2011 December Meeting #158

The WHALES Newsletter and Minutes - December 2011 - Issue #158

Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society 

Crafting Award Winning Beer, Mead, and Cider Since 1996

The December 2011 WHALES meeting started at 8pm.  We had 32 members and 1 visitor in attendance with 11 flight entries (per the sign in sheets).

Events past, present, future.

The first order of business was to discuss recent and upcoming events.  

January 21st - Holiday Party – Was going to be at Woodbridge VFW but it wasn’t available. We have a hold on the room at the Linden American Legion but they didn’t want to take a deposit until Jan 1st. A virtual signup sheet will be posted on the website so folks can list dishes they plan to bring so that we don’t have a lot of repeats. More info to come via website and email.

 Bobby reminded everyone to pay their Dues for the 2012 year as soon as possible.  All renewals should be paid by the December meeting at the latest.  Checks can be made out to Keith Story for $40.

January 11th: One Year Rare Beer Blowout! Taphouse Grille
344 French Hill Rd Wayne  24 drafts will be featured including Dogfish Head 120 min IPA, Great Divide Oaked Yeti, Firestone Walker Special

Gary is sending around a BYO $14 subscription signup that is good for new, renew, or continuations. We’ll need at least 10 people to make it happen.



Bobby announced the winner of 2011 Home Brewer of the Year. We had a tie this year between the brewing team of Don and Stephen Boyle and Jim Schreyer. The club will be presenting the Award Mugs at the January meeting and they’ll also be recognized on the WHALES plaque on the wall. Bobby noted that the total points are up big time so the WHALES are going awesome in the competition department. 

Frank gave an update on the upcoming competition year and that a newsletter for competition news whould go out shortly. War of the Worts is our first HBOY eligible regional competition and it’s normally judged third week of February. However, the entry deadline is such that we end up collecting at the January meeting.

Club Only Comp for Dark Lagers/Category 4 judged at January meeting also.  Please register on the site if you have an entry.



The club has 3 projects active right now

The Double Barrel Framboise at will be distributed around May15th, so discussions will need to start happening in the early spring if we want to keep the funk going in those barrels.

Wee Whale II continues to sit and gather more flavor.

Whales Bourbon County Stout (Jay has some to share tonight). Team 2 needs to start rallying to get their brew plans going. Need a host for the barrel and brew.  Need to brew end of January for mid Feb racking.

Gary and Joe made a batch of Port Cider to be tucked away for NHC 2013 pouring. The club paid for that share . They also have several samples of various flavored varieties to share with us tonight.  The line up included Cinnamon Vanilla, Parsimonious Cardone, Black Currant, Apple Pie and the base Apple Port.  Cinnamon Vanilla seemed to be the crowd favorite.

As always, if you have any ideas focusing the club equipment or a group project, please contact the steeringcommittee ( steering@whalesbrewclub.com) or create a thread in the Group Brewing forum.



Committee approved spending $48 a year for the next 3 years for a new website host that is more stable and offers unlimited space and bandwidth. No major changes to the site other than some downtime during the cutover.

Whales 2012 Renewal Gift. Club voted on design element preferences. By far, the majority liked the long skinny "speed opener" style. Favorite graphics elements were hope cones on the vine, Beer bubbles/foam, and the flight of beers. You also favored the whales website banner version of our logo and the circular logo and didn't care for the larger slogans. Next step.. I'm going to put together a few finalized designs with both front and back displayed and let you guys vote one more time on what goes to press. For those who liked the credit card or dogtag openers, I will help out with a group buy in the future.

 2012 Officers and Leadership. Welcome Joe Januzzi to the Secretary position (he was on the steering committee for one year) and also welcome back Keith Story for his 3rd term as Treasurer and Bobby to his second term as President. Bobby took a moment want to recognize Frank's contribution to Steering committee this past year and noted he's stepping down to focus more energy on Crazy Frank Giveaways and promoting Competition activity. He also recognized Keith "Pres" Seguine for his contributions to the steering committee over the past two years, not to mention the 10 year presidency term prior to that.

 Elections for Steering Committee took place. Frank printed out ballot sheets to make it quicker and easier. Bobby then introduced each of the members running for the 3 available seats. 

Dustin Craft – Member since 2010, has not held any positions to date.

 Jay Desimone – Member since 2008, served on the steering committee for the past two years.

 Craig Easton – Member since 2008, has not held any positions to date.

 Brad Jones – Member since 2007, served as Secretary in 2009 and steering committee in 2010.


The election ballots were collected and it was an extremely close vote for the last seat. Congratulations to Jay, Craig and Brad who will be serving as Steering Members for the 2012 year.


COC Dark Lager

WOW comp collection 

Flight and Other Items

Mike D Lager
Jay B Rye Pale Ale
Ryan K Surley Bender Clone
Brian Evans 11% Apple Cider
Dennis M Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
Dennis M Habanero Imperial Porter
Mike D Pliney Clone
Brian Evans Baltic Porter
Sergio Black Current Mead
Joe Jr Sweet Mead

The 50/50 was a 75/25 for the NJ Food Bank.  Craig was the winner of 43 dollars while the club was able to send 129 dollars to the food bank.  Some other drawings were made as well, JD won the Segrams and Nick walked away with a Home brew calendar.

-Frank (with heavy plagiarism of Bobby's awesome meeting agenda notes)