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During the recent July meeting, Pete and I led a discussion on Octoberfest/Marzen and Vienna Lager beers to prepare brewers for the September Oktoberfest meeting, which will feature a club-only competition for these styles. We talked about traditional and modern techniques for lager brewing as well as parameters for these particular styles and how to meet them. We also made sure we were familiar with the beers we were discussing by sampling a couple: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold–close to a modern German Oktoberfest–and Negra Modelo. These two beers represent the extremes of the three styles, which are all very similar to begin with.
Calling all female brewers to enter the 2013 Queen of Beer competition. The competition, run by the Hangtown Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts (HAZE) is in its 17th year, and last year’s winner was from Springfield, Va.
The judging takes place Oct. 12 in Placerville, Calif. Entries can be shipped and must arrive between Sept. 16 and Oct. 1. The Queen of Beer is a BJCP- and AHA-sanctioned competition, and entries are welcomed in all 28 BJCP style categories.
The American Homebrewers Association hasn’t awarded its Homebrewer of the Year honor to a solo female in the past 30 years. This year’s winner, Annie Johnson, didn’t realize that bit of trivia until she was told she was the first female recipient since 1983 — and the first ever African-American to win. But she recognizes she doesn’t fit the bill at first glance for the stereotypical brewer.
Homebrewer of the Year Annie Johnson has won other competitions as well. Her prize for winning a Pilsner Urquell competition was a trip to the brewery in the Czech Republic last year and opportunity to spend the day making beer with the brewmaster. Photo courtesy of Annie Johnson.
“I get a lot of people who are surprised that I brew beer and that I know a lot about beer,” she said. “But once we get talking, it’s all about the beer. Beer doesn’t care what color you are, doesn’t care if you’re male or female at all.”
Johnson, 48, of Sacramento, said she hasn’t noticed anyone taking issue with her being an African-American female brewer, which she attributes in part to her upbringing. She was born in Germany and adopted by white parents. Her brother has blond hair and blue eyes, while she and her sister both had African-American fathers.
“We were never taught to see anybody except for who they are,” she said.
One of the first things that the club needed after the presidential election was to round up members who were interested in participating in the club by working on various projects in a coordinated manner. That required putting together some committees to facilitate communication, and ensure we had the proper resources for getting the work done. That has been finalized. Contact information has been added to the “About | Officers and Committees” page.
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A solo woman won Homebrewer of the Year for the first time in 30 years.
That was definitely one of the highlights for me at the National Homebrewers Conference in Philly. As a member of the new DC Homebrewers subgroup, HOPS (Homebrew Outreach and Participation Sisterhood), I’m always excited to see female brewers, especially when they’re representing the craft well by winning awards.
Some of the ladies of DC Homebrewers attend the NHC banquet. Photo by Erich Streckfuss
And NHC was a great place to find many women. Yes, the conference was predominately male. Yes, there were jokes that the uniform for the weekend was beards, cargo shorts and beer T-shirts. (Most of the women I saw were wearing beer T-shirts but left the beards to the men.) However, if you’re a female brewer, you’re used to this. And I saw more women than I expected to. A few people I talked with even commented that they saw many more women at this year’s conference than at past conferences.
Some of you may have wondered what happened to this web site over the last few weeks. One of the founding members of DC Homebrewers originally set up the website several years ago. He has since moved on, and no longer wanted to maintain it. We tried to migrate the site to its new home, but it was not possible – everything has been lost.
We are now in the process of recreating the site pages. Unfortunately we cannot restore all of the posts that were on the old site. We can only move forward and build our new site with new information.