Leadership Minutes 7/8/13

Zymurgists of the Ozarks Leadership Meeting Minutes

Title:   Leadership Meeting
Location:   Old Chicago
Date:   07/08/2013
Time:  8:00pm

In attendance: Ben (Pres), Keith (VP), Randy (Secretary), Kassidy (Media Director), Michael(PR Director)

Officers: Ben (Pres), Michael (PR Director), Keith (VP), Randy (Secretary), Todd (Treasurer), Kassidy (Media Director)

Randy has resigned his position as secretary.  He provided the attendance sheets from the past two meetings to be handed to his successor following appointment or election at the July meeting.

-Kassidy has been actively promoting the competition through social media and directly to clubs in the area.  She believes it is going very well and that our participation will be very high at the Fall competition.
-There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Mother’s Brewing Company’s involvement with The Art of Darkness competition and it has driven a lot of interest in entering the competition.
-Keith has registered the competition formally with the AHA and BJCP and has paid the entry fee of $30.  He will bring a receipt to be reimbursed to the July membership meeting.  Keith provided the following updates, as well:
• The competition will be held on 9/7/2013 (has since been amended to later date, but this will be reflected in membership meeting minutes)
• Todd Rock will be judging as an official BJCP judge on behalf of the ZOO.
• Mother’s will be sending four judges: Jeremy Wicks, Brian Allen, Dave Soper (cellarman), and Doug Riddle
• Keith is currently working to secure as many official BJCP judges as possible.
o We are considering letting Mother’s be the BOS panel alone, since they are awarding the grand prize.

The Geeks With Beer podcast went well.  Members present were Keith, Kassidy, and Michael, and they felt it was good PR for the club and a lot of fun, as well.

Craft Beer Bash: We’ll need volunteers to man the booth.  Todd Frye will brew representing The Home Brewery, so we will not be brewing, but will be using the opportunity to reach out to craft beer fans about home brewing and the mission of the club.

We are investigating whether it will be legal to pour beer, and whether the organizers would be interested in us doing so.  Currently, this does not appear to be likely.

Meeting adjourned: 9:45pm

SGF Craft Beer Week (List of Events)

Tuesday, July 16

-Boulevard Tasting at Macadoodles

-White River Tasting at Old Chicago

-All-Star Pre-Party with Brew Co.

-Mother’s Beer Pairing with The Cup

-Barkade Night with Mother’s

-Homebrew ZOO meeting! (7:30 @ the Home Brewery in Ozark- behind Lamberts.)

Wednesday, July 17

-White River Tasting at Galloway Station

-Ristorante Gilardi’s Beer Dinner

-Happy Hour Live at University Plaza

-Trivia Night at Finnegan’s

 Thursday, July 18

-Mother’s Tasting at Macadoodles

-Price Cutter Taste Culinary Classroom

-Springfield Bike Crawl Beer Sampling at Cafe Cusco

-Big Whiskey’s Anniversary Party

Friday, July 19

-Schalfly Tasting at Macadoodles

-Mother’s Sampling at HyVee

-Mama Jean’s Round Table

-Deschutes Tap Takeover at Coffee Ethic

-Lindberg’s Tap Takeover

Saturday: CRAFT BEER BASH!! 5:00 on the Square! The Homebrew ZOO will have our booth set up right next to the Home Brewery AND the guys from Leaky Roof Meadery. Be sure and come say hello to the cool kids (that’s us, btw) and maybe learn a thing or two about brewing! Have an exciting Craft Beer Week, Springfield!

The Big Prize!

The ZOO would like to formally announce that the Best of Show winner for the Art of Darkness competition will get an opportunity to team up with Mother’s Brewing Company for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival Pro Am!  For more details, check out the competition website ( http://www.homebrewzoo.com/competition/index.) There may also be some more interesting prizes for medalists announced in the not so distant future. Cheers!

Art of Darkness


June Meeting Minutes 6/18/13

Title:   Regular Monthly Meeting      
Location:   Home Brewery      
Date:   6/18/2013      
Attendance: 15

Zymurgists of The Ozarks

7:30 PM  – 7:45 PM   0:15   Grab a beer, grab a chair, brief social time

7:45 PM –  7:50 PM   0:05   Call to order   (Todd)

7:50 PM  – 8:10 PM   0:20   Education Portion – Fruit Beer Discussion (Todd)

8:10 PM –  8:15 PM   0:05   May Meeting Minutes   (Randy)

8:15 PM –  8:20 PM   0:05   Treasurer’s Report   (Todd)

8:20 PM –  8:30 PM   0:10   Old Business   (Randy)
*Logo Care Package, Todd to prepare shipment of samples provided

*Mentioned possible Zoo Stamp and How to Brew Poster (look online)

*Keith W. provided update on Pro Am with SBC.

*Discussed preparations for Craft Beer Bash.

*Membership cards were unavailable to hand out for this meeting.

8:30 PM  – 8:45 PM  0:10  Call for any new business by members   (Todd)

Discussed the potential for homebrew completion with Joplin and surrounding areas (to discuss on forums).

8:45 PM  – 10:30 PM   1:45   Social Period of club – beer tasting, feedback, etc. (All)

May Meeting Minutes 5/21/13

Title:   Regular Monthly Meeting      
Location:   Home Brewery      
Date:   5/21/2013      
Attendance: 19

Zymurgists of The Ozarks

7:30 PM – 7:45 PM   0:15   Grab a beer, grab a chair, brief social time

7:45 PM  – 7:50 PM   0:05   Call to order   (Ben)

7:50 PM  – 8:10 PM   0:20   Education Portion – All-Grain Demonstration – (Todd/Ed)

8:10 PM – 8:15 PM   0:05   April Meeting Minutes   (Todd)

8:15 PM  – 8:20 PM   0:05   Treasurer’s Report   (Todd)

8:20 PM  – 8:25 PM   0:05   Fall Competition Update   (Keith)
*Art of Darkness Competition: Sept 6th-8th

8:25 PM –  8:35 PM   0:10   Old Business   (Ed)
*Hop Lobster Challenge

*Logo Care Package

8:35 PM  – 8:50 PM   0:15   Election for Secretary position by secret ballot – Nominations for office, brief time to introduce and talk about why they want the job, then a vote.   (Ben)
*Ed Nominated Randy West, second by Keith Wallis.  No other nominations, voted in.

8:50 PM  – 8:55 PM   0:05   Recap of recent events – SGF B-Day, Big Brew Day, Mother’s Day   (Michael/Todd F.)
*Ed recapped Happy Birthday Springfield Event and Mothers Day Festival and Todd recapped Big Brew Day.

8:55 PM – 9:00 PM   0:05   Membership Cards and dues – How you can get yours card by paying your dues   (Ed)

9:00 PM – 9:05 PM   0:05   Officer Updates – Introduction of our new officer by panel of vote counters…   (Ben)

9:05 PM  – 9:15 PM   0:10   Call for any new business by members   (Ben)
*Discussed purchase of Zoo Stamp and How To Brew poster.

*Keith Wallis is working with SBC for GABF Pro Am.

*Need to make plans for Teach a Friend to Brew Day.

*Craft Beer Bash Downtown Springfield, July 20th 5pm-11pm.

9:15 PM  – 10:45 PM   1:30   Social Period of club – beer tasting, feedback, etc.  (All)


Upcoming Competition: The Art of Darkness

The Homebrew ZOO would like to announce our next competition “The Art of Darkness” – a special tribute to dark beers.  It covers BJCP categories:

10C: American Brown Ale

11A-C: English Brown Ale

12A-C: Porter

13A-F: Stout

18B, E: Belgian Dubbel and Belgian Dark Strong Ale

23: Specialty Beer

Registration opens Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM, CDT. Registration closes Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM, CDT. Please note: registered users will not be able to add, view, edit or delete entries after this date/time. Be sure and check out the competition website for special updates including new prizes!

Missouri Passes Homebrew Transportation Law

Good news for home brewers in Missouri and Illinois.  Both state legislatures recently passed laws enabling home brewers to transport their wares, explicitly expanding the “personal or family use” clause beyond the interpretation as “consumption.”

Once they’re signed by the governors, which is expected to happen for both bills, home brewers will be able to share their beer with friends, family, and neighbors outside of their homes, enter homebrew competitions, bring their beer for feedback from homebrew clubs, and pour their beer at festivals.  That’s right.  POUR THEIR BEER AT FESTIVALS.  Nice.

There is no doubt that these bills are beneficial to the home brewing community, but I have two concerns about them.

First, the argument could be made that transporting homebrew wasn’t actually illegal in either state before the law was passed.  These bills weren’t necessary until recently, when the state governments of Missouri and Illinois suddenly began interpreting the words “personal or family use” in a very strict sense, meaning “personal or family CONSUMPTION.”  This very limiting interpretation of the law was a twisting of the language of the law, which mimics federal law exactly.  The federal law has never been interpreted to limit transportation or use, so why should the state law do so?  These bills simply correct that interpretation.  Why our state government suddenly decided this was a problem I’ll never understand, but it is good that the legislatures took decisive action to fix this.  I’d hate to think that “Personal or family use” actually meant “consumption.”  That would mean it was technically illegal to bathe in your beer, water your garden with it, or to even wash your car with it (not recommended).

Second, these bills deliberately limit their verbiage to beer brewers and do not include wine or meadmakers.  This is not an oversight.  It was done deliberately, as the folks creating the bill felt there was no reason to include them.  See my post on this law here.  Senate Bill 121 is actually very close to the Senate Bill 114 I wrote about in that post.  I’ve since changed my view on the law slightly, as I do believe it is a positive thing to explicitly state our rights without question, but I am still disappointed that they did nothing to offer the same liberties to wine and meadmakers.  They’re home brewers, too.

I’m glad to know that we, as the Homebrew ZOO, will be able to participate in festivals in the area to aid not-for-profits and share our beer with folks at beer festivals and at homebrew rallies.  It will do a lot to expand the interest in our hobby and hopefully bring a lot more people into our little world of geekdom.

To read the full press release, click here.

Ben Stange

Homebrew ZOO President

Big Brew Day Recipes

If you’re looking to brew with us on Big Brew Day, you’ll need to select one of the recipes provided on the AHA web site.  There are three recipes this year, and each is available in either extract or all-grain.

If you plan to brew and are a current dues-paying member of the Homebrew ZOO, you need to contact Todd Frye and let him which recipe you are brewing and how much as soon as possible.  You can email him at todd [at] homebrewery [dot] com.  Let him know if you are brewing the blond, pilsner, or mild, if you’re brewing extract or all grain, and how much beer you plan to make.  He will have your kit ready to go on Big Brew Day and current ZOO members will get a discount on these kits.

To review the recipes, click here.

Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival

Title: Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival
Location: 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO
Link out: Click here
Third Ever Mother’s Day Festival
Saturday, May 18th
“Hard to believe it, but the 3rd Ever Mother’s Day Festival is coming up and we have quite a day planned for all of you fine people. Just like the previous two festivals, we will be focusing on local beer, local food, local art and local music! The event will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 2-8pm (doors at 1:30pm) in your Mother’s Backyard (215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO). $5 at the gate and, as always, kids 15 and under are free. Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets so you can get comfy and make yourself at home in Mother’s Backyard.” -Mother’s Brewing

The Homebrew ZOO will be well represented @ this festival, showing off our equipment and maybe even brewing up some beer! Come over to our tent and chit chat with us about beer… or better yet: making your OWN! Hope to see you there!
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013/05/18
End Time: 20:00