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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any new upcoming rallies?
« on: February 26, 2010, 08:15:13 AM »
The AHA Rally calendar is filling up. Here's the most recent list.

AHA Rally Calendar: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/rallies

February 28, 2010 | Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | Houston, TX
March 13, 2010 | Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, CA
March 27, 2010 | Abita Beer | Abita Springs, LA
May 15, 2010 | Upland Brewing Co. | Bloomington, IN
May 21, 2010 | Allagash Brewing Co. | Portland, ME
July 29, 2010 | Boston Beer Co. | Boston, MA
July 30, 2010 | Goose Island Beer Co. | Chicago, IL

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any new upcoming rallies?
« on: February 19, 2010, 03:35:22 PM »
DOH! You got me, Denny!

Upland Brewing Co. 350 W. 11th St. Bloomington, Indiana 47404

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any new upcoming rallies?
« on: February 19, 2010, 03:15:15 PM »
Ok crew... I've got a new Rally to announce.

Upland Brewing Co.
May 15th, 2010
4-8pm

I believe it's being held in conjunction with a local homebrew competition. Stay tuned to this page: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/event-list/show?title=upland-aha-rally  for updates.

Oh yah... I'm getting close to announcing a Maine Rally as well as one in Chicago!  ;)

Kathryn Porter
AHA Membership Coordinator
Brewers Association

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any new upcoming rallies?
« on: February 05, 2010, 03:57:28 PM »
I am working on a number of leads right now to get a bunch more Rallies on the calendar. I can't give you the list until confirmed, but here are the ones that are pretty solid.

2.28 - Saint Arnold - TX
3.13 - Stone Brewing Co. - CA
Summer '10 - Seattle, WA
Summer '10 - Boston Beer, MA
11.6 - Maui Brewing Co. - HI

I'm certainly hoping to get a Rally in the North East this year. Other than the Boston Beer event, I can't divulge any other info. I'll keep this thread going as more events are secured! Feel free to contact me directly with any suggestions.  ;D

Cheers!
Kathryn Porter
AHA Membership Coordinator
kathryn@brewersassociaiton.org


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The Pub / Re: Congrats to Gary and Erin - Maya Glass arrives
« on: November 23, 2009, 10:29:36 AM »
There's a picture of the whole family on the home page of www.HomebrewersAssociation.org . Check it out.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FX Matt / AHA Rally - November 12, 2009
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:18:34 PM »
Don't forget... The FX Matt Rally is tonight in Utica, NY!

AHA Rally / F.X. Matt Brewing Company
Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5pm - 8pm
www.AHARally.org

830 Varick St.
Utica, NY 13502
www.Saranac.com

Entrance to the event includes:
    Seven beers on tap
    • • •
    Meet F.X. President, Fred Matt
    • • •
    Free appetizers
    • • •
    Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and F.X. Matt!


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Homebrewer Bios / David Houseman
« on: November 06, 2009, 08:57:43 AM »
David Houseman - BUZZ, Chester Springs, PA


David Houseman began brewing in 1991.  The cross between the science of brewing and the creativity of cooking was alluring from the start.  He progressed from extract brewing on the kitchen stove, with numerous overflows - much to his wife's chagrin -- to all-grain brewing, taking over the garage, laundry room and numerous other locations around the house.   

In 1993 he co-founded the BUZZ homebrew club.  In 1993 Dave became a BJCP (www.bjcp.org) judge and organized the first Buzz Off homebrew competition.  He is currently a BJCP Grand Master III judge, actively judging more than brewing at the moment.   Dave has brewed examples of all of the BJCP beer styles and number of the cider and mead styles, winning numerous awards in local, regional and national competitions.   Dave served as the Mid-Atlantic Representative of the BJCP and on the Governing Committee (ne Board of Advisors) of the AHA since 1996.  He is currently the BJCP Competition Director.   

Dave is a contributing author of the Commercial Calibration column in Zymurgy, has written a number of articles and is a frequent contributor to AHA TechTalk.   He is a frequent speaker on beer, brewing, beer styles and food and beer pairing at beer festivals, beer dinners and wherever invited and the beer freely flows.   

When not brewing or judging a homebrew competitions or the GABF, Dave spends time as a USSF and PIAA soccer referee, in his day job as Chief Operating Officer of Education Management Solutions (www.ems-works.com), or time with his family, wife Gloria, a math teacher, daughter Morgan in high school and son Matthew in middle school.   If it ferments, David has made it, including beer, mead, cider, wine and cheese.

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General Homebrew Discussion / FX Matt / AHA Rally - November 12, 2009
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:12:51 PM »


AHA Rally / F.X. Matt Brewing Company
Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5pm - 8pm
www.AHARally.org

830 Varick St.
Utica, NY 13502
www.Saranac.com

Entrance to the event includes:
    Seven beers on tap
    • • •
    Meet F.X. President, Fred Matt
    • • •
    Free appetizers
    • • •
    Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and F.X. Matt!

Contact Kathryn Porter, kathryn@brewersassociation.org, for volunteer opportunities.

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Homebrewer Bios / David Logsdon
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:45:58 PM »
David Logsdon - Hood River, Oregon



David Logsdon - Hood River, Oregon

David began brewing beer at home in 1978. It was while in college that brewing beer became of interest. There were a couple of reasons for this. One was because of a major in Food Science & Technology,  where he was doing a lot of fermenting in the lab. After making sausages, sauerkraut, cheeses, and bread, he thought, why not make beer too? The other reason was being a college student . There wasn’t a lot of extra cash for beer, let alone the good stuff.

So, home brewing became a hobby which paved the way to an exciting and adventurous career. While still in college, microbiology became a course of great interest. So much so, a part time job learning to maintain the bacteria and yeast cultures for the department proved to be a valuable experience. It was at that time the realization of using pure brewing yeast in his homebrew made a remarkable improvement in the quality of the beer.

Homebrewing became quite a consuming hobby in many respects. Eventually, improvements in the brewing equipment were necessary. Soon he found the centerpiece of his brewing system in a restaurant equipment supply store basement. It was a 1940’s circa stainless steel army coffee maker, never used. David converted it into a mash/lauter tun complete with a controllable heating jacket, V wire false bottom, sparge arm, and with two draw ports at the base. All but the V wire were already part of the unit. The V wire came from a good friend, Kurt Widmer. He had returned a favor for some help with yeast culturing for the first beers brewed at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. The mash tun was coupled with a converted half barrel keg on a burner with a submersible wort chiller.

By the early 80’s it was a couple of road trips to Boulder for the AHA Homebrewers Conference, Craft Brewers Conference and Great American Beer Festival all rolled into one little event. It was around that time that David entered his first home brew competition and made his biggest homebrewing mistake. The competition instructions called for ‘attaching’ a label to each bottle. So he did, with glue. Needless to say, there was no award for that entry. The beer was judged however, and the notes came back stating “would have been best of show”. David's heart sank with a costly lesson learned.  As for the competition, the instructions have since been changed and clarified.

In spite of the injustice he felt, brewing remained a passionate hobby though the desire to compete was lost. Instead David focused on the joys of homebrewing as he experimented with more and more different yeast strains. So much so that starting a yeast business propelled his homebrewing far beyond anything imaginable.

Wyeast Laboratories opened in 1985. David became consumed by homebrewing instead of consuming a lot of homebrew, a hobby turned career. Not only did homebrewing give him a golden opportunity to start his business, it also gave him the confidence to start a commercial brewery. Word of some folks planning to open a brewery in town had David looking them up and signing on as brewer and a founding partner. Soon thereafter Full Sail Brewing Company opened in Hood River, Oregon.

There David's seven years of homebrewing experience really paid off. Even though he had worked in the lab quite a bit by then and felt confident with that, brewing beer for sale was quite an experience, and a good one. By 1989 Full Sail entered the Brown Ale and Amber Ale into the Great American Beer Festival and won a couple of medals! Since he didn't go to Denver that year, David still hasn’t made it to the big stage, and maybe never will. David retired from professional brewing after that. Since homebrewing had really caught on, all over the country, he was again consumed by the hobby.

Homebrewing has allowed David to express his creativity in many ways, though at times the success of the hobby has kept him from brewing as often as he wanted. Fortunately, over time, that has come full circle. Today, now retired from the commercial side of the hobby, David has time to brew the beers he wants. So with a few oak barrels that need to be refilled with Lambics and a Flanders type red and his fridges rapidly being depleted of Saisons and a variety of other homebrews, he now has time to enjoy a great hobby again. Time to brew, and to share with a few good friends!

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Homebrewer Bios / Dave Levonian
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:15:06 PM »
Dave Levonian – QUAFF, San Diego, California



Dave Levonian was a long time member of QUAFF in San Diego, California.  Unfortunately, we lost Dave in February of 2008 to cancer. 

Dave is probably the person who most influenced interest in Belgian beers within Quaff.  We learned so much from him about Belgian style beers and how to brew them [especially Saisons].  At the final BJCP study course in March 2003 after the class ended, Dave produced a case of Belgian and Belgian style beers for everyone present to enjoy.  How generous he was to bring all this beer to share with the class!  The following Saturday, Dave was helping Quaff members decide which beers to taste at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival.  When it came time to brew a commemorative beer for the 2009 AHA National Homebrew Conference, one of Dave’s famous Saison recipes was used by brewer Tomme Arthur.  It is an outstanding beer and such an appropriate tribute to Dave and his love of Belgian style beers.  One of the 2009 AHA Big Brew recipes was a Saison from Dave, check it out at: http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BIgBrew2009

Dave was not only an outstanding brewer and teacher, but an amazing chef.  When many of us would trek out to our annual camp-out and cook typical camp fire food, Dave would do things like squash flower & brie quesadillas!  He regularly organized beer and food pairings at his house.  Dave would create not follow recipes with the flare of a professional chef.  Dave also had his hand on the pulse of the local San Diego “Food Scene”.  Wherever you had reservations for dinner, Dave knew what to order at that particular restaurant.  Dave’s appreciation of the culinary skills of San Diego Chef’s was so well known that when it came time for a commemorative T-shirt to honor him, we came up with “What Would Dave Order?” as the logo.  It was brief, but it captured him so well.

For many years, Dave was the membership chairman for QUAFF.  Dave was a key reason for the membership in QUAFF increasing dramatically in the last seven years.  He was genuinely interested in meeting new guests and members, and made them feel right at home in these new surroundings.  His outgoing and affable nature and friendship were contagious, and he loved sharing his great insight into the brewing process and the appreciation of fine beers and food.

One of our members summarized Dave recently saying, “I’ve given it a lot of thought; this is what homebrewing is all about: friendship.  We pursue this passion not because the beer is so terribly important; it’s those wonderful people behind this hobby that make it important.  Dave epitomized that which all of us seek when we quaff our favorite brew.  A nice guy, a quick smile; Dave embodied the homebrew ethic…"relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.”

Dave Levonian, a wonderful brewer to profile and a person to emulate.
 



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