March Meeting

3:00pm March 18th @The Bearded Monk

The next general meeting of the Denton County Homebrewers’ Guild was scheduled for 4:00 pm on March 18th at The Bearded Monk in Denton. 
However, John MacDonald, the President, is changing the meeting time to 3:00 pm because of a minor conflict at The Bearded Monk that many of us will want to attend, watch, etc. 

 At 4:00 pm on the 18th they are conducting the judging of the latest installment of the Ballast Point Homework Assignment and at least two of our members are entering the competition. This is becoming a DCHG owned event as Brian (Toast) won the last one and T. Michael won the competition before that. If a DCHG member wins this one, they may have to retire the trophy to DCHG.
So the plan is we’ll have our meeting from 3:00 – 4:00 and then hang around to drink beer, watch the judging, eagerly anticipate the results and have a great time talking about beer.

Minutes 2-11-2017

This month’s meeting attendance: 13 members and 3 guests.

Thanks to everyone who attended this month’s meeting at Audacity Brewhouse. We would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest members Shedrick Pittman-Hassett and Keith and Natalie Green. Thank you for joining the DCHG. As you continue your home brewing adventure, it is our hope that you will discover, as we have, that our General Membership is a gracious, welcoming and down-to-earth group of dedicated home brewers and beer aficionados devoted to supporting the art of home brewing and one another. While our events offer wonderful home brewing development opportunities via regional and member speakers, you will also find through our membership acceptance, new friends, and a collective wealth of professional knowledge.

There are still a few more weekends of beer judging going on at the Dallas Makerspace for the Bluebonnet Brew-off. We encourage everyone to go check it out.

It has been proposed that we move our formal meeting date / time/ venue. It was put to a vote and decided that we will start meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 4:00pm at the Bearded Monk 122 E McKinney St, Denton, TX 76201. Check out for more details on this venue.

We have also decided that Audacity will be our remote brewing destination. The plan is to have a DCHG Brew-day at Audacity every other 2nd Saturday of the month starting as early as 1:00pm and ending as late as 8:00pm.

Due to life circumstances Jason Shipley has stepped down as Vice President of the DCHG and we have elected Steve Russell as our new VP. Congratulations to Steve and thanks for taking on this role.

Some of the homebrews showcased at this meeting include:

  • Pecan Porter from Keith and Natalie at Stone Creek Brewing
  • Bourbon Porter and Tripel from Neil
  • Banana Hammock from T Michael and Anna at Tanda Brewery

Again thanks to everyone who attended the meeting this month.

Next meeting will be at The Bearded Monk, March 18th @4pm

Bluebonnet beer judging

Here’s the schedule for beer judging. You do not need to be certified or an experienced beer judge to help judge beer for the Bluebonnet competition. They will pair you with an experienced judge.Judging Info
Dallas Makerspace
1825 Monetary Lane
Suite 104
Carrollton, TX 75006

Dates & Times
02/10/2017 Flight Times 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
02/11/2017 Flight Times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM
02/17/2017 Flight Times 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
02/18/2017 Flight times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM
02/24/2017 Flight Times 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
02/25/2017 Flight times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM
03/03/2017 Flight Times 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
03/04/2017 Flight times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM
03/10/2017 Flight Times 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
03/11/2017 Flight times: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM

The Bluebonnet Brew-off is a sanctioned BJCP and AHA Competition that takes pride in the judging process. All beer judges are welcome. First priority is given to official BJCP Judges and experienced non-BJCP judges.

The Bluebonnet Brew-Off is also an educational organization that conducts formal and informal judge training. We welcome prospective judges with no experience; please identify yourself as a novice judge so that you can be paired with an official BJCP Judge.
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Minutes 01/14/17

Here are the minutes of our monthly 2nd Saturday meeting at Audacity.

9 current members, 3 guests, and 1 cute puppy dog were in attendance.

A special welcome to our guests, Neil, Jared, and Eual!

Some of the quality home-brews sampled at this meeting included:

  • DCHG brewed Imperial Stout aged on bourbon soaked coffee beans
  • DCHG brewed Summer wheat aged for 2 years!
  • Tron’s Windsor Ale / English Bitter
  • Tony’s Lemon Lime Hefe-Weizen
  • T Michael’s Dusty Bottoms Triple
  • Steve’s Imperial Stout

Thanks to everyone for sharing their brews!

On to business…

Bluebonnet Brew-off 2017

2017 Key Dates:

  • Jan 15, Online Entry Registration and Event Registration opens
  • Jan 29, Online Entry Registration closes (or total of 1525 entries)
  • Feb 2, Deadline for physical receipt of entries
  • March 17, Online Event Registration closes for reduced admission
  • March 24 & 25, Bluebonnet Conference

We will be meeting Saturday 01/21/17 at the Bearded Monk to discuss further details for Bluebonnet. If you plan on attending the homebrew competition this year please try to make it to this meeting.

We discussed plans to do an Off Flavor Tasting class as a club. We also discussed doing a yeast presentation as well as a hop flavor tasting in the near future. Date / Location TBD.

We made plans to start meeting up at Baron’s Brewwerks on the Final Friday of each month to share brews, talk recipes, and show support for the local homebrew shop in Denton. Next meet up at Baron’s will be Friday 01/27/17

Bluebonnet Beer Judging

If you plan on judging with us at the Bluebonnet Brewoff this year please sign up for one of the classes below. It will be a great learning experience and surely fun to be had by all!

Intro to Beer Judging

We will have 3 introduction to beer judging classes at the Dallas Makerspace. This course is designed to give a basic understanding of judging beer and is a great opportunity to learn a little about judging in order to be prepared for judging Bluebonnet if you have never judged before.

Dates and links:

Jan 16 7:00pm

Jan 26 7:00pm

Jan 29 2:00pm