Meeting Minutes

December 2016

1) Our holiday party had a great showing, with lots of great food and beer, as well as a 750 swap and beer donations for the Heavy Seas folks.
2) CRABS won the club table competition at the Guild holiday party for the second year in a row, this time with the theme “Beer – breakfast of champions”.  Also, the Guild raised about $7000 for various charities.

November 2016

1) The Guild holiday party will be on Saturday December 3 from 6-10 PM at Heavy Seas.  Our club table theme will be “Beer – breakfast of champions.”  We will select food items and figure out who is bringing what.  (An offline discussion was held toward the end of the meeting but I did not attend as I was busy drinking beer.)  You might want to wear whatever you normally sleep in, e.g., pajamas or a bathrobe.  (If you sleep nude, you might want to forgo the wardrobe thing.)  Order your tickets here:

October 2016

1) The Guild holiday party will be on Saturday December 3 from 6-10 PM at Heavy Seas.  Please send along your ideas for the CRABS club table theme.
2) This year marks the 35th anniversary of CRABS.
3) The Baltimore Craft Beer Festival will take place this Saturday October 22 at Canton Waterfront Park.  Nepenthe Homebrew will host a homebrew contest there.

July 2016

1) Another great turnout with some new faces and lots of great beers from many breweries including Wicked Weed and Russian River.
2) This Saturday 7/23 is the Hometown Brewdown in Catonsville.  Some CRABSters will be pouring beer.  You can attend even if you don’t bring beer.  See for more info.

June 2016

1) Once again, a great turnout with several new faces.  There was also a plethora of great commercial beers.
2) The National Homebrewers Conference was great fun.  We poured beer on Thursday and Friday night.  Joe O’Keefe, Rob Farrell, and John Jester all had beers in the final round of the competition.  About 30 CRABSters attended.  You can read a recap at

May 2016

1) Great turnout again with several new faces.  Special thanks to Craig Bryant for bringing two great beers from Troegs.
2) If you ordered a CRABS work shirt and don’t have it yet, contact Joe at .  He also has T-shirts if you want them
3) Big Brew at Maryland Homebrew was a bit smaller than usual because there were events at 5 other locations, so the overall Maryland turnout was quite high.  A total of roughly 300 gallons was brewed (93 of it at Maryland Homebrew).

March 2016

1) Nicely attended meeting with several new folks.  Lots of great beer as usual.  Special recognition to Jason Heinen for his spectacular Chianti Lambik.
2) For the National Homebrewers Conference:
  • Registration is still open – go to
  • We will have a 10-by-10-foot space for Club Night and we will be in close proximity to other MD clubs.
  • Electrical hookups are going to cost about $100.  We are trying to negotiate.

January 2016

1) CRABS won the club table competition at the Guild holiday party, and we will do the watermen theme again at the National Homebrewers Conference (NHC).  The event drew 295 people, and well over $7000 was raised for various charities.
2) Get your 2016 club dues to Don.  They are $25 for individuals and $40 for families.
3) 2015 Homebrewer of the Year ribbons were given out.  See for the winners list.