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Title: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 01, 2017, 08:58:36 PM
Hello all...

A small contingent of brewers from my club will be going to Homebrew Con for the first time this year and we are serving at club night.

We have gotten some feedback from a member of a neighboring club on what to expect, what to plan for, etc.

We have all read through the first timers guide to Homebrew Con and all of that but looking for information from those that have attended before aside from "there will be a ton of beer, don't try to drink it all."

Cheers and thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: guido on May 01, 2017, 09:07:46 PM
Think Mardi Gras with home brew! It will be the best night of your life. (If you're married, it's probably best not to mention that to your wife.)
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 01, 2017, 10:54:02 PM
My lame strategy is to try beers from those I know that make good beer. I also rely on word of mouth from those I know that say, "Go to both X and try beer Y!". You can't try them all these days.
 
If you are pouring, and people come to your booth and say "I was told by Z that I have to try this beer, it is a great example", then you are doing it right. If the big names come around and try your beer, and smile and nod, you are doing it right.

Hope this helps.

Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: kramerog on May 02, 2017, 12:09:40 AM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 02, 2017, 12:19:49 AM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on May 02, 2017, 12:54:17 PM
My lame strategy is to try beers from those I know that make good beer.

Ugh, this old dude won't stop following me around.   8)
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 02, 2017, 01:15:38 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing. 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 02, 2017, 01:28:24 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing.
See, I don't think a theme is necessary. Fun? Sure. Required to give away beer...for free? No, not really.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 02, 2017, 01:37:48 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing.
See, I don't think a theme is necessary. Fun? Sure. Required to give away beer...for free? No, not really.

And what varieties of free beer is your club going to be offering? 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 02, 2017, 01:43:14 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing.
See, I don't think a theme is necessary. Fun? Sure. Required to give away beer...for free? No, not really.

And what varieties of free beer is your club going to be offering?
Oh, a decent selection I believe. Saison, Pils, Vienna and then some other fun ones
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 02, 2017, 02:01:39 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing.
See, I don't think a theme is necessary. Fun? Sure. Required to give away beer...for free? No, not really.

And what varieties of free beer is your club going to be offering?
Oh, a decent selection I believe. Saison, Pils, Vienna and then some other fun ones

I see.  I think I have you guys pegged already.  I'm guessing you're the type of club that will doctor up a Blonde Ale with coffee or lime and pass it off as fun.  Probably have one of those New England IPA's on your menu too. Probably name a dank IPA with a weed reference. I bet you guys even thought of trying to bring in a Wavy Arm Inflatable Guy to draw people to your booth. 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: denny on May 02, 2017, 02:19:08 PM
Ridiculous costumes are optional.
See this is a big question of ours. We are kind of doing a theme for our booth but it will be totally chill and no crazy costumes. We were essentially told that nobody will drink our beer because of that.

My thought is that if the beer is good, it won't matter what we are dressed up like...as long as we are actually dressed.

My guess is that if you believe you need a theme to get people to drink your beer, then it's probably not good enough in the first place.  Focus on your brewing.

Except that no one will know the beer is good if you can't get them to your booth to try it.  Themes and costumes are one way to do that.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: toby on May 02, 2017, 02:29:50 PM
Think Mardi Gras with home brew!

We have either been to some drastically different Club Nights, or some drastically different Mardi Gras. lol
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: 69franx on May 02, 2017, 05:58:07 PM
Think Mardi Gras with home brew!

We have either been to some drastically different Club Nights, or some drastically different Mardi Gras. lol
I hear you Toby. Never been to NHC, but I have been to NO several times, once for Mardi Gras and I suppose I would have made a larger effort to get to NHC if I thought I could find a good use for all of these beads
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 02, 2017, 06:02:47 PM
My lame strategy is to try beers from those I know that make good beer.

Ugh, this old dude won't stop following me around.   8)
You? Ciders and meads please.  8)
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on May 02, 2017, 06:44:34 PM
My lame strategy is to try beers from those I know that make good beer.

Ugh, this old dude won't stop following me around.   8)
You? Ciders and meads please.  8)

last year I brought 10 ciders and 4 meads; since we're in the land of 10,000 Mead Makers Of the Year I expect that will be reversed.  I've got beer and will bring a little but I'll mostly let the rest of KCBM handle that.  (and yes, the KC Bier Meisters will have a booth)

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 02, 2017, 07:51:14 PM

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox
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This is one thing we are paying attention to. We plan to do a little vetting of beer prior to bringing beers. Luckily, the members that are participating aren't generally the type to pass off crappy beer at an event like this.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 02, 2017, 08:48:18 PM

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox
This is one thing we are paying attention to. We plan to do a little vetting of beer prior to bringing beers. Luckily, the members that are participating aren't generally the type to pass off crappy beer at an event like this.
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We'll see.  What club should we all be looking for?
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: dsmitch19 on May 02, 2017, 09:53:58 PM
last year I brought 10 ciders and 4 meads; since we're in the land of 10,000 Mead Makers Of the Year I expect that will be reversed.  I've got beer and will bring a little but I'll mostly let the rest of KCBM handle that.  (and yes, the KC Bier Meisters will have a booth)

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox

Yes. Dump buckets are your friend. ;D

For the OP: Enjoy the craziness! Make sure members take shifts so everyone can walk around and experience other clubs. There are a ton of booths, so some kind of interesting theme, costumes, gimmick can entice people to stop by. It's when they come back for a second or third sample when you are doing it right. Some clubs just have the name recognition, regardless of theme. Take notes for ideas you can make your own in future years. Drink water.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 03, 2017, 12:11:58 PM
We'll see.  What club should we all be looking for?

Homebrewers Local 402 out of Omaha, NE
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 03, 2017, 12:14:33 PM
For the OP: Enjoy the craziness! Make sure members take shifts so everyone can walk around and experience other clubs. There are a ton of booths, so some kind of interesting theme, costumes, gimmick can entice people to stop by. It's when they come back for a second or third sample when you are doing it right. Some clubs just have the name recognition, regardless of theme. Take notes for ideas you can make your own in future years. Drink water.

Water? Never heard of her... ;D

I started carrying a Camelbak to beer fests...I tend to feel a lot better the next morning when I do.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 03, 2017, 01:25:54 PM
We'll see.  What club should we all be looking for?

Homebrewers Local 402 out of Omaha, NE

Hey, that's the club I'm in.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: toby on May 03, 2017, 03:14:13 PM
on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox

I tend to be pretty selective for club night for that reason. I also make liberal use of the dump buckets when necessary.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: sapperbrew on May 03, 2017, 03:19:02 PM
I tend to be pretty selective for club night for that reason. I also make liberal use of the dump buckets when necessary.
As you should. I would think most homebrewers are aware that not everyone is going to enjoy their beer. When we were able to serve at commercial beer fests in Nebraska, you could tell people wouldn't like some of the beer they tried and were, at times, shocked when you offered to dump their glass for them.

If you aren't okay with people dumping your beer, you probably shouldn't be serving to the public...just my opinion though.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 03, 2017, 03:32:48 PM
So yes Sapper and I are in the same club.  I was giving snarky remarks to try to prove the point the ultimately the quality of the beer will win out.  He and I are on the same page, but there are those in our club that have gotten scared that we don't have a good enough gimmick and we won't see a lot of traffic at our booth.  Honestly, I think we'll be fine and we are worrying about things that won't matter. We need to focus on bringing quality beer to Club Night and hit it out of the park. 

As far as dump buckets, yes they should be utilized.  Water should be consumed. And fun should be had. 

See you guys at Club Night.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: 69franx on May 03, 2017, 07:21:17 PM
As politely as I can say it, So glad to find out that you are in the same club and you were playing to the crowd. I thought you were another belligerent troll. Well played as it definitely piqued my interest in the thread.

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Edit to add: I almost posted this earlier when I found out you were in same club, just didn't want to come off as the troll
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on May 03, 2017, 07:56:06 PM
As politely as I can say it, So glad to find out that you are in the same club and you were playing to the crowd. I thought you were another belligerent troll. Well played as it definitely piqued my interest in the thread.

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Edit to add: I almost posted this earlier when I found out you were in same club, just didn't want to come off as the troll

Oh that's ok.  I kind of figured I'd get some blow back from how I went at him. 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: smkranz on May 04, 2017, 12:53:34 AM
There is nothing at all wrong with simplicity at Club Night.  One year (in Philly) we did a fairly ornate booth.  We had a great theme and it was an artistic success.  But it was also a h.u.g.e. pain in the rear to set up.  And then there was the break-down part.  Never again.  (It didn't help that the convention center in Philly seemed like it was a mile-long hike back to our rooms.)  That part was almost as fun as filling out I.R.S. forms (we don't do that, either).

My personal m.o. as a Club Night consumer, is to taste anything that sounds different, or if someone tells me they tasted a great beer at a particular booth.  Rarely have I been disappointed.

On pre-screening beers before going, we have never done that.  Someone in our club wants to serve a beer to the country, I trust their judgment, and no one around here wants hurt feelings if someone thinks another member's beer is unworthy.  The only thing we have done is to try to avoid having duplicates of the same style.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: ethinson on May 14, 2017, 06:17:03 PM
last year I brought 10 ciders and 4 meads; since we're in the land of 10,000 Mead Makers Of the Year I expect that will be reversed.  I've got beer and will bring a little but I'll mostly let the rest of KCBM handle that.  (and yes, the KC Bier Meisters will have a booth)

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox

Yes. Dump buckets are your friend. ;D

For the OP: Enjoy the craziness! Make sure members take shifts so everyone can walk around and experience other clubs. There are a ton of booths, so some kind of interesting theme, costumes, gimmick can entice people to stop by. It's when they come back for a second or third sample when you are doing it right. Some clubs just have the name recognition, regardless of theme. Take notes for ideas you can make your own in future years. Drink water.

I think quality will always be hit or miss with homebrew.  Hell, my own beer ranges from award winning to sink dump pretty frequently. I've only been to NHC once, in San Diego 3 years ago, and above and beyond the quality issues that could arise, one thing that really overwhelmed me with club night is that was when everyone, understandably so, pulled out their wildest and crazy thing to show it off.  Denny Conn's clam chowder saison anyone? I totally understand why people do that and I don't fault them, but there was a bunch of stuff there I just wasn't interested in.  Nothing against the guys that want to go crazy and inventive, hell that's what this hobby is all about, I'm just not gonna drink a blueberry bleu cheese brett sour.  I felt a little guilty for being more stoked about pro night, glad to hear I'm not the only one.

+1 to just have fun! Enjoy it and soak it in.  I was planning to go to Minneapolis this year but it just wasn't in the cards. 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on May 15, 2017, 01:29:06 PM
so far KCBM is mostly bringing the stuff that advanced to the Finals in NHC.  And I mixed up a keg of the cider that won a medal last year.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: santoch on May 19, 2017, 01:15:54 AM
I sometimes try to pick a theme at big beer events.  All Sours.  All Lagers, Weirdest thing on your menu, etc.  At GABF, I like hitting the breweries that nobody heard of.  You can really find some gems.  "Uncle Billy's Brew and Q" one year, for example.  They ended up with GABF bling for a Kellerbier or something that year, and everybody walked right past their booth.  I'm sure glad I stopped.


Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: jeffy on May 22, 2017, 11:10:25 PM
Are they from Austin?  I had some very good beers and Q there a couple years ago.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 23, 2017, 02:40:16 AM
Are they from Austin?  I had some very good beers and Q there a couple years ago.
Yes, they are on Barton Springs Drive just west of Lamar.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: toby on May 23, 2017, 08:30:22 PM
Are they from Austin?  I had some very good beers and Q there a couple years ago.
Yes, they are on Barton Springs Drive just west of Lamar.

Trevor is a cool guy.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: Schemy on June 22, 2017, 03:36:42 PM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year. 
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on June 22, 2017, 03:52:08 PM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: jeffy on June 22, 2017, 10:33:51 PM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on June 23, 2017, 12:14:46 AM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Schemy was on the Nebraska side of the quad, while I was on the Kansas City side, usually functioning as bar-back keeping things filled. Most of the KC mead and all of the cider being poured were mine, though the lucky few there early got two delicious Amanda meads.
I dare say that anyone who had a Mead-hattan or mead-jito or Negroni Mead that night probably had something of mine.  8)
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: jeffy on June 23, 2017, 01:02:00 AM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Schemy was on the Nebraska side of the quad, while I was on the Kansas City side, usually functioning as bar-back keeping things filled. Most of the KC mead and all of the cider being poured were mine, though the lucky few there early got two delicious Amanda meads.
I dare say that anyone who had a Mead-hattan or mead-jito or Negroni Mead that night probably had something of mine.  8)
Is that where they had the "Covefe Hefe" the "Russian Golden Shower" and "Nobody Knew Cider Could Be So Complicated"?  I had some "Please Rid Me of this Meddlesome Schwartbier" as well as an Amanda mead - I think it was a melomel with some sort of berries.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: jeffy on June 23, 2017, 01:02:32 AM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Schemy was on the Nebraska side of the quad, while I was on the Kansas City side, usually functioning as bar-back keeping things filled. Most of the KC mead and all of the cider being poured were mine, though the lucky few there early got two delicious Amanda meads.
I dare say that anyone who had a Mead-hattan or mead-jito or Negroni Mead that night probably had something of mine.  8)
Is that where they had the "Covefe Hefe" the "Russian Golden Shower" and "Nobody Knew Cider Could Be So Complicated"?  I had some "Please Rid Me of this Meddlesome Schwartbier" as well as an Amanda mead - I think it was a melomel with some sort of berries.
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: udubdawg on June 23, 2017, 01:32:57 AM
Heh, yeah that was us. We're not good with names - prefer to let the beer speak for itself - so just made up some silly stuff on the spot.
Cheers--
Michael
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 23, 2017, 02:24:04 AM
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Schemy was on the Nebraska side of the quad, while I was on the Kansas City side, usually functioning as bar-back keeping things filled. Most of the KC mead and all of the cider being poured were mine, though the lucky few there early got two delicious Amanda meads.
I dare say that anyone who had a Mead-hattan or mead-jito or Negroni Mead that night probably had something of mine.  8)

I really liked the mead I had from Amanda.

Edit - your ciders did not suck!
Title: Re: Club Night 2017
Post by: barliman on June 30, 2017, 03:09:08 AM
There were two stand out beers at club night for me. My favorite was a mild at the first booth on the left once you entered the hall ( may have been The east Sacramento brewers). It was serve yourself via picnic taps. I went back for that beer several times.

The other really good beer was a porter that I had while chatting with John palmer.  He said that that porter was the best beer he tasted at club night. Again, my memory is just a bit fuzzy, but it was from RAZE, SPHBC, or Cloudy Town Brewers.