November 2015 BIER Meeting

Nov. 11, 2015 

17 Attendees;   

Chris Given                 Dick Tuthill     Bernie Kordula           Bob Ciesla       Dan Koller

            Dave & Joan King      Rich Andel      Nick Martinson           Matt Farrell     Becky Lawson

            Adam Hawley Dave Russell               Jim Burt          James Dunn     Dave Semo                                         


James Dunn was our only rep at the Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews at the Albany Pump Station, and had a very good time, as usual.  Dennis Lovelock took a medal for his American Wild, sour, Apparition.  Congrats, Dennis!       

Theresa Hollister sent us info on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail Winter Passport Program.  $20, and valid all year long!  Most of our local Breweries are listed.  Most of them offer a buy one, get one free, pints or flights, but check the list. We should do a Road Trip in Jan.

Chris Holden, from Crooked Creek Hops Farm attended, and told us about his operation, and NY State hop offerings.  He also handed out a bunch of free hop samples, so we need to brew with them, and bring in samples.  Thanks, Chris!  Facebook is probably the best way to keep current with him.

We just got our annual offer, $16.50 for a year of Brew Your Own, a 50% off deal (8 print issues & 8 digital issues).  If I get at least 9 more people, we’re all set.  Let’s do it soon, as some of us are running out, and the year end gets busy.  Please get me the following info by Dec. 18th, and I’ll send them in. 



    City, State Zip Code

    Email (needed for digital edition)

    New Subscriber Renewal


If you don’t say otherwise, I’ll assume it’s a new subscription.  You can get me the $16.50 by PayPal, bring it to our Wed. meeting, or send a check to; 


   Dave King

   617 Leon Drive

   Endicott, NY  13760

Hops 101 was a Cornell Cooperative Extension workshop, held Nov. 5th.  Janice Degni, South Central NY Field Crop Specialist and Steve Miller, New York State Hops Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County provided lots of great info. 

Jordan Patch, Binghamton Brew Fest Organizer, promised to come see us at a winter meeting. 

The Seneca Lodge Brewfest was held Dec. 4th, Matt & Becky went, and had a great time. 

Binghamton On Tap is Jan 15th & 16th , the latter is the same day as the Syracuse Winter Brew Fest, at the OnCenter.  There’ll be another one June 10 & 11, at the Fairgrounds, too. There are so many of these lately. 

Charity Homebrew Event!  Chris Givens mentioned that HOPS, the HB club from Oneida, has been doing 2/yr. Homebrew charity events, simple contests, sort of a tasting, but with public HB judging, and the money goes to a local charity.  Joan and I would like to head up one of these, to benefit Mom’s House.  We are checking into a good places to hold it, like the Endicott Visitor’s Center.  We’ll check with the NY Liquor people, we have the insurance, but the biggest issue is getting enough beer.  We need to be able to provide a good many different ones, for people to spring for tickets.  Mom’s House people will do most of the setup, advertising, etc., but we’ll have to negotiate that. 

Bob Ciesla brought popcorn and Joan brought Chex Mix.  I hope you all bought a beer or food from our generous host, Brothers 2.    

Fil Fata was given some samples of Roscoe NY Beer Co. beers, and he asked us to evaluate them, for his possibly putting one or 2 on tap. We liked the Rainbow Red best, and the Eagle IPA 2nd.  The other 2 didn’t do much for us.

The Homebrewed Beers; (Served by Nick Martinson, Cellar Master, with help from Bob Ciesla)

James Dunn – SMASH Pale Ale, with Mandarin Bavaria hops, good melon & orange flavors.    

Dave Semo – Belgian 4 X-mas Ale, with Wyeast Ardennes yeast blend for a friend’s wedding.  Nice malty Belgian Blonde, brewed in Sept., lots of different malts and Saaz hops.          

Nick – Jalapeno Saison, with homegrown peppers, nice pepper nose and flavor, not too hot, malty, low hop bitterness.  Great balance.   

Dave Russell – Pumpkin Ale, a classic example, malty, spiced like pumpkin pie.   Well done, indeed.

Bernie – Pumpkin Ale, nice low spice level, darker, more bitter than Dave Russell’s interpretation.      

Dennis – Cornucopia Porter,  O.G. = 1.064, with 10 lb. of yams and squash, and lots of malts, but no kitchen sink.  Nice Porter, complex, spicy, like only Dennis could pull off.   

Jim Burt – Porter, BIAB, nice roast level, light O.G. = 1.056, 5% ABV.   

JoshPorterish, actually a dark blond, sessionable, good flavor

Rich – Session Harvest IPA, 4% ABV, all late hops, his Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade, great flavor for a session beer.

Adam – Hoppy Wheat, ˝ Maris Otter, ˝ wheat, US-05, late hopped with 4 - 5 oz. hops, nicely done.

AdamHoppy Rye, ~20% rye, nice dry, peppery rye flavor, with lots of hop flavor.

Dave King – Red Rye IPA, specialty malts reduced from previous version, and used Marty’s 2 row base malt.  CTZ dry hop aroma shows, the Citra were old, not very aromatic.

Dennis – Flanders Red, or Oud Bruin clone, intensely sour, not much malt flavor, took a Bronze medal in Albany (?), complex, with a blend of yeast and bugs, ask Dennis.

Dan – Space Cake, by Clown Shoes, a 9% Double IPA,  

Fun night, many great brews.  Next month is our Christmas Dinner, Dec 9th.  6:30 should be a good time to meet.  Brothers 2 has a great full menu, and fine Craft Beers, great for our once a year tradition.  I didn’t have many recipes to scan for these minutes, please try to bring, or send them, many of us are interested in the details.  Thanks!

     Dave King (2)