E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22am
We received a lot of feedback from brewers and volunteers who wanted to hear about the competition results and receive any medals they may have won, but didn't really want to spend $30 on a banquet ticket. We certainly understand that concern. Some of us want to order a full dinner; others just want to order a beer. It didn't really make sense to lump both camps into the same pool of tickets.
We discussed these concerns with James Street and worked out an alternative plan that we think you guys will like.
Format Changes. First, we're canceling the one-size-fits-all buffet dinner. If you had previously purchased a ticket, we'll be refunding your purchase over the next few days. Instead, James Street will be opening up the same room where we ran the competition as basically a dining room. Starting around 7:00pm, anyone associated with the competition is welcome to head upstairs to the banquet area and order from the standard James Street menu. At 8:00pm, we'll use that same space to start announcing winners and handing out medals. The start of dinner is informal, so feel free to stroll in when it's convenient.
During both dinner and the ceremony, James Street will open up their 2nd floor bar for anyone who wants to order a beer. They'll probably even open it up a little before that point.
Summarizing the Updates - The one-size-fits-all buffet dinner has been cancelled.
- Use the banquet room to order off the regular menu any time after 7:00pm.
- Anyone is welcome to join us at 8:00pm for the awards ceremony.
- James Street will open their 2nd floor bar just before dinner.
Sorting Scoresheets. In the time between the end of judging and the start of dinner service, we'll be sorting scores and preparing brewer envelopes. If you're already there to help out with the competition, we would love to get some help with the sorting effort while you wait for dinner. If you see us struggling, be sure to stop by and at least offer to help out.
E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 @ 11:49pm
As those of you who are already participating in the competition have already heard, this year's post-competition awards banquet will happen immediately following the competition in the banquet space at James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub. You can find complete details and order a ticket here.
Banquet Details - James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub
- Saturday, October 25 @ 7:30pm
- Tickets available for $30
Anyone is welcome to participate in the banquet, whether you have entries in the competition or not. If you did enter beers in the competition, the banquet is a great opportunity to collect your score sheets just a few hours after the competition.
Volunteers Needed. On a related note, we're in need of a few additional volunteers on the day of the event on Saturday. We have a reasonable number of judges, but we still need more stewards, and a few more volunteers who are willing to help manage the cooler. If you know of someone who might be interested, direct them toward the volunteer page on the competition web site or put them in touch with the club officers. The remaining volunteer roles don't require any judging experience.
We'll see many of you at next weekend's competition!
E-mail sent by AndyW, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 @ 7:07pm
Just a reminder that our October meeting is this Saturday. See below for details.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm
The Brew Gentlemen
512 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104
Our October meeting will fall early in the month since we're having our annual competition at the end of the month. We'll be heading to The Brew Gentlemen, a small craft brewery and taproom in Braddock, that opened in May. It's a great place, with great beer brewed by some really great people. The "gentlemen" part isn't just a clever name!
Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Online Beer Scores site. If you're interested, you can register your latest homebrew and bring one or more bottles to the meeting. Exchange bottles with another brewer, and you'll have an opportunity to both judge their beer and receive some critical feedback for yours.
Don't let the "Serious" part of our name scare you off. If you have an interest in homebrewing come to one of our meetings and check it out. There is lots of good food and of course homebrewed beer. If you have any questions ask on the contact form.