May Presidential Pint

05/05/2013 1:08 PM | Anonymous

So I’m writing this month after reading the announcement from Steinbarts that they had their largest AHA big brew day in history. The parking lot was jam packed full of brewers with their systems and people who wanted to learn how to homebrew. It’s exciting to be part of a community that is so passionate about their hobby and does a great job with helping newcomers learn more about it and become better brewers.


With that in mind if you see a new member at a meeting, please take the time to go up and talk to them. Ask them how long they have been brewing, find out if they are all grain or extract, ask how often they brew and find out what they’ve been up too. Its little things like this that keeps new members coming back to the meetings month to month and feeling welcomed. I know it’s easy to talk to the people you know, but haven’t seen in a month (I’m very guilty of this myself) but just take the chance and talk to one new person this month. I know we’ll all be better if we do.  


With Big Brew finished is seems that festival season is starting out in full force. We just had the Oregon Garden Beer Fest, Cinco de Micro, Sasquatch Brew Fest and in just a few weeks we will have the North American Organic Brew Fest, Portland International Beer Fest, Oregon Brewers Fest, Hopmadness, September fest. I’m sure I’ve missed a few more in there.


Our next meeting will be at FH Steinbart on Thursday May 9th at 7pm. Blake Crosby from Crosby Hop Farms will be coming out to talk to us about growing hops and answer any of your hop related questions. Our style program for the month will be IPA’s and we will once again have prizes for the best beers.  We also have 3 taps on our club jockey box open, so if you’re brining beer to the meeting and would like to put it on the jockey box please let me know so I can reserve a spot for you.


Hopefully you’re following the blog to keep up on the latest club information. We’ve had a number of articles posted there since the last time we sent out a newsletter. In addition there are a number of competitions that are coming up in the next few months that will be announced there too. It really is the easiest and fastest way for us to get information to the membership. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the website, please let us know. We really appreciate constructive feedback.


Thanks

-Chris Hummert

President

Oregon Brew Crew 


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