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Brew News November 2016


Club Business:


Guests attending: Jen
Start time: 7:37 PM
End time: Who Knows
Number of members present: 24


NOMINATIONS - The following individuals have been reelected for 2017:

President – Chico Primeaux

Treasurer – Ken Duffy

Secretary – Kevin Cowan

Congratulations and Let’s Make Beer Great Again!!!!!


Getting Better With Age! – Next year, we will celebrate RedStick Brewmasters’ 30th Anniversary.  To commemorate the occasion, we will celebrate the entire year in style with BIG beers for our monthly styles as well as with anniversary t-shirts, glasses and other goodies. So stay tuned!


Recently, RSB member Alison S.’s husband Whitney lost his battle with mental illness.   To show out support, RSB is collecting donations, and at Alison’s request, we will present a check to the National Alliance on Mental Health in memory of Whitney.  We plan to make the presentation in January.  Please donate as much as you can to help those suffering from this illness.


Merry Beer Exchange – For a little extra fun at next month’s meeting, we will hold a Merry Beer Exchange.  If you want to participate, bring ONE 12oz bottle of your homebrew to the December meeting.  Please do not put any special marking or labels on the bottle.  You will then receive a ticket for a drawing to be held later during the meeting.  Once all entries are collected, a ticket will be drawn and that winner will choose a beer from all of the entries until there are no more homebrews available. Once the bottle is chosen, it is out.  This will help speed the process along.  No stealing or swapping, unless you want to trade after the drawing is over.  So bring your brew and let’s have fun!


HOMEBREW INCENTIVES  -  As a hombrew club, our mission is to learn about beer and how to make it.  And if we’re lucky, we’ll learn from each other and make really good beer.  But how do we encourage members, both old and new, to actually brew beer?

RSB and LA Homebrew have teamed up to sponsor a friendly competition. Two of them actually.  To level the playing field and make the odds more even, each brewer providing beer will receive ONE entry in the respective drawing.  Details are below. The prize for winning either drawing (or both!) is a $100 gift certificate to the awesome, super cool homebrew shop, LA Homebrew.  Drawings will be held in December after the last competition in the circuit.

Bayou State Circuit - Any brewer entering a beer into any of the competitions in the Bayou State Circuit this year will receive ONE entry into the drawing.  Proof of entry must be provided, either a paid receipt or scoresheet.  To make the odds more even, even if you enter every competition, which we encourage, you only receive ONE entry into the drawing.  This keeps the brewers who brew regularly from stacking the deck in their favor and gives the new brewers just as much of a chance to win.

Current Entries:
Charles Y.
Keith P.
Charlie M.
Fred G.
Mike G.
Bryan F.
Matt D.
Bruce B.
Nelson Brown
Jeremy W.
Kevin C.

Festivals - Any brewer providing beer for a sanctioned festival will receive ONE entry into the drawing.  Again, ONE ticket is all that will be given no matter the number of beers you provide.  The only festivals on the list are Iron Brewer, Zapp’s International Beer Festival and Brew at the Zoo.  Depending on interest, more festivals may be added to the list.

Current Entries:
Charles Y.
Anthony L.
Phillip E.
Chris S.
Mitch C.
Charlie M.
Colin S.
Kevin C.
Britt D.
Bryan F.
Bruce B.
Ken D.
Alex S.
Brad B.
David L.



Brasseurs a la Maison has cancelled their 2016 Brasseurs Royale Homebrew Competition -

Bruce Baker is the Competition Coordinator for club members wishing to enter state, national or international homebrew competitions.  If you are interested in entering a particular competition, coordinate with Bruce and we can see if other members are interested and combine entries to save on shipping costs.  We can also send more entries to competitions to kick some butt and bring home the bling!

Bayou State Circuit 2016

Current Standings – Total Points

  • RedStick Brewmasters  -  109
  • Brasseurs a la Maision  -  17
  • Dead Yeast Society  -  14
  • Bicycle Brew Club  -  7
  • Cypress Suds  -  5
  • Good Time Brewers – 5
  • Shreveport Urban Diastic Spargers  –  3
  • Mystic Krew of Brew  -  3
  • Swamp Rats  -  1


Upcoming AHA/BJCP Homebrew Competitions  -  Here is a link to the AHA sanctioned competitions or you can see Bruce Baker for more information.



Homebrews presented: 4

Bryan F.
Colin S.
Keith P.

Commercial brews presented:  0

Bonus brews presented:  0


Future Club Meeting Styles:

December – Imperial Stout
January – Cider
February – Smoked Beer

2017 Club Styles

January – Ciders
February – Smoked Beers
March – Irish Beers
April – Strong European Beers
May – Strong Belgian Beers
June – Gose
July – Malt Liquor
August – DIPA
September – Strong British Beers
October – Alt Beers
November – Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beers
December – Winter Warmers


Previous Events:

Brew At The Zoo  –  Friday, October 7th; HUGE success!  Thanks to all who participated!  All 16 kegs were floated, and Congrats to Bruce for floating first!

Spirits Funktoberfest  –  Saturday, October 15th in Alexandria


Upcoming Events:

Learn to Homebrew Day - November 5 at LA Homebrew

Bayou Beer Fest - November 12 in Houma

Hop Brew Project  -  Coming in December.  Interested brewers sign up for a hop variety.  A base recipe will be used with the only difference being the hops. We will get together to taste and compare the differences between the hops.  And maybe even a friendly competition to see who can correctly identify the different varieties!

RSB Gumbo Cook Off - December 3rd at LA Homebrew; 4 PM until ?; bring any style of gumbo you like, but please label your entry’s ingredients for those with food allergies


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