Newsletter: February 2024

Next Meeting: February 19 @ Elixir Kombucha

Join LAGERS at Elixir Kombucha on Monday, February 19, at 6:30pm for our regular monthly meeting. We will learn more about how to make kombucha and get a tour of their facility. Share the Facebook event, and bring your homebrews for our monthly BBOT.

We need a headcount for this meeting! Please RSVP via Facebook. (If you don’t have Facebook, send us an email at

Previous Meeting Recap: Holiday Party

We did not hold a regular January meeting, but we did throw a party! Thank you to those who attended our annual holiday party. We raised money for the club through the raffle and enjoyed each other’s company as well as many terrific homebrews.

Nathan Muleski hosting the raffle

Coming Soon: Noble Funk x LAGERS Collab

Congrats to Alex Rezmerski for winning the chance to brew at Noble Funk through the holiday party raffle. Alex met with brewer Johnathan Shrader to discuss what they will brew together.

Behind the scenes at Noble Funk

More details coming soon! But be on the lookout for a Barrel-Aged Imperial Oktoberfest coming to a LAGERS event this year.

Barrel program at Noble Funk

Gordon Biersch Happy Hour

Thank you to those who joined LAGERS at Gordon Biersch and to brewer Maggie Bray for hosting us.

Gordon Biersch brewer Maggie Bray with happy hour attendees
LAGERS members at Gordon Biersch happy hour

We also got a tour of Gordon Biersch’s brewery!

Behind the scenes at Gordon Biersch

Tailspin Competition: Congrats, Evan!

Congratulations to Evan Brill for winning the 2024 Tailspin Homebrew competition with FLP, his Belgian Saison. To round out the top 5:

Second – Evan Brill – Lost Slone – Vienna Lager
Third – Evan Brill – Didn’t Hear No Bell – Hazy IPA
Fourth – Jon Wurth – Why U Salty? – Salted Caramel Stout
Fifth – Craig Gardone – Russian Imperial Stout

That’s right! Evan swept the top three!

BOS table at Tailspin competition

As the winner, Evan’s beer is the official beer of Tailspin Ale Fest – Louisville’s Winter Warmer 2024. He brewed his saison with Apocalypse Brew Works this past week to be served at the fest by LAGERS. He will also receive two tickets to the event so that he can brag to everyone there that he’s the only homebrewer to have a beer served at the festival.

Homebrew flights at Tailspin competition

Thanks to everyone who participated! All the judges agreed that there were lots of great beers entered. We’ll be back again in 2025 with a few modifications to the competition. More details to come this summer.

Judges at the Tailspin competition

LAGERS @ Bluegrass Cup

LAGERS members competed and judged at the Bluegrass Cup. (Full results.) Our winners were:

Jon Wurth

1st Place: American Amber and Brown Ales
3rd Place: British and Irish Stouts

Alex Rezmerski

1st Place: Spice, Herb, Vegetable
1st Place (and HM): Pale Malty European Lagers
2nd Place: American Amber and Brown Ales
3rd Place: Dark European Lagers

Evan Brill

1st Place: American IPAs
2nd Place: Fruit, Seasonal, Alternate Fermentables
2nd Place: American Stouts

Scott Black

3rd Place: Smoked and Mixed Styles

Thinking about judging or stewarding at Bluegrass next year? BOCK hosted a wonderful event with homemade lunch and a raffle full of great prizes.

LAGERS judges at Bluegrass Cup

ICYMI: NHC Updates

The National Homebrew Competition will open registration on Tuesday, February 27. The closest First Round location to Louisville is Indianapolis. (Indy is receiving from April 22 to May 1 and judging on May 17-18.)

Check out the update from the AHA for more details.

BJCP Class and Tasting Exam Update

LAGERS has been sponsoring a BJCP class at Total Wine in St. Matthews. We are hoping to have more LAGERS judges at the State Fair and other regional competitions.

The class has tasted a commercial example of nearly all the BJCP styles we’ve had access to and begun to fill out practice score sheets.

Please email if you are interested in a future BJCP class! We will determine when to host the next class depending on interest.

Want to sit for the tasting exam to improve your score? Seats for current BJCP judges may open around March 26 for the April 3 exam depending on availability. (Preference is given to those currently taking the class.)

Class instructor Craig Gardone (far left) with students

Coming Soon: LAGERS Cup

There is still time to brew your Kentucky Common! (And if you love your Common, make sure to save at least 64oz for our March meeting!)

Look for more details about the competition in our March newsletter. The inaugural LAGERS Cup will be held at Akasha Brewing Company during our regular meeting on March 18 at 6:30pm.