April 2011

Present: Jeremiah Thorpe, Jerry Ford, Rocky Stoltz, Ryan Jilek, Dale Sattler, Paul Ellerkamp, Jon Stika and guest Marc Versen, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations of the Dickinson State University Foundation.

Beer of the Month from Town & Country was Sand Creek Brewing Co. Lil ja’s Sasquatch Stout. This beer was a very dark brown, dry, hoppy beer with assertive roastiness and a subdued malt finish.

Discussed the Brews & Blues event scheduled for May 21st at Hawk’s Point. Some members brought several varieties of hop rhizomes to exchange with others. Discussed an additional meeting in May, but no decision was made as to where and when it might be.

Ryan brought a German Pils. Jerry brought a 7% Belgian Wit. Jeremiah brought a Cream Ale. Rocky brought a bottle of Saison DuPont which was highly carbonated and after the cork was popped, some of the beer sprayed on the wall. Dale brought plum wine made from plums harvested from Ryan’s plum tree.

Jon Stika

Present: Jerry Ford, Jeremiah Thorpe, Alan Church, Mike Kreitinger, Ryan Jilek, Rocky Stoltz, Paul Ellerkamp and Jon Stika.

Beer of the Month from Town & Country Liquors was Shiner Double Wheat. This beer was light golden in color, slightly sweet, with good body, prominent malt flavor with a subtle hop spiciness in the finish. A very good and unique wheat beer from Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas.

Rocky provided a Treasurer’s report showing a current balance of $470.03. Discussed having a second monthly meeting in addition to the regularly scheduled (fourth Thursday) meeting. The additional meeting would be hosted by a member and might include a brewing-related activity. The meeting would be scheduled month by month by the member that would volunteer to host it. A suggestion was made to have President Sattler host the April additional meeting.

Ryan provided a briefing on club activities related to the Brews and Blues event planned by the Dickinson State University Foundation for May 21st at Hawk’s Point on the DSU campus. Ryan, Jerry, Rocky and Jon will plant to assist Hawk’s Point residents brew three batches of beer on April 8th in the Hawk’s Point cafeteria at 5:45PM. Several HRHB members will donate beers for the Brews and Blues event in addition to the Kolsch left over from the KC event last year.

Jon reported that he has registered for the Beer Judge Certification Program exam scheduled for September 16th in Fargo, ND.

Ryan brought an Irish Red Ale and an Alt. Jerry brought a Belgian Farmhouse ale. Jon brought an Alt. Rocky brought a Cream Ale made with six-row malt that he made. Alan brought hard cider.

Jon Stika