberry Imperial Stout (as soon as the berrys are in season, Stan promised to turn out another batch.) There was lots of excellent beer circulating, including some very good efforts by very new brewers. Entertaining moment of the evening was undoubtedly the unscheduled pool plunge of the Joemeister, courtesy of his paramour (she later paid the price.) Thanks again to Joe for letting us invade his place for a great meeting.

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II. Next Meeting

Saturday, July 19th, is the date of the annual Mead Clinic, to be held at 1:30 p.m. at the fabulous Bocock Manor, 513 NW 38th. The Meadmeister himself, Steve Law, will head up the program. Included will be a cultural moment (Mead in the Middle Ages), a "how-to" refresher by Joe Bocock, a review/discussion of category guidelines from the AHA and the BJCP, and tastings regarding various and sundry mead-making technique. It's THE summer event for the HPD, so don't miss it. Bring a companion, some mead, some munchies, more mead, your swimsuit and, of course, your best mead.

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III. North Texas State Fair Competition

Another of our favorite regional brew competitions is set for the first weekend in August. The North Texas State Fair Competition is slated for the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd. Saturday's agenda includes first-round judging and a barbeque, while Sunday features the second round of judging, best-of-show judging and the awards ceremony. The judging is excellent and the competition stiff, so send a bunch of entries in (they're just $5 a pop). We'll do the usual beer chauffeuring thing, but only if you hit the early entry deadline, which is July 18th. Drop off entries at Professional Brewer's Warehouse or Southwest Brewer's Outlet by July 17th, or contact Tim Nagode by one of the methods listed at the bottom of the newsletter for alternative methodology.

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IV. Winners Circle

In an unprecedented competition sweep, Steve Law tied himself for first-place in the Bock is Best competition. Both his Doppelbock and Eisbock were fabulous examples of their respective styles and thoroughly enjoyed by the judges. In true German fashion, Steve used only the first runnings of the mash for the Eisbock. He then sparged to collect about 5 gallons of additional wort for a batch of the "small beer" that is traditional in true parti-gyle brewing. Here's the Eisbock recipe, a perfect brew for those snowy evenings in front of the fire with your current flame. Make it soon.

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V. New at the Brewshops

Professional Brewers' Warehouse

All the usual good stuff. Lloyd and Nagode will be manning the shop for the next couple Saturdays, so drop in, stock up for the summer and raise a glass with us

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VI. August Meeting...Not!

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 on the 19th... Hoppy brewing!!!

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