July 2015 Bosmopolitan

July 15, 2015 Comments off

Here is the July issue of the Bosmopolitan!

July Board Meeting Minutes
July Club Meeting – Specialty IPA
Beer and Sweat
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Beer & Sweat – Entry Window Now Open!

July 10, 2015 Comments off

2015 BS Logo

Beer & Sweat is the world’s largest KEG-ONLY (no bottles allowed!) homebrew competition by volume! The competition takes place Saturday, August 22 with judging in the afternoon and the awards ceremony in the evening. Once the awards have been given, the biggest homebrew party that you will ever experience continues well into the evening with live music, raffles and partying!

You can enter kegs plus sign up to judge or steward at this link for Beer & Sweat.  The entry limit is temporarily set to 5 kegs, but that will open up to unlimited entries on Wednesday, July 22 at 8pm.  If you want to make sure you will get an entry in, now is the time to do it because once the entry cap is lifted, all bets are off – the competition could fill up and you could be left out (note: in less than 48 hours, we already have 131 entries).

If you have ever been to Beer & Sweat before, you know that tons of homebrew will be flowing.  Why drive after all of the festivities when the venue, the Holiday Inn at CVG, has discounted rooms for us?  You can get a room by clicking here and using the promo code ‘BBL’ – Get me a room!

What are you waiting for – get brewing and get entered in Beer & Sweat!!!

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June 2015 Bosmopolitan

June 14, 2015 Comments off

Here is the June issue of the Bosmopolitan!

June Board Meeting Minutes
June Club Meeting
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera
Bloatarian Open Awards
Dayton Bus Trip


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Categories: BBL News, Bosmopolitan

Gustav’s Vienna Lager tapping at Taft’s Ale House 6/4

June 2, 2015 Comments off

Fellow Bloatarians, it’s time for ANOTHER beer tapping at Taft’s Ale House!

This Thursday, 6/4, Taft’s Ale House is tapping Gustav’s Vienna Lager. The tapping is part of the German-American Citizen’s League’s 120th German Day Celebrations. It is the first in what Taft’s is going to call their “Homebrewer Series” (Ray Spangler’s Claude of Zepley was the first in their “Resurrection Series”). This is Rob Westendorf’s recipe, so it’s another collaboration between Bloatarian Brewing League and Taft’s Ale House, with many more to come.

The beer is named for Gustav Eisenlohr, the original minister of the church in which Taft’s resides, from 1850-1877. The official tapping ceremony will begin at 6:00 with a presentation from the German Heritage Museum to Taft’s of an original sign from St. Paulus Kirche (the original builders of Taft’s building) dating to circa 1850.

Please come out to support Kevin Moreland, Rob Westendorf, Taft’s Ale House, the Bloatarian Brewing League, and the strong bond between the two.

gustavs lager

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Bloatarian Open 2015 Results now available!

May 17, 2015 Comments off

The Bloatarian Open results have been posted!  Congratulations to…

Best Of Show: Patrick McLendon – Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Runner Up Best Of Show: Michael Seitz – American Brown Ale

Second Runner Up Best Of Show: John Pegram – Old Ale

Third Runner Up Best Of Show: John Pegram – Fruit Lambic

And a big thanks to all of the judges, stewards, and other volunteers who pitched in yesterday!

View the results here.

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May 2015 Bosmopolitan

May 12, 2015 Comments off

Here is the May issue of the Bosmopolitan!

May Board Meeting Minutes
May Club Meeting – Bloatarian Open
Beer and Deer
Dayton Brew Bus
Beer and Sweat Coordinators
Dues are Due!
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera
Stainless Fermenters for Sale


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Bloatarian Open 2015

April 15, 2015 Comments off

The Bloatarian Open is upon us!

The Bloatarian Open is a BJCP/AHA sanctioned Club-Only Competition. You must be a paid-in-full BBL member to enter a beer into the competition.  In order to encourage new members to enter beers and get feedback that will hopefully increase the quality of your future beers, the entry fee is waived for new members (joined after September 1, 2014).  Do not register your entries until you receive the discount code from the Competition Coordinator. Not yet a member? First Year Members can enter a maximum of 10 entries in the competition FREE with your paid 2015 membership.

This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, May 16th at the Norwood Community Center

Registration opens April 16th and you MUST finalize your entries online by Wednesday, May 6th at 5pm. Please drop off or ship entries to the designated locations by Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm. Entries may not be hand carried to the competition except by participating judges or stewards.  However, irregular packaging such as kegs and plastic bottle entries may be hand carried to the competition for the standard $10 fee.

REGISTRATION IS ONLINE ONLY at http://bloatopen.brewcompetition.com – REGISTER NOW!

On-site check-in begins at 9:30AM. Judging begins around 10:30AM, hopefully earlier if hand carried entries are low. We will take a short break for lunch and hope to finish the main judging by 4pm.

The competition is open to all BJCP categories. Meads and Ciders are not eligible for Best of Show.

WANT TO JUDGE OR STEWARD? Register as a Judge or Steward on the site above! Simple as that.

You DO NOT need to be a Bloatarian member to judge/steward, and you DO NOT need to be a certified BJCP judge to judge. With a competition this large (200+ entries last year) we can never have enough volunteers, so sign up today!

Even if you’re not stewarding or judging, come by and socialize afterward and find out who won Best of Show. The awards ceremony will take place as soon as we have the scores tabulated. After the competition is over we will be grilling burgers and brats, and I think there might even be some beer left over to drink!

Instructions:

1. If you are judging or stewarding, arrive between 9:30AM—10:00AM to register your entries at Norwood Community Center  (if you have not already made prior arrangements for your entries).

2. New members entering beers will need to pay 2015 dues on day of competition for a  BBL membership.

3. All entries (bottled, kegged, pressurized plastic bottles, hollowed coconuts or otherwise) must be labeled when delivered. Print your labels after you have submitted your entry and BEFORE registration ends. Affix to your entry vessel with rubber bands only.

If you can, please bring a side dish to share as we will be grilling for dinner and hanging out after the awards ceremony.


Competition Overview

For those unfamiliar with a homebrew competition, the basic idea is to collect entries from a wide range of brewers. Once all entries have been collected, they are sorted into 15-20 style-based groups that we call “flights.” On the day of the competition, 2-3 judges will be assigned to each flight and sample each of the entries individually while completing a score sheet. Once all beers have been scored, the winner from each flight (typically the top scoring beer) progresses to a second round where the most experienced judges decide an overall competition winner or “Best of Show.”

It’s important to note that most competition entrants won’t actually be present on the day of the competition. Instead, competition day is mostly significant for the competition organizers, judges, and stewards.

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