April Virtual Meeting

Our April meeting is fast approaching, so I wanted to get some information out.

First, the meeting will be on April 28th, 7pm. Virtual meeting link will be sent out late Tuesday/early Wednesday both via this email list and on the club forums.

Second, this month we’ll be trying something a little different. We have a bunch of non-placing beer left over from the recent Shamrock competition. We’d like to use the beer as a learning and analysis opportunity for the club. Between now and the day of the meeting, if you’d like to participate, you can pick up 2-3 bottles of non-placing homebrew from the competition on James’ Hopson’s front porch. The address is can be found in the forums.

There will be a cooler on the front porch with beer in it, please take 2-3 bottles from the cooler (no more than 3, please). Note that the speed limit in the development is 20 mph, with several curves and children in the neighbor hood. Please be careful and respectful when picking the beer up. If you are planning to pick up beer for more than yourself, please email both CarboyPresident@CarboyClub.com in advance so James knows to set extra beer out. If you choose to participate we’ll expect you to taste the beer during the virtual meeting and provide feedback to the rest of the group. Optionally, you can fill out an official BJCP score sheet as well. This can be an excellent opportunity to hone your tasting skills!

Besides the meeting information, I also wanted to take the opportunity to spread the word about a big brew day event coming up. Bull City Homebrew passed this information on to the club:
“Hello! I’m sure most everyone’s aware that the AHA’s Big Brew Day is just around the corner, two Saturdays from tomorrow on May 1st. As we’ve done in the past, we’re hoping to make this an opportunity to reach out to the local homebrewing community and to get together to make some beer! Please consider this an invitation to join us at the shop with your equipment–we’ll be partially subsidizing ingredient cost, and we’ll have water, ice, and the other incidentals.
After a long year, it looks like there is some sort of progress being made toward controlling the pandemic, and I’m looking forward to a busy summer of events, demonstrations, and brewdays. We’re still taking efforts to keep everyone as safe as we can: as far as that goes, we’ll be set up in the parking lot, and there will be plenty of room to spread out and relax. The big brew days we’ve hosted haven’t historically had a massive turnout–we’re not talking about Disneyworld or Mardi Gras–but I’d like to cap the number of active brewers at 8-10, just so we can ensure everyone’s personal space. So if you’re interested in coming out, please let me know!”

Feel free to circulate this to fellow club members, neighbors, anyone who’s interested! This is a great way to get normal people interested in the hobby, and a fun time to talk to some of the Triangle’s other passionate brewers. Or if you find a couple minutes on Big Brew Day to stop in and sample a beer or two, all are welcome. As always, I appreciate your support and hope to hear from you soon!”

If you’re interested, please reach out to Cole at cole@bullcityhomebrew.com

Finally, I have some CARBOY officer news. I (Andy) am moving out of the Triangle at the end of May, which means the club will need a new President. I was hoping to make it until June which would align with normal elections, but events have forced us to move the move date up. If you have any interest in the role, please reach out to me (CarboyPresident@CarboyClub.com) or another club officer. I’ll save my goodbye email for next month, but know that I’m going to genuinely miss this club. Its been a wonderful experience working with everyone these last 2 years.

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