2009 May Meeting #127

The Official WHALES Newsletter and Minutes - May 2009 - Issue #127

Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society - Est. 1996


May 19th - Pre-sale tickets go on sale for the Great American Beer Festival - Denver, CO

May 30th - SAVOR American Craft Beer & Food Experience - Washington, DC (event sold out)

June 3rd - June 7th - Mondial de la biere - Montreal, Canada

June 6th - BUZZ OFF Homebrew Competition - West Chester, PA

June 18th - June 20th - National Homebrew Conference - San Francisco, CA

June 20th - 13th Annual Garden State Craft Brewer's Guild Festival - Camden, NJ

July 17th - 18th - Vermont Brewer's Festival - Burlington, VT

July 19th - Tickets go on sale for the October 17th Newtown Brewfest - Newtown, PA

July 21st - Club Meeting - Club Only Comp (BJCP beer category 7 - Amber Hybrids)

July 31st - August 2nd - Ommegang's "Belgium Comes to Cooperstown" festival (event sold out)

September 15th - Club Meeting - Club Only Comp (BJCP beer category 3 - European Amber Lagers)

September 24th - 26th - Great American Beer Festival - Denver, CO

October 17th - Newtown Brewfest - Newtown, PA

November 7th - 8th - 15th Annual Franklin County Cider Days - Franklin County, MA



"I would kill everyone in this room for one drop of sweet beer" - Homer Simpson



Check the Whales website at (http://www.whalesbrewclub.com) for the latest announcements, meeting minutes, and calendar updates.  Feel free to upload pictures, review beers/bars, and post comments in the forums.  If you are a member and do not have access to the site, please e-mail Bobby M. at (Bobby_M@whalesbrewclub.com) and he will invite you to the group.

Just a friendly reminder that it's that time of the year again for club dues.  Annual club dues are still a very modest $40 per member and can be paid directly to our club treasurer, Mike V. (Mike_V@whalesbrewclub.com), at the next meeting.



The Tuesday April 19th meeting was held upstairs at J.J. Bittings with another near capacity crowd of 32+ Whales and guests in attendance.  Thanks again to Mike and August for their continued support of the clubs endeavors.

WHALES Club President Gary Weston led the club in a blind tasting of 5 different beers from the BJCP guidelines.  Members tasted each beer and then wrote down whether they thought it was an ale or a lager, the base category, the sub category, the brewery, and finally the name of the beer.  The exercise proved to be very challenging with only a couple of the members correctly identifying all 5 beers correctly.  The five beers sampled were Reisdorff Kolsch, Leffe Blond, Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Fullers London Porter.  Many members felt that the tasting exercise was both educational and fun so look for similar type exercises at future meetings.

A vote was taken to determine the date and location of the 2009 WHALES picnic.  It was determined that this years club picnic will take place on Saturday, June 27th, at Jody Moffett's house in Hightstown, NJ.  Please watch for e-mails and check the club website for details and updates.

All three of the Cider Barrel Projects (New England, Raspberry, and Common Cider) were distributed to the lucky participants.  Each of the three barrels tasted great and we are looking forward to members bringing in samples for the club to enjoy.

The 2009 Buzz Off Homebrew Competition will be held on Saturday, June 6th, at the Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in West Chester, PA.  Entries will be accepted May 9th through May 23rd.  Please check the official Buzz Off website for entry forms and drop-off locations.  The WHALES will be coordinating a group drop-off so please feel free to bring any entries to the May meeting and we will ensure that they make it to the competition.

Just a reminder that the next Club Only Competition will be held at the July 21st club meeting.  This will be another opportunity to earn Home Brewer of the Year (HBOY) points for 2009.  This competition covers BJCP beer category 7 - Amber Hybrids.

Bobby M. (Bobby_M@whalesbrewclub.com) gave everyone an update as to the status of the Kriek Funky Barrel Project.  It will take some time for the bugs to do their work so the barrel will slumber in Bobby's basement for the majority of 2009.  We'll see if we can't get Bobby to bring in some occasional samples so we can taste the beer as it progresses.

The Imperial Porter Project is coming along nicely as well.  The brew was racked into an apple brandy/bourbon barrel and will rest there for the spring and maybe the summer.  Please contact Jody (Jody_M@whalesbrewclub.com) or check the "2008-09 Imperial Porter Barrel Project" thread in the Forums section of the WHALES webpage for additional information.

The Steering Committee has been diligently working on updating the club's bylaws.  A draft for review by the membership is now available on the WHALES website for review and comments.  The Steering Committee will be meeting to discuss your feedback on June 4th so you need to provide feedback by June 3rd.  The committee will discuss feedback and modify the draft accordingly.  The final draft will be posted the day of the June meeting and members will be asked to vote yes or no on accepting them.  Acceptance of the bylaws requires 3/5ths of the club to vote yes. The current plan is to use a website poll that will be open the day after the June meeting and will remain open for one week.

There was no Beer in the News story this month.

There was no Gadget Report this month.

Members were reminded that the AHA's 2009 National Homebrewer's Conference will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.  The conference runs from June 18th - 20th and a small contingent of the WHALES plan to be in attendance.  The host hotel for the conference has already been filled but there are additional hotels in the area.

Dave Newman (Dave_N@whalesbrewclub.com) is the Whales librarian and keeps the database on the club website under the "Whales Physical Library Collection" section.  Newman will check the database just before the meeting to see if anyone is on the waiting list for materials from the library so sign up if you want to borrow a book from the Library.

Jody continues to maintain the WHALES brewing database data.  Remember when you brew to send him an e-mail at (Jody_M@whalesbrewclub.com).  In the e-mail, tell him the brewing date, how many gallons, what style you brewed, the OG, and what the percent alcohol you expect.  He can also track wine, cider and mead as well.

The club continues to seek out volunteers to make presentations at club meetings.  Members can discuss anything from beer styles, equipment, techniques, ingredients, or any other topics of general interest.  The club is also looking for folks interested in setting up some class trips to breweries, bars, apiaries, etc.  Contact Gary (Gary_W@whalesbrewclub.com), Luke (Luke_K@whalesbrewclub.com), or Brad (Brad_J@whalesbrewclub.com) if you are interested in making a presentation or setting up a trip.  It is important to let Gary, Luke, or Brad know when a presentation is planned for the meeting.  We will be sure to allow enough time for the speaker and we will try to ensure that the presenter has the floor.



1.  Mike Guzman with his Cream Ale

2.  Jody Moffett with his Saison

3.  Dave Newman with his Pale Ale

4.  Jim Schreyer with his Braggot

5.  Matt Meitzner with his Apricot Braggot

6.   Bill with his Maple Syrup Porter

7.  JD Haesloop with his 120 Minute IPA clone