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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Alternative voting systems to FPTP?
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:33:21 PM »
We have seven total board positions for our club, two of them are titled Member at Large.  Their primary responsibilities include helping out with meeting duties the day of and miscellaneous things that come up from time to time.  The position is viewed as an entry step for newer members on the board.  Because there are two positions available every year we end up with five or so people running for them.  We do two things for those that don't get elected:
1.  Don't announce the vote count.  All anyone needs to know is who will occupy the seat, by how much someone won doesn't matter.
2.  After the results are announced offer other opportunities to those that didn't get elected.  They showed the willingness to help and there are probably plenty of other non-elected opportunities available that can make someone feel like a contributor. 

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Registration is now open!

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Hello Fellow Homebrewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee and German Fest are very pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual German Fest Stein Challenge will be taking place on July 27th and 28th, 2012. This BJCP registered, German bier style only competition, is held in conjunction with the 31st annual German Fest which will be taking place on the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee July 26th through the 29th.  Entries will be limited to 300 this year.  Proceeds from the competition will go towards the newly established Midwest Brewer Scholarship Fund.

Registration opens on June 23rd and will be coordinated through the competition web site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org.  Entries will be accepted June 23rd through July 14th at homebrew supply stores in Milwaukee, Madison, and Northern Illinois.  Entries may be shipped to Northern Brewer in West Allis WI.  Please see the competition web site for participating shops and locations.

Judging will take place on July 28th and the Best of Show will take place at German Fest on the Summerfest grounds on July 29th.  An awards ceremony will follow the Best of Show judging at German Fest.  First, Second, and Third place medals will be awarded to the category winners.  Steins will be awarded to the First, Second, and Third place Best of Show winners.  Finally, one entry from the best of show round will be chosen by the Milwaukee Brewing Company to be ramped up and served at the Milwaukee Ale House!

Accepted categories and additional details can be found on the competition web site.  Periodic updates will be posted to the competition Facebook page.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be sent out shortly.  Please pass this information on to your fellow homebrewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org/index.php?section=contact.

Best of luck to all that enter!

German Fest Stein Challenge Organizing Committee

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Reminder - Registration closes this coming Sunday February 5th!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Looking for some diagrams on brewing process
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:26:28 AM »
Here is a good interactive process online -
http://www.reissdorf.com/koelsch/bier_bewusst_geniessen/bier_bewusst_geniessen.php

Don't know if these will help but here is the link to the beginner course that I teach for the Barons.  There are three PDFs there that you're welcome to reference.  I can email you the PowerPoints directly if needed.
http://beerbarons.org/Brew-U/brewing101.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Learn to Homebrew Day 2011
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:16:13 PM »
FYI - the reply header might have changed to 2012 but the main one still reads 2011.  Might want to just re-post the whole enchilada with the correct dates to avoid confusion.  We all drink a lot of beer, are easily confused, and are in dire need of good direction (a lot of us are men).   ???   :-\   :-[

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Hello fellow Home Brewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee are very pleased to announce that registration for the third annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition is now open.  Judging will be taking place on February 17th and 18th, 2012. This competition is held in conjunction with the 15th annual Midwinter Brew Fest at the Milwaukee Ale House and is a member of the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year circuit.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://midwinterhbc.beerbarons.org.  Entries will be accepted January 1st through February 5th at 11 different locations in WI, IL, & MN.  Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI.  Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

In addition to the category and Best of Show awards, one of the winning English Session entries (BJCP categories 8A, 8B, or 11A) will be chosen to be ramped up by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House.

Awards will be announced and presented to participants at the Milwaukee Ale House on February 18th at 6:00 PM central time.   Winners will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site and our Facebook page.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be posted shortly. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://midwinterhbc.beerbarons.org/index.php?section=contact

Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!

MWHBC Organizing Committee

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Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:34:30 AM »
Ale Asylum is in Madison and Tyranea is in Lake Mills.  You can also give Oso Hopdinger a try which is from Wausau.  If you are closer to MN you can also give Surly a try.  Several local brew pubs also offer them.

Please note, we tend to change our beer as the seasons change.  As the cold starts to come in so does the high gravity stouts, barley wines, porters, and dark Belgians. 

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It is our pleasure once again, to announce that registration is now open for the 2011 Schooner Homebrew Championship. This years entries will be accepted between August 15th through September 3rd.

The competition is a BJCP Registered and Sanctioned event, judging all BJCP styles using the 2008 BJCP guidelines. The Schooner is one of the Midwest's largest competitions that is held in conjunction with the Great Lakes Brewfest and is a participant in the Midwest Home Brewer of the year circuit.

Additional details can be found at the competition web site at http://www.theschooner.org/

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After further review - my bad.  Now that I looked closer I see that there is a mod at the end of the original post.  I beg forgiveness and I owe you a beer.

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Hello all,

Just an announcement that registration for entries, judging, and stewards is now open.  We'll also be having an AHA Membership Rally at German Fest the day after the judging.  More details about the rally to come.

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Club Leadership & Organization / Club By Laws / Constitution Examples
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:17:01 PM »
People were asking about examples of these at the discussion during the conference.  Here is the link to the Barons.  There is a PDF that can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.  When you incorporate don't forget the non-discrimination clause!

http://beerbarons.org/about/constitution.html

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I want to reiterate a point that came up a few times at the panel discussion in San Diego.

The most important thing is for you to be aware of the laws that apply in your location.  Different states, possibly counties or cities, will have different regulations that you need to keep tabs on.  What works for one locale will not necessarily work in another, there is no cookie-cutter solution.  One club in my area incorporated as a 501(C)3 to protect the officers, while my club got event insurance that covers us for a year for only $650.

You can get help, but ultimately you've got to work it out for yourselves.

I'd like to add a bit to this based on legal issues we're now seeing in a few states like OH and WI.  Once a club has incorporated stay on top of it and re-evaluate from time to time.  Make sure your current incorporation status gives you the most benefit.  Interpretations can change.  Incorporation isn't a one time set up and done. 

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I should note that I made a correction to my earlier post that didn't make it with the copy over to this thread.  We actually formed as a non stock cooperative, not an LLC.  My apologies.

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Hello fellow Homebrewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee and German Fest are very pleased to announce that the inaugural German Fest Homebrew Competition will be taking place on July 30th and 31st, 2011. This BJCP registered, German bier style only competition, is held in conjunction with the 30th annual German Fest which will be taking place on the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee July 28th through the 31st.  Proceeds from the competition will go towards the newly established Midwest Brewer Scholarship Fund.

Registration opens on June 18th and will be coordinated through the competition web site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org.  Entries will be accepted June 30th through July 17th at Brew & Grow in Waukesha WI, Northern Brewer in West Allis WI, & the Purple Foot in Milwaukee WI.  Entries may be shipped to Northern Brewer in West Allis WI.

Judging will take place at the House of Hamburg on July 30th and the Best of Show will take place at German Fest on the Summerfest grounds on July 31st.  An awards ceremony will follow the Best of Show judging at German Fest.

Accepted categories and additional details can be found on the competition web site.  Periodic updates will be posted to the competition Facebook page.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be sent out shortly.  Please pass this information on to your fellow homebrewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration site at http://germanfesthbc.beerbarons.org/index.php?section=contact.

Best of luck to all that enter!

German Fest Homebrew Competition Organizing Committee

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