NHC Application

National Homebrew Competition application window open now thru Feb 7th!!!!!!

GEBL IPA Bracket Competition

GEBL (Greater Everett Brewers League) IPA Bracket Challenge in Everett, WashingtonEntry window: January 31st to February 13th
Drop-off deadline: February 16th
Competition: February 20th

We are going to be changing the competition a bit this year to follow the new BJCP 2015 style guidelines, but we will still be going with four brackets and the top 16 entries in the bracket round. The entry registration website has been setup accordingly and the brackets will be English IPA (12C), American IPA (21A), Specialty IPA (21B), and Double IPA (22A). If you have an Experimental IPA, please classify it as a Specialty IPA and make sure to include the experimental parts of the reciepe. We will do our best to group them together.

Participants are encouraged to enter as many different IPA beers as they wish. Please do not enter the same beer twice. For additional and updated information about the competition, please go to: www.gebl.org/articles/2016-gebl-ipa-bracket-challenge. Registration for the competition will open on January 11th and can be completed at ipabracket.gebl.org.

This is a BJCP certified competition as well as Washington Homebrewer of the Year qualifier.

Prior to the competition, all participants will be emailed the entry number(s) for their beer(s). With these numbers, brewers can follow along during the live webcast as their beer(s) advances through the bracket.

Competition entry fee: $6 per beer – three 12oz bottles

http://ipabracket.gebl.org/

NHC Application Window

Reminder.....The application window for this years National Homebrew Competition is Feb. 1st thru Feb. 7th. For the first time they will be using a modified version of the new 2015 BJCP Guidelines. Let's show them what West Sound Brewers are all about!!!
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Third Annual Strangebrewary Meeting

The Third Annual Strangebrewary meeting is Sunday February 21st from 1-6pm and will take place west of Silverdale. Have fun and brew up something that is unusual. We will be voting for Strangest homebrew and Tastiest homebrew - so brewers, please bring at least a growler or 3 22oz bottles (or the equivalent). Label the brews with your name and the name of the brew. Club members who don't brew may bring a commercial brew to share and any other homebrew is welcomed while we wait for everyone to arrive. Then we start tasting the strange brews about 2pm, take notes and then vote. Will announce the winner about 5pm. As we did last year-wear your best beer related clothing, hats and accessories. This is also a potluck with plenty of room for crockpots and such. Don't forget your taster glass. There is a rental fee and we will be taking donations to cover the cost.

Our first Wood Fest is Saturday March 19th from Noon-6pm at the Silver City Brewery and Taproom, in the brewery. Please bring your homebrews that have been aged on wood chips or spirals or even in a barrel. We will be voting for best Wood-Aged Brew - so brewers, please bring at least a growler or 3 22oz bottles (or the equivalent). While we wait for everyone to arrive - we can share other homebrews or purchase Silver City beers. Then we start tasting the wood-aged brews, take notes and vote. A brewer from Silver City will also be joining us and selecting a beer of their choice to brew up on their pilot system and then be served in the Taproom. Brewers may want to bring information sheets and please mark your bottles with your name and your brew. This is also a potluck with plenty of outlets for crockpots or warming trays. Don't forget your taster glass. Silver City Brewery and Taproom is a 21 and older establishment.

Our annual Cask Fest is Saturday April 16th from 11am-5pm at McCloud's Grillhouse in East Bremerton. Last year was a wonderful event with 10 homebrewers bringing a wide variety of cask-conditioned ales and a cider and many unique ways of serving them. Start your research on Real Ales and have fun with it. May 7th is Big Brew at the McKenzie's. Jim and Nancy will be hosting for the first time a June Meeting on Sunday June 19th in the Gamblewood area. July is Beerstock 5060-7. August is hosted by Oggie. September is hosted by Curt and Diane. Oktoberfest is at Silver City Brewery and Taproom. Tim will host November and will John host December again?

Other news: On March 5th is the first year of the PNW Homebrewer's Conference in Vancouver, WA with a tasting being held from 7-11:30pm. Our club President Lou will be attending and if he likes what he sees-maybe the club will have a booth next year. This year the WSB plan on attending Beerstock 5060-7 in Orting, WA in July (date yet to be announced). Will send out a separate Newsletter with all the info. In May 2017 the WSB will celebrate it's 25th anniversary and we are starting our planning now.

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Barleywine Meeting

The annual WSB Barleywine Meeting is Saturday January 16th from Noon-6pm in Silverdale and is hosted by Mary and Vic. Please bring your homebrewed and commercial barleywines and a potluck dish to share. Don't forget your taster glass and bottled water. We will be collecting donations for the Clear Creek Trail Association. Barleywines are very strong beers, so please be responsible and careful and have a designated driver. More info is in the WSB Newsletter emailed out 1/3.

We had our club elections and congratulations to our new officers: Lou was voted President, Dave was voted Vice-President, Vic is Treasurer, Marti is Secretary and Ernie is Technical Support.

Our Third Annual Strangebrewary is Sunday February 21st in the afternoon and held west of Silverdale. We will be voting for Strangest Homebrew and Tastiest Homebrew.
Our first Wood Fest is Saturday March 19th from Noon-6pm at the Silver City Brewery and Taproom. We will be voting for Best Wood-Aged Homebrew. A brewer from Silver City will also be selecting a wood-aged beer of their choice to brew up on their pilot system and then be served in the Taproom.
We are still looking for a location for our annual Cask Fest in April. May 7th is Big Brew. June will be hosted by Jim and Nancy in Gamblewood. July is Beerstock 5060-7 in Orting, WA. August is hosted by Oggie and Wendy. September is hosted by Curt and Diane. Oktoberfest will be at the Silver City Brewery and Taproom. Will Tim and John host November and December again?

The club plans on participating at Beerstock 5060-7 in July-the exact date hasn't been set yet. Will send out a separate Newsletter when the info becomes available.

December Meeting/Elections

The December Meeting of the WSB is Saturday December 12th from 4-9pm and is hosted by John at the community clubhouse. It is potluck and there is plenty of room for crockpots. Please bring your homebrews, commercials brews and food to share. Don't forget your taster glass. It is also our annual "Bottle Exchange" where you bring a wrapped bottle of your wonderful homebrewed beer, wine, cider, mead or liqueur or a commercial brew and exchange it for another wrapped bottle. We will also have our Elections of New Officers - President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. More info is in the current Newsletter.

Our Annual Barleywine Meeting is Saturday January 16th, 2016. February is Strangebrewary and March 19th is Wood-Fest and Silver City Brewery will be choosing someone's homebrewed wood-aged beer to make on their pilot-system. April is Cask Fest.

Capitol Hill Pub Crawl/Chili November Meeting

The WSB will be having a Capitol Hill Pub Crawl on Saturday November 7th. We will meet in the Seattle ferry building on Colman Dock in front of the ticket windows. We will then take the #12 bus to The Rhein Haus. Then walk to Elysian, Bluebird, Oddfellow's, Quinn's, Capitol Cider and the The Pine Box for dinner. More info is in the WSB Newsletter emailed out 10/22.

It will be a Chili November WSB Meeting on Saturday November 14th from 2-7pm. It will be hosted by Tim and Caroline at their place in Silverdale. Bring your homebrews and commercial brews, your favorite chili or side dishes to share, and your taster glass. The meeting will take place in their heated garage, next to the kitchen-so bring the chili in crockpots or in a pot which can be warmed on the stove. More info is in the WSB Newsletter emailed out 10/22.

Reminder that Silver City Brewery will be choosing a wood-aged homebrew from our WSB Wood Fest on March 19th, 2016 to brew up on their pilot system. Use chips, spirals or a wood barrel if you have one. Good luck!

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Oktoberfest/Fresh Hop Meeting

The WSB Oktoberfest/Fresh Hop Meeting is Saturday October 10th from Noon-6pm in the brewery of the Silver City Brewery and Taproom in Bremerton. Please bring your homebrewed Oktoberfests, Marzens, Harvest Ales and Fresh Hop brews and any other homebrew you would like to share. No other commercial beers are allowed except for Silver City beers. There will be plenty of tables and outlets for crockpots and warming trays. This is also a good meeting to share your homemade mustards, pickles or other goodies from your backyard harvest. Don't forget your taster glass. There are still a few WSB Women's Large Tshirts in purple available for $20 and WSB stickers for 25 cents each.

The Chili November Meeting is Saturday November 14th and is hosted by Tim and Caroline in their heated garage. Bring your favorite chili and homebrews to share.

September Meeting

The WSB September Meeting is Saturday September 12th from 2-7pm in the backyard of Kent and Lori's near the Fairgrounds. The theme is End of Summer brews. Kent will be cooking up something on the grill. Please bring your homebrews, commercial brews and a potluck dish to share - and a taster glass. And maybe a chair. More info is in the Newsletter emailed out 8/26. There are still a few WSB Women's Large tshirts available for $20 ea and WSB stickers for 25 cents ea.

The WSB Oktoberfest/Fresh Hop Meeting is Saturday October 10th from Noon-6pm at the Silver City Brewery and Taproom in Bremerton.

Get your homebrews ready for Strangebrewary, Wood Fest and Cask Fest next year. These will be friendly competitions and we will be voting for favorite brews.

August Meeting

The August Meeting is Saturday August 15th from Noon-9pm and is hosted by Wendy and Oggie at their place on Erland's Point. It is their fifth Garden of Eatin' Party. The theme is summer brews and ciders. Oggie will have 4 of his ciders on tap, including 2 that are cask-conditioned. He will also have homemade sodas available and some BBQ. Please bring your homebrews, commercial brews and potluck to share - and a taster glass. There are still a few WSB Women's tshirts in large for $20 available and stickers for 25 cents each.

The September Meeting is scheduled for Saturday September 19th and will be hosted by Kent and Lori. The WSB Oktoberfest/Fresh Hop Meeting is Saturday October 10th at the Silver City Brewery and Taproom in Bremerton. The November Meeting is Saturday November 14th and will be hosted by Tim.

Get your homebrews ready for Barleywine in January, Strangebrewary in February, Wood Fest (wood-aged brews) in March and Cask Fest in April.

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