June 2018 BIER Minutes

6/13/2018 we had a good sized group, 17 of us, good for a summer meeting.  Thanks to Jason & Kristen, Binghamton Brewing is a great venue for us, good beers, and pizza!   

Rich Andel                  Jim Burt                      Dave King (2)             Anna Caron

Don Powell                 Dave Russell               Jason Gardner             Kristen Lyons

Joan King                    Jeff Pontin                 James Dunn                 Donna Kordula

Bernie Kordula           Bob Ciesla                   Dave Scheel                Steve Morrow

Chris Given                                                      

The Mom’s House Beer Fest was Thurs. May 17, 6 to 9:30pm.  We got 27 Homebrew entries, most of the local breweries were there, and there were lots of great food samples.  Laurie Bowen thanked us for our efforts and beers at our meeting.  It went very well, winners were all BIER members, except for one, and Dennis used to be in BIER.

1st-NYS-HopYard.jpegVoted by Craft Breweries:

1st place- Tom Owens: "Darkness Falls" - Russian Imperial Stout

2nd place- Dennis Lovelock: "Gnosis" - Tropical American Wild Ale

3rd place-Kris Kinne/Tom DeSantis: "Al's Pup Chino" - Carmel Macchiato Stout

Voted by People's Choice:

1st place- Kris Kinne & Tom DeSantis: “Al's Pup Chino" - Carmel Macchiato Stout

2nd place-Rich Andel: "The Jimmy Buffet - Margarita Style Gose

3rd place-Tom Owens: "Darkness Falls" - Russian Imperial Stout 

We cleared $4,245 for Mom’s House, a little less than last year, but still very good.  Thanks all!

Also, who should we benefit at next year’s BIER Brew & Food Fest?  How’s Make a Wish, Chow?  Other suggestions?  We need someone who will help us, especially with advertising and getting food. 

Chris Givens has his extract brewing equipment for sale, good for someone starting out.

The Southern Tier Empire Brewfest was June 16, at the Broome County Fairgrounds, in Whitney Point.  Report?

Zoo Brew was held at the Ross Park Zoo, June 16th, 4 of us served Craft Beer, it was a great time.     

Jim Parks send this photo to us, reflecting some of our nearby hop growing history.  Thanks, Jim!

The 2018 AHA National Homebrewers Conference was June 28-30, in Portland, OR.  It’s the best beer event of the year, and we saw most of the Rock Stars of Homebrewing, and talked to a few of them.  Rich and your President went early to enjoy the Portland beer scene before the conference started.   

The German Club, Breakfast in the Woods was held July 4th.  Report?   

Deposit Lumberjack Festival, is July 21st.  More breweries this year, and last year was great fun, free, 2 – 10 pm.  I’ll be pouring Farmhouse brews, come and join us. 

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown is Aug 3 - 4.  It sells out early. 

Rochester’s Flour City Brewers Fest is at the Public Market, Aug 17. LumberJackFest.jpg

Galaxy is holding a Homebrew Contest, to decide who’s beer they’ll brew on their system, serve at Galaxy, and enter in the 2019 GABF Pro-Am, enter by Aug. 4.  See our Entry Form for details.

Madison Co. Hop Fest is Sept. 14 -16.  I’ll be giving an “Intro. to Homebrewing” talk, and we’ll have our usual BIER tent, which we could use your help with.  We’ll have reduced cost wrist bands for the Craft beer tent.

Sudsy Brews and Fiery Foods is in Sept., 1 to 5 pm.  Then there’s the 2018 GABF (Sept. 20 - 22). 

The Salt City (Syracuse) Brew contest is scheduled for 9/29/18 in Syracuse.  They’ll need Judges and Stewards, as well as entries.

Hops are growing like mad.  Mine are about 20’ high (as of July 8).  How are yours doing?   

Luke Fuller designed and made stickers and advertising cards for us.  You get 13 cards with your 2018 – 2019 membership, which is $4.75, since the insurance has been increased to $3.75/member.  I need you to re-up by the 1st of August.  If you’re interested in a 3” sticker, we got 100, I need $1/ea. so get a bunch of them.  Thanks!


Jason gave us a sheet of pizza.  Our old Mom’s House tasting glasses are always nice and clean, thanks to Bing Brew, we couldn’t be taken care of any better, so stop by Bing Brew often, and send your friends.


Kristen was recently in Albany, lobbying for Craft Beer.  Thanks!

Bob brought us pop-corn, and Bernie Stewarded, thanks guys!  




Brew Tastings;

Bob – American Wheat, small BIAB batch, with Safale K-97 yeast, nice light summer brew, well made!

Steve & Dave Scheel – Raspberry Hefe, with 2 lb. of frozen raspberries, for great aroma & flavor.

Dave Russell – Belgian Blond 3, partial mash, nice esters level, fermented about 62°F, for more banana aroma.

Bernie & Donna – Tangerine Saison, peel, zest, juice and pulp, closet clean-out malts, including some rye, very good at Mom’s House Fest, a bit faded now, but still very good.                                                                                   

Jason – Bauli Saison, Belgian style Saison from Rushing Duck, strong esters.

James Dunn – Brown Porter, good example of an English Brown Porter, with WLP002.

Dave King (2) – Robust Porter, big on chocolate malt flavor, maybe too intense. 

Jim Burt – 2nd Runnings Coffee Porter, after the 1st made a Russian Imperial Stout, plus cocoa nibs and a coffee vodka tincture, great nose and flavor of coffee. 

Anna – Borrowed Hop-R-Us IPA, recipe from Rich and Jim Burt, good, medium bitter, cloudy, nice dank hop aroma and flavor.  It got a score of 30 in the UNYHA contest, way to go, Anna!

Rich – Black IPA, with all Simcoe hops and some Carafa III, low roast flavor, good example of the style. 

Jason – Tools of the Trade, from Industrial Arts Brewing, big citrus flavored XPA.  Some haze, very tasty.  This is Jeff O’Neil’s new place, opened Winter 2017.  He made magic at Ithaca Beer, so we expect big things from IAB. 

Anna – Ginger, Blueberry, Pomegranate Kombucha, made with a SCOBY shared by Rich.  Very tasty, not too sour, refreshing.  BTW, your President got a SCOBY from Rich, too.  Joan and I are trying our hand at it. 


Another great summer meeting.  Lots of unique and delicious brews as always, some real creativity with ingredients, well done!  See you July, 11th, at Binghamton Brewing!  Time to re-up, $4.75 for a year of BIER, and get some stickers.

Don’t forget to label your brews, and either send me your recipe, or drop off a copy at the meeting, my scanner works fine.  Thanks,    

              Dave King (2)