The following weekend is Big Brew Day, May 2nd. Big Brew Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association to celebrate National Homebrew Day. Every year the AHA puts out Big Brew Day recipes and encourages homebrewers and groups to brew during the day with a Nation Wide Toast at Noon. Last year over 8000 homebrewers across the country participated. There are a few events scheduled around town you should go check it out if you are interested in participating or just want to learn more about homebrewing. Missouri Mashers with Grain to Glass will be having a brew session in the parking lot next to the shop in North Kansas City. Bacchus and Barleycorn will also be having a brew session behind their shop in Shawnee, KS. Both events start at 10am. If you can't make an event I encourage you to participate on your own and brew up one of this year's recipe.
HopFest Homebrew Competition will once again be happening as part of the annual festival. Entries are due May 1st with the awards being announced at the festival. Entry Fee is a ticket to the festival. To enter register here. http://www.waldowell.com/comp/ . This year's festival will feature last year's winner and also several of the local clubs.
KC Nanobrew Festival was recently announced and will be June 27th in the West Bottoms where the new Stockyards Brewing Company will be located. It will be in the large parking lot of the former Golden Ox. This year they are working with some local food trucks to provide this years food options and expect to have more homebrewers than ever. Homebrewers if you are interested in participating there is still time to sign up. http://bit.ly/nanobrew2015 The festival will change your homebrewing life. Don't wait to get tickets either. The festival always sells out in advanced. For tickets and more info http://www.kcnanobrews.com/2015/03/27/2015-kc-nanobrew-festival/
National Homebrew Competition ResultsThe 1st rounds of the National Homebrew Competition recently took place and the Kansas City homebrew community has 8 homebrewers moving on to the final round! The final round takes place, June 11, at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego, CA. Good Luck to the following: Amanda Burkemper, Matt Corwin, Brian Rooney, Michael Fagan, Sean Mccambridge, Andrew Dial, Steve Cook, and David Schumacher.
Local Club Meetings and Announcements
Kansas City Bier Meisters have changed their monthly meeting for April to this coming Tuesday, April 21st at KC Bier Company. Meeting will take place at 7pm. Presentation topic on using different priming sugars for bottle conditioning. KCBM is in the process of moving locations so please check their website and Facebook page for updates.
Missouri Mashers next meeting is next Thursday, April 23rd at Grain to Glass. Meeting will take place at 7pm. Presentation on ways to clear your beer and also will be judging the 1st round of their Iron Brewer Tournament.
Johnson County Brewing Society next meeting is next Thursday, April 23rd at BrewLab KC. Meeting will take place at 7pm. Presentation on DIY gadgets and gizmos.
ZZ Hops next meeting is this coming Tuesday, April 21st, at the Lake Lotawana Sportsmans Club. Meeting takes place at 7:30pm