LAGERS June 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

July 16 — July Monthly Meeting “Introduction to BJCP”
August 16-26 — Kentucky State Fair

July Monthly Meeting

Using a sample beer, Chuck Harp will take us through the tasting and judging process for BCJP competitions. We will learn about the BJCP, how to fill out the BJCP judging form, and what to note in tasting and judging homebrew. This educational session is not only helpful in judging your own beer but will prepare you to be a judge at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

We will also be going over some officer changes and voting on a new Vice President. If you wish to run for this open position, please let us know and we will add you to the ballot. Currently running unopposed is Evan Brill.

Kentucky State Fair

Coming up our largest local BJCP sanctioned competition. Below are some key dates and information. Don’t forget that on top of the homebrew competition, there will also be a label competition for best humorous/satirical label, best set of 3 labels to be mistaken for commecial labels, and best amateur hand or computer made label. Entries for the label competition are under class 041, 042, and 043. We will be sending out a separate email asking for your help to volunteer and steward. No previous experience is required and it is a great opportunity to introduce yourself with the BJCP process.

Key Dates:

  • Registration ends July 1, 2018 ($5.00/entry)
  • Late registration ends July 10, 2018  ($8.00/entry)
  • Judging – Session I:  August 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m
  • Judging – Session II:  Saturday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m
  • Judging – Session III:  Saturday, August 11 at 12:30 p.m
  • Awards: Saturday, August 11, after afternoon judging session

Key Links

June LAGERS Recap

Downtown Brew Fest had a great turnout and despite the windy conditions, everyone finished on time. Big thanks to Justin Vasher, Nick Landers of Gordon Biersch, and the 4th Street Live! Entertainment District for putting it all together. The atmosphere was fantastic with great beer and live music.

The summer party hosted by our very own Christopher Owen was a hot one this year. Big thanks to everyone that showed up, brought food, raffle items, beer for the taps, and beer to cellar till next year. We unveiled the “beast” clone, our second 14 tap jockey box. Chuck Harp brought out the legendary Sierra Nevada Big Foot vertical ranging from 2017 all the way back to 2006. What an incredible experience to taste a beers development over a decade. Thank you Chuck.

During the June meeting we got to see Greg Butorin’s presentation on barrels which included all the information you need for picking, obtaining, prepping, filling, maintaining, and storing a barrel. If you missed the presentation, the link to it can be found here. He also brought out the latest LAGERS collaboration Russian Imperial Stout aged in a 13 year Basil Hayden barrel at 2 months old. There will be another howler at 3 months old available during the July meeting if you’d like to see the progression of aging a beer in a bourbon barrel.

Congratulations to Evan Brill, Mark Robinson, Brandon Schaefer, and Justin Vasher for placing in the Brewgrass cup in Lexington! We hope to see even more LAGERSplacing at the upcoming Kentucky State Fair.

There were also some officer changes announced during the meeting. Mark Robinson resigned as President and Greg Butorin took his role, leaving the position of Vice President open. We asked that anyone willing to help please get in touch with us. We had an overwhelmingly positive response so thank you all. Please be patient with us as we get accustomed to our new roles. We have heard many ideas from you and have some of our own as well. I think it will be a great year to be a LAGERS member 😉

Brewer Recipe Highlight

Congratulations to Jake Wildstrom for winning the LAGERS monthly competition with his Horchata Ale. Excellent balance of flavors. Well done Jake! The full recipe can be found here. His process was a single infusion mash at 153F for 60 minutes. The vanilla bean and cinnamon stick had been soaking in vodka for 2 days and added to the beer. His inspiration for the beer stemmed from this post.