HWelcome new member, Scott (and baby)! Congratulations new President, Pete!
Sign up to serve at Septembeerfest at Southern Brewing 9/21 3-8pm
5 beers per club are expected and we already have 4 volunteers, but come along, serve, and enjoy this big annual event. Let's light it up with the Beer Booth!
Joe passed the President's gavel to Pete. Brian is making necessary notification to the bank regarding our treasury. We still need a VP and secretary.
Ideas for future meetings include a celebration of local beer at the Tampa History Museum, doing more local/Brandon pourings perhaps including one for the Valrico Village Players, and a repeat performance for the Brandon Ballet at Winthrop. We also participate in regional events such as Florida Best Beer (.org) which is in need of stewards. (sign up online)
Past President Joe prompted a fun conversation with the question, what was your worst brew day? Joe Hirtz told a story about the time he burnt his hands when he forgot to keep his mitts on while handling his brew pot. Another member recalled having to use a snowbank to cool his wort. Mary remembered a time in her early days of brewing when she added pumpkin to a mash, only to end up with a stuck sparge and an infected brew. And there was a story about a “whole grain” beer that didn't come out right because, literally, the whole grains were whole/unground.
We had 6 beers to taste; Brian’s mild sour Gose, Mary’s Strawberry rhubarb Berliner
and ordinary bitter, Scott’s 2nd brew American Wheat w/jalapeño and pineapple, Wes’s blended chocolate peanutbutter coconut Porter, and Pete’s white chocolate blonde stout. All were very tasty!
New to brewing. So much to learn. Grateful to have this club's help!