The JCBC has grown a lot over the last few years, and we have a big crowd at all our meetings now, and big crowds at our contests and other events. It’s great to see the homebrew community growing and getting involved.
We’ve talked about dues for a while, and at the last meeting we came to an agreement. The fee is a nominal $10 per year (due by the March meeting), but will help us make everyone official JCBC members, and will come with a lot of great benefits:
- Priority discounted access to JCBC events like tours and contests
- Exclusive access to things like our BJCP study group or our homebrew library
- Discounts at The Thirsty Quaker (coming soon) and possibly local bars
You don’t have to be a dues-paying member to attend our monthly meetings, but by joining up, you’ll help ensure we can keep doing cool things for our club, like the vans we rented to transport everyone to the NYCHG’s 25th anniversary party at Brooklyn Brewery.
So please attend the next meeting you can and bring $10 for your annual dues (see Kendall).
Those interested in the Beer Judge Certification Program Study Group may now register through brown paper tickets at: http://jcbcbjcp.brownpapertickets.com/
The cost covers 11 weeks of beer for each meeting, snacks, our meeting space, and other study materials (books, etc). The first class will be on February 26th, and space is limited. We also have several experts from the field lined up that will give talks and guide us through fun tastings!
Even if you’re not interested in judging, this will be a great opportunity to learn about how small changes in the homebrew process can lead to great beer or bad beer.
Registration is limited to dues-paying members of the JCBC only! If you are not yet a dues-paying member, please bring your $10 annual dues to the February meeting (February 19th), or Contact Us.
Anyone interested in some of the local brew-related events can click over to the Events Page. Get out into the community and enjoy our favorite fermented libations with your fellow Beer Advocates.
If you have event ideas, please shoot us an email at email@example.com and we’ll add them to the club’s calendar.
The Jersey City Brew Club elected officers for the time in the club’s history at our last meeting on November 20th. Each candidate had a chance to address the group and all members in attendance cast their votes while sampling their fellow members’ hard work.
The election results were as follows:
- President / Treasurer: Kendall Eskew
- Secretary / Sergeant at Arms: Kyle Bouchard
- Events Chair: Diana Dale
There were two other positions offered to support the online presence of the club. These were volunteer roles offered to the group for anyone interested.
- Social Coordinator: Sarah Burrough
- Webmaster: James Connors
The meeting minutes are posted to JCBC’s Facebook Group here.
We hope to see all members, current and prospective, at Hopscotch this coming Wednesday (December 18th) for our December monthly meeting. All are welcome but please RSVP to the Facebook Event if you can so that we can have a rough headcount.
See you there!
The JCBC is having its first ever officer elections at our next meeting on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30 pm at HopsScotch. Even if you are not always active with the club, please attend so we can get your feedback and so you can hear some words from our nominees. We would love to have a great turnout, and there will even be free food and beers for everyone in attendance.
Here are the nominations that were given at last month’s meeting. If you would like to nominate someone not on the list, please comment here. If you can not attend the next meeting, please fill out the form at the bottom of this post for an absentee ballot.
President / Treasurer – This officer will lead the club in general direction and work with the other officers, as well as manage the club’s funds.
Secretary / Sergeant at Arms – This officer will take notes during meetings, as well as set the agenda and conduct the meetings.
Events Chair – The events chair will be in charge of planning and running events. However, they will not be responsible for running all events. Individual events (like group brews, tours, or parties) should be run by volunteers, and the chair will help coordinate.
Volunteer Positions (un-elected):
- Webmaster – will post info this website and the facebook group
- Social Coordinator – will manage the mailing list and facebook group
- Event Coordinators – these will be volunteers to run individual events like a group brew or party.
2013 JCBC Absentee Ballot Vote
The JCBC is getting a few vans to take our brewers, volunteers, and drinkers to the NYCHG’s 25th Anniversary Party at Brooklyn Brewery. If you’d like to hitch a ride with us, sign up for a ride here!
If you’re not brewing but want to attend the event, make sure to buy a ticket now, as they’re going to go fast. A bunch of local homebrew clubs and shops will be there, and it’s going to be a great time.
Buy tickets here.
People’s Choice – 2nd Place
KAI Brewing (Doug Bellingeri & Michael Consoli) – Galaxy CDA
Judge’s Choice – 2nd Place
KAI Brewing (Doug Bellingeri & Michael Consoli) – Galaxy CDA
People’s Choice – 1st Place
Hoboken Brewing (Brendan Drury & Andrew Zebrowski) – Bodhi Blonde
Judge’s Choice – 1st Place
Jonathan McAfee – Belgian Dubble w/ curry & raisin spice
There was a correction with the Judge’s Choice 1st place, it seems a couple of entry sheets were mixed up which led to some confusion. Apologies to all.
Thanks again to everyone that came out, total attendance including volunteers, judges, brewers and other festival people was about 500. Crazy!
Thanks to everyone that has donated gift cards for prizes, trophies, or time and resources, it’s really helping to make this year’s contest the best ever! Make sure to swing by some of these great local businesses.
- Cork City Pub
- Ben LoPiccolo Development Group
- The Thirsty Quaker Homebrew Supplies & Craft Beer (coming soon!)
- Grove St Bikes
- Orale Mexican Kitchen
- Rustique Pizza
- New Jersey Beer Company
- GP’s Restaurant
- Lamp Post Bar & Grill
- Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store
- Hound About Town Pet Shop
- Torico’s Ice Cream
- Hoboken Cigars
- Jersey City Ties
- White House Black Market
- Little Town Brewhouse & Restaurant
- Hyatt Hotel Jersey City
- Hazel Baby
- HopsScotch Bar
The 2013 Jersey City Homebrew Battle is coming October 5th and we need volunteers!
- Tomorrow morning (Sunday, 9/29) between 10-11, we’ll be setting up the tents and barriers. These are large tents so we need a few hands, but it won’t take long to set up.
- The day before, we’ll help 4th St Arts clean up the block, and possibly set up some tables.
- The day of, we need volunteers to take tickets, man our t-shirt/sponsor table, and assist the judges with beer runs. There will be a couple shifts for these volunteers so they have time to drink the beers. These volunteers will get free admission to the event.
If you can help out ahead of time, please let us know by commenting on this post or emailing us. And if you have friends or family that want to help on the day of with running the show, please direct them to us. Thanks!
Oh snap it’s coming soon! We’ll have over 30 beers on tap for you at this year’s contest – our largest yet! Grab a few friends and drink some delicious homemade beers with us. Don’t forget, this is part of the 4th St Arts & Music Festival, so there will be plenty to do besides drink, including comedy shows, art installations, bands, children’s activities, food, and more. The JC Artist Studio Tour is also going on today!
Visit http://jchb.brownpapertickets.com/ to buy advance tickets! And make sure to attend our next meeting at HopsScotch this Wednesday 9/18 at 7:30 pm!