Touring Raleigh breweries with the
club was a blast. It is amazing how quickly the craft
beer scene has grown in NC over the past couple of
years. We've got more NC brew tours with our April
monthly meeting at a special location... Foothills
Brewery in Winston Salem (April 18)... and May 11-13 is
the big Asheville trip where we hit as many breweries as
we can in a weekend (bring your significant other and
make a vacation out of it!).
We had a van load of judges and
stewards go to Raleigh to help out with the Shamrock
Open. Great competition. We walked away with a few
ribbons, but there is definitely room for us to get more
beers entered into competitions this year. Competitions
are a great way to get unbiased feedback on your beers.
Keep an eye on the forum for deadlines. There are
several competitions this Spring and it's as easy as
1)Bottling 2)Signing Up and 3)Dropping your beers off at
the right location.
Great to have so many new brewers
coming out to meetings. Make sure you hook up with some
experienced brewers and get out and see them brew.
There's no better way to pick up tricks than to see
them in action.