Last night was our first meeting, and it was full of win! We had 11 people show up, including one guy who walked into the shop to buy some beer but ended up staying because he thought it'd be fun to try. Between us we have more than 20 batches under our belts, and a majority of the people present were all-grain brewers. We even had one guy whose very first batch ever was all-grain! Hardcore.
I was especially pleased that two people brought beers for us to sample (my flier didn't say anything about that) which is a really good sign :-)
Here are a few photos... I didn't think to get a group photo unfortunately, but that might have been a little weird anyway.
Belgian strong golden. Lots of alcohol in this one, needing body - but definitely drinkable. This was done by the guy on the left in the following photo, with a couple friends of his. He's the guy whose first batch was all-grain. Nice head retention, lacing, etc.
At left, "Pek," and at right, Stephen. Pek did the strong golden above.
Stephen's "La Fossoyeuse," or "grim reaper-ette," a good example of an English Brown Ale.
The weather was perfect. I took this on my walk home to the train. Really happy with how things worked out! I'm not sure when our next meeting will be, but I do know that I'm going to get everybody a logbook, because a major theme during the discussion of beer recipes was "I don't remember what I put in it."
Thoughts about a good idea for the next meeting? I'm going to hold a contest to name the club at the very least.