Archives for the month of: April, 2013

gabfDespite the pouring down rain last night, Nick and I were determined to make it to the monthly Bluff City Brewers meeting. Nick had two beers to enter for the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition, and I wanted to go for the discussion about making your own wine (yes, this will be happening in the near future!) For those unfamiliar with the Pro-Am Competition, it’s the chance for homebrewers to have their beer brewed at a commercial brewery and have their beer served at the GABF!  The rules for homebrewers in this competition are as follows (as listed on the GABF website):

  1. The homebrewer entrant or entrants must be members of the AHA by the time the brewery registers the entry in the GABF Pro-Am competition (June 27, 2012), as well as when the Pro-Am entry is judged (October 2012). All brewery entrants must be members of the Brewers Association.
  2. Qualifying homebrew competitions may be, but are not required to be American Homebrewers Association (AHA)/Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned homebrew competitions held on or after January 1, 2011 and may use AHA/BJCP categories, as defined by the BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines for their entries, excluding those restricted by the competition. See our Events Calendar for a calendar of up-coming AHA/BJCP sanctioned competitions or BJCP to register a competition.
  3. Competitions must be timed to give the brewery adequate time to brew the beer to be ready for entry to the GABF.
  4. The nature of the competition is entirely up to the brewery, they may choose to work with an existing competition or create their own. Breweries may restrict the styles of the competition to styles they can reasonably brew.
  5. AHA membership of all homebrewer entrants will be verified by the AHA. AHA membership must be current at the time the brewery enters the GABF competition, and also at the time of the GABF judging.
  6. The homebrewer brewing their recipe with the professional brewery CANNOT be, or have ever been, an employee of that brewery or on the brewing staff at any brewery.
  7. All entrants, both professional and amateur brewers, must sign a Licensing Agreement prior to the submission of entries to the GABF. The Licensing Agreement limits and protects the way the GABF trademark is used.
  8. No more than one entry per brewery will be accepted in the GABF Pro-Am Competition. Individual AHA members may be associated with no more than one entry submitted into the GABF Pro-Am Competition judging at the GABF.
  9. GABF Pro-Am entries submitted by breweries will compete in a best-of-show style judging, during the regular GABF judging. The GABF Style Guidelines and GABF judge panel will be used for the judging. Entering breweries must provide the appropriate GABF category name and number along with any requested supplemental information for the entry to be judged correctly. Entries that do not include this information will not be accepted.
  10. Judges will determine the top three entries in the GABF Pro-Am Competition, which will be awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze GABF Pro-Am Competition medals during the GABF awards ceremony, held October 13, 2012. Medals will be issued to both the winning brewery and the winning homebrewer.

The winner from our club will get to brew his beer at Bosco’s with the head brewer, as well as have his beer served at Bsoco’s for a short time — how exciting is that?! Nick has entered his American IPA and breakfast stout, so we will see what our local judge thinks. Fingers crossed, y’all!

[Also, judging for the division of the AHA National Homebrew Competition that Nick entered starts today!]

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The White Stripes and The Black Keys should form a band and call it Pianos.

I stumbled upon this quote on reddit and thought I’d share it with y’all since I found it quite humorous. As a fan of both The White Stripes and The Black Keys, I would not be opposed to a collaboration. Happy Friday!

fix the beer taxJust a short post on this rainy Thursday, but it’s great to be able to say that Tennessee’s 1950s beer tax has been fixed! The final votes for the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 took place on Monday in the Senate (30-1) and on Wednesday in the House (87-2). Now all it awaits is signature from Governor Haslam! Co-sponsors of the bill, Rep. Sexton (R-Crossville) and Rep. Kelsey (R-Germantown), and the folks behind Fix the Beer Tax have worked tirelessly the past couple of months and it’s great to see all that hard work and campaigning pay off on the first go around. So, cheers to that!

If you don’t have plans for the night of April 23rd, Bosco’s announced its annual Brewmasters Dinner the other day and the menu looks delicious! Nick and I went last year and we’ll be going again this year. I’m especially excited about the Wasabi shrimp entrée, and what do you know, it’s served with my favorite type of beer! Seats will fill up fast if they haven’t already, so call and reserve your spot now!

And lastly, in house news, Nick and I will start moving boxes in the last week of April and we’ll move our furniture in May 1st! I’ve got big plans for decorating our new place and Nick has already made a big purchase which will be put to good use when we have a housewarming party —  so stay tuned! Cheers!

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Tulips at University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Bring May flowers… flowers I hope to plant, at some point or another, after Nick and I move into our house at the end of the month! After searching daily for a house that fit all of our requirements, we finally found a nice one to rent and we’re very excited to start this next stage of our relationship. I won’t get all sappy on here, but with the direction our relationship is going, we decided this is the next logical step :) It’s going to be a great house for entertaining family and friends and it’s plenty spacious for all of our needs, especially storing (and expanding) Nick’s homebrewing equipment. He’s already planning on getting a 14 cubic foot chest freezer to make a new keezer, and then using the current seven cubic foot keezer solely for fermenting. And I’ve already been on Pinterest planning DIY projects and taking note of quick and simple organization tips that I never would have thought of before. What did we ever do before that website existed?

And now for the beer news update:

  • The Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 passed the Senate and House Finance Committees today and it will come to a full floor vote within the week — great news!
  • It’s good to see there are some legislators in Alabama with some sense! A new bill to legalize homebrewing in Alabama passed through the House today on a 58-33 vote. Mississippi homebrewers got good news last month, so let’s hope the same for their neighbors. However, after reading some of the comments from AL representatives today (and judging from a previous debate on this same topic), Alabama may still be a good while away from legalizing homebrewing…

Well, off to start sorting, organizing, packing, etc. — cheers!