Present: Rocky Stoltz, Jerry Ford, Alan Church, Ryan Jilek, Paul Ellerkamp, Dale Sattler and Jon Stika.
Beer of the Month from Town & Country Liquors was 3-Lick Spiker Ale brewed by Cold Spring Brewing Co. of Cold Spring, MN. The beer was dark-colored, with caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, roast and alcohol flavors, full-bodied, with a good hop background and finish. A nice, complex, winter-warmer ale.
Discussed beer judge certification. Jon brought a copy of the exam study guide. Members asked that he email a copy of the study guide to current members. Ryan made a motion to reimburse Jon for the exam fee when Jon passes the exam. Seconded by Rocky. Motion passed.
Jon reported that he contacted Randi Philleo regarding the addition of a field in the profile database of the ND Brewers website for members to indicate if they were a certified beer judge and that Randi had done so.
Rocky provided a Treasurer’s report showing a current balance of $305.03. Ryan moved to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Jon. Motion passed. Rocky collected 2011 dues ($25) from several members.
Ryan brought a Pumpkin Spice Ale brewed by his nephew Chip. The beer was very spicy. Ryan also brought some still mead that he made which was slightly sweet with good honey flavors and aroma. Jerry brought a German Wit beer made with his home-grown Perle hops, but sans the orange peel and coriander. The beer was a bit hoppy for the style and had a good wheat malt flavor. Rocky brought a Maple Brown Ale that had a good subtle maple flavor. Alan brought a California Common that had a slightly tart finish, a Biere de Garde that was tart, earthy and malty with a dry finish and a Porter that was smooth, malty and on the light end of the Porter style. Paul brought some Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary black barleywine which was very malty with fruit and hop flavors. Dale brought some 4 year old elderberry wine that was very full bodied with deep fruit flavor and some crabapple liquor that was spicy and floral.