August MUGZ Meeting Minutes

August 2017 Club Meeting Minutes:

Appreciate Brice doing the “how I brew”/ “how I used to brew before I went electric” educational this month. Several of us were there for his brewing adventure, which looks to have turned out a good beer based on the pictures we have seen. It tasted good throughout the process for sure. You will see it at “Stout Wars”. Thanks for hosting our meeting and being a good sport to show folks how you brew Brice.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Wine Walk. We went through a good amount of beer, cider and wine. Rich said there was a great turnout of folks, and lots of love for everything people donated.
Thanks to everyone who participated at Beer Nuts in Cedar Rapids as well. Great event. We had 10 beers and ran out of 2 of them. They had a good turnout of around 300 people.

Bags and Brews is coming up Saturday, September 23 at 2:30 PM – 7 PM. It’s in LeClaire, Iowa this time down by the levee. We will find out more shortly about setup time and exact location. Check out Gilda’s Club on Facebook, they have been posting about the event.

The German American Heritage Center event is also coming up, “Cheers and Biers German Homebrew Beer Tasting.” October 14th, 6-8 PM. Brew up a German style beer to serve/donate. Was great fun last year.

Land of the Muddy Waters is November 11th, Veteran’s Day weekend. We have lots of great items for the raffle, we will start advertising some of those in coming meetings. Start preparing your beers for the competition. Judging will be Friday and Saturday with the awards ceremony Saturday evening. Brice put a call out for judges and volunteers, so please consider participating.

Next meeting we are voting to use club funds to buy 2 of the adjustable flow taps at about $40 a piece to serve beers out of our jokey boxes at different appropriate pressures for MUGZ events (saisons, etc). Would be great to be able to adjust at the tap versus playing with gas and purging kegs (just ask me about my empty tank).

Start thinking about officers for next year, if you want to get more involved in MUGZ this is a great way to do it. We will be asking for nominations in the next meetings so we can vote for the next wave of the team.

For the next meeting we were thinking about an Oktoberfest related educational if anyone is interested in presenting about the history of Oktoberfest/German beers, let us know.

Next meeting is September 24th at Radicle Effect Breworks (day after Gilda’s Club event).

The following meeting will be at O’Keefes on October 29th we will have our Stout Wars competition, so brew a stout and come compete. We will have a prize for the peoples choice again.

Finally, check out for the latest home-brew focused episode, which included footage from our club meeting. Cheers to Dave and his crew!