12 noon to 3 pm. Nov 5th is Learn to Homebrew Day and the PC Mashers are partnering with Kettlerock Brewing to get you started! Join instructors Jay Brantley and Scott Cole as they walk you through the basics and offer tips and tricks for creating a great brew! We’ll provide the recipe, ingredients, equipment, and a beer on us!
As in years past, this year our members have had tremendous success in the homebrew competitions they entered.
On the national front, Scott Cole has just earned a 2nd place finish in Category 2 at the National Homebrew Competition for his Kolsch. This is a big achievement and we congratulate him on it.
Nearer to home our members have earned numerous awards in local competitions.
At the Peach State Brew Off early this year, club members won 12 awards, and swept the Kolsch/German Pils category completely! Jay Brandley won 7 medals. Scott Cole won 2, David Ratcliff won 1, Christopher Rentschler won 1, and James Blum won 1.
In the Suwanee Beer Festival IPA Competition, Jay Brantley won medals in 3 categories, plus 3rd place in Best of Show.
Congratulations to all of you on these competition wins.
We are continuing to meet on the patio at Dog Days for the time being. We instituted a drop-off option for anyone who are unable to be at the meeting but would still like to get feedback on their homebrew. Bottles can be dropped off at Dog Days after 7:30 the day of the meeting, or you can get in touch via e-mail or Facebook to arrange another drop-off time and location.
September will bring our annual officer elections. Usually the 4th Tuesday in September is during Octoberfest.
The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but don’t think we have given up the ghost. We have been finding ways to continue the fellowship through all this.
While we did have to cancel the March meeting, we have been persevering since then. April we had a completely virtual meeting on Zoom. We hosted Zoom for the Virtual Big Brew on May, 2nd. Last month we tested the waters with a small, socially distanced, patio meeting. On the whole it went well, other than the cold weather and some technical issues with the virtual component.
We are working on a better setup to offer virtual attendance for the in-person meetings, and will be testing a new setup this week at our socially distanced meeting.
For those who wish to attend, please RSVP either by email or on our Facebook group. The rules for our socially distanced meeting are as follows:
- It will be held outside on the patio
- Members will be spaced at least 6 ft apart around the patio.
- When you arrive if you are contributing beer, approach the serving table individually to deposit your offering.
- For the tastings, the Master of Pours will sanitize their hands, and pour the required number of samples. Once the MoP steps away from the serving table, members may approach one at a time to collect their sample and return to their position on the patio.
- Repeat as necessary.
- Please police your empty cups.
- Be mindful of your own risk level as well as that of others in your household when deciding whether to join us at Dog Days. Also if you or someone you are in close contact with are feeling unwell, please err on the safe side and stay in for the night – remember we are offering a virtual attendance option.
Stay Safe & as the wonderful, wise Charlie Papazian said, “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.”
PC Mashers had another excellent showing at the Suwanee Beer Festival. Dave R, was the star this time taking 10th place overall for the festival.
In the individual styles, Dave won 2nd in Malty European Lager; and 3rd in both German Wheat, Witbier & Dark European Lager, and British Bitter & European Bitter. Jay won 2nd in American IPA and 3rd in British Bitter & European Bitter. Thanks to Dave’s and Jay’s excellent beer, PC Mashers came in 2nd as a club at Suwanee Beer Festival.
We are super proud of both of these guys and look forward to raising a glass with them again as soon as we can get together again.
Due to the developing situation with COVID-19 we have canceled the meeting scheduled for March 18th, 2020.
Our members had a great showing once again at the Peach State Brew-Off. Three of our number received medals. Dave R, Jay, and Jeff all received medals for style – Jay received five (WOW). Jay also received 3rd place best of show. Kudos to all of these gentlemen. Congratulate them if you see them and see if they will let you try their beer.
2019 was a great year. Jay just kept winning those medals, Dave won quite a few as well. Jeff reached the second stage of BJCP certification, so we have two members who are BJCP trained and certified! We also welcomed several new members.
As great as 2019 was 2020 is upon us, and so are the competitions. You are encouraged to enter homebrew competitions if you are interested in them. In the next few months we will be discussing the entry process for the Suwanee Beer Fest and the Peach State Brew Off.
We love to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Drop by a meeting in 2020.
The PC Mashers homebrew club had a great article in the Peachtree Corners Magazine. The article is on pages 29 & 30. The link for the digital edition is: issuu.com/livinginpeachtreecorners/docs/april_2019_peachtreecorners_issuu There is a place on the page to download the PDF, instead of paging thru this.
• Jay Brantley was on the Beer Guys Radio podcast, episode 165, that was being recorded during last months PC Mashers meeting.
• Jay Brantley is the Best Georgia 2018 Homebrewer according to the nominating and final voting rounds of The Beer Guys Radio Best of Georgia 2018. He was one of eight finalists.
• Suwanee Beer Fest Homebrew Competition – Saturday, March 9th 2019
o Dave Ratcliff
o -gold for his “My Vienna” 7A: Vienna lager
o -silver for his “Topper’s Irish Red” 15A: Irish Red Ale
o -bronze for his “Southern NEIPA” 21B: Specialty IPA
o -AND TIED for 4th place overall of the 73 participating brewers
o Jay Brantley
o -Gold for his “Gypsy King” 3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
o -silver for his “St. James Nightcrawler” 15C: Irish Extra Stout
o -AND TIED for 9th place overall of the 73 participating brewers
o Jeff Scoggins
o -gold for his “Mien Stein” 4B: Festbier
o -bronze for his “Soggy Bottom Ale” 12A: English Golden Ale
o -HM for his “Der Biergarten Pils” 5D: German Pils
o -AND while it doesn’t show up . . .
Jeff TIED for 13th place overall of the 73 participating brewers
o Sterling Peet
o -silver for his “Simcoe Pale Ale” 18B: American Pale Ale
o Jim Blum
o -silver for his “Windsock Stout” 15B: Irish Stout
o *** That put the PC Mashers club in 1st place
out of the 20 participating clubs !
• Peach State Brew Off was Saturday, February 23rd 2019
o Dave Ratcliff won 1st Place for: 4 – Pale Malty European Lager
o Jim Blum won 3rd Place for: 4 – Pale Malty European Lager
o Dave Ratcliff got an Honorable Mention for: a combined category
that included his Irish Red Ale
o Jay Brantley won 2nd Place for: 33 Wood Beer
o *** That put the PC Mashers club tied for 9th out of more than 15 clubs. We actually tied for 7th place, but the registration did not have PC Mashers as Jay’s club, so his points didn’t get included.