Registration is CLOSED with 235 Entries!
The Bloatarian Open is a BJCP/AHA sanctioned Club-Only Competition. You must be a paid-in-full BBL member to enter your beer into the competition. Members in good standing can enter an unlimited number of entries in the competition with no further entry fees.
Not yet a member? Go to http://bloatarian.com/about/membership to join.
This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, May 18th at the Norwood Community Center from 9am to 5pm with awards ceremony about 5:30pm. Judges and Stewards please arrive before 9am to check in and be ready to judge. We will have donuts in the morning, grilled lunch fare and snacks during the awards.
WIN A $20 LISTERMANN’S GIFT CARD!
To qualify for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Listermann Brewing Company, you must do both of the following BEFORE WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 AT 5PM:
• Pay your 2013 Bloatarian Brewing League dues
• Drop your entries at Listermann Brewing Company
You may also HAND CARRY your entries to the competition on Saturday morning (especially if you have kegs). If so please arrive by 8:30 to allow timely check in!!
May 4, 2013 — all day 607 shepherd drive Lockland OH 45215
Come out and brew! Join BBL along with CMI and other local clubs as we celebrate National Homebrew Day at Rivertown Brewing Co. Bring your gear and brew, hangout, share homebrew and enjoy $1 off pints of Rivertown beers. Brewing water and electric is provided along with free yeast pitches!
Gorilla Grill will be there with free grilled eats for homebrewers (bring anything else you’d like and they will grill for you!) up until 3pm. After 3pm Catch-A-Fire Pizza Truck will be there selling their delish pies.
April 27, 2013 — all day! at 7573 N Pisgah Dr West Chester, OH 45069
We will brew rain or shine! If anyone has a pop up shelter please bring along (Hoping for better weather this year!) Also if you have camping chairs bring them along. We have plenty of electric and water hookups. Wheel barrows will be provide to dump grains/hops into. We will have roast beef sandwiches on kummelwick rolls. They are a Buffalo thing. I will grill sometime during the day depending on the turnout.
I plan on starting early so come early if you dare! Parking will be mostly on the road. Please DON’T park in the grass of my neighbors. Please DO bring homebrew to share and a dish to pass.
If any new brewers are wanting to see all grain brewing this is a wonderful opportunity to learn along with checking out the systems and gadgets of others ( just don’t watch Zeller! )
Hope to see everyone on April 27th!
Dick and Debbie
April 19, 2013 — 7-11pm at Norwood Community Center
Award-winning local brewmaster and lifetime Bloatarian Jason Roeper of Rivertown Brewing Co will join us to discuss this interesting and controversial style.
Pucker up, it’s time to put on your sour puss! April’s meeting features Sour Beers. Lambics, Flanders’, Berliners, maybe even Kentucky Common! But you say you’re hesitant to turn your wort over to the wild bugs? We’ll do our best to convince you to take the plunge! Our speaker this month is Lifetime Member Jason Roeper. Jason has been a Bloatarian for nearly 20 years, and together with fellow Bloat Randy Schlitz went professional four years ago, founding the Rivertown Brewery. Rivertown’s portfolio currently includes a number of sour offerings, including Old Sour Cherry Porter, Ojos Negros, Lambic, and Ville de Rivere Geuze. Jason’s history with sour beers goes back quite a ways, including reaching the finals of the Sam Adams Longshot competition (actually he won, but Boston Beer couldn’t make his beer to include it in their commercial operation). He’ll talk to us about simple ways to make a truly wild beer, and how to learn the patience to let the bugs do their job. We’ll have samples of a number of commercial sour beers (including Rivertown), and certainly a few members will bring some of their efforts along for the ride.
(disclaimer… this is NOT Jason!)
March 22, 2013 — 7-11pm at Norwood Community Center
Join us for this LATE March Meeting as we pit classic examples of beer styles against each other in a bracket format to determine a winner. No judging experience necessary as we will sit and talk openly in a roundtable format. A great way to learn more about how a beer is judged according to BJCP style guidelines in a fun and open session.
On March 2nd BBL will again host it’s annual Bockfest Homebrew Competition in conjunction with the Cincinnati Bockfest festival. This is a Bock beer only competition – Helles Bock, Traditional Bock, Dopplebock, Eisbock, Weizenbock or a specialty beer with a Bock beer base style.
Registration is complete with 50 entries, however judges and stewards may still signup at bockfest.brewcomp.com.
Parade: Friday March 1, 2013
The Bockfest Parade will start to form in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, at 5:00PM and steps off on Main Street at 6:00PM. All Bloats, spouses, friends etc welcome to walk with us.
Bockfest Hall / Judging Location: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
1621 Moore Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
Awards: Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place for each category (to be determined based on the numbers of entries in each style, etc.). An additional prize will be awarded for “Best Bock Beer” (BOS).
Special Prize: The Christian Moerlein brewing company will select one entry from the Traditional Bock (5B) category to be used as the recipe for a 2014 Hudy Bock release.
We are asking that ALL members along with spouses, potential members, interested homebrewers, etc please take 5 minutes to give feedback. Your responses will help the board determine meeting topics and events for the next two years.
Survey is closed. Thanks for participating. We’ll post results when they are accumulated.
Friday, February 8, 2013 — 7-11pm at Norwood Community Center
Come join us in visiting the dark side of Belgium! “Belgian Dark Ales” covers a lot of territory, but we’ll focus on the maltier side of Belgium. Styles we’ll discuss include the Trappist dubbels and strong dark ales, but we’ll also cover some of the darker offerings from secular breweries, as well as including some domestic interpretations. The presentation will feature recipes and techniques, as well as sampling some of the unique malts and sugars used in these beers. And, of course, we’ll taste some beer! We’ll have some classic Trappist examples, and some beers you may not be familiar with. “Expert tasters” will give their descriptions of the beer while you have it in hand, so you can get yourself calibrated both as a judge and potential brewer. Come drink with us!
SATURDAY, January 12 *** 6-11pm at Norwood Community Center
Mark your calendar! BBL will again gather to revel in chaos and toast to another successful and fun year of BBL activities on SATURDAY, January 12, 2013.
Bring a dish and beer to share. Of course, beer and food pairings always welcome along with foods made with beer. The kitchen will be available along with plenty of plugs for crockpots, etc.
If you wish to participate in the bottle exchange bring a wrapped 750ml bottle or equally awesome 22oz beer.
In December, we forgo our traditional monthly club meeting and opt to meet up at local bars and restaurants with a quality craft beer selection. We are planning on meeting up at 13 different locations making it the 13 Days of Beermas. The First Day of Beermas will be held on Monday, December 3rd and will double as the December board meeting with the other days continuing through December.
Beermas Schedule (subject to change)
Day 1 Monday, December 3rd @ Listermann’s Tap Room
Day 2 Tuesday, December 4th @ Marty’s Hops and Vines
Day 3 Wednesday, December 5th @ Tap House Grill
Day 4 Thursday, December 6th @ Oriental Wok (Norwood location)
Day 5 Friday, December 7th @ The Comet (First Night of Hopnosis!) (see the keg list)
Day 6 Monday, December 10th @ The Dingle House
Day 7 Tuesday, December 11th @ Dilly Cafe
Day 8 Wednesday, December 12th @ Rivertown Tap Room
Day 9 Thursday, December 13th @ 50 West Tap Room
Day 10 Monday, December 17th @ Rock Bottom
Day 11 Tuesday, December 18th @ Moerlein Lager House
Day 12 Wednesday, December 19th @ Mayday
Day 13 Thursday, December 20th @ Fries’ Cafe
ALL LOCATIONS can be found on the Beermas Map!
We will generally gather around 7 PM, but feel free to stop by earlier or later depending on how your schedule works out for the day. We will post more information for any specials for each location as we find out more details.