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Congratulations to

Beer Baron Josh Strupp

The Beer Barons would like to recognize and congratulate member Josh Strupp for his recent wins at the 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge.  Josh took gold medals for both his DK's Kolschbier and Meta Loon Maibock while also taking Best of Show and 2nd Best of Show for these two beers as well.  That is quite an accomplishment among 250 entries.  Congratulations Josh and keep up the great brewing!

Baron's Brewing Prowess On Display

The Beer Barons would like to congratulate the following members on their recent competition wins.  Way to go! 

best-of-show-3 Josh Strupp Best of Show 6C Kolsch 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
best-of-show-3 Josh Strupp 2nd Best of Show 5A Maibock/Helles Bock 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
best-of-show-3 Ken Megal Best of Show 14C Imperial IPA 2014 Kohler Home Brew Competition
Gold Medal Josh Strupp Gold Medal 6C Kolsch 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Gold Medal Josh Strupp Gold Medal 5A Maibock/Helles Bock 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Gold Medal Matt Stever Gold Medal 2A German Pils 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Gold Medal Ken Megal Gold Medal
22B Other Smoked Beer 
(Polish Grodziskie/Gratzer)
2014 Kohler Home Brew Competition
Gold Medal Ken Megal Gold Medal 18E Belgian Dark Strong 2014 Kohler Home Brew Competition
Gold Medal Bob Manke Gold Medal

6D Light Hybrid Beer

Best American Beer

2014 Wisconsin State Fair
Gold Medal Bruce Buerger Gold Medal 21A Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer 2014 Drunk Monk Challenge
Gold Medal Timothy Minger Gold Medal 10A American Pale Ale 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Gold Medal Matt Stever Gold Medal 12A Brown Porter 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Gold Medal
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Co-Brewer: Dan Kramer
Gold Medal 12C Baltic Porter 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Silver Medal Julie Lawson Silver Medal 12C Baltic Porter 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Silver Medal Julie Lawson Silver Medal 7A Northern German Altbier 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Silver Medal James Wischer Silver Medal 4B Munich Dunkel 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Silver Medal Matt Stever Silver Medal 2A German Pilsner 2014 Drunk Monk Challenge
Silver Medal Steve Patt Silver Medal 12C Baltic Porter 2014 Drunk Monk Challenge
Silver Medal Steve Patt Silver Medal 12C Baltic Porter 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Bronze Medal Steve Patt Bronze Medal 15A Weizen/Weissbier 2014 German Fest Stein Challenge
Bronze Medal Rich Heller Bronze Medal 10B American Amber Ale 2014 Wisconsin State Fair
Bronze Medal Matt Stever Bronze Medal 1E Dortmunder Export 2014 Drunk Monk Challenge
Bronze Medal David Skreczko Bronze Medal 17F Fruit Lambic 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Bronze Medal Matt Stever Bronze Medal 1D Munich Helles 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Bronze Medal Bruce Buerger Bronze Medal 28D Specialty Cider or Perry 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition
 honorable-mention David Skreczko Honorable Mention 27A Common Cider 2014 Midwinter Homebrew Competition

goose-island-logo-new-420July, 2014 Member Meeting

~ If you have a Goose Island work shirt from NHC or any other Goose Island apparel, we ask that you wear it to the meeting for a group photo ~

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee invite you to attend our upcoming member meeting, Wednesday, July 23 at our usual location, Cliffords Supper Club in Hales Corners. Our meeting topic will feature Rich Heller, former Beer Barons president, current member and currently the Wisconsin Rep for Goose Island Brewing Company. Rich will lead us through a beer and cheese pairing featuring Goose Island beers.

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As always, new members are welcome, so if you've never been to a meeting but have been thinking about it, come in and see what the Beer Barons are all about.

Since this meeting features commercial beer, the meeting fee is $10.

We encourage everyone to consider bringing a keg (or sufficient bottles) of their best homebrew to share. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in advance if you intend to bring beer. You will receive $20 in return to help with the cost of your ingredients.  

FYI - Peoples Choice voting has been discontinued until further notice.

oso-logo bw 1-2June, 2014 Member Meeting

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee invite you to attend our upcoming member meeting, Wednesday, June 25 at our usual location, Cliffords Supper Club in Hales Corners. Our meeting topic will feature Marc Buttera from O'so Brewing Company and Point Brew Supply, LLC. Marc will be talking about some of the experimental beers O'so is working on and also about brewing sour beers. We will have a couple experimental beers and also some other beers from O'so for sampling.

As always, new members are welcome, so if you've never been to a meeting but have been thinking about it, come in and see what the Beer Barons are all about.pointbrewsupply

Since this meeting features a commercial brewer/brewery, the meeting fee is $10.

As always, we encourage everyone to consider bringing a keg (or sufficient bottles) of their best homebrew to share. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in advance if you intend to bring beer. You will receive $10 in return to help with the cost of your ingredients. We will also conduct our 'people's choice' voting for best homebrew and the winner will receive a $20 gift card to the local homebrew shop of their choice. 

hops2May, 2014 Member Meeting

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee invite you to attend our upcoming member meeting, Wednesday, May 28 at our usual location, Cliffords Supper Club in Hales Corners. Our meeting topic will be a Homebrew Hop Experiment featuring 3 Sheeps Brewing and founder/brewmaster Grant Pauly.   

 

Experiment Details:
3 Sheeps completed a mash of their Rebel Kent Amber Ale and before the boil it was separated into 8 different batches.  From there each batch had a .25oz Magnum hop addition at 60min then at 10min and 0min each batch had a different 1oz hop addition used.
 
For Each Batch
60min Boil
.25oz Magnum at 60min
1oz of XXX at 10min
1oz of XXX at 0min (Flameout)
 
Where hop XXX would be one of the following:
1. Simcoe
2. Citra
3. Falconers Flight
4. Nelson Sauvin
5. Green Bullet
6. Bramling
7. Fuggle
8. Zythos
 
Grant will be on hand to provide us some background about the base beer and answer any of your questions. 
 

As always, new members are welcome, so if you've never been to a meeting but have been thinking about it, come in and see what the Beer Barons are all about.

Since this is a meeting focused on homebrew, the meeting fee is $5.

As always, we encourage everyone to consider bringing a keg of their best homebrew to share. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in advance if you intend to bring beer. You will receive $10 in return to help with the cost of your ingredients. We will also conduct our 'people's choice' voting for best homebrew and the winner will receive a $20 gift card to the local homebrew shop of their choice. 

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Brian Joas earns Grand Master BJCP ranking

The Beer Barons would like congratulate Brian Joas on attaining the rank of Grand Master BJCP judge.  Brian not only is the first Baron to attain the Grand Master ranking, but he is the first in the entire state of Wisconsin!

Brian first took the BJCP exam 4 years ago. Shortly after passing the exam he became very active in the Barons BJCP Training Program and quickly took on a lead role.  After achieving a National status he began working on his Grand Master Service Requirement (GMSR) by becoming an exam grader. Within a few sets of exams the BJCP board unanimously voted him in as an Associate Exam Director.  Brian first achieved Master status in mid-September 2012 and acquired the necessary GMSR credit to achieve Grand Master status within 6 months. Along the way he has played a key role in developing the Midwinter and German Fest Stein Challenge Competitions, served as the Judge Director for the NHC First Round and Schooner Homebrew Competitions, and received his Mead Judge Endorsement.

This is quite an accomplishment and the Barons are both proud and fortunate to have Brian as a member.  Congratulations Brian!

Baron Bob Manke AHA Featured 'Brewer Of The Week'

The Beer Barons own Bob Manke is the American Homebrewers Association's featured 'Brewer of the Week.'  Check Bob out online at the AHA Website here.  Congratulations Bob.  We always suspected you had something against Wee Heavy!!

article header“Have you ever seen 12 Bigfoot in one place at one time?” Ask most people that question and you’d better be prepared for some strange looks and inquiries about if you’re feeling okay. But that’s exactly what you would’ve witnessed at the Beer Barons meeting this past January 22nd. You see, some dedicated Barons were able to capture 12 vintages of Sierra Nevada’s classic Bigfoot Barleywine for a vertical tasting of mythical proportions. 

The 10 Barons who participated in the tasting were able to sample annual releases from 1998 & 2000 and 2005 – 2014. Yes, that’s right, 12 years of Bigfoot dating back up to 16 years! The beers were provided by Barons Dan Schlosser (1998, 2000, 2007 & 2014), Mike Schwartz (2005) and Jayme Nawrocki (2006 & 2008 – 2013).
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The tasters, several of which are BJCP judges, sampled the beers side-by-side:

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Before we get into the beers let’s talk a bit about cellaring beer and the effects of aging.

First off not all beers age well, while others are suited for it. Pale Ales and IPAs with their fresh hop aromatics are not beers you should consider aging, as those fresh hop qualities we all love are some of the first things to drop out. Wheat beers are another style you should consume fresh and avoid cellaring. In general lower ABV sessionable beers are not candidates for aging. Beers that are high in alcohol, have a moderate amount of roasted grains, use a wild yeast, are barrel-aged, and are bottle conditioned are prime candidates for aging. Styles that age well are beers such as barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, lambics and old ales.
 
Aging affects the flavor of beer in a number of ways, the majority of which are formed by oxidation. One of the most common descriptors for oxidative flavors is wet cardboard. This off-flavor is classified as an aldehyde and has a very low flavor threshold: as little as 0.1 parts per billion.cellartips
 
Oxidation will also affect the color of beer, making it darker over time.
 
The aroma of many light-colored beers can be affected by oxidation. The malt character present in a fresh example may become honey-like over time.
 
Dark beers tend to react differently. As they age, sweet, sherry-like notes replace rich malt aromas. Many people welcome this, although it is much different from the original malty character of the fresh beer. These sherry characteristics result from the oxidation of malty-tasting chemicals called melanoidins.
 
Sherry-like flavor can add complexity to certain beer styles, like barleywine and dark Belgian ales. However this flavor would not be considered appropriate in lower alcohol beers and too much can make strong, dark beers seem singular and uninteresting.

Now back to the Bigfoot tasting.

One thing to note is that Sierra Nevada switched from twist-off caps to pry-offs in 2007. This is important, as twist-offs tend to allow more air ingress, which can increase, and speed the level of oxidation that occurs over time.

As we sampled the beers we attempted to zero-in on which beer was best, which was worst and what the peak range for the beers was.

When the beers were poured it was obvious right away that the 98' & 2000 vintages were quite a bit darker than the others, a sure sign of oxidation. Some of the comments on these were "chunky," and "sherry-like." The group quickly agreed that these 2 beers were well beyond their prime and should not be considered in our rankings.

In general the color lightened and the clarity improved as you moved from the older beers to the newer, with the 2014 being a bright, rich copper and clear.

It was interesting to compare the beers side-by-side and note the subtle and often times not so subtle differences. The hops became much more evident in the 2011 – 2014 and really dropped off in the beers prior to that. The malt character rounded out over time and the sherry notes increased in the older beers. The alcohol (Bigfoot is ~10% ABV) was generally less evident and blended in the 2005 – 2011 and more prominent and noticeable in the 2012 – 2014. Personally I noted a bit of a hot alcohol in the 2009, but nobody else seemed to pick up on this. A couple of the tasters felt that the 2008 was the best balanced of the group while another mentioned that the 2005 was harsh and had a menthol character. One taster also noted the 2011 as being harsh, but in my opinion that was the best of the bunch and seemed to be the best balanced. The dark horse of the group was 2005 with 3 second best votes, although it also received a worst and second worst vote. It just goes to show you that judging can be a bit subjective and dependent upon one's palate.

Overall this was a great experience and I'm thankful to have been included. If you have a little patience, you can put together your own vertical of some of your favorite big beers in the future. Happy cellaring!
 
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