Meeting Minutes – January 24, 2013

  • Officers’ Reports
    • Treasurer
      • We have $2,298.72 in the account.
      • Bob and Darryl are signers on the bank account. It was decided there is no need to change.
      • The president has asked the treasurer to give an accounting of deposits and expenditures for the purpose of creating a budget.
  • Old Business 
    • New website is up and operational.
    • Beer festival at Marlins Park
      • Thanks to everyone who participated and came out.
      • Josh’s Coffee Milk Stout was a great hit.
      • Some good contacts were made with other participants.
    • Vertical Banner
      • The banner has been created and is operational
    • Upcoming Competitions
      • Jupiter Beer Festival – check website for details
      • Best Florida Beer Championship
        • Entry window closes February 2nd. Main judging date is February 23rd.
      • National Homebrew Competition
        • Entry window opens February 26th.
        • Entries to be received at registered location between March 18-27.
        • Two bottles required for first round.
        • Club can pay for shipment of entries.
      • Key Largo competition
        • First week of April? Jon will follow up with more information.
      • Coconut Cup
        • Entry window open now until February 15th.
        • Main judging date March 2nd at American Legion
        • Entry organizing session: February 16th at Jon’s house (time TBA)
        • First judging session: February 17th at Jon’s house (time TBA)
        • Additional judging date: March 1st at 12:00 pm (American Legion)
        • Need additional weekday judging session. Bob Billany will send out email.
        • Cases boxes are needed. Contact Jon if you can deliver some.
        • Bob and Dave are working on sponsors.
        • We need kegs for the main competition day. Please contact Bob Billany if you can bring a keg or two. 
  • New Business 
    • National Homebrewers Conference
      • Philadelphia, June 27-29
      • Registration opens February 5th. Register for conference and hotel on the 5th if possible. Conference will sell out quickly.
    • Club shirts
      • The company that we got shirts from no longer has our artwork on file. They can digitize our artwork for $60.
      • Suggested to keep the palm tree logo for polos and guzzler for t-shirts.
      • Suggested to have a simpler logo (mash paddle and club name?) embroidered on guayaberas.
      • Bob Billany will check on another possible company.
    • Upcoming Calendar Events
      • Proposed summer solstice party date: Saturday, June 22nd. Location needed.
      • Proposed to move the November meeting date to the third Thursday of the month due to Thanksgiving.
      • Proposed winter solstice party date: December 14th. Location needed.
    • Membership Directory
      • Members are asked to complete a directory information form.
      • Directory information will be placed on a password-encoded section of the MASH website.
    • February Meeting
      • The February meeting will be held at the American Legion.
    • Club Jockey Box
      • Bob Billany proposed the construction of a club jockey box for use at festivals and other group gatherings. Construction was approved.
      • Procedural guidelines will need to be created.
        • Who will be responsible for maintenance, storage and transportation?
        • How can we manage fair and equitable beer supply for events?
        • How will reimbursement be handled for beer donations?
    • BJCP Certification
      • Danny A. passed the initial part of the BJCP exam. Congratulations, Danny!
      • Scott will look into the possibility of applying to host a BJCP tasting exam.
      • Danny, Dave and Bob are on the list to take the tasting exam at the NHC in Philadelphia.
    • Education
      • Now that we have a quieter meeting venue, it was proposed to add an educational component to the BotY competition.
      • Two possibilities were suggested:
        • The winner of the BotY will be responsible for discussing the next BotY style at the next meeting.
        • Circulate a sign-up sheet and let members choose which subject they would like to present.
      • Bob Billany will send an email requesting feedback.
  • Brewer of the Year 
    • Upcoming BotY styles:
      • February: Barleywine (English or American) (club only)
      • March: Extract (club only)
      • April: Pale Ale (English or American)
    • January BotY
      • Style was Stout
      • Four beers were entered: two oatmeal stouts, one milk stout and one chocolate milk stout
    • Results
        • 1st place: Bob and Dave for an oatmeal stout
        • 2nd place: Danny A. for a milk stout
        • 3rd place: Jon for an oatmeal stout
        • Danny A. gets a point for entering a chocolate milk stout
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