November 2019 Meeting Agenda

Rock Hoppers Brew Club Agenda

11/14/2019 6:45 PM – C.B. & Potts, Highlands Ranch

President’s Report – Mike Bostwick

Our Mission

RHBC is the premier Colorado homebrew club dedicated to pursuing and pushing the limits of creativity, art and science of brewing through continuing education, collaboration and the development of community. We always strive for brewing excellence and encourage the development of all brewers in our club in the pursuit of a most excellent brew. 

The Value of Being a Rock Hopper

  • Education
  • Resources
  • Networking
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Inspiration

Welcome New Members!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

  1. Your name and where you’re from
  2. How long have you been brewing?
  3. What do you like to brew?
  4. What would you like to learn?

Pay your dues, pay your tabs, BUY RHBC SWAG!

Support our local partners and beer-related businesses owned/operated/brewed by Rock Hoppers Alumni:

  • 105 West Brewing
  • Bruz Beers
  • C.B. & Potts
  • Castle Rock Homebrew Supply
  • Prost Brewing
  • Lone Tree Brewing
  • Rockyard
  • Know any more?

Sign up a Friend

Recruiting a new paid member will earn you a free entry into the 2020 Bière de Rock competition in January.

Deep Thoughts …

  • We’re a homebrew club – bring your homebrew to meetings for sharing and feedback. Share it at the end of the meeting so you can be attentive and respectful to those presenting
  • We love sharing commercial beers, and will look to schedule bottle share activities, but don’t bring to meetings

Rock Hopper Pro-Am Page

Recognize and celebrate your success!

Promote your beer tapping, GABF pouring day, etc.

AHA Registration/Renew Link

We received a $140 rebate from AHA this year for club insurance – thank you members.


Anyone have a brewing-related milestone from the last month or two they’d to share  (e.g., first all grain batch, totally kickin’ recipe creation)? Let’s talk about it.

Event Director’s Report – John Webber

Upcoming Hopper Events

  • November 21, 6PM: Hopper Happy Hour at Dry Dock Brewing Company
  • Holiday Bottle Share – December Meeting:
    • White Elephant style gift exchange – each bottle can only be stolen twice
    • Enter 1-2 “nice” bottles (~$10 minimum)
      • No homebrew
      • Contribute entries that you would be excited to receive!
    • Wear your best ugly holiday sweater, and seek to win the Golden Ticket!
      • Awarded to Best Ugly Holiday Sweater (by popular vote)
      • Does not override the double-steal rule

Keep up-to-date on all events on the website calendar.

Competition Director’s Report – Geoff Humphrey

Visit the competitions page for complete competition listings.

Biere de Rock is On!

Biere de Rock planning is beginning now and we need YOUR help.

Be a club ambassador!

  • When you’re at a brewery, taproom, cidery, etc. hit them up for a donation
  • Introduce yourself as an RHBC member to the a server/bartender
  • Ask who you should speak to about a possible donation
  • When you talk to that person, you can say something like this:

Hi, I’m [your name], and I’m a member of the Rock Hoppers Brew Club based out of Douglas County. Every year we hold a homebrew competition called Biere de Rock and we’re looking for donations to serve as prizes for winners and as thank you gifts for volunteers who help run the competition. Would you be willing to donate some merchandise, gift certificate, or something similar? It’s a great way to promote your brand to a very receptive audience.

Looking for a for 1 – 2 people to serve as a Swag Czar

  • Point person(s) for obtaining and tracking donations
  • Organize and sort prizes prior to the competition
  • Coordinate with Geoff for competition day prize distribution to winners and swag for volunteers

Fantasy Brewing Draft

Draft took place on August 18 with 9 participants.

Judging took place on November 5. Winners have been determined – we’ll find out at the end of the meeting.


A new spin on an old idea…

  • Members are invited to bring beers to the meeting to be formally evaluated by a member who is a BJCP certified judge.
    • Bring 2 bottles of each beer – please limit to 1 for the time being.
  • Your beer will be evaluated using a standard BJCP scoresheet.
  • Totally anonymous.
  • Judges have committed to evaluating their assigned beers within 1-2 weeks of receiving them at a meeting.
  • Evaluation process is fully electronic.

Create an account and add your entries for next time at!

Past Competitions

Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Challenge (Aurora, CO)

  • Best of Show – Beer! Phil Whited and Eric Gould
  • 3rd Place, Heavy Medal Club!
  • 3rd Place, Heavy Medal Brewer! Geoff Humphrey
  • Walt Chleva
    • 1st in Bock – Doppelbock – “One Who Herds Goats”
  • Geoff Humphrey
    • 1st in Stout – Imperial Stout – “Stalin’s Skidmarks”
    • 1st in Belgian Strong Ale – Tripel – “Timothy’s Tripel”
    • 2nd in Light Lager – German Pilsner – “Mein Sprockets”
  • Matt Lawlor
    • 2nd in Stout – Sweet Stout – “Nipple Mountain Milk Stout”
    • 2nd in IPA – Specialty IPA – “Low Visibility in Your Area”
  • Jim Morgheim
    • 3rd in German Wheat/Rye – Weissbier – “Sandy Beach”
  • Geoff and Allison Shideler
    • 3rd in Cider/Perry – Specialty Cider/Perry – “Sourmouth Cider”
  • Phil Whited and Eric Gould
    • 1st in Sour Ale – Wild Specialty Beer – “Rubin and Cerise”

Brew Hut Homebrew Competition (Aurora, CO)

  • Heavy Medal Brewer! Jim Allen
  • Heavy Medal Club!
  • Best of Show – Runner Up! Walt Chelva
  • Jim Allen
    • 1st in Euro Porter and Stout – Oatmeal Stout – “The Dark Side”
    • 1st in Dark Lager – Doppelbock – “Der Jiminator”
  • Walt Chleva
    • 1st in Smoke and Wood – Wood Aged Beer – “Walt’s RIS”
  • Ed Moore
    • 3rd in Smoke and Wood – Specialty Smoked Beer – “Miss Kitty Cherrywood Munich Dunkel”
  • Jim Morgheim
    • 3rd in Euro Porter and Stout – Oatmeal Stout – “Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”
  • Geoff and Allison Shideler
    • 3rd in Cider and Mead – Specialty Cider/Perry – “Sourmouth Cider”
  • Dax Rush
    • 2nd in American Amber, Brown, Porter and Stout – Imperial Stout – “Bill Cosby Says ‘Drink This'”
  • Tom Thorpe
    • 1st in Cider and Mead – Cider with Other Fruit – “Peachy Kee’s Cider”

Liquid Poetry Slam (Ft. Collins, CO)

  • Best of Show – Beer! Jim Allen
  • 1st Place, Heavy Medal Brewer! Jim Allen
  • 3rd Place, Heavy Medal Club!
  • Pro-Am with Ramskeller Pub and Grub! Jim Allen
  • Jim Allen
    • 1st in Strong European Beer – Doppelbock – “Der Jiminator”
    • 2nd in Dark European Lager – Munich Dunkel – “Drei Dirndl”
    • 2nd in Dark British Beer – Oatmeal Stout – “The Dark Side”
  • Mike Bostwick and Phil Whited
    • 2nd in Strong European Beer – Doppelbock – “Phozinator”
  • Geoff Humphrey
    • 1st in Trappist Ale – Trappist Single – “Papa Patersbier”
  • Jim Morgheim
    • 1st in Dark British Beer – Oatmeal Stout – “Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”
    • 3rd in Strong European Beer – Doppelbock – “JET Doppelbock”
  • Dax Rush  and John Booth
    • 2nd in Irish Beer – Irish Stout – “John is a Stout Irish”
  • Geoff and Allison Shideler
    • 3rd in Cider and Perry – Specialty Cider/Perry – “Harvest Hayride”
  • John Webber
    • 3rd in IPA – Specialty IPA – “Redhead or Not, Here She Comes”

Upcoming Competitions

Queen of Beer Female Homebrewers National Competition (Rancho Cordova, CA)

  • Judging: 12/13/2019
  • Entry Fee: $10.00
  • Entry Deadline: 11/16/2019
  • Shipping Deadline: 12/05/2019
  • Bottles Required: 3
  • All beer, mead, and cider styles
  • Female brewers only

Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines (Breckenridge, CO)

  • Judging: 01/10/2020
  • Entry Fee: $7.00
  • Entry Deadline: 12/07/2019
  • Shipping Deadline: 12/07/2019
  • Bottles Required: 3
  • All BJCP beer styles over 1.060 OG, any Belgian or French beer style (including sours/wild ales), barleywines
  • Pro-Am: Dry Dock Brewing Company

Bière de Rock (Castle Rock, CO)

  • Competition sponsored by the Rock Hoppers! Everybody enter!
  • Judging: 01/25/2020
  • Entry Fee: $8.00
  • Entry Deadline: 01/05/2020
  • Entry Limit: 200
  • Bottles Required: 2
  • All BJCP Belgian and French beer styles; wood aged, experimental, wild ales, etc. that are Belgian- and French-inspired
  • Pro-Ams: Rockyard Brewing, Bruz Beers, and Peak Brewing

Intra-Club Competitions

Treasurer’s Report – Jim Morgheim

  • State of the Club presentation

Education Director’s Report – Rob Kausch

  • Maillard reaction

Tasting and Socializing

Fantasy Brewing Draft Results – Mike Bostwick

  • Judges’ Choice
  • People’s Choice

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