Lagers Newsletter – December 2016

Wishing all LAGERS Members Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events–
January 3– 3rd Annual Gordon Biersch Brew-Off (details below), entries due 1/3/17
January 7– LAGERS Holiday Party (details below) SEE NOTE BELOW ABOUT THE RAFFLE!
January 16– LAGERS Monthly Meeting, “Souring Beer”
February 18— Tailspin Ale Festival
March 4– LAGERS Brew In at Akasha

Gordon Biersch Brew Off
We are having our third annual Gordon Biersch Brew-Off. The spirit of the competition is to brew some variation on the English Ale theme. Here are the rules:

Entry Rules
1) Entries must be brewed to one of the following BJCP Categories:
a) 11: British Bitter
b) 12: Pale Commonwealth Beer
c) 13: Brown British Beer
(for more information, see:
2) Entries may be brewed using:
a) Whirlpool and/or dry hopping, if appropriate to the style
b) Table sugar, treacle or molasses, if appropriate to the style
c) Any ale yeast strain, preferably British or Scottish though …
3) Entries may not be brewed using:
a) Inappropriate adjuncts or syrups (Belgian, honey, maple, etc)
b) Spices, Herbs or fruits
c) Anything funky or farmhousy (Brett, Lacto, Pedio, etc.)

Entries Information
This is a bottle competition and brewers are:
1) Limited to two unique entries.
2) Must submit three 12-oz bottles per entry
3) Must submit full recipe per entry to:
4) Attach a label to each bottle (rubber bands only, no sticker labels)
a) Brewer Name
b) Brewer Contact
c) BJCP Category
d) BJCP Style

The competition is free and open to all LAGERS club members. There are two ways to register:
1) Website:
2) Direct Link:
If you need, then you can also go to to renew your membership via PayPal.

Judging Format
This is a style specific competition. Judges will evaluate beers according to style, including their fermentation, cleanliness, balance, recipe and overall flavor profile. Judges will be choosing their favorite beer out of all the entries and not the best entry per category.

Due Date
Entries are due between Tuesday, January 3rd and Friday, January 6th and will be judged on Saturday, January 7th at Gordon Biersch.

The winner will brew their beer with brewmaster Nicholas Landers to be served on tap at the GB Brewery and Restaurant. Proceeds from the first day’s tapping will go to the KY Humane Society.

LAGERS Holiday Party
Jim Miller Hall Wedding Chapel & Reception Hall
10609 Watterson Trl, Louisville, Kentucky 40299
(same location as last year in J-Town)

Saturday, January 7th

4:00 – Setup up tables, chairs and cold plates
5:00 – Doors open, Serving Beer and Appetizers
6:00 – Serve Main Courses…
7:00 – Last Call then start the Raffle
8:00 – Clean up tables and chairs.

We have the building the entire night, and can stay as late as we like, but we’ll get the basic cleanup done early.

The Club will be providing the smoked pork (thanks Tim!), as well as plates, cups, utensils and such. We ask you to bring a dish based on the first letter of your last name. There is an oven at the facility, so please arrive early if you need to use the oven to cook or warm something up.

A-F: Appetizers/Breads
G-L: Deserts/Cookies
M-S: Casseroles/Sides/Soups
T-Z: Vegetables/Salads

Bring a keg of homebrew. BRING a keg of Homebrew. BRING A KEG OF HOMEBREW. If you don’t keg yet, then bring some bottles to share. We will have the cold plates set up (indoors!), so please show off some of your finest. The more kegs we have, the more likely that you get to return home with beer in your own keg. If you want to save some beer for home, then feel free to throw your keg on the taps for an hour or so and then take it off. If you submitted entries to Tailspin or Gordon Biersch, then bring out the remainder of the keg to share!

This is one of our two main raffles that we use to raise money for the year, as well as offset the cost of the event. Thanks to Mike Pemberton, we DO NOT need people to bring items to put in the raffle. So, put that cash to good use and buy more raffle tickets. If you have an item at home that you would like to donate to the raffle, we are still accepting items. For example, glassware and brewing equipment you don’t use are great items for the raffle, but please do not go out and buy anything for the raffle.

You can park in the main parking lot next to the building. There is also plenty of street parking, and an overflow lot behind the carwash adjacent to the Hall. DO NOT park in the church lot across the street.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Party! Happy New Year!