« on: January 29, 2016, 03:42:33 PM »
Also ask about any special events or sessions that the club holds - ours does an early in the month tech session that is very worthwhile for some geeky discussions on topics of interest. It also hosts social events periodically during each year (brewery tours, picnics food pairing dinners - that type of thing).
Enjoy and bring beer for "evaluation". As to the diacetyl comment above - I suggest being truthful, but simply couch it as perhaps - a hint of diacetyl or perceptible level of diacetyl, if you detect its presence. Some of us are damn near blind to it (it is more of a mouthfeel to me than an aroma or flavor) - so I have to search for it in lower levels, but I welcome the comment. For example, I had it arise as a result of the Czech Pilsner yeast that had an extensive D-rest and was fine at kegging, but it came back over a few weeks at lager temperatures. The diacetyl patrol at a club meeting was able to detect it in my beer, so I didn't bother entering it in any comps!
Mostly just enjoy the folks and try to meet everyone - you might find some that are extremely dedicated and others that are just plain fun.