Present at the December 27, 2007 meeting held at Custom Data were Ryan Jilek and Jon Stika.

Ryan and Jon sampled “Hop Ottin’ IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Co. of Booneville, CA, “Firebrick” Vienna style lager from August Schell Brewing of New Ulm, MN, and Spaten German Lager from the Spaten brewery of Munich, Germany. The Hop Ottin’ IPA was indeed very hoppy and well made. The Firebrick was a good Vienna style lager slightly Americanized with a little more hoppiness than the traditional Vienna. Spaten lager was, as always, an awesome German lager.

Other topics discussed were oxygenation of wort starters, fermentation and lagering methods and temperatures, brewery design, and the need to elect officers (President and Members at Large) at the January 2008 meeting.

Please plan to attend the January meeting to vote for the elected positions coming due and/or to defend yourself from becoming elected to a position.

Ryan suggested that we consider holding the next meeting at the new location of JD’s BBQ in Dickinson to sample the variety of beers he now has on tap (including Hoegaarden and Guinness). Ryan will investigate this further and offer a suggestion to the club before the next meeting. The next meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers is scheduled for January 24, 2008.


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