Sudzers February meeting

Hello, Sudzers!

This month’s meeting will be held at 4:00 pm this Sunday, February 18th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis.
Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos,
as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the
year.

Agenda:

–  Derek will be collecting dues.If you would like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or give him $25 in person this Sunday.

–  Steins homebrew competition on March 24, 2024. 

–  Announcement about issues that Yahoo email users may have in receiving listserv messages.

–  Homebrew evaluations. Remember to bring your recipe, since club members
will have lots of questions. Sign in your beer along with your name
and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in
determining tasting order.

Hope to see you all at Steins!

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, CA02/03/202401/22/2024http://eldoradocountyfair.org/brew-competition.html
Side Gate Brewery- Belgian Beer BonanzaConcord, CA02/25/202401/26/2024http://www.sidegatebrewing.com
World Cup of BeerHayward, CA03/23/202402/28/2024https://www.worldcupofbeer.com/
New World Brew ChallengeLoomis, CA04/06/202403/29/2024https://placerbrewers.org/pubs-invitational-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%

– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org

– If you haven’t already, please join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/mBQ7smguu7. All official communication (meeting information, event information, etc.) will continue to go through the mailing list, but Discord provides us a convenient way to have smaller, quicker conversations, so we encourage you to join.

– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910

– For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out the Worts of Wisdoms’ calendar: http://www.wortsofwisdom.org/calendar/upcoming-homebrewers-competitions/

Sudzers January meeting

Hello, Sudzers!

This month’s meeting will be held at 4:00 pm this Sunday, January 14th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis.
Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos,
as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the
year.

Agenda:

–  Derek will be collecting dues.If you would like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or give him $25 in person this Sunday.

–  Steins homebrew competition in March 2024. 

–  Ideas for the 2024 club brew.

— CFO annual report (Derek) 

— Presentation of the Homebrewer of the Year trophy.

— Off flavor of the month.

— Upcoming competitions.

–  Homebrew evaluations. Remember to bring your recipe, since club members
will have lots of questions. Sign in your beer along with your name
and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in
determining tasting order.

Hope to see you all at Steins!

From the Los Altos Town Crier – Over a decade of cheers: Reflecting on brews news

After 93 columns over the past decade+, including 334 different beers from 119 California craft breweries, Sudzers CFO Derek W is “retiring” from his monthly beer column. He will still write occasional seasonal pieces for the Los Altos Town Crier, but not as frequently. He’s also finally answering the question he always dances around: “What’s your favorite beer?” Cheers!

Over a decade of cheers: Reflecting on brews news

Sudzers November 2023 meeting notes

Hello Sudzers,

For our November meeting, we discussed the homebrew competition that Steins is asking us to help organize. Then we tasted twelve great homebrews. Thanks to Stein’s and everyone who showed up.

– Steins is planning on a homebrew competition to be held in March of next year and asked the Sudzers to help organize the judging. Since they would like the beers entered to be brewed with lesser used malts and grains, the competition will be limited to BJCP category 31A (alternative grain beers). 

– Two sudzers won medals at the California Homebrew Competition. Sebastian Brisbois won a gold in the European sour ale category with a Lambic, and Kevin Sinarle won a silver in the Specialty IPA category with a Brut IPA.

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

– The holiday party will be December 2 at Kevin’s place. An email with further details will be sent out.

– The beers we tasted:

BrewerBeer NameBeer StyleIBUsABVBrewer Notes
Sebastian B.Witbier205.4Omega Jovaru Lithuanian farmhouse yeast
Mikael HFinback Crispy TownPilsner254.6
Kevin SWeird ScienceNZish Pilsner455.5
DerekHoney crisp apple cider with plums5.6
Robert R.Saison288.60%
Kevin SMalt Wishes and Hop DreamsBrut IPA386.8
StephanBench Clear BrawlHazy IPA6.8
Allen MJim’s Juice BombNE DIPA457.8
Mikael HDennyish IPAIPA756.6
Adam CDry Irish Stout w/ Coffee3.70%
Kevin SJAK s Milk StoutSweet Stout325.6
Peter PStrong Ale298%

Sudzers November meeting

Hello, Sudzers!

This month’s meeting will be held at 4:00 pm this Sunday, November 12th
at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis.
Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos,
as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the
year.

Agenda:

–  Derek will be collecting dues. If you would like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or give him $25 in person this Sunday.

–  Steins homebrew competition in March 2024. 

–  Upcoming Sudzers holiday party (12/2)

– Off flavor tasting.

–  Homebrew evaluations. Remember to bring your recipe, since club members
will have lots of questions. Sign in your beer along with your name
and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in
determining tasting order.

Hope to see you all at Steins!

Sudzers September 2023 meeting notes

Hello Sudzers,

For our September meeting, we discussed this year’s NCHF. Then we tasted 4 homebrews. Thanks to Stein’s and everyone who showed up.

– The Northern California Homebrewers Conference (NCHF) is coming up soon (September 15-16). People who are planning on going can coordinate via Discord.

– The California State Homebrew Competition will held October 28 and November 4-5. If anyone is interested in entering beers or being a judge/steward, more information is available from the competition’s web site: https://castate.brewcompetition.com/

– The beers we tasted:

BrewerBeer NameBeer StyleIBUsABVBrewer Notes
Noah MTripel-sided lightsaberTripel~9
TimTFailCold IPA707Many failures in the brewing process
StephanMowgli’s Black Cat IPABlack IPA456.3Chinook, amarillo, citra
Kevin SCommon GroundDIPA958.1Azacca, columbus & southern cross hops

– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org

– If you haven’t already, please join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/mBQ7smguu7. All official communication (meeting information, event information, etc.) will continue to go through the mailing list, but Discord provides us a convenient way to have smaller, quicker conversations, so we encourage you to join.

– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910

– For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out the Worts of Wisdoms’ calendar: http://www.wortsofwisdom.org/calendar/upcoming-homebrewers-competitions/

Sudzers September meeting

Hello, Sudzers!

This month’s meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, September 10th
at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis.
Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos,
as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the
year.

Agenda:

– Northern California Homebrewers Festival (NCHF) which will be held Sept. 15-16, 2022.

– Collection of dues. Derek won’t be at this meeting, but you can still pay dues by sending $25 via Paypal to derek@sudzers.org.

– Homebrew evaluations. Don’t forget to bring your recipe as club members will have lots of questions. Sign in your beer along with your name and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in determining tasting order.

Hope to see you all at Steins!

(Note: The Mountain View Art and Wine Festival is being held the weekend of the 9th and 10th. You might need more time than usual to find parking.)