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November 2013 Meeting

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Our November meeting is coming up Monday, the 18th. at Max's Fanno Creek, and its time to elect your 2014 Board.
The nominees are:
Paul Worden
Shane Hazzard
Royal Willard 
Brian Kostenbauer
Matt Lauzon
Tony Hertel
Jeremy Speer
Besides the election we're going to be learning about the use of Brettanomyces (Brett) and how it effects beer.
We're also bringing back the "Peoples Choice"! Bring your beer for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Brew Brothers.

October 2013 Meeting

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What: PDX Brewers October meeting

When: 7pm October 21st

Where: Max's Fanno Creek Brewery and Pub - 12562 SW Main St, Tigard, OR 97223

PDX Brewers is OPEN FOR BUSINESS with never a shut-down, operates from a balanced budget and continues to take our mission seriously.  And our theme for this month’s meeting is … nuts!

First on the agenda, Iron Brewer Competition. Teams that brewed in this year’s Iron Brewer event on September 14th will bring their beers showcasing the no-longer “mystery” ingredient of nuts.  An official judging will be done by three well-qualified beer geeks, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team’s brewers based on declared style and how well their chosen nuts are showcased.  A People’s Choice of nut beers will also be held and prizes awarded; all meeting attendees are eligible to vote.

Bring your SMaSH beers if you missed the last meeting, or perhaps if your beer now tastes amazingly different (and good).  At September's meeting we tasted way too many SMaSH beers from the club’s hop evaluation brew experiment (close to 30 different hops were brewed with).  If you missed tasting these or can’t remember which hops tasted better than others, we’ll taste more with different hops.  For those bringing beer, make sure to label it so we know what hops you used.


Club Nominations for next year’s Board will be taken at our meeting this month.  Nominate a friend, or better yet, nominate a stranger.  This is your chance to help steer the club in the direction you want it to go, and being on the Board is a fun way to give back and help keep things chugging smoothly along.  Please don't be shy--we're going to need some fresh blood next year!

People Choice: due to the Iron Brewer and residual SMASH tastings, we will not have the People's Choice award at this meeting.  If you did not participate in either of these experiments, you are still encouraged to bring a beer for tasting and honest feedback.

Other Club Business: bring your ideas, your enthusiasm and your home brew.  Let’s celebrate being in business—the business of promoting the art and knowledge of home brewing.


Iron Brewer 2013

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It's that time again! No more brotherly love as we cut to the quick, slit each others throat, and stomp on your neighbors hops.... that's right... Iron Brewer is back! Bring your knowledge, your equipment, your yeast, and your partner as you will go head to head with your fellow club members to see who reigns this year as the Iron Brewer!  Get ready for the hops and barley to start flying as teams of brewers battle to see who can brew the best beer.

Just like the Food Network’s Iron Chef, once the surprise ingredient(s) is/are revealed, brewers will have 30 minutes to declare a style and formulate a recipe.  Once that time is up, you'll have an hour to go shopping for the ingredients you'll need to brew your masterpiece (the club is paying for the first $15 of ingredients).  After that, LET THE BREWING BEGIN!  The teams will then be able to take their beers home for fermentation.  A time and place will be determined for judging as well as awards.  Judging will be based on style and how well the secret ingredient is showcased. There will also be a people’s choice award based on the same criteria.

Date: Saturday September 14th Time: 8:30am

Location: Brew Brothers homebrew supply and taproom, 2020 NW Aloclek Dr #107  Hillsboro, OR 97124 (off Cornelius Pass Rd.)

Equipment: Please bring your own.

Cost: $10 per team (To help offset the cost of grain)

Teams:  Teams of two brewers (If you don’t have a buddy, we will do our best to find you one).

Everyone is welcome. Brewers and families. (Please no pets)

Food:  There will be grilled dogs and sausages, but it would be nice if people also bring there “specialty” dish. Beverages:  Please bring some of your best beer – This is a beer event.

To answer a few questions before they are asked:

*Can you dry hop? Yes.
*Can spices be used? Yes, if they're on the shelf at Brew Brothers
*Can Promash be used? Yes, if you bring it, wifi is available
*How big of a batch can be made? As big as you want. You just have to pay for the extra ingredients.
*Can you bring Irish Moss?  Yes
*What about Yeast? You supply your own yeast. Brew Brothers has a great selection.
*For safety reasons, it is preferred that you use corny kegs to transport your beer.
*Is this an extract or all-grain event? All-grain. For those of you that brew with extract, join in the fun, send an email and we'll team you up with an all grain system.

Send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up. 
If you have a team, great!  If you're looking for a team, let us know and we'll do our best to set you up (please specify if you have a brew system you can bring).


PDX Brewers September meeting

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What: PDX Brewers September meeting

When: 7pm September 16th

Where: Max's Fanno Creek Brewery and Pub - 12562 SW Main St, Tigard, OR 97223

Wow! Summer has flown by! September is already here and we have a meeting coming up that's packed full of.. HOME BREW!

This month's meeting will be dedicated to tasting our SMaSH brews. We have close to 30 beers to sample! And due to the large number of beers, we'll probably extend the tastings into October so people will get a chance to try them all.

If you're bringing your beer and you have the capability to bottle, it would be a good idea to do 4 or 5 so we can store it for the next meeting just in case. Make sure to label it so we know what hops you used. 

People Choice:
due to the SMASH tasting we will not have the People's Choice award at this meeting.  If you did not participate in the experiment, you are still encouraged to bring a beer for tasting and feedback.

Iron Brewer reminder: don't forget the club event this Saturday Sep 14th.  Show up about 8am for set up at Brew Brothers.  If you haven't signed up, it's not too late.  Send an email to the Board ASAP!


August Meeting 2013

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It's that time again!

Our next meeting is coming up 7pm, August 19th at Max's Fanno Creek Brewpub.

This month we'll get updates on our SMaSH project, talk about the upcoming Iron Brewer competition, and whatever else comes up.

Don't forget about the peoples choice award for best homebrew brought to the meeting. It's worth a $10 gift certificate to Brew Brothers! So bring your beer!.

We'll also have time to talk about the beer you bring. If you're up for feedback, let us know.

Hope to see you there


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