BABBLE DECEMBER 2016 E-Newsletter
BABBLE Homebrewers of Lake County, IL is a group of homebrewers from Northern IL comprised of guys and gals, experienced and newer brewers, all grain and extract, from all different backgrounds. A good group of people gathering monthly for the common cause of learning, growing, and expanding our knowledge in home brewing.
Monthly Meeting Info: Check our website for the latest meeting place, we meet at a variety of places over the year. This gives us the opportunity to visit and meet with people at various home-brew and/or brew-pub related venues. We generally gather ~ 7:00 to 7:30 PM, and get the business portion of the meeting going ~ 8:00. Meeting dates are the 4th Thursday of the month, except for Nov/Dec, which are the 2nd Thursday of the month.
For January 2017, we meet on the 26th, at Perfect Brewing Supply in Libertyville ( http://perfectbrewsupply.com/about-us/ ). Andy (the owner) is very supportive of the local home brewing scene, and has a great space for our meetings. It is currently our ‘go to’ place for meetings, but always check the web site each month. Just like our beers, we like some variety, and like to try something new from time to time!
Perfect Brewing Supply 619 E Park Ave Libertyville, IL 60048
847-816-7055 map: Perfect Brewing Map
Our December 2016 Meeting: BABBLE member Jay opened his home to the club. We had a great time, Jay had several great beers on tap, we had a great variety of home brews and special commercial samples, and snacks to go along. We also covered the regular club business. Some of the beers we enjoyed:
Jay had a cherry-coconut porter, a Mexican stout (cinnamon and some hot pepper), a cherry mead, Oktoberfest, a Quad, and a maybe few others – I lost track? Other club members brought Christmas Lager, Smoked/Berry wheat ales, English Mild, Foreign and Scottish Export, a Black Rye-PA, a Nut Brown, a Belgian-ish style, a Dark Belgian with cranberry and orange peel, a Russian Imperial Stout, plus some fine commercial brews. Quite a collection!
Upcoming Events: The BABBLE club generally schedules at least quarterly events including brewpub tours, attending and/or serving at festivals, and special events.
Currently scheduled events include:
BABBLE will be at the LAKE COUNTY BEER FESTIVAL: February 18th, 2017. The club will be represented, offering samples of some of the club’s best beers (and maybe a mead or cider?). Stop by and say “hi”, BABBLE on about beer, and enjoy some samples. Club volunteers recieve access to the event, and partial reimbursement for the cost of the brew offered. Details @ LAKE COUNTY BEER FESTIVAL
BABBLE Brew Off – Feb 25th & March 04, 2017: Our club holds this AHA sanctioned competition. Submit some of your best homebrew, get feedback from BJCP certified judges, maybe win an award!
BABBLE Winter Dinner: We’ll get together again, a nice chance to meet with club members and their families outside of the regular meetings. Venue, time and date in February to be discussed at the January meeting.
BARRELS, BARRELS and more BARRELS: We’ve used club funds to purchase a 53G RUM barrel and two 15G barrels (rye, whiskey). This is a great opportunity for club members to join together to barrel age their (combined) brew. If you’ve always wanted to try barrel aging, but hesitated due to space or cost concerns, or just couldn’t or didn’t want to commit to 50 gallons of the same beer, this is your chance to try it out! We are posting a sign-up sheet for members, styles for each barrel will be decided by popular vote. Perfect Brewing in Liberytville will hold the 53 Gallon barrel for us, so a big ‘thanks’ to Andy for that. We’ve had some fantastic barrel aged beers from a few club members over the years, so their experience can guide the rest of us to expand our brewing beyond what we might be able to do at home.
Beer Bus: January 28th. Approximately 25 seats will be available. Meet at Half Acre, on to Hopewell, Dovetail, and Begyle. Tickets for club members will be $10. Sales will be open to non members as the day approaches and empty seats are still available. Non member seats are $20 each and limited to one for now.
BABBLE T-Shirts: A new batch is in the works. Order yours to show BABBLE club spirit at any and all social functions.
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