Meeting Minutes – February 28, 2013

The February meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by the President –  Dave Kirsten.

The reading of January’s meeting minutes was waived.

The Treasurer’s report recorded a balance of $2398.72, with pending deposits and withdrawals for the Coconut Cup Competition. Next meeting’s report we will have our balance and we will determine what our budget is.

Old Business:

Best Florida Beer Championship: Our brewing team of Bob & Dave took a third place medal in the Smoke & Wood-Aged category with their Oaked Bourbon Stout.

NHC competition registration is locked now.

The NHC conference is being held June 25-27 in Philadelphia and several MASH members will be attending.

The Second annual Key Largo Beer Fest will be held April 6 from 01:00pm till 05:00pm. This is not a BJCP judged event. If you want to enter a beer it will cost you $15 and you need to supply 24 bottles by April 4. The event will be held at Doc’s Dinner at mile maker 104.5. The cost of a ticket is $35 in advance $45 at the door.

Hurricane Blowoff entries start April 11 with the competition being held April 19-20. They are looking for judges.  If you can make the trip to Loxahatchee (West Palm Beach) it will be well worth it.

Coconut Cup prejudging has taken place and we have one more session Friday, March 1st.  If you can make it, please be there.  We have 37 total flights to judge.  15 have been completed, leaving 22 of which 11 are second round.  The big event is this Saturday (March 2nd) and we will need everybody’s help.  A motion was set forth to use the second round non-scoring form. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

New Business:

We had a student from FIU’s School of Journalism at the meeting working on a project.  She is filming our meeting and conducting interviews.

A motion was set forth to cancel the June 27 meeting and hold it at the Summer Solstice party. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

A motion was set forth to hold the Summer Solstice party on June 22. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay. No location was decided on yet.  We will revisit this topic next meeting.

A motion was set forth to change the November meeting date from the 28 to the 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

Education of our beloved hobby was brought up. For the next three months we will have a speaker going over a category (BJCP) guidelines. This will be done at the beginning of the meetings and will be conducted by one of our members. A motion was set forth and seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

Matt mentioned that he is working on a speaker who is a brewer in the UK for our August meeting.  More to come on that next month.

Marketing and media – MASH has a twitter account with the address of “@MASH_FL”.  Please start using it.  We then had member Matt explain how it works and gave a quick lesson on how to post a twitter or is it a twitt? A motion was set forth to make Matt our Social Media Coordinator. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

The March meeting is scheduled for Sports Grill in South Miami. A motion was set forth to move the meeting start time back to 07:30pm. The motion was seconded and a final vote was all yea and no nay.

We have not heard from the United Way Brews and Bites event coordinator yet but believe the event is being held April 13 or thereabouts. We will try and get more information.

The BOTY style for this month is Barleywines. We had three entries this month. Third place went to Dave and Bob. Second place went to Scott and Denise. And the first place was awarded to Jon & Alisa Britton, who have taken the lead in the cumulative standings.

The meeting was closed.

Submitted by,

Darryl Hickey

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