May 2019 Bosmopolitan

BBL Board Meeting Minutes

05 May 2019 / Toast (Start) Time: 7:11 p.m./ Location: Wooden Cask

In Attendance

Andy M. (P), Jerry H. (VP), Ray G. (T), Emma W. (S), Wayne W. (CC), Pete B. (MP), Roxanne W. (PP), Sarah G., Steve B., Greg S., Mike W., Dave H.

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Monday, June 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. at the Westendorf House

Upcoming Club Meetings & Events

  • Saturday, May 18th: Bloat Open

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

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

  • Friday, June 21st @ Norwood Community Center

    • Topic: Homebrew Canning 1.0 hosted by Greg S. & Ray G.

  • Friday, July 19th @ Norwood Community Center

    • Topic: (Tentative) Homebrew Bottle Swap and/or Calibration Night

Upcoming Competitions

New Website Now Live!

The updated website is now live. Check it out and let us know what you think! The domain is in the process of being transferred, so while the web address is currently, it will soon revert to—leave your bookmark intact!

Treasurer’s Report

We’re not broke, but if you’re not current on dues, please pay up! If you’re not sure, reach out to us and we’ll let you know.

The board is moving closer to purchasing a bookkeeping software to manage club finances going forward.

BBL Membership Cards

If you paid online for membership and still need a card, please see Ray at the check-in desk at the next monthly meeting.

Updates on Recent Events

Big Brew Day @ Brink Brewing Company

Andy and Rob welcomed 6-7 newer/returning brewers for an enjoyable day, including one of the Moerlein brewers.

Brewing Heritage Trail Grand Opening

Roxanne has the opportunity to demonstrate brewing techniques and talk about beer with more than 50 people. Her brew is fermenting well and smells good, so wins all around!

Bloat Open 2019: Saturday, May 18th

Registration is now open, but only for five more days! Registration for judges and stewards closes on Wednesday, May 15th and we are in need of additional judges, so please register ASAP. Beginner and first-time judges are welcome and encouraged! We will train! Entrants, judges and stewards, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 18th!

Beer & Sweat 2019: Saturday, August 17th

The link for a discounted rate on rooms is now live. Click here and reserve your rooms today! No, but really! Click here and reserve your rooms today!

Start brewing if you haven’t already!

And finally, if you know of any organizations interested in sponsorship, please connect them to a board member.

Other Business

Donations for German Day ( )

As we do every year, we are soliciting donations for the raffle basket(s) at German Day. Any bottles of craft/commercial beers are welcome. Opportunities to drop off are Beer & Deer and Bloat Open. Point person is Rob W.

BBL Mentorship Program

We have a new mentor-mentee pair getting together to brew this Friday, and three additional new sign-ups recently! Potential mentors talk to Wayne, potential mentees, ask at the Listermann’s counter about how to sign up, or use our online form (check the Mentorship page on the web site) if you already know the basics!

Homebrew Con Registration - Providence, RI

Registration is still open!

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.

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 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Emma Williams