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April 2016 Newsletter

Greetings MaSHers!

The Marin County Fair judging is looming!  It's now less than two months away.  The county has registration information up and you should be able to register online with the county. On this note please bring any six pack holders or case boxes you can donate, but please make them for standard longneck bottles. Short or different style won't work for what it needed. There will be a lot to do so I hope to use sign-up genius, or some other software, to help organize club volunteers. Check out the event for judging on marinmashers.com, on that note...

Check out the new club website marinmasher.com!  This is definitely becoming my hub of communicating information out.  We may move some items, like the knowledge page, to a members only section. If we go that route I will provide the password to members.  Meetup had a forum that was used by some, did you find a forum helpful?  The current thought is to simply use the Facebook group for discussion but if there is a large enough demand for a club web forum at the site we can look into getting one up and running.  Please let me know what you think.

Meeting Agenda - This April we will have the return of the Feedback Foyer.  Please bring recipe information, mash temp, yeast used, ingredients and what you want to know.  The Quarterly Style presentation will be on this styles quarter - Belgian Wit! Finally there will either be a presentation or technical discussion, that hasn't been decided yet.    

Bob Casey is heading out on a vacation to Belgium.  He will be attending a beer festival with a brew list that will turn us all green with envy.  Tasting them all will be impossible, but if you can help Bob come up with a "Must Taste" list it would be much appreciated.  Here is the link to the festival http://www.zbf.be/index.php?lang=UK&page=2 and it should be the beer list page as well.  The beer list is only 16 PAGES LONG!!!! The current tasting goals per Bob is -
"As usual 2 Trappists: Westmalle and Orval. But important are: St. Bernardus ,very highly rated-they brewed the Westvleteren St. Sixtus for the monks before they began brewing themselves. Other names: Huyghe (Delirium Tremens, Guillotine, etc.), De Struise (Black Albert 13%), sold out last time, Van den Bossche (Buffalo stout), Het Anker, Contreras, Bosteels, Val Dieu (Abbey beer), Mootgat (Chouffe)."  Feel free to email Bob with your suggestions at rdcasey@gmail.com.

Bob - Try to smuggle us back some trappist yeast.   ;)

Here is the link to the March meeting summary in case you missed it - http://eepurl.com/bVtVGj. The button below should also work.

I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting on April 20th at 7pm at J&M! 

Bottom's Up,
Damien

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