Info for NCHF attendees

For those attending the Northern California Homebrewers Festival the weekend of September 18, please join the Google Group for communications about the festival. Add your contact information, as well as beers, food, and gear you plan to bring to the Google Doc so that we can plan the booth and make sure we have enough taps available. The theme this year is Prohibition, and a small planning group headed by Steve Hutzler (NCHF chair) and Mike Conant (Chief Events Officer) have been working on a theme for the club presence.

August Meeting Notes

The hospitality of the staff of Stein’s was fantastic, and we hope to meet there again in September. We were in a large private back room near the kitchen for August, but are looking at the smaller private room for September – less capacity but also less ambient noise. We’re planning on continuing meetings on the first Sunday of each month at 4, but are tentatively planning on meeting September 13 (2nd Sunday) to avoid the Labor Day weekend. More information forthcoming once confirmed.

Club members who attended the North Bay Bus Trip reported having an excellent time, some great beers at some lesser-known breweries, and a lot of face to face time with brewers and owners.

Thirsty Third Thursdays:
August 20 meetup will be at the newly remodeled Campbell Brewing Company (formerly Sonoma Chicken Coop in downtown Campbell). They have tasty bbq and a solid guest tap list, and their first house-brewed beers just went on tap this week. September 17 meetup will be at East Coast Alice, a new upscale diner with, as you might imagine, some east coast food specialties. They have about 10 taps of interesting craft brews and a nice patio in Downtown Saratoga.

Homebrew tastings:

Steve Hutzler brought a brett Gravenstein apple cider from a local
producer called Rider Ranch
Adam C’s Hefeweizen
Rich’s Perfect Kolsch
Derek W’s Tasty Waves Hoppy Blonde Ale
Derek W’s Kottbusser (alt with honey, molasses,and oats)
Rob C’s El Dorado & Motueka Pale Ale
Jim W’s Ron Mexico Pale Ale
Jim W’s Smokin’ Chipotle Robust Porter
Paul’s Simcoe & Columbus IIPA

Sudzers North Bay Brewery Tour 2015


The North Bay Brewery Tour is around the corner and we are now taking sign-ups!

Date: July 25, 2014, 7am – ~8pm (this is an all day trip!)

Breweries include:

Bear Republic, Healdsburg — Tour of facility starting at 10am, before they open

Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma

St. Florian’s, Windsor

Baeltan or 101 North, Novato

Travel: Bus will pick us up and drop us off at the Mountain View Caltrain parking lot

Sign-up Limit:  25 people (we have to manage our impact on the breweries we visit), priority will be given to paying Sudzers members.

Cost: $65 per person

Signup Online

July Meeting Notes

Dark Beer competition was a success! Congratulations to the winners.

Dark Beer < 9%

1st Place – Robust Porter by Adam

2nd Place – American Stout by Nick

3rd Place – Oak Aged Milk Stout by Derek

Dark Beer > 9%

1st Place – Bourbon Oak Aged RIS by Nick

2nd Place – Barley Wine  by Adam

3rd Place – Russian Imperial Stout by Duncan

Other great entries in the competition were,

Porter by Matt, Black Lager by Tyler, Baltik Porter by Tim and Russian Imperial Stout by Chris.


July 16: Thirsty 3rd Thursday at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

July 18, 10 am: NCHF ticket sales open

July 25: North Bay Bus Trip

July 30, 6:30 pm: NCHF Planning meeting at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

August meeting is confirmed for 8/2 at Steins. Time TBD

At least 9 new Sudzers BJCP judges, possibly more, from recent exam (Derek H and Steve C were already judges). Congrats to Certified judges Duncan and Derek W, and Recognized judges Tyler, Jim W, Elan, Steve H, Adam C, Charles, and Doug H.

Sudzers meeting this Saturday (7/11)

The July Sudzers meeting is this COMING Saturday at Tim Tople’s house at 4:00PM. Email Tim <> for address. The focus of this meeting will be on the Dark Beer competition.


4:00-4:30PM => Register beers for competition.

Members can enter one beer in the below 9% ABV category and one in the above 9% ABV category.

4:15PM => Discuss August meeting location.

4:30PM => Discuss North Bay brewery bus trip.

4:45PM => Competition begins.

Please bring your own chair and tasting glass, and dress for sitting outside.