Next Rock Hopper Meeting is December 11th!

SBRock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:45 PM – Castle Rock Homebrew Supply

Call to Order and Welcome to New Members - Brian

President’s Report - Brian

  • Please support Castle Rock Homebrew Supply.  Buy your ingredients and equipment tonight!

  • It's time for the famous club non-denominational winter holiday beer exchange!  Woohoo!!!

    • Holiday Bottle Exchange
      • White Elephant/Yankee Swap style event

      • Bring a wrapped bomber or 4-pack or 6-pack of good beer

      • $10 minimum value, no crappy beer please

      • Max 2 entries per person

      • Up to 3 steals per bottle

Next Rock Hopper Meeting is November 13th! Bring your Intraclub Saisons!

rhbcRock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:45 PM – Castle Rock Homebrew Supply

Rock Hoppers Hopoween Party

HalloweenFellow Rock Hoppers! 

The Hoppoween Party is a go!  It will be held at William Beeson's house from 7-12pm on 11/1.
There is no theme this year.  This is typically a costume party so costumes are highly encouraged.  Also highly encouraged is Uber or any other taxi service.  We do not want anyone driving under the influence and there will be a lot of drinking going on.  Please be responsible and safe.
Speaking of beer, we will have 12 taps available to pour beer from kegs.  If you have a keg of something you would like to share, please bring it with you..  We will have CO2 to push the beer out and ice chests to keep the kegs cool.  No keg, no problem!  We will have bottle openers too.  
Billy will be smoking a brisket and other random meats for sandwiches as the main dish.  We ask that those attending bring a side dish or snacks for everyone.
Please contact Billy Beeson through the Rock Hopper contact section if you plan on attending so he can get a head count and/or if you have any questions.  Spouses and friends are welcome as long as they are over 21.
8563 E Monmouth PL
Denver, CO 80237
See you guys/gals there.

Next Rock Hopper Meeting is October 9th!

rhbc logoRock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:45 PM – Castle Rock Homebrew Supply

Next RHBC Meeting is September 11th!

Rock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:45 PM – Castle Rock Homebrew Supply

Rock Hoppers Dominate the Colorado State Fair Homebrew Competiton!

Colorado State FairIn what can only be described as a colossal pantsing of the competion, the Rock Hoppers emerged victorious at the Colorado State Fair Homebrew Competition more times than any other homebrew club (and it wasn't even close).  In fact, 12 different Rock Hoppers garnered a grand total of 20 medals + 2 honorable mentions with the next closest clubs coming in with only 8 medals to their name.  So go grab a beer, get a comfortable seat and settle in, and begin reading the names of the winners below.  

Michael Bade

3rd, "Jersey Boy Helles", Munich Helles

Billy Beeson

1st, "2 Point Conversion", Oktoberfest/Marzen

1st, "Weeson", Strong Scotch Ale

James DeValois

2nd, "Hop Along Ginger", Metheglin

Brandon Hogan/Brian Pramov

3rd, "The British Are Coming", Wood-Aged Beer

Bryan Keas

1st, Munich Helles

3rd, German Pilsner

2nd, "Bryan's Bitter", Special Bitter

HM, "What the Hef?", Weizen/Weissbier

1st, "Unicorn Fur", Fruit Beer

3rd, "Cacao for Coconut Porter", SHV

1st, "Hoppy Ending", Specialty

3rd, "Imperial Wit", Braggot

Scott Lamm

2nd, "Stormy Dark Mild Ale", Mild 

Matt Lawlor

3rd, Gewitter Weizen, Weizen/Weissbier

Matthew Linnenberger

3rd, "No Name Mild", Mild

Phil Penningroth

2nd, "Thunder From Down Under", English Barleywine

Brian Pramov

1st, "Cartel", Robust Porter

HM, "Buddy Brew 2014", Belgian Pale Ale

Dax Rush

Billy Beeson Crushes the Sam Adams Longshot Semi-Finalists!

Longshot LogoBilly "Fly" Beeson, flew past the other semi-finalists in the Sam Adams Longshot Competition and has advanced to the Finals!  For advancing to the finals, Billy and one guest (Pick me!!!) gets an all expenses paid trip to "ahem" Denver to attend the GABF including accomodations, meals, and entry into the GABF.  Billy will find out the week of the GABF if he was selected as the Grand Champion and have his beer brewed and distributed across the country with his mugshot on it.  Congrats Billy, best of luck, and way to represent the Rock Hoppers!

Matt Lawlor Takes Best of Show

Kokopelli LogoCongratulations to Matt Lawlor for taking the best of show prize at the Celtic Festival homebrew competition sponsored by Kokopelli Beer Company.   Matt stole the show with "Whoa Bessie" a sweet stout.  Be sure to congratulate Matt the next time you see him!

2nd Annual RHBC Brewery Bus Tour is October 18 - Reserve Your Spot Today!

The 2nd Annual RHBC Brewery Bus Tour will be happening October 18. 

We have booked a 32 passenger bus to take everybody to select breweries in the Boulder/Longmont area.  The bus will tentatively leave Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch around 10:30 am and will return by 9:00 pm.


Change in Leadership

Roles: authenticated user

Billy Beeson Rolls His Way Into the Sam Adams Longshot Semis!!!

Samuel Adams LongshotBest of Luck to our own Billy Beeson as he advances as one of nine national semi finalists for the Samuel Adams Longshot 2014 Homebrew Competition! Billy bested thousands of other entries to rise to the top 9 semi-finalists in the country with his epic Java Lava (Vietnamese Coffee Sweet Stout). If Billy wins he will have his likeness plastered on bottles of Sam Adams version of his beer which would be distributed nationwide.

If you see Billy congratulate him on this huge accomplishment and wish him the best of luck in the semi-finals!

Good Luck Billy!!!

2014 Buddy Brew Teams Chosen!!! (Now Get Brewing!)

Buddy BrewAfter weeks of careful deliberation, the white smoke has risen from the Vatican chimney and the 2014 Buddy Brew teams have been chosen!

Please find your buddy brew partner below and start working on any recipe you would like to brew which contains less than 5% alcohol.

Good luck to everyone, but most importantly, have fun and use this as an opportunity to teach each other something about making better beer. Look for an email to follow with everyone's email information so you can make initial contact (because I didn't want everyone'e email blasted all over the interwebs).

2014 Buddy Brew Teams:

  • Shawn Keller - Jim Denier
  • Greg Topay - Michael Bade
  • Scott Lamm - Doug Thiel
  • Mike Bostwick - Mark Jeffries
  • George Delena - Jeff Gilbertson
  • Matt Lawlor - Kjell Wygant
  • Mike Roth - Andy Honker
  • David Marsh - Brian Pramov
  • Rob Kausch - Bryan Keas
  • Scott Douris - Chris Huser
  • Ken Anderson - Geoff Humphrey
  • James/Jasmine Devalois - Billy Beeson
  • Josh Given - Matt Linnenberger
  • Peter Baggus - Eric Seufert

GABF Beer Geeks Needed!

homer beer

Do you like beer?  Do you brew beer?  Are you knowledgeable about beer?  Do you like researching and sharing your knowledge about beer?  Well this opportunity may be for you!  If you would like to volunteer to "work" at least two shifts of the 2014 GABF as a beer geek, you will get a free pass to one session of the 2015 GABF.  See more details below:

GABF Beer Geek Volunteers Needed

The GABF Denver Hoppers pouring team needs volunteers for the 2014 festival October 2-4.  We are in need of knowledgeable home brewers (“Beer Geeks”) to provide information to patrons when the brewers are not present.

In past years Beer Geeks were recruited and staffed by individual pouring teams (such as mine).  That will continue, but in addition there will now be a separate team of beer geeks, managed by Matt Rawling, that will rotate among all of the islands providing support where needed.   I still have the option of staffing my own beer geeks on my team, which I intend on doing.   You have the option of either volunteering for my team of for Matt's team.

On my team you would be able to focus on a moderate number of breweries enabling you to research them and become knowledgeable on their beers.  I don't know how Matt will arrange his team, but you would possibly be responsible for more breweries but you would also get to experience more of the festival.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Volunteer Requirements

There are four shifts, one on Thursday and Friday & two on Saturday, and you must work at least two shifts.  Working three shifts earns you a comp ticket to the 2015 festival, four earn two comps.

The Rock Hoppers are Not the 2014 Ace of Clubs

HPD logoYes, unfortunately despite a valiant effort by several homebrewers, the Rock Hopper came up shy of winning the Ace of Clubs award for 2014.  But hey, what good is putting funny slogans on the trophy if nobody else gets to read them right?  Anyway, several Rock Hoppers continued to define how homebrewing is supposed to be done and walked away with some ribbons for their efforts, in fact, the Rock Hoppers came away with as many ribbons as the Ace of Clubs winning homebrew club and only lost due to judging and stewarding points.  Congrats to the following Rock Hoppers:

Jason Kruegel:

  • 3rd Pilsner,  “Purple Dog Pilsner”
  • 4th Dark Lager,  “Eat My Schwarz”

Kelly Kruegel:

  • 3rd Bock, “Arctic Chi”
  • 3rd Belgian and French Ale, “Monk with a Woody”
  • 3rd Belgian Strong Ale, “CoopSauce”

Matthew Linnenburger:

  • 3rd Light Hybrid Beer, “Summer Days”
  • 2nd Amber Hybrid Beer, “Alternate Universe”

Bryan Keas:

  • 2nd English Pale Ale, “Bryan’s Bitter”
  • 1st Fruit Beer, “Blue Balls”

Keas Takes BOS and New Belgium ProAm at 2014 Liquid Poetry Slam!

A big congrats to our own Bryan Keas for his BOS win and his ProAm selection at this year's Liquid Poetry Slam.

Bryan will brew his Hoppy Ending hopped up red ale at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins later this summer!

Nice work, B.

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