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Dec. 5, 2014

During the November 2014 meeting there was a large amount of discussion around how BJCP competitions are judged and how one learns to judge. In order to fully examine these questions we have decided that we will be doing Club Only BJCP comps in 2015.
These comps are going to be planned for every other month and we will be judging/discussing the style as part of the meetings. To prepare for this adventure, in the December meeting we will be discussing a BCJP score sheet and seeing how judging is actually done.

We encourage members to brew the selected style, and on the set comp days, participate in the judging of the beers entered into the comp. These comps will also help members focus on styles that they may not typically brew.

We want everyone in the club to understand the judging process and to participate as they can either by entering, judging, or both if possible. Each person interested in learning to judge a BJCP comp will be paired up with an experienced judge.

This is to be a learning experience, so if you brew a style, please try to limit your beer's exposure to other club members in order to keep it as anonymous as possible.

Entries must be in standard capped 12 oz brown glass bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing.
Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

John Kelly will be the person coordinating the beers and entry numbers, so upon arriving at the set meeting, provide him with your entries. You must declare the style category your beer is to be entered in.

The first two styles are as follows and we will discuss what is upcoming at the December meeting:

Jan 12, 2015 10 American Ale
10A – American Pale Ale
10B – American Amber Ale
10C – American Brown Ale
March 9, 2015 12 Porter
12A – Brown Porter
12B – Robust Porter
12C – Baltic Porter

If you would like to view information related to these styles please see the style guidelines at this following hyperlink: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php

Homework for our club is to review:

How to judge a beer: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/How_to_Judge_Beer.pdf

Scoresheet Coversheet: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_CoverSheet.pdf

Beer Scoresheet: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BeerScoreSheet.pdf

Simple Beer Checklist: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/Beer_checklist.pdf

Simple Beer Checklist instructions: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/Checklist_instructions.pdf

- Donna
May. 3, 2014
Please join Overmountain Brewers for our Big Brew 2014 Celebration! We will be located in the Rear Parking Lot of Bonefire Smokehouse at the Hardware in Abingdon VA. Date: May 3, 2014 Time: 10-3pm Overmountain Brewers host homebrewing demos and live Q&A with homebrewers!
- Donna
Mar. 10, 2014

Oct 2013 News

As our president leaves the club due to relocation for work, he passes the torch to the Vice President and sends the club this note:

First, thank you all for being a part of the Overmountain Brewers. I went into that very first meeting terrified that no one would show up and that if someone did they would quickly see that I didn't have the slightest idea what I was doing. I have been consistently floored by the interest that has been shown in the club both in that first meeting and over the years since. I am also consistently astonished that no one ever realized that I didn't know what I was doing.

Secondly, thank you all for your faith in me and in the club. There’s no way that the idea would have ever made it past my drunken mumbles about how there should be a homebrew club in Abingdon if it hadn't been for the unrelenting encouragement and confidence that you all presented to me over the years. I truly hope that you feel that it was well placed and that the return on your investment was adequate.

Finally, I said it at the last meeting, but I’d like to make sure I say it to everyone: Thank you for letting me serve. I've had the time of my life working with you all to make the Overmountain Brewers into something that I never dreamed it could be back in 2011 and I sincerely hope to see it continue to grow and prosper in the future.

Nadya and I will be leaving Abingdon on Saturday but we'll be back in town periodically. I am hoping to be able to coordinate some of those return trips to fall on meeting days so hopefully I will be able to see you all again soon. If you'd like to contact me for any reason, please reach out to the club if you don’t have my personal contact information and if any of you are ever up in Fairfax let Nadya and I know, as it will be pleasant to have a little bit of home up there.

- Josh

- Donna
May. 4, 2012

Hello people! Hold on to your hats, the March winds have blown us quickly into planning for the summer. To start with thank you to all the Overmountain Homebrewers members for their participation in Shamrocks and Shenanigans! Our first member’s only comp went of as a complete success. To end the fabulous day we had, we helped Wolf Hills celebrate their St. Patrick’s Day event. As soon as we can the Comp tab will be updated with results. Now what do we have going on in the News? To start with we have tasting glasses in, one is free for all members. If you want to get an extra (or two) check with Josh Gibson. Then we also had an order for t-shirt come in. If you haven’t gotten yours please see Donna Dingus. We had a great presence at the Thirsty Orange Beer Festival in JC. Please give up many thanks to TIM JENKINS for bringing home BEST IN SHOW! Wow, we have to watch him; he is on fire. Then right after the Thirsty Orange a group of members visited another wonderful beer festival in Hickory NC: Hickory Hops. Let me tell you that was a blast. Pictures will be in the Gallery soon. And now we as a club are preparing for Big Brew! This is the AHA National Hombrewers day. Please feel come and join us at Wolf Hills, Saturday May 5, 2012. We will have brewing demos and brewers on site for Q&A. We plan for a Pot Luck Picnic, so bring some food/drink to share and come join us. That’s all for now folks. Check back soon as we are bound to get into some more fun this summer. And if you are interested in all that you have read or see here on our site, don’t forget to come out and join us for a meeting.

- Donna
Apr. 17, 2012

Finally got the gallery and contact form up and I also made some tweaks to the event calendar. Still a work in progress, but things are coming together a bit better. Suggestions for what to put on the site are always welcome.

- Josh Gibson
Feb. 4, 2012

NEWS is finally here! Thank you for taking the time to visit Overmountain Homebrewers website. You are currently on our news page so now we can give you some news of our club. Overmountain Brewers is a Homebrew Club that is just starting up. We met for the first time on September 30, 2011. Wolf Hills located in Abingdon VA hosted us and wow what a turn out! It was a surprise that there was so much interest in homebrewing right here in this area. At this meeting there was a lot to go through- as with anything, the club had to get itself figured out. Being a new club we had to get things established such as who we were, what we wanted to do, how were we going to be representing the craft of Homebrewing?

We have worked out several of those things so be sure you check out our meeting minutes to see what we covered and what we have going on. Be sure to visit us often as this year already has a ton of things going on.

We will be trying our best to keep you current with news as we know it and at the very least we will be sure to get meeting minutes out here so you can see what you might have missed and what is coming up next.

- Donna

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