February 2023 Meeting Minutes

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I kicked off the business by reporting on the following upcoming homebrew competitions.

* The next internal club competition is ‘Stout’.
  Entries due at the March HeadQuarters meeting.

* February 1st, registration opens for entrants. 
* $10 entry fee
* Entry bottles accepted at the following drop-off locations
  – from Thursday, February 23, 2023
  – through Wednesday, March 8, 2023 12:00 PM (noon)
    + More Beer Concord, 995 Detroit Ave. Unit G, Concord ,CA 94518 
    + More Beer San Leandro, 2315 Verna Ct., San Leandro, CA 94577 
    + Oak Barrel Winecraft, 1443 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 
* Scheduled Judging dates at 21st Amendment in San Leandro as follows
– March 18 & 19
– March 25 & 26 and
– April 1 – Final Judging 

BABO (the Bay Area Brew-Off at the Alameda County Fair homebrew competition)
* Entry drop off April 1st through 13th
  – More Beer Los Altos 
  – More Beer San Leandro
  – More Beer Concord
  – Clandestine Brewing
  – Oak Barrel Winecraft
  – Lodi Wine Labs
* Final judging will be at the Alameda County Fairgrounds May 6th 
* Online registration at the Alameda County Fair site, after all details firmed up.
** Due to unexpected/unusual fair bureaucracy, the entry fee is expected to be $3.
   If so, this is an unparallel opportunity to get objective BJCP judge feedback on your homebrew for a fraction of the typical cost.

National Homebrew Competition
  Registration closed February 12.
  Final Judging at the Homebrew Conference

National Homebrew Conference
  SAN DIEGO  June 22–24, 2023

Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition
  Entries likely due the beginning of July
  Final judging at the end of July

I reported on the following upcoming events & activities.

* April 16 (Sunday) San Andreas Malts oyster BBQ
  – The Malts will secure oysters and prepare them.
    Everyone else brings potluck item and beer/wine to share.  
  – The following details were from the 2019 (the last one before COVID)
    + San Pedro Park, Pacifica – Parking $6 –   NO PETS! 
    + Cost per person $25
      or $8 for non-oyster eaters or kids under 12.

North Berkeley brewery crawl
  probably May 13 
  Details still being worked out. 

NCHF (Northern California Homebrewers Festival, aka ‘Beer Camp’)
  Typically 3rd Saturday of September at the Lake Francis resort 
  The HeadQuarters will have a booth. 

* We decided the March beer style/theme will be ‘Stout.
  – As we will be voting on member brewed stouts.
  – And it’ll be the St. Patrick’s day weekend.

We sampled 4 homebrews & 2 Clandestine beers.

Thanks to everyone sharing beer,


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