Thanks to Faultline Brewing & staff for allowing us to meet in their space.
The following 6 were in attendance through the business discussion and voting.Chris Ringer, Lincoln, John Wheeler, Tony Scarpino, Aaron, and Roger. Arjen showed up after club discussion was complete. Thanks Roger for taking notes.
- Chris Ringer pointed out we only needed 4.8 people for a voting majority, we had 6.
- Chris also announced that he is moving to Santa Rosa in 2 weeks
- Wants to continue participating in WOW as much as possible and willing to continue as club treasurer until someone local can be found
- Although Mary was not in attendance.Her role as vice president and events coordinator were commended.So Mary was nominated to be club events coordinator.
The following will be 2022 WOW officers. All were unanimously confirmed by a show of hands vote.
- President, Tony Scarpino
- Vice President, Steve Keck
- Secretary, John Wheeler
- Treasurer, Chris Ringer
- Web Master, Lincoln Ong
- Events Coordinator, Mary Chambers
Dues & membership
- Chris reports the following.We need at least 24 dues paying members to maintain current club operations.
- These operations include items like the following.
- post office box (so no one’s personal address is exposed)
- web & domain
- We have reserves to last a few years
- This sparked a discussion of waning club membership and ways to encourage former and new members to get involved. Ideas included the following:
- Flyers & posters at More Beer, and other venues, perhaps with a QR code linked to the WOW club page.
- Organize in-person events (brew-ins & taproom crawls).
- Get the (old) WOW FACEBOOK page and other social media going again.
- Lincoln offered to look into getting the FACEBOOK page going again.
- Chris offered his son’s guidance about marketing & brand recognition, to re-energize WOW social media.
- John shared a bottle of his 18 month old 100% Brett Pale Ale.The beer was fermented with only Brett ‘C’ (Brettanomyces Claussenii).The aroma and flavor was a pleasant combination of citrus like fruit and fairly savory spice.This beer provided an excellent balance, altho some in attendance, suggested it was a bit sweet.Most attendees suggested this was a beer to be enjoyed in cooler weather, perhaps by a fire.Roger suggested it would be great in summer perhaps paired with barbecue.
- Tony brought his work-in-progress doppelbock, which he reports unexpectedly gets better and better.
- The beer poured a lovely, clear, slight ruby hued, dark brown with little head.The aroma and flavor demonstrated considerable malt & grain complexity with subtle stone fruit notes like plum & cherry.Tony explained the beer had various concerning turns. For example fermentation appeared to stop at 1.027, so he re-introduced some of the original yeast he’d managed to save.Initially it had a harsh bitterness, he really disliked, but over the months softened.He managed to brew a pretty nice example of doppelbock.
- Arjen brought his latest homebrew, a spiced winter ale.He explained it was a More Beer Holiday Beer kit, to which he added some orange peel.Attendees were pleased that the spicing and flavor additions were restrained, making for a pleasant tasting experience.Welldone Arjen.