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Events / Sacramento Beer Week - Beer Judging 101 class
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:58:18 PM »
Beer Judging 101 - Sacramento Beer Week 2011
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM (Section 1) and 2:30pm (Section 2)
Pyramid Alehouse
1029 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814


Beer Judging 101: Tasting and Describing Beer

What is it that separates a truly world class brew from a mediocre one? Do you ever wish you could better describe the flavors and aromas of beer?

Instructor David Teckam is a Grand Master II level beer judge in the BJCP, and a prominent beer educator.  Assisting with the event is Master level beer judge Brian Cooper.

Beer Judging 101 is a class for beer appreciators who want to expand their experience and descriptive ability. The only pre-requisite is an interest in craft beer and world beer styles, paired with your innate curiosity and a bit of casual tasting experience. This class will help you hone your natural ability to recognize and intelligently discuss various components in beer. In the process, you’ll learn some of the terms that judges use to describe beer’s many attributes.

This class will help you expand your understanding of beer flavors and aromas, and we’ll even help take the mystery out of the concept of “mouthfeel.” Naturally, the best way to learn is by doing. We'll sample and compare a number of world class examples, discussing ingredients and learning a bit about the brewing process. We will touch upon some of the major world beer styles, how they developed, and why certain beers fit into style profiles better than others. We will also examine the effects of aging on beer.

For those interested in taking it a step further, we will also briefly discuss the BJCP: the Beer Judge Certification Program. (This hour and a half long class is just an introduction to the skills required to judge homebrews or commercial beers in organized competitions.  Passing the BJCP exam to be ranked as a beer judge takes a considerable amount of organized or independent study, should you decide to take this further. We'll tell you more about the program. Meanwhile, if you are curious, you can read more here:

Beer Judging 101 will be offered:
Sunday 3/4/2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Section 1)
Sunday 3/4/2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (Section 2)

The cost of $30 + eventbrite fee per person, for either section (both are identical) -- this includes all beers and materials. You must be 21 or older.

Logistics: the Pyramid Alehouse is conveniently located in downtown Sacramento, and is easily accessible by various forms of transit.  We strongly suggest using public transit or a designated driver.

Note: The equivalent class for SF Beer Week has consistently sold out, so we recommend that you purchase your tickets at as soon as possible to ensure a spot.

CA / Mead Day 2011 - Dublin, CA
« on: August 06, 2011, 03:29:02 AM »
Greetings, SF East Bay Area Meadmakers (or meadmaker wannabe's)!

Join us for AHA Mead Day at Hoptech (6398 Dougherty Rd Ste 7, Dublin, CA 94568), starting at ~11:00 AM on Saturday August 6th, finishing up by 1:00 PM (hey, this is quick and easy!).

We will be making a no-heat-method Clover mead with fresh-frozen Humboldt County raspberries -- using the methods recommended by Ken Schramm and his disciples.  Learn about proper aeration of your must!  Learn about staggered yeast nutrients!  Observe expert re-hydration of yeast!  ...and prepare to be astounded by award winning meadmaker and occasional mad scientist Brian Cooper's advanced methods of mixing honey with water!!!  Overall, come prepared to experience a very easy way to make excellent mead, time after time.  You won't want to miss it!

Hope you'll join us for some good meadmaking and good times!   THEN go hit the IPA festival in Hayward, and get your hops on!...  :D

President, Mad Zymurgists

To all 2011 NHC 1st Round Entrants (Lodi region):

The scoresheets for the First Round of the National Homebrew Competition from our area's regional Judging (a.k.a. West Coast region) were mailed out yesterday, April 22, 2011, via First Class Mail.  They were mailed from Livermore, CA, and most envelopes should be arriving today or Monday, but those further away will receive their packets further into next week.

Thanks to everyone who entered, as well as to all of our judges, stewards, and staff, who made this happen.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all the winners in our judging center.  Full details will be announced on the AHA's NHC page after all regions have finished their judging and turned in their databases.  I am told this should be sometime the first week of May.

Just wanted to share the information.  Best of luck to everyone who has entries passing along to the 2nd round, and we'll see you in San Diego!

Brian Cooper
Organizer, 2011 NHC 1st Round (Lodi Judging Center)

Battle of the Bitters - Winners

Competition Date: February 5th, 2011
Hosted by the Mad Zymurgists, Livermore/Pleasanton, CA

We had a strong level of participation in our AHA Club-Only Competition, "the Battle of the Bitters," with 70 total entries.

Congratulations to the winners:
Place   Brewer                Cat./Style        Club
1st    Brent Zomerlei         8C     ESB     Primetime Brewers
2nd   William Phillips         8C     ESB    CASK
3rd    Bruce Thackwray     8C    ESB    Midnight Carboys

We appreciate all of our BJCP judges, stewards, cellar staff, and other helpers, who helped to make this competition possible.  Thanks also to all the clubs who entered!

Brian Cooper
Organizer, Battle of the Bitters

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