Our calendar & events are down at the moment

Just an FYI that our events are currently not working. We’re trying to sort it out. In the meantime, here are the important events you need to know about:

Saturday, May 3 Beer & Chili Fest @ Grove St

Sunday, May 18 Grand Opening BBQ @ The Thirsty Quaker

June 12-14 National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

Our Monthly Meeting, the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ HopsScotch Bar on Washington St, Jersey City. Next meeting is May 21

Info about this Saturday’s Beer & Chili Fest!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 9AM Saturday, we need a couple people (2-4) to help set up our tent and tables. It won’t take more than 30 minutes, but the tent is huge. We only have about 6 tables so that won’t take much time at all.

WHEN TO BRING YOUR BEER: We’ll be serving from about 1-5. Please bring your beer by NOON. If you can’t bring your beer personally, or will be held up, bring your beer to The Thirsty Quaker, and I’ll bring it over in the morning. My shop is already turning into a keg camp, I won’t mind a few more.

WHAT THE FESTIVAL WILL PROVIDE: Tables, ice, tubs, cups, signs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Your beer, bottle openers, a jockey box if you have one, any CO2 tanks/regulators (if you have spares, I’d appreciate it).

IF YOU DON’T HAVE 5 GALLONS: Bring some beer anyway, it will be a fun day and we can share, whether it’s a full 5 gallons or just a few bottles you have lying around.

OTHER STUFF: If you’re bringing beer, you don’t have to pay, of course. If you want to volunteer to help serve beer, let us know. And remember, we’ll be serving as a group, so we can all switch off and walk around and enjoy the chili and music.

Thanks!

 

Facebook page for event

Advance Tickets

JCBC sampling @ Newark Ave Street Fair

The JCBC will be serving up flights of homebrew at the street fair going on at Grove St & Newark Ave in early May. This awesome street fair is being put on by 4th Street Arts, and will feature music and chili! It’s not a contest, we’ll all be at a couple tables together working a few jockey boxes, so don’t worry about having to hunker down and talk about your beer the whole time, we can all work together.

Also, brewers will be compensated for the grain, hops, yeast, and whatever else they put into their beer (about $50 / beer, I believe). Nice!

For more info, visit the following links:
Sign up here
Official event page
JCBC discussion page

 

How to become an official dues-paying JCBC member

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).

Beer Judge Certification Program study group details

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.

Club Election Results Announced

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!

Attend our next meeting for our first ever elections!

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

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Sign up for our vans to the Brooklyn Brewery Homebrew Night!

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.

Announcing the winners of the 2013 Jersey City Homebrew Battle!

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!