Sudzers January 2024 meeting notes

Hello Sudzers,
For our January meeting, we discussed the homebrew competition that Steins is asking us to help organize, and we presented the Sudzers Homebrewer of the Year trophy. Then we tasted ten great homebrews. Thanks to Stein’s and everyone who showed up.

– Steins is holding a homebrew competition in March this year and asked the Sudzers to help organize the judging. The competition will be limited to BJCP category 31A (alternative grain beers). The pre-registration of entries will be at the end of February. The deadline for drop offs will be sometime in mid-March. Judging will occur March 23 with March 24 as a potential backup/secondary judging date, since final judging for the World Cup of Beer will also be held on the 23rd.

– The Sudzers 2023 Homebrewer of the Year trophy was awarded to Stephan Piotrowski. Congratulations Stephan!

– Derek W. gave his annual CFO report on the club’s finances for 2023.

– The off flavor of the month was geranium. Thanks to Mikael for putting this together.

– Mikael also mentioned some upcoming homebrew competitions in the area:

NameLocationDateEntry DeadlineURL
El Dorado County Fair Homebrew & Microbrew CompetitionsPlacerville, CA02/03/202401/22/2024
Side Gate Brewery- Belgian Beer BonanzaConcord, CA02/25/202401/26/2024
World Cup of BeerHayward, CA03/23/202402/28/2024
New World Brew ChallengeLoomis, CA04/06/202403/29/2024

– We had a brief discussion about having a club brew in 2024. Members present liked the idea of using the biere de garde recipe we used for last year’s club brew. The brewing of the beer will happen late summer or early autumn.

– The beers we tasted:

BrewerBeer NameBeer StyleIBUsABV
Mikael H.MeBurgerGerman Pilsner355.8
Sebastian BSaison316.3
Kevin SB Strongstrong bitter505.8
Peter Phazy pale ale404.9
Sebastian BAPA/Session IPA65?4.6
DerekCrimson MissileAmerican Red Ale605.90%
Peter PAmerican amber ale706
Stephan / Rob at ClandestineRed RyederAmerican Amber Ale6.8
Robert R.Bière d’NoëlBière de garde247.80%
Robert R.Robert’s Old & BitterImperial Stout808.80%

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– For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out the Worts of Wisdoms’ calendar: