2015 Bockfest Registration is Open

February 1, 2015 Comments off

Bring out your bocks!  The Cincinnati celebration of everything bock is coming soon – Saturday, March 7.  Get your entries in before February 27 at http://bockfest.brewcomp.com/.  You can also sign up to judge at the same link.

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January 2015 Bosmopolitan

January 27, 2015 Comments off

Here is the January (barely) issue of the Bosmopolitan!

December Board Meeting Minutes
January Board Meeting Minutes
February Club Meeting
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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February Club Meeting- Robust Porter Competition

January 26, 2015 Comments off
At the February meeting, we will hold a competition for the club Robust Porter recipe posted on the Bloatarian website.  Not only was this recipe created by the club as a group, this competition will be judged by all attendees at the February meeting (no judging experience necessary – this is going to be a fun, learning experience).  The club has plenty of certified judges who will offer assistance to anyone with questions – part of the reason for this competition is to help further everyone’s understanding of beer.  When you arrive at the meeting, please sign in with your BJCP rank.  When judging begins, we want to make sure experienced judges are evenly distributed around the room.


For first round judging, all meeting attendees will judge two random entries.  This should ensure that each entrant will receive at least five score sheets which should allow entrants to get plenty of feedback.  After first round judging, all entries will enter a mini-BOS round and all attendees will participate in this round of judging as well.  Due to entry count, we will split the entries to different tables for this round.  Each table will do its own mini-BOS and will have at least one highly ranked judge to help walk the table members through the process.  From each mini-BOS, we will advance a select number of entries to the Best Of Show judging to be conducted by the clubs most experienced, highly ranked judges.  A winner will emerge and there will be much rejoicing!


For Entrants:  In order to supply enough beer for the whole club to judge, the entry requirements are a bit higher than a normal competition.  You must bring either:
  • 10 12-ounce bottles
  • 6 22-ounce bottles
  • 2 half gallon growlers
  • a corny keg
The recipe on the Bloatarian web site must be followed to enter the competition (please notify Mark Brzezinski if the hops for your recipe were not available).  You must notify Mark Brzezinski by email (bblcompetitionmeister@cinci.rr.com) before 8:00 PM Monday, February 16 with your intent to enter and the type on packaging for your entry (of the four above).  You will then receive entry labels by return email which you should attach to your entries by rubber band (no adhesives please).  Please be at the Norwood Community Center no later than 7:10 on Friday, February 20 with your entries.


Good luck to everyone and see you on the 20th – JA-EEEP!!
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January Meeting – Holiday Social

January 8, 2015 Comments off

SATURDAY January 17, 2015 — Board Meeting at 4pm – Doors open at 5pm – Dinner at 6pm – 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 17, 2015.

Bring a dish and beer to share. Of course, beer and food pairings always welcome along with foods made with beer.

If you wish to participate in the bottle exchange bring a wrapped 750ml bottle of COMMERCIAL beer. (NO homebrew!)

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Club Robust Porter Recipe Competition

December 25, 2014 Comments off

At the February club meeting, we will have a fixed recipe competition on the Robust Porter recipe built by group collaboration at the September meeting.  With a fixed recipe, the only differences in the entries would be based on the brewing process so this is a terrific way to get feedback on your brewing technique.  Right now is the perfect time to make a porter so it is ready in February plus a porter is the perfect beer to get you through a Cincinnati winter.

Bosmo Robusto – Bloatarian Robust Porter Recipe (12B)

5.5 gallons
75% efficiency
SG:  1.059 (style 1.048-1.065)
SRM:  35 (style 22-42)
IBUs:  46 (style 25-60)

8.0 lbs. Pale Ale Malt
1.0 lbs. Munich Malt
0.5 lbs. Crystal 40
0.5 lbs. Special B
0.75 lbs. Chocolate Malt
0.38 lbs. Roasted Barley
0.75 lbs.  Flaked Wheat

0.8 oz. Magnum 12.5% (10 AAU) pellets 90 minutes
0.5 oz. US Fuggle 5% (2.5 AAU) pellets 20 minutes
0.5 oz. US Fuggle 5% (2.5 AAU) pellets 5 minutes

Yeast:  Brewer’s choice

Mash Specifications (temperature, thickness, time): Brewer’s choice

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Kevin Spatz- Memorial Benefit at Rivertown Brewing Company on 12/17

November 26, 2014 Comments off

Kevin Spatz passed away unexpectedly in October at the age of 47.  Rivertown Brewery is hosting a benefit for the family (wife Carol, son Philip – college sophomore, and daughter Elizabeth – high school junior).  All proceeds from the benefit will go to an educational trust for Philip and Elizabeth.


Many of us in the brewing community have very strong connections with Kevin and his family.  While our friendships started with brewing, they became much stronger through the years.  The benefit is not just about helping a fellow brewer, but is part of the bond that many of us developed with Kevin and his family through the years.


Kevin and Carol moved to the Cincinnati area just over 20 years ago.  In 1995 – Kevin attended his first Bloatarian Brewing League meeting – which is where Rob & I met Kevin (also our first meeting), and we quickly became friends with Kevin and Carol (and Philip and Elizabeth, of course). A couple of years later – Kevin got a job at the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati – and was one of their first employees in Cincinnati.


When Jason Roeper – owner of Rivertown Brewing Company – started homebrewing, Kevin was one of the first Bloatarians he met.  Jason was a Sam Adams Longshot finalist in 2009, and Kevin spent a lot of time escorting Jason and introducing him to the folks at Boston Beer and other key industry players.  When Jason turned pro – he and Kevin kept in touch professionally as well.


Kevin Spatz – Memorial Benefit at Rivertown Brewing Company

  • Wednesday, December 17.  4 pm until close (9-10 pm).
  • In addition to the regular taps – we will have a special beer in honor of Kevin – an American Stout.  Stouts were one of Kevin favorite styles.  Fellow homebrewers Brian and Jen Becker are in town over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  When Brian lived in Cincinnati, he and Kevin often brewed together.  Their families are still close – even though the Beckers now live in Texas.  Brian, and Roxanne & Rob Westendorf will be brewing a small batch of this beer at Rivertown to honor Kevin.  Net proceeds from the nights will go to the educational trust for the family.
  • Silent auction and raffle.  Boston Beer has donated some amazing gifts for us to use in a silent auction and raffle – including several gifts with face value at least $200!  Rivertown will be adding additional items to the silent auction and raffle.  ALL proceeds from the silent auction and raffle will go to the educational trust.
  • Donations will also be accepted at the brewery during and before the event.
  • Food vendors will be present outside the brewery, with food available for purchase during the event.
  • Rivertown contacts:  www.rivertownbrewery.com

607 Shepherd Dr, Unit 6
Lockland, OH 45215
Phone: 513-827-9280


Many of Kevin’s co-workers at the Cincinnati Sam Adams brewery are expected to attend this event.  There will also be a group from the Bloatarian Brewing League at the event.  We would like as many people as possible to join us at the event to honor Kevin’s legacy and share our mutual love of beer and the friendships we have made through our hobby and profession. We hope you will join us there, and help spread the word about this event.

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November 2014 Bosmopolitan

November 19, 2014 Comments off

Here is the November issue of the Bosmopolitan!

November Club Meeting – Holiday and Winter Beers
November Board Meeting Minutes
Club Robust Porter Recipe Competition
Club Elections
Membership Survey Results
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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Categories: BBL News, Bosmopolitan

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