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President’s Message: July 2018

Fellow Homebrewers,

Reminder that the July meeting is at Maidens Brewery, not Germania. They are preparing for Volksfest, so this is our annual off-site meeting. Don’t forget to support our home-base and try to attend Volksfest this year (8/2- 8/4).

Since we are meeting at Maidens this month, do not bring any commercial beer with you. Homebrew only, please. Our topic for the evening will be a brewery tour. As many of you are probably well aware, John Mills is the head brewer and owner of Maidens Brewery, and also a longtime OVHA member, past President, and Board Member. Food and beer will be available to be ordered before and after our meeting. Also, since we are meeting offsite, we will not have door prizes or Half pot, but please still feel free to bring a can-good donation.

We are just two short months away from event season, so get your fermenters filled and be ready to donate to SWIRCA, Brew Ha Ha, Evansville Wartime Museum, and Wandering Owl! In preparation for event-season the board has organized a club equipment cleaning day at Dutch’s house. Stay tuned to the forum for additional details.  We’ll make a day out of it — think good food, good company, and a bottle share.

In Club news, we have had more excitement from competitions. At the annual Indiana Brewers Cup OVHA took home six combined medals! See medal summary below:

Jeremy Dunn
Dry Hopped Cider (1st)
Cherry Sour (2nd)
English Summer Ale (2nd)
Spelt Saison (3rd)

John Mullins
Belgian Triple (1st)

Taylor Brummett
Wee Heavy (3rd)

Please join me in congratulating Jeremy, John, and Taylor on these awards!  Next year, I will be sure to have more time to get some beers ready for entry into this competition. This was the first year in the past few where I have not had an entry; however, my German Pils and Helles are currently lagering and awaiting our annual Big Turkey competition. Have you been getting your recipes ready? A quick reminder that this year’s categories are:

Category 5 – Pale Bitter European Beer
5a German Leichtbier
5b Kolsch
5c German Helles Exportbier
5d German Pils

Category 19 – Amber and Brown American Beer
19a American Amber Ale
19b California Common
19c American Brown Ale

These beers will be and will be scored against the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.


Josh Wuertz
OVHA President

Important Upcoming Dates:

08/25/2018: Indy Van Trip
09/15/2018: Club Equipment Cleaning Day *Dutch’s House
09/22/2018: SWIRCA Brewfest
09/29/2018: Brew Ha Ha
10/13/2018: Evansville Wartime Museum
10/20/2018: Wandering Owl
Late Nov/Early Dec: OVHA Big Turkey