Homebrew Club Meeting

November 17, 2011

Went to a meeting of the North Seattle Homebrew Club tonight and had a great time geeking out and trying some great homemade beers. Seems like a really nice group of folks who love good beer, my kind of people. The experience level ranged from nearly first-time extract brewers to burgeoning pro brewers. Everyone brought something to sample and when it was their turn they passed the bottle around, letting each person take their 1 oz. pour while the brewer talked about the beer in question giving the recipes and any other tidbits about it. There was quite a variety and everything was of high quality. There were several Saison’s, one was 4% abv and was brewed to grow up some Wyeast 3724, one was a prime example of the style and included some acidulated malt for extra sharpness, and one was more of a spice beer that used a saison base. It had fenugreek, coriander, and caramelized sugar and was absolutely delicious. I wonder how it would be with a touch of Rauch malt.

There was a mild SMASH (single malt, single hop) brewed with Crystal hops and a highly kilned Greek base grain (Ashburne Mild Malt, 5.3L), fermented with (I think) either Scottish or Irish ale yeast. It was delicious with a wonderful heavily toasted biscuty aroma and a nice clean, light malt flavor. One could definitely enjoy a lot of this. There was a round of pumpkin beers, all of which used pumpkins and spices in a different way, and all of which were really good.

All in all it was a great night of beer geekery with some really nice, like-minded people. If you have a homebrew club in your area you should definitely check it out.

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