Brian tells us about the Oktoberfest style, history, and the new BJCP style guideline changes.
Jonathan talks about cleaning and sanitizing throughout the brewing process and draft service. He also provides an overview of The Craftmeister line and other cleaners that National makes.
Rich Heller, Wisconsin Goose Island Sale Rep lined up a beer and cheese pairing with Honkers, Sophie, Matilda, Pepe Nero, and BCS and described to us how to set up pairings.
In this home brew meeting we compared home brew shop kits, both extract and all grain of each, and compared them to the commercial beers they are supposed to clone.
Nick joined us to talk about the 8 beers we sampled from their portfolio. St. Feuillien Saison, St. Feuillien Grand Cru, Urthel Hop-It, La Trappe Dubbel, La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel (very rare), Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge, and Brouwerij Lupus Wolf 7.
Shawn, who is starting Rushmore Meadery, started making mead 20 years ago after joining the Urban Knaves of Grain. He joined us to talk about mead making techniques and tell us a little more about himself and his meadery. We tried several of his meads as well as a few other commercial examples.