So we met up on Wednesday for our first Denver Homebrew Club meeting. It was a pretty good time, if I do say so myself. I have been busy since so I haven’t had time to sit down and formulate some thoughts until now. For a first try, it went pretty well with a only few bumps. I was really happy to meet all the new people that showed up and it was great to see a lot of familiar faces, that really helps boost the old confidence.
The tasting portion was excellent. It was pretty funny to see people get a little sheepish about other people tasting their stuff. I even fell into it. I was awfully modest about the brown ale that I brought. I think that as we get to know each other a bit more, that will go by the wayside. It is pretty understandable though. I think that as homebrewers, we are often our only judges and outside of a few friends, it is not often that we get feedback out loud from other people. I think it is pretty fun all in all, and I for one see it as a great way to push our brewing and creativity up a bit.
One thing that we need to probably take a look at is the presentation of our brews. It was hard to get straight answers when the beers were pooled and their makers were trying other beers. I think next time out, we should bring a brief write-up for each beer that we are presenting. It should include as much info as you are comfortable giving. Things like ingredients, gravities, hopping schedule, style and your clever name will be helpful. We can keep them cool and when we start tasting, we can put the beers with the write-up and it will make evaluation and tasting easier. I made some assumptions about how it would go but that got a bit lost in the hustle. With “stations” for each beer, we can walk away to taste other things and still let folks know what they are tasting.
I think that was the biggest complaint of the night and we can fix it. Other than that, I really couldn’t be happier about how things turned out. I would love to hear some ideas for future themes but I am thinking that next month, we should talk about the actual tasting process and look at some tools that are out there to guide us and help define some of the more esoteric aspects of beer characteristics.
Well, again, I want to thank everyone for coming out and thank Chris at The Rackhouse Pub for letting us hang out. The garage would have been awfully frosty. Also, I don’t know if anyone snapped any pictures, but I would love to throw them up either here or with the few that I got on the facebook page.