March 2019 Bosmopolitan

Bloatarian Brewing League Board Meeting Minutes

04 March 2019 / Toast (Start) Time: 7:17 p.m./ Location: The Williams Estate

In Attendance

Andy M. (P), Jerry H. (VP), Ray G. (T), Emma W. (S), Wayne W. (CC), Roxanne W. (PP), Rob W., Mike W.

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Monday, April 1st @ 7:00 p.m. at the Melchers Residence

Upcoming Club Meetings & Events

  • Friday, March 22nd*** @ 7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Community Center

    1. ***This is a deviation - note that this is the 4th Friday in March!

    2. Name that Beer with Wild Card Modifications

  • Friday, April 19th @ 7:00 p.m.

    • Spring Beers

  • Saturday, May 25th: Beer & Deer at the Westendorf’s

    • Rob guarantees a great time and a free pint glass to anyone who shows up!

      Ray: “Oh, cool, you guys are doing that again this year?!”

      Emma: “Yeah, you’d already know that if you ever read the f****** minutes!”

Upcoming Competitions

  • Saturday, March 9, Liberty Home Bockfest

    • All German styles except sour; Municipal is brewing the winner

    • This event is family-friendly from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday

    • Even if you can’t volunteer, please come out and have fun with us!

    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, all located at Liberty Home Association

      • 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 7th to sort the beer, etc.

      • Competition (Judges & Stewards) 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM(ish) – Includes a drink ticket and lunch

      • Beerionette Booth from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Includes a free beer

  • Friday March 29th & Saturday 30th, AHA First Round in Cleveland

  • Friday April 12th & Saturday 13th, AHA First Round in Indianapolis at Daredevil Brewing (near the Speedway)

  • Saturday, April 13th, TRASH XXIX in Pittsburgh

  • Saturday, April 20, HammerDown Brewcup

    • At Braxton Brewing, hosted by the NKY Homebrewers Guild

    • Account registrations accepted 02/01/2019 11:59 AM, EST through 04/16/2019 11:59 AM, EDT.

    • Registrations for judges or stewards accepted 02/01/2019 11:59 AM through 04/16/2019 11:59 AM.

    • Ray says it’s “a pretty good time”, which is high praise.

  • Saturday, April 27th, SODZ British Beerfest Competition in Columbus, Ohio

  • Saturday, May 18th, Bloat Open @ Norwood Community Center

  • Saturday, June 1st, Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition @ Columbus, Ohio

  • Saturday, July 13th, Indiana Brewers Cup @ Indianapolis, IndianaSaturday, May 18, Bloat Open @ Norwood Community Center


Treasurer’s Report

We are net positive for the month! Yayyyyy! Keep those membership dues coming if you haven’t settled up yet for 2019.

The board is looking at getting a bookkeeping software to manage club finances going forward.

Communications Overhaul - MailChimp & LinkedIn


We are migrating our club email communications to MailChimp to streamline the communication experience both for you and for those board members who head up information distribution.

If you are used to receiving messages from BBL through the Google Group (also sometimes called “the forum”) and have not received anything in the last week, make sure to add to your Safe Senders list or address book.


We will be claiming the LinkedIn page that was auto-created by LinkedIn for the club (thanks, IRS). An email will be sent to the club once the Company Page is live – please follow us to help us build awareness of what we do and recruit new members. We are a 501 (c) 7 Not-for-Profit Social Club if that makes your boss feel any better.

BBL Mentorship Program

We have had 16 mentees at this point in the program! Potential mentors talk to Wayne, potential mentees, ask at the Listermann’s counter about how to sign up!

HomebrewCon Attending Registration

Registration Opens March 12 at 12:00 PM ET. Early bird discounts end May 1 and prices will increase by $35.

Brewing Heritage Trail Opening Weekend: April 26 – 28

The signs are already up, and the grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 27th in OTR. Rob and Roxanne will be doing a demo brew in Grant Park on that date and welcome volunteers to help with the demonstration and/or explaining what is happening during the brewing process to passersby.

Update on Esoteric Brewing

Esoteric Brewing Company expects to announce an opening date in their Walnut Hills location within the next month. To contribute to Esoteric’s start-up funding, visit their website. If you are interested in investing at a higher level, please contact Brian. As plans come to fruition, a Bloats event will be planned and communicated to the club.

Humble Monk Brewing Co.

A new brewery focusing on Belgian breweries is now open in Northside!

Bloatarian Tap Handles

Member price is $40 (at-cost), non-member price is $50. Check in with Roxanne at meetings if you are interested. They’re beautiful!

Bloatarian Shirt Order

You may have seen the new club shirts at Beer & Sweat. Due to an enthusiastic response from those who didn’t get in under the wire on the first order, we’ll be putting in a second order within the next month or so. An email will be sent to the club list when the Paypal site is live for orders. There are six shirts from the first round of orders that still need to be picked up – if you’re one of the slackers, contact Greg Schmidt at to arrange to pick yours up!

Possible Topics for 2019 – 2020 Meetings

  • All Things Yeast

  • Yeast Experiment

  • Mashing Chemistry

  • Decoctions

  • Brew-in-a-Bag Techniques

  • Safety (5-10 minute topics before formal topic for all meeting)

  • Beer Swap Night

  • Blending Night (TRASH Guest)

  • Factors that Affect Efficiency

  • Chime in with additional suggestions!

Meeting Adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Emma Williams