National Mead Day - Let's Brew!

Ed is kindly hosting us at his house for a big brew on National Mead Day! The event is this Saturday, August 1st, at 10:00 AM. He will be making two meads, one will be the heat method and the other will be the no heat method.

Some food will be available.

Brewing will be complete for both batches around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Ed's address is: 

9772 Sydney Lane

Highlands Ranch, Co 80130

Directions:

I-25 exit 193 (Lincoln)

Go West onto Lincoln and you will go about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Crosspointe Drive (You will cross Quebec and a post office)

At the T turn left and take the next right and it will be the third house on the left.

 

From the west:

 

C-470 exit south onto University.

 

Go about 5 miles and turn right onto Crosspointe Drive (You will cross Crescent Hill and Crosspointe will the next street).

 

At T turn left and take first right and third house on left.

 

 

July Meeting Minutes

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Rock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

7/9/2015 6:45 PM – GRIST Brewing Company

Call to Order and Welcome to New Members – Brian Pramov
President’s Report – Brian Pramov

  • Buy from GRIST!
  • Buy from Castle Rock Homebrew Supply
  • Welcome new members – tell us who you are, how long have you been brewing, what do you like?
  • This is our second meeting, because we’re at a brewery, we need you to register before you drink
  • Judging competitions – we need to enter and win!
    • Which ones should we focus on, and which one should we skip?
    • We need to decorate the Firkin (twice!)
    • We need to decorate the Ace of Clubs!
  • Sign up for objective judging – 3 entries per meeting, one entry per person, the club’s BJCP Judges will evaluate your beer and give you feedback
    • If you’re get your beer judged this meeting, don’t sign up next time, we’ll be keeping track so that everyone gets a chance to have feedback

Event Director’s Report – Justin Vandegriffe

  • Buddy Brew – 9 teams registered! If you want in, let us know ASAP - This is your last chance!
    • October club meeting for the competition
    • Ingredients must be detectable and discernable (not just a great beer!)
  • Signup for Copper Kettle tour!
  • Bus Trip Planning – October 10th. Sign up and pay, then you get to vote on where we go (club members can bring non-members, at cost + $10.00)
  • Hop and brew school with HopUnion

Competition Director’s Report – Doug Thiel

  • Ed Moore – NHC Bronze! Congratulations! Fourth Rock Hopper to ever win a medal!

Free IIPA Second Runnings at Rockyard!

Just got a message from Kjell, second runnings from an IIPA available to all Rock Hoppers club members at 1230 TOMORROW at the Rockyard Pub. First come first serve. Come grab some free wort and make some beers!

Buddy Brew 2015 is here!

Signup for the buddy brew is now underway. This year, we have a set list of 20 different ingredients, of which you must choose three.

Teams will be made up of one experienced brewer, and one newer brewer, and will be assigned by the officers.

The competition will take place at one of the fall meetings, and judged by the club.

There are enough people signed up for nine teams as of today.

Sign up by sending a private message to the Facebook page! When registering, make sure to include your full name, contact information, number of years in the club, number of years brewing, and if you brew extract or all grain.

June Meeting Minutes

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Rock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

June 11, 2015 6:45 PM Grist Brewing Company

Call to Order and Welcome to New Members – Brian Pramov

President’s Report – Brian Pramov

  • A huge Thank You to GRIST for allowing us to host our meetings here
  • Castle Rock Homebrew Supply is still a great place to buy ingredients and equipment, and we will continue to support it! Eric was very kind to allow us to meet there, and we are grateful for that.
  • Why did we move?
    • As many of you have heard, Eric is opening up 105 West Brewing Company in the current location of Castle Rock Homebrew Supply
    • The brew shop will be moved several doors down, and will not be large enough to hold us
    • We could have met in the brewery (when it opens) but Thursdays are not available for meetings
  • As part of the move to a licensed establishment, the law has a grey area that we have interpreted to mean only registered members may consume homebrew. If you haven’t paid your dues to become a registered member, you can’t drink.

Event Director’s Report – Justin Vandegriffe

  • We are in contact with Copper Kettle for another tour day, similar to our tour at River North.
    • Working towards an event in before the July Meeting
  • 26th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival
  • 4th Annual Big Ass Tap Takeover
    • Avery takes over Parry’s Pizza
    • Saturday June 13th
    • All Parry’s locations

The Brew Hut Turns 20!

Come Join the Brew Hut for their twentieth anniversary party! They've been pivotal in many of our brewing hobbies and careers, and a great success story. Come party!

Here are the Event Details

May Meeting Minutes

Rock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

May 14, 2015 6:45 PMCastle Rock Homebrew Supply

Call to Order and Welcome to New Members – Bryan Pramov 

President’s Report – Brian Pramov 

Support your local homebrew shop (Castle Rock Homebrew Supply). Buy things from Eric, he lets us meet here!
  • Pay your dues! See Mark
  • Insurance – As part of the insurance package, we’ve elected to include officers insurance in our policy, which is a slight additional cost
    • We’ve heard that other clubs have had to collect member’s addresses and contact information, and in case we need it, we’ll be doing the same. Please fill provide your information on the sign-in sheet (this will also allow us to get a better idea of where everyone is coming from, and plan events closer to everyone)
  • The meetings are moving! Staring in June (next month), we will be meeting at Grist. The meetings will still be Thursday nights, at the same time
    • Due to the recent change in Colorado Law, Homebrew clubs are now allowed to meet in Licensed Breweries and other establishments, and serve home brew
    • The law states that everyone consuming alcohol on the premises during the meeting must be a dues-paying member of the club. Visitors to the club will no longer be able to sample homebrew, and will be asked to join the club on their first visit
      • This is REQUIRED due to the law, and we don’t want the club nor Grist to get into trouble. 
    • The club also wants to give huge thank you to Eric for hosting us over the last two years. The club will continue to support the shop and encourage members to shop here.

Event Director’s Report – Justin Vandergriffe

  • AHA Rally at Hall Brewing, May 16th. Requires Signup through AHA Website.

Rock Hopper's Pro-Am Tapping at Lone Tree Brewery

Come join us at Lone Tree for this special tapping! This Dubbel is the recipe of Robert Kausch, Communication Director from our club. It was brewed in conjunction with the head brewer from Lone Tree Brewery, and will also be our Pro-Am entry in this years, Great American Beer Festival!

Tapping starts Wednesday, May 13th, at 12:00 PM, at Lone Tree Brewing Company. Show your Rock Hopper Support, and wear your gear!

Rockyard Brewing Company's First Ever Small Batch Release Party

Rockyard is excited to invite you to their first ever small batch release party. Join them next Saturday, May 16th, from 12pm to 4pm at our “Big House” brewing facility to get your hands on our Bourbon Barrel Aged We’ Heavy Ale. They decided to age 2 bourbon barrels full of the We’ Heavy that resulted from a brew with our friends Pagosa Brewing Company for the 2014 Collaboration Festival. After 14 months in barrels they bottled this malty beast and because there are only about 300 bottles, this may be your only chance to get one. In addition to getting your hands on an incredible beer that may never hit shelves, you also have the chance to come say hello to the Rockyard team and check out their “Big House Brewery”!

Where:

3130 Commerce Court
Castle Rock, CO 80109

When:

12-4pm

Posted by Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Liquid Poetry Slam Results

The results are in for the Liquid Poetry Slam, the annual competition put on by Northern Colorado's Liquid Poets Society. There were several medals awarded to our fellow RockHoppers! Congratulations are in order for:

  • Bryan Keas - 2nd Place, Category 2A (German Pilsner), and 1st Place, Category 15A (Weizen/Weissbier)
  • Ed Moore - 3rd Place, Category 5C (Doppelbock), 3rd Place, Category 7B (California Common), 2nd Place, Category 19B (English Barleywine)
  • Eric Gould with CoBrewer Brian Pramov - 2nd Place, Category 20 (Fruit Beer)

The full results can be found here

Converted Keg for Sale

 

 

The Kruegals have this converted keg for sale $80.00. It comes with a thermometer and has another outlet for a ball valve. This will work great as a Hot Liquor Tank or Kettle!. You can add another port at the bottom, and convert it to a mash tun as well.

Contact Bryan or The Kruegels for more information!

Big Brew Day Events - May 2nd, 2015

Big Brew Day 2015 is upon us! We have two events this year.

Rockyard Brewery Big Brew Day

As in past years, the Rockyard Brewery will be hosting an event at their facility, starting at 8:00 AM, and will be providing base malt and yeast (1187 Ringwood Ale).

Please RSVP to Kjell with your grain and yeast needs, so he can plan ahead of time: kjell@rockyard.com

880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply Big Brew Day

New this year, Castle Rock Homebrew Supply will be providing free water, starting at 9:30 AM.

1043 Park Street Castle Rock, CO 80109

Eric@castlerockhomebrew.com

"Official" AHA Recipes

The American Homebrewer's Association has provided three "official" recipies for you to choose from. Of course, feel free to brew whatever you'd like, but here are the recipes, provide in both All Grain and Extract versions:

Rock Hoppers advance to NHC Nationals!

Rock Hoppers advance to NHC Nationals!

Congrats to our members who advanced! Here's the results:

  • Tom Thorpe - 2nd Place, category 7A (Amber Hybrid Beer)
  • Billy Beason - 2nd Place, category 12C (Porter)
  • Ed Moore - 3rd Place, category 24C (Traditional Mead)
  • Brian Pramov - 3rd Place, category 13F (Stout) and 3rd Place, category 20A (Fruit Beer)
  • Doug Thiel - 2nd Place, category 9E (Scottish and Irish Ale) 
  • George Delena - 1st Place, category 9E (Scottish and Irish Ale) and 3rd Place, category 21A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer)

Meetup with your fellow RockHoppers at Comrade Brewing!

Rock Hoppers meetup at Comrade Brewing this Saturday, 18 Apr, at 6 PM! Meet with your fellow hoppers and share a beer!‬

The brewery is located at:

7667 East Iliff Avenue #F
Denver, CO 80231

Get more information on their website: http://www.comradebrewing.com

Online Dues Payments now Available

Money SignWe have enabled payment of your 2015 dues online. Use the link on the top right (2015 Dues) in the menu bar to pay them. You can use PayPal through the site, or pay cash / credit card during the meetings. In either case, if you use a credit card, an additional fee is added, as the payment processing systems charge for the privlige.

105 West Brewing has formed!

Congratulations to our own RockHopper, Eric Seufert and his team for starting Colorado's newest Brewery, 105 West!

 

Next Rock Hopper Meeting is April 9th

lRock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

Thursday, April 9, 2015 6:45 PM – Castle Rock Homebrew Supply

River North Brewery Tour is Tomorrow (March 7th)!

rnPlease joint your fellow Rock Hoppers this Saturday March 7th at 11:00 for a special tour of the River North Brewery located at: 

River North

2401 Blake St #1

Denver, CO 80205

River North will be opening their doors early just for the Rock Hoppers and will be informing us about their world class beer.  It should be a great event and a lot of fun with options to go to the numerous other breweries in the area afterwards too.

Rock Hoppers Come Up Big at Big Beers

bbCongratulations to all the Rock Hoppers that walked away with medals from Big Beers this last weekend.  The Rock Hopper contingent was strong in this fiercely contested battle with the following Rock Hoppers coming away with medals: 

Doug Thiel: 3rd Place Belgian Pale Ale

Billy Beeson: 1st Place Baltic Porter

Greg Geiger: 2nd Place Imperial Stout

Brian Pramov: 2nd Place Fruit Beer

Bryan Keas: 1st Place Specialty Beer

 

Honorable Mention (Even though he mistakenly indicated FOTR as his club):

Ed Moore: 2nd Place Strong Scotch Ale, 3rd Place Dopplebock, and HM Baltic Porter

 

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