Mary Izett & The Beer Week that Was + Group Barrel + NHC

Monday’s Meeting: Mary Izett & Beer Week

Monday’s Brewsers meeting is Cinco de Marzo (not to be confused with Cincomarzada), our annual celebration of not only beer but also other fermented foods and beverages.  This year, Mary Izett will talk about quick fermentation, including but by no means limited to beer.  If you somehow don’t yet own Mary’s excellent book, Speed Brewing, she will likely have a few copies to sell and sign.  You can also buy it in advance from Amazon or just around the corner from Brouwerij Lane at Word Bookstore (2 copies in stock as of last week; might be out of stock now).

Before Mary talks, we’ll look back at The Beer Week that Was.  Bring anything you poured or otherwise brewed for NYC Beer Week 2016, and we’ll talk and taste our way through the highlights of late February.  As part of that discussion, we’re having a mini contest of Brewsers’ beers made with the wert KelSo gave away for Brewpiphany.

Group Barrel Aged Tripel

The Brewsers’ Tripel barrel is being refilled on Sunday, April 24.  If you’d like to sign up for a five gallon share of the barrel, do so.  We have a few open slots.  We hope to place a group purchase and have ingredients in hand by Friday, March 11.

National Homebrew Conference & Competition

Registration time is almost here.  See the NHC website.

Also, if you registered for the national homebrew competition, the deadline to submit bottles is March 9. At the last meeting, Andrew volunteered to drop off bottles for folks. So, if you want, bring your bottles to Monday’s meeting, and he can drop them off at Singlecut.

Monday Feb. 1: The Packaging Geek Out!

No matter how great a beer you brew, it’s only worth drinking if kegged or bottled well, properly conditioned, and stored correctly.  This Monday at 7, the Brewsers will host Mike Steinschneider, Packaging Manager at Brooklyn Brewery this Monday.  Mike’s planning to give us a quick rundown of his job and then lead a discussion of not only bottling and kegging but also some of the last steps on the cold side of brewing—barreling, dry hopping, other late additions, and more.  Plus, rumor has it some special Brooklyn beers may make an appearance.  Mike will talk around 7:20 or 7:30.  We’ll kick off at 7 with a focused homebrew tasting.

See you at Brouwerij Lane!

Brunch with The Mad Fermentationist, Michael Tonsmeire

Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts graciously opened up the below event to us, scheduled for this Sunday. It looks like a great time. The bar is walking distance from the LIRR rail road Massapequa stop.

The Mad Fermentationist himself is coming to Long Island to speak to LIBME and we’re pairing it up with a badass brunch at the Good Life.

Also, on Saturday March 28th, from 4 to 8 pm, Michael Tonsmeire will be signing his new book American Sour Beers at Bitter & Esters. At this free event Michael will be talking with homebrewers, discussing various fermentation techniques and answering questions. Michael will gladly try your beer and rumor has it he may bring some of his own beers to sample as well.

Michael Tonsmeire is an award-winning homebrewer, certified beer judge, beer blogger (, and has written articles for various magazines about brewing sour beers. He consults as “Flavor Developer” for Modern Times Beer (San Diego, CA), for which he develops the recipes, process, and microbes to produce sour beers. Tonsmeire resides in Washington, D.C. where he works as an Economist.

John Palmer speaking Monday / Table Beer Sign Up / AHA Rally this Sunday

At about 8 this Monday, John Palmer, author of Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers and How to Brew, will arrive to talk about Water and more!

Sign up is open for the table beer competition, happening at our Monday, May 5 meeting.  To participate, please add your name to this google spreadsheet by 10am Friday.   Beers should be no stronger than 3.5% ABV.  I wasn’t at the last meeting but think that’s the only rule of the contest.  We’ll start the contest pretty close to 7.

Also, this Sunday, May 4, the American Homebrewers Association is having a rally at Finback Brewery in Ridgewood (or thereabouts), just down Metropolitan Ave from north Brooklyn. John Palmer is also speaking there.  RSVP is requested, and AHA membership is required, but you can join for a discount at the rally.  Membership is normally $38 and includes a subscription to Zymurgy magazine and discounts (most locally, these include a free token with each visit to Brooklyn Brewery).  RSVP at