2009 July Meeting #129

The Official WHALES Newsletter and Minutes - July 2009 - Issue #129
Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society - Est. 1996


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 19th - 3rd Annual Central Jersey Charity Beer Festival, Woodbridge, NJ

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

Note: see the club events calander for most recent additions/changes.

"If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose."
-Deep Thought, Jack Handy



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.  and he will provide you a login and password.

The Tuesday July 21st meeting was held upstairs at J.J. Bittings with another near capacity crowd of 35+ Whales and guests in attendance.  Thanks again to Mike and August for their continued support of the club's endeavours.
WHALES Club President Gary Weston started the meeting with a call for a volunteer to be secretary for next month.
Dan from Oak Tree Rd. Buy Rite in Edison gave a presentation on the three-tier system and beer in New Jersey, followed by a good Q&A session. Most notable is that beer tastings are supposedly going to be allowed in liquor stores as of 8/1/2009!

Next, the flight list was compiled as well as the club-only competition. Meanwhile, several announcements were made. The annual WHALES picnic that Jody and Doreen hosted was a success! Good food, good beer, and good times were had by all! Also notably, the picnic stayed within budget.

A report was given about the National Homebrewers Conference in San Francisco. This is the largest and most prestigious homebrew competition in the country. ½ a dozen WHALES members were in attendance. There were seminars and parties throughout the day, with sampling starting at the respectable hour of 9am. End of story! In concert with the conference, the national competition was judged. The way it works is that competitions are held at the regional level, and those members advance to the national competition. WHALES had 5 entries from 3 brewers (Prez, Colin, and Gary) advance to the national level. Congratulations! Out of 5000+ entries in 28 categories, the WHALES "Club Cider" won the gold medal in Category 28!! This cider was a 2006 club project made from cider picked up at the annual trip to Cider Day. Next year the conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN.

A report was given on a visit to the new beer garden in Jersey City (Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden). Luke, Nick and Nate went, and said that although 144 taps are advertised, a lot are duplicates, and it was very crowded, but this could be due to the fact that it was opening weekend. Even though they had duplicates, the tap list was good!
A steering committee meeting was held at the Copper Mine Pub which has an excellent tap list! 5 WHALES members were in attendance, and they want to remind you that although the pub doesn't serve food, they do allow you to order take-out to the pub.

Other things that were mentioned: the NJ Craft Brewer's Festival on the Battleship NJ in Camden; Mead and cider barrels; the annual camp out for Belgian Beer Fest, see Jay or Jody; Annual canoe trip with Keith and Donna, followed by a BBQ at their shore house; and AHA rally.

Next month the meeting is proposed to be held at Harvest Moon in New Brunswick. A vote was taken and the majority voted yes. Trap Rock Brewery is another idea for a future fall meeting.

Bobby discussed  the next potential club project;  stone-boiled beer (Stein Bier) to be brewed some time in the fall. See the threads on the website's discussion forum for discussion and more details!

President Gary Weston announced that the bylaws passed almost unanimously, and the ratified bylaws are now in effect. This includes a liability release form that every dues paying member must sign. Also under discussion is the idea of purchasing Siebel Institute tasting kits to learn more about off-flavors. The majority of WHALES members indicated their support for this idea.

The club only competition had 3 entries. Gary came in first place with 14 votes for a North German Alt, Jay in second with 10 votes for a California Common, and Keith "Prez" had 9 votes for a Dusseldorf Alt.

Flight tasting started around 9:30pm. See list below.

Dave_N is the Whales librarian and keeps the database on the club website under the "Whales Physical Library Collection" section.  Newman will check the comments section just before the meeting to see if anyone is on the waiting list for materials from the library so sign up by "posting a comment" 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  telling 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 if you would like time on the agenda for a presentation. We will be sure to allow enough time for the speaker and we will try to ensure that the presenter has the floor.

Jay - California Common - Brewed 4/09
Prez - Dusseldorf Alt - 2/09
Gary - North German Alt

Jay D - N/a - Sake - Brewed 3/09
Dave Newman - Flanders - Brewed 1/08
Bob Sodon - Rye IPA - Brewed 5/09
Andrew Carfaro - Blueberry Wine Grand - Brewed 6/08
Andrew Carfaro - Grand Manier - Brewed 1/07
JD - Leftovers Ale (IPA) - Brewed 1/09
Rob G - WHALES Raspberry Cider - Brewed ?
Ben Bakelaar - Amber Ale - Brewed 6/09
Ben Bakelaar - Brown Ale - Brewed 6/09
Bobby - India Brown (IPA like) - Brewed 6/09
Club Project - Imperial Porter (Oak Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Brewed 1/09

This month's minutes were brought to you by Whales guest secretary Ben Bakelaar.