July 24, 2008 Meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers
Present: Paul Ellerkamp, Rocky Stoltz, Dale Sattler, Jon Stika and Tanner Stika. Meeting held at Custom Data.
President Ellerkamp called the meeting to order at 6:30PM. The group briefly discussed a summer picnic. No motion was made but a group consensus indicated September would be a preferred time to have the picnic.
This month’s contributions from Town & Country Liquors were two Sam Adams Long Shot beers; Grape Pale Ale and Weizenbock. The Grape Pale Ale was interesting, with a slightly sweet green grape finish, but not as hoppy as a typical Pale Ale. The Weizenbock was very good and smooth and very true to style with dark color and a slightly spicy, licorice finish.
Rocky brought a beer he brewed with a Big Ben Pale Ale kit from Midwest Brewing. The beer was very good and balanced with a malty finish but was more characteristic of an English Mild than a Pale Ale for lack of hoppiness. Rocky also brought some Nut Brown Ale brewed by South Shore Brewery of Ashland, Wisconsin. The beer was very smooth with a nice dry hazelnut finish.
Paul brought his Liquid Bread which was an attempt at cloning Fat Tire. The beer was fermented with two different yeast (New Belgium Brewing yeast and a Belgian Abbey Ale yeast). The beer was closest to a Brown Ale in style and found to be very drinkable. Paul also brought some Brutal Bitter brewed by Rogue Brewing Co. The Brutal Bitter was an excellent beer and true to the Bitter style.
Ryan brought some Sweetgrass IPA brewed by the Grand Teton Brewing Co. The beer was a good IPA, but the sweetgrass flavor and aroma was difficult to detect in such a big beer.
Dale brought some rhubarb/apple wine which was slightly sweet with excellent color and flavor.