Beer Club Info

10th Beer Club afterthoughts…

The 10th beer club was a blast! Thanks to all that came out. A few veterans with lots of rookies and friendship all around made for a great night. The beer and the discussions were phenomenal as usual. A large group were introduced to the wonderful world of sour beers, which was a huge hit. (I think I see a sour-themed beer event on the horizon!) Several rare beers made an appearance from the beer fridge, including Russian River Consecration, Russian River Supplication, Russian River Temptation, the 2011 Iron Hill Imperial Pumpkin, a Trappist Westvleteren 12(!!!) and several homebrew sours made by the renowned Ryan L!

Epic night shared with good friends!

Here’s all the goodness we shared at the 10th beer club.

10th Beer Club afterthoughts…

The 10th beer club was a blast! Thanks to all that came out. A few veterans with lots of rookies and friendship all around made for a great night. The beer and the discussions were phenomenal as usual. A large group were introduced to the wonderful world of sour beers, which was a huge hit. (I think I see a sour-themed beer event on the horizon!) Several rare beers made an appearance from the beer fridge, including Russian River Consecration, Russian River Supplication, Russian River Temptation, the 2011 Iron Hill Imperial Pumpkin, a Trappist Westvleteren 12(!!!) and several homebrew sours made by the renowned Ryan L!

Epic night shared with good friends!

Here’s all the goodness we shared at the 10th beer club.

Evites went out today!

Check your email… I just sent the evites out for the 4th meeting!

Beer Club Meeting History

First Meeting:

Host: Jerry Mascaro

Locale: Hatfield, PA

Events:

2nd Meeting:

Host: James Watson

Locale: Philadelphia, PA

Events:

3rd Meeting:

Hosts: James & Marissa Watson

Locale: Spring City, PA

4th Meeting:

Hosts: Josh & Gena Oliver

Locale: Exton, PA

5th Meeting:

Hosts: James & Marissa Watson

Locale: Spring City, PA

6th Meeting:

Hosts: Josh & Gena Oliver

Locale: Exton, PA

7th Meeting:

Hosts: James & Marissa Watson

Locale: Spring City, PA

8th Meeting:

Hosts: Josh & Gena Oliver

Locale: Exton, PA

How a Beer Club Meeting works

Our Beer Club Meetings run something like this:

  • – Bring 1 case of beer (24-12oz. Bottles or cans) in a cooler with ice subject to exclusion and previously shared lists.  (See exclusion and previously shared lists)
  • – You must like the beer you bring (and be willing to take home any unopened bottles/cans, if any remain.) Please DO NOT use the club meet as a first time taste test for yourself.
  • – Beer can be any flavor, any strength, from any brewery, (providing #2 is true) subject to exclusion and previously shared lists.  (See exclusion and previously shared lists)
  • – Please label your cooler with its original contents. Note that by the end of the night, it will most likely become a variety of different beers.
  • – You can drink from any cooler you like, including your own, BUT…Before you open a bottle/can from someone else’s cooler, you must replace it with an unopened bottle/can from your cooler. (Unless it’s your own, obviously!)
  • – You can drink as fast or as slow as you like. (Slow is preferable.  The more you drink at the meeting, the less you will be able to take home.)
  • – At the end of the night, we will allow a final 1-for-1 exchange of unopened bottles/cans, and you can take home whatever is left in your cooler.
  • – Bring your favorite vessel (mug, stein, pint, yard, mason jar, etc.)

The host will provide food of some type. So far, burgers and dogs have been the choice of the day.

Guests (Limit of 2 adults per case of beer) are requested to please bring a snack food, a salad or a desert to share.

Driving:  Please do not drive drunk. If you “taste” too much and need to sleep it off, the host always has a place for you to lie down, no problem.

Beer Exclusion List

*Exclusion List:  Please do not bring common, cheap or frat-house beer.

Examples include, but are not limited to: Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Coors Light, Miller, Miller Lite, MGD, Old Milwaukee, Milwaukees Best, Bohemian, Natty Light, Iron City, Pabst, Schlitz, Heineken, Amstel, Corona, Peroni, etc.  You get the idea.

Local brews, microbrews, and many imports are OK.  The idea is to exchange a craft-brew style of beer.

Please do not bring variety or sample packs. The reason this is on the exclusion list is that the potential number of attendees at any given club will likely outnumber the availability of each beer in a variety pack. For instance, if you get a variety pack with 3 types of beer, that’s only 8 of each type. If we have 16 attendees, 2/3 of the group would not be able to taste each flavor.

Beer Previously Shared

Here’s the list of great beer we’ve had at past meetings:

Meeting 1, Saturday, July 22, 2006:

Nugget Nectar – James & Marissa
Hoegaarden – Paul
Magic Hat No. 9 – Jen
Beemish (16oz. cans) – Brett
Budweiser Select – Jerry’s Dad
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Bruce
Pete’s Wicked Ale Variety  – Jerry

Meeting 2, Saturday, August 11, 2007:

Fort Collins Variety Pack – Kristin & Tom
NewCastle Brown Ale – Marissa & James
Leinenkugel’s (Which flavor?) – Paul & Mimi
Stella Artois – Jerry
Smirnoff Raw Green Tea Malt – Jen

Meeting 3, Saturday, October 25, 2008:

Victory Festbier – Marissa and James
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – Josh and Gena
Tsingtao – Jen and Pete
Bitburger Bier – Bruce
Green Flash – West Coast IPA – Ward
Victory Festbier – Joe

Meeting 4, Saturday, March 21, 2009:

Abita Turbo Dog – Jeremy & Lisa
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale – Josh & Gena
Redhook Long Hammer – Mark & Nicole
Sam Adams White Ale – James & Marissa
Sierra Nevada Torpedo – Ryan & Claire
Dogfish Head Aprihop – Jerry & Keri
Weyerbacher Old Heathen – Dale
Victory Lager – Pat & Maureen

Meeting 5, Saturday, July 18, 2009:

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis – James & Marissa
Duck Rabbit Amber Ale – Bob & Diane
Affligem Blond Ale – Dale
Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre – Pete & Jen
Erie Brewing Company Derailed Black Cherry Ale – Tom & Kristin
Michelob Shock Top – Charlie
Victory Primo Pilsner – Joe
Alligash Dubbel – Josh & Gena
Smuttynose IPA – Mark & Nicole
Liljas Hop Nest Monster – Ryan & Claire

Meeting 6, Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – James & Marissa
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout – Josh & Gena
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter – Jeremy
Terrapin India Style Brown Ale – Mike
Yards Brawler – Jeremy & Jackie

Meeting 7, Saturday, May 22, 2010
Brewer Link – BA link
Southern Tier Hop Sun – James & Marissa – BA
Stone I.P.A. – Josh & Gena – BA
Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA – Phil – BA
Lancaster Milk Stout – Shaun – BA
Bellhaven Scottish Ale – Pat & Kim – BA
Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot – Jerry – BA
Weyerbacher Verboten – Jeremy & Jackie – BA
Smithwick’s – Greg & Katie – BA
Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier – Jen – BA
Stevens Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat – Kristin – BA
Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale – Justin & Janine – BA

Meeting 8, Saturday, April 30, 2011

Victory Whirlwind – James & Marissa
Founder’s Red’s Rye PA – Josh & Gena
Southampton Biere De Mars – Josh & Gena
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA 12 pack & Back in Black Black Lager 12 pack – Jeremy & Jackie
Victory Headwaters Pale Ale – Bruce & Jen
Great Divide Colette – Ryan & Lindsay
Victory Sampler – Nate & Abby
Spaten Sampler – Bruce & Daneen

Meeting 9, Saturday, October 11, 2011

Looking for the list!

Meeting 10, Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Lakes Christmas Ale – James & Marissa
Leinenkugel’s Berry Lemon Shandy – Cludge & Alexis
Sam Adams White Christmas – Stephanie
Sierra Nevada Tumbler – Ryan
Stone Pale Ale – Justin
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA – Shaun
Brooklyn Black Choc Stout + Sierra Nevada Pale Ale + Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA – Ed
Brooklyn Brown Ale – Walt
Weyerbacher Merry Monks – Dave & Shannon
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale – Eric & Hannah

What is the beer club?

The Beer Club was born by a group of friends that like to drink (suprise!) and try premium beer, and enjoyed each other’s company. The Beer Club reasons for existence, in no particular order:

  • To taste, exchange, discuss and drink beer.
  • To build, maintain and renew friendships.
  • To have fun (Activities depending on location: volleyball, badminton, 14′ trampoline, horseshoes, Bocce ball, croque, games, cards, karaoke)

Beer Club History

The club history as I recall it….

I think the beer club came to fruition initially because of a Joe Six pack article I read in the Philadelphia Daily News. This was, I believe, during the early part of 2003. I’d read an article about a Dogfish head stout ale (Correct name to be added later!) that had the same power of about 6 Guinness Stouts. I was saying how much I’d like to try it, and Jerry chimed in with “where can we get some”? After a fast and furious search, the mythic beer was found in a cool little deli right around 9th & South streets (which carries over 300 beers from around the world!). We split a 6 pack. This was the first time I’d split premium beers with a friend.

Not long after that after work trip, I mentioned at work that I though it’d be fun to get together and split some cases. Guess what? I wasn’t the only one that thought that would be a good idea! That started the seeds of the club in several peoples minds.

Unfortunately, life got in the way of anything real happening with the club. I tried creating a web site. That project died after about 5 or 6 months in 2004 (but reincarnated here and now in Aug 2008). We continued to talk about it though.

One day, Jerry got sick of all the talk and decidedly took action. He held the first beer club meeting at his house on Saturday, July 22, 2006 (!). It was a great success. (More details to come….)
We initially thought about trying this club meeting twice a year. Seemed reasonable enough. D’oh! We finally had our second meeting on Saturday, August 11, 2007 (Paul’s BDay!). Another great success.

More info coming later!