Bloatarian Brewing League

March (and February) 2018 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the February 2018 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

The Minister of Propoganda was out sick, so the CliffsNotes version is as follows:

Here is the March 2018 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

March Board Meeting Minutes

Beer & Sweat 2018

Bloated and Quoted…By an Actual Writer

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.

March Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:20 PM

In Attendance: Roxanne, Rob, Ray, Steve, Jerry, Emma, Joe, Wayne

Hello to Brian Jackson!

Esoteric Brewing Company planning is going well and opening is projected tentatively Spring 2019 in Walnut Hills. His Mango Tango is currently on tap at Madtree! As plans come to fruition, a Bloats event will be planned and communicated to the club.

Treasurer’s Report

After Rob robbed Ray, we still have money. AND! Ray filed our taxes. We paid no taxes. Because we followed the rules. Despite Ray having access to the bank account.

Board Meeting Locations for 2018

The intention is to rotate to different parts of town each month to enable more members to join us for board meetings. Locations may include members’/board members’ homes, public spaces, etc. The April board meeting will be at Rob & Roxanne’s on Monday, April 2nd.  The May location is tentatively Brink Brewing in College Hill.

Upcoming Meetings

March 2018: Safety Topic this Month –  Brewing with Gas (Wayne) followed by March Beer Madness led by Dave LeBourveau ****THIS MONTH THE MEETING IS THE 4TH FRIDAY – MARCH 23rd, DUE TO ST. PADDY’S DAY****

April 2018: TBD – Bryan E., you are still on the hook!

May 2018: Bloat Open

June 2018: Recipes Across Different Brewing Techniques (Extract through All Grain)

(National Conference is 28th-30th in Portland, OR – Registration opens 3/6)

Bockfest 2018 Debrief

We did not lose money on Bockfest! Bockfest turned a modest profit, enough to buy a round at the board meeting. (Sorry you missed out.)

Congratulations to Bob Isburgh for keeping Best of Show in the family!

In the Moerlein Brewer’s challenge, BBL teams took 2nd & 3rd place. Our friends at CMI took home the top prize.

The Introduction to Technical Beer Tasting session for the public at Bockfest 2018 was somewhat derailed by a website registration issue, but the two people who did successfully register and attend loved the format. Next year we’ll have a dedicated website for registration and we’re very excited to iron out the kinks for Bockfest 2019.

The Gnarly Gnome podcast interviewed Roxanne at Bockfest. The audio can be found on the BBL Facebook page.

The Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail dedication is June 9th, 2018 at the Grant Recreation Area Playground, right across the street from the Christian Moerlein Brewing production facility. There will be a brewing demonstration, and this event is benefitting the Cincinnati Brewery District. Please plan to attend!

Special award for Greg Hardmann approved by the board for next year for his 15 years of tireless support of Bockfest.

Possible Topics for 2018 Meetings

Big Brew Day – National Homebrew Day

Saturday, May 5th! At Wooden Cask. It’s a National Homebrew Day – Cinco de Mayo – Derby Day Trifecta!

Bloat Open – Saturday, May 19th @ Norwood Community Center

Wayne has been volun-told to run the Bloat Open. Congrats! New members since the last Bloat Open are free entry, $10 for existing members (all-you-can-enter). Competition website online by the end of the month.

Beer & Sweaters

Probably not happening this year. Stay tuned for when it gets cold again. Also, looking for volunteers to coordinate. If you volunteer, you get to pick the date!

Potential Mentorship Program

Wayne is writing up a proposal to present to the board regarding a possible mentorship program to help connect potential new members interested in learning to brew with Bloats willing to mentor them.

Meeting adjoured at 8:15 PM. Congrats to the newlyweds (they told me to say that), Mike & Emma Williams. Who showed up. Two days after their wedding.

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.

 Beer & Sweat 2018

The hotel link for room is now live. Book now!

Bloated and Quoted…by an Actual Writer

Check out our President in the news! Read Roxanne’s answers to the Five Questions With weekly section from The Beer Blog.

Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs

The club has been receiving a large number of requests lately for brewing demos and beer education programs. In the past we have had a small number of people that would take care of these requests, but now that the requests are coming from far and wide throughout the Tri-State area, we now have a need to call on our membership to ask for volunteers who would be willing to lead some discussions and beer education events. If you are interested in speaking when these events come up, please talk to a board member or officer so that we can take your name and contact information. A power point presentation and/or discussion materials can be provided if needed.


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.

BBL Membership Cards

As you’ve probably seen in our member benefits, you can receive a 10% discount on supplies at local homebrew supply stores when you show your Bloatarian membership card. But to do that, you first need to renew or become a member! Renew or join today…

**NOTE: If you paid online and still need a card, please see Ray at the check-in desk at the monthly meeting! Come out and join us.

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.

Flanders Red Solera

The club has participated in various group brew barrel projects in the past. About a year and half ago we started a Flanders Red Solera. The idea behind a Solera is that you periodically remove some beer from the barrel and then add more new beer into the barrel. Theoretically the Solera can keep going for years. It took some time for the beer to initially sour, so the beer is finally ready to start the cycling process.

In general, participants provide 5 gallons to put in the barrel and then later receive about 4 gallons back out. Our plans are to draw from the barrel once per month. At that rate, a person who adds to the barrel will be drawing their share from the barrel one year later.

Dave Harsh has agreed to be the point of contact for the barrel (thanks Dave!). If you are interested in contributing beer to the barrel, let Dave know ASAP and get that beer in there!

For those of you who are interested, here’s the Flanders Red recipe we used. This came direct from Brian St. Claire and it is the recipe he used for his Flanders Red which took Runner-Up Best of Show at the 2007 National Homebrew Competition.

Bourbon Barrel Flanders Red

5 gallons

OG: 1.054

IBU: 12

5 lb vienna

1 lb carahell

1 lb cara vienna

1 lb aromatic

8 oz special B

1.5 lb flaked corn

handful UNCRUSHED carafa III in sparge for better color, optional

1 oz Mt Hood flowers at 3.7% AA at 45 min (may substitute with another equivalently low %AA Noble hop; check first)

Wyeast # 3763 Roselare yeast (No starter, use it right from the packet)

mash in at 156 degrees for 90 min, boil 80 min, chill to 69, oxygenate one min, ferment in glass then add to barrel when yeast drops out (20 days.)


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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