November 20, 2008
Meeting Minutes of the Heart River Home Brewers

Present: Todd Solem, Ryan Jilek, Rocky Stoltz, Paul Ellerkamp, Dennis Froemke, Dale Sattler and Jon Stika.

Paul reported on the Beaver Creek Brewery in Wibaux, MT that brews and sells beer locally in Wibaux.

Ryan brought some Chokecherry Stout which has very well balanced. Jon brought some Belgian Wit. Dennis brought a few bottles of his first beer, an Irish Red Ale, which was a bit under carbonated, very young and malty. This beer should improve with some carbonation and conditioning. Paul brought some Small Batch 471 Double-hopped IPA which was malty, very hoppy but balanced, with a subtle pineapple aroma. Paul also brought an Irish Stout which was good, but a bit sweet, and fit the Porter style better than a stout.

Dale brought a peach wine and a German rhubarb wine that included some clove and ginger. Both wines were very good.

Beer of the Month from Town & Country Liquors was Summit Maibock. The boys at Summit have done it again and brewed a winner that is true to style. The Maibock had a deep golden color, malty aroma, very malty flavor profile with just enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness and a soft noble hop finish.

Discussed production of brewing shows for Channel 18. Suggestions included; the first show center on why we brew our own beer and the basic styles of beer. Next, could cover basic equipment and the brewing process, then progress on to each step of the actual brewing process.

Also discussed the possibility of collecting dues and what those dues could be spent on. One suggestion was to sponsor a subscription to Zymurgy and/or Brew Your Own for the Dickinson Public Library so each issue would be available to the public and be archived by the library for future reference.

Jon Stika
Secretary