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 http://www.cornerstable.com. From there the group will bike to Union Jack’s and/or Clyde’s, Second Chance, and then back to Corner Stable.
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 http://www.catonsvillecooperativemarket.com for a list of upcoming events and other info, or e-mail Ben Blank at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) MASHOUT registration is open. It will be held at a hop farm 20 minutes south of the old site. Go to http://www.campmashout.com 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
• 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.
Tickets go on sale for the Guild holiday party on Thursday October 17 at 7PM. See the Guild web page at http://mdhomebrewers.com . We need to coordinate beer, food and decorations for Club Hour. Grover suggested pedophilia and sodomy. Anyone have a windowless van?
Heavy Seas's new hospitality manager Dan Bueter gave us a tour of the newly expanded brewery, with a brand spanking new cold room and tasting room. The tasting room will eventually be a bar where they can sell beer by the pint. There is also an outside deck. Looks like we have a new local hangout.
There were some great beers, both homebrewed and commercial. Kudos to Drew Morgan for his great Belgian IPA and to Craig Bryant for bringing some Three Floyds beers.