August Meeting at Pinglehead in Orange Park

Join us Saturday, August 11th at Brewer’s Pizza for our August meeting. Interklub is Session Beers. Please bring them chilled to the meeting by 5pm or drop them off at Just Brew It by close of business Friday. Social hour starts at 6pm and the meeting starts at 7pm. If you can judge we can use your help at 5pm.  See you there!

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First Coast Cup is Here

First Coast Cup starts tomorrow. There are still tickets available for the awards banquet Saturday. You can get your tickets here.

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Abbaye Normale in November

Abbey Normal will be in November this year. Here are the participating sponsor breweries we have so far. If you win gold for these categories you get to brew your beer at that brewery.

  • Bold City  –  Belgian Blond Ale
  • Main & Six  –  Trappist Single
  • Green Room  –  Belgian Dubbel
  • Southern Swells  –  Belgian Tripel
  • Engine 15  –  Belgian Quad

Remember, this is a club members only competition.  More updates will be sent out as more breweries are added and as we get closer to the date.

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July Meeting Next Saturday, July 14th

Join us this Saturday at Aardwolf for our July Interklub Meeting.

Because there is no Interklub the meeting starts at 6pm.  Mike Lentz will be doing a special presentation on brewing with Kveik, which is a strain of yeast from Norway that has a wide temperature range and is gaining popularity.  David Poquette will also be doing a stewarding class for those who would like to steward at First Coast Cup.

We will be judging First Coast Cup entries that morning starting at 11am at Intuition on Bay St. We will also be judging again on Sunday at 11am. As a bonus whoever beats me there Saturday can use my amazing mechanical pencil that stays sharp and doesn’t break the lead 12 times while you judge. I forgot it today and it should be in the judging box. We had a low turnout on judges today. We really need to see better turn out.


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Learn to Propagate Yeast from Bottle Dregs at the June Meeting

Join us Saturday June 9th at Veterans United Craft Brewery

Our June meeting is at Veterans United Craft Brewery. The interklub competition is Session IPA. Judging starts at 5pm. After judging John will explain how to make yeast starters and how to propagate yeast from bottle dregs.  Meeting agenda can be found here.

First Coast Cup Planning Meeting

Our next FCC planning meeting will be June 13th at 6:30pm at Seven Bridges.

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May Meetings

Don’t forget our first First Coast Cup planning meeting is tonight at Seven Bridges at 6:30pm.

Saturday May 12th we meet at Bold City. Our Interklub competition is wheat beers. If you would like to help judge we start at 5pm.

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April Meeting and Other News

Upcoming Events

4/21 Don’t forget our meeting tomorrow at Green Room Brewing. The meeting starts at 6pm but we need judges at 5pm for our homebrew competition. Details of the meeting can be found on the side bar.

4/22 There is a home brew competition at Ale Wife. The category is Lagers. The event runs from 1pm to 2pm. Show your ID to get a tasting cup and vote for your favorite beers.

5/5 AHA Big Brew Day! This will be hosted at Just Brew It. Flames on at 10am. Bring your full rig or just run a extract batch cider or even a wine kit from JBI.

There will be a couple tents set up but if you have your own bring it as well as some chairs and other comforts (ie beer).

This is a good event to check out other peoples equipment and methods.

First Coast Cup Planning

It is time to start planning First Coast Cup. We are finalizing the location and will be holding our first planning meeting in May. We will need Judges, Stewards, Celler Masters, and a lot of help. It is a good time and a great way to learn more about beer and brewing. Stay tuned here for the meeting information. We will also send out an email and post information in our Facebook group as things are finalized.

Finally, congratulations to the following Hurricane Blow-off Medalists.

Gallagher Dempsey
1st Place American Ale
3rd Place Trappist Ale
Jesse Johnson 
1st Place International Lager
Matthew Depin and Paul Yauilla
1st Place Scottish Ale
Leandro Britto
2nd Place Irish Beer
Jeff Shannon
1st Place Irish Beer
John Keane
2nd Place Standard American Beer
3rd Place German Wheat
2nd Place Scottish Ale
Buddy Greer and Indy Greer
1st Place Standard Cider and Perry
3rd Place Best of Show for Mead and Cider

Full results are available here.
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Abbey Normal Tapping Party

Join us this Thursday, March 22nd at Engine 15 for the tapping of Leandro Britto’s Belgian Pale Ale, Belga Sarada. The fun starts at 6pm.  Map

Reminder: Hurricane Blowoff and NHC beers are due at JBI by close of business Thursday March 29th.

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Congratulations March Interklub Winners

Congratulations March Interklub Winners!

We had some nice Irish and Scottish beers tonight. Congratulations to the following winners and thank you Seven Bridges for being an excellent host.

  • Gold: Jesse Johnson – Scottish Export
  • Silver: Gallagher Dempsey – Irish Red
  • Bronze: John Keane – Scottish Export

 Next month’s competition is “Your Best Beer”. This can be any BJCP beer category!


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Learn about Tinctures at the March Meeting

So last month you brewed 5 gallons of a really nice blond ale and you are either hungry for medals or you just want to advance your CASK brewer ranking. How can you take that beer and enter it into more categories in the next competition? You can use a tincture.

This Saturday (March 10th) John will be doing a “how to” presentation on making and using tinctures to alter the flavor of your beer, cider, or mead. The meeting is at Seven Bridges. We will be judging Irish and Scottish beers starting at 5pm. The tincture presentation will start at 6:15pm.

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