Meeting Minutes

January 2015

1) Some new members this month.

2) Parenthetical note: there were 4 Bens there, including Joel’s son.

3) 2015 dues are due.  $20 for individual and $35 for family to Don.

4) The Iron Brewer competition ingredients are hazelnut, dates, and coffee.  Beers must contain at least two of them.  Competition will be in June.

5) The April clone competition will be Kwak.  See

October 2014

1) We have a few new members.  If it weren’t for the Alzheimers I’d remember their names.

2) The Little Havana Homebrew Showcase was another success.  11 CRABS folks attended and a few placed 13th or better out of 42 entries.

3) We’ve been doing periodic Bikes & Beer events.  Email Joe at for info.

September 2014

1) Crabs4CRABS was a successful event.  We had ~35 people and lotsa crabs and beer.

2) The Guild crab feast will be this Saturday 9/20 at Ridgely’s Run Community Center in Jessup.  All sold out.

3) The Duclaw Real Ale Fest will be this Saturday 9/20.  See for tickets and info.

4) The Maryland Microbrewery Festival at Union Mills will happen on Saturday 9/27.  See for tickets and info.

August 2014

1) Dan no longer works at Heavy Seas.  Although rumors are flying, we have no confirmed details.

2) This Sunday 8/24 will be Beer & Biking 3.  It will begin at the Severna Park Taphouse, then proceed on the B&A Trail to Bill Bateman’s, then to nearby Adam’s Ribs.  Bikers are welcome to drink/crash at Ben’s place the night before.  E-mail Ben at if interested in the overnight option.

3) CRABS will make a charitable donation for NoVA due to the death of one of their members this past weekend.

July 2014

1) Guild T-shirts and glasses are available.  E-mail Les if you want some.
2) This Sunday 7/20 will be Beer & Biking 2.  It will begin at the Corner Stable in Columbia at 10:00 AM.  Their website is  From there the group will bike to Union Jack’s and/or Clyde’s, Second Chance, and then back to Corner Stable.

June 2014

1) It was hot in the brewery!

2) Several CRABSters went to the National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids.  They brought back some New Glarus beers for the club and will start bringing them to meetings next month.

3) Congrats to Glenn Quinting for taking a second place for his Dark American Lager in the National Homebrew Competition.

4) This Sunday there will be a bike+beer ride in Columbia starting at 10 AM.  An e-mail with more details is forthcoming.

5) There will be a fundraiser with homebrew tasting and live music for a co-op in Catonsville on Saturday August 2 from 2-6 PM at a private residence at 120 Forest Drive, Catonsville MD 21228.  Please consider attending and sharing your brews.  Go to for a list of upcoming events and other info, or e-mail Ben Blank at  

6) MASHOUT registration is open.  It will be held at a hop farm 20 minutes south of the old site.  Go to to register.

7) This month’s competition was session ales.  There were 9 entries.  Winners were:

5th place: John Jester
4th place (tie): Jeff Adelsberger
4th place (tie): Don Zwach
3rd place: Rob Farrell
2nd place: Jason Heinen
1st place: Joe O’Keefe

8) Next meeting: Wednesday 7/16.  It will feature the same-grain-and-hop competition.  See for the recipe.

9) Go to for CRABS-related information.

Upcoming events:

•    Aug 14-16: MASHOUT.  Featured will be a club collaboration contest: members of 2 or more clubs must brew the beer.  And don’t forget Sour Hour, run by CRABSter Jason Heinen.
•    Sunday 9/14: Crabs4CRABS.

May 2014

1) Thanks to Les for providing food.

2) Several CRABSters will be going to the National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids next month.

3) Congrats to Glenn Quinting for making it past the first round in the National Homebrew Competition.

4) Congrats to Joe O’Keefe for getting a 2nd place at the Spirit of Free Beer, and Rob Farrell for getting *two* 1st places.  See complete results at