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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Northside Homebrew Club

All-Grain Pale Ale.
We had the first meeting of our homebrew club last night.  We went through quite a bit of beer while we talked about homebrewing. 

Allison and John brought a Bell's Winter White Ale, some homebrewed Porter, and a few bottles of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. 

Erik (who was co-brewer of the Porter) brought some Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. 

Brian provided a variety of homebrews; his Spiced Cherry Dubbel, Belgian Trippel, and Orange Honey Lager. 

I brought up a few homebrews from the basement; my all-grain Pale Ale, a Weizenbock, my Two-Berry American Wheat, and my Over-Oaked IPA.  We finished the night with a palate cleansing Sam Adams Noble Pils.

Belgian Trippel in tasting mugs.
We discussed how often we should meet (once a month sounds good), what our name should be (Northside Floculators?), our level of homebrewing experience, and what our first "project" beer should be.  We're leaning towards doing a lager, probably a Märzen.  We also discussed different ways to add fruit in beer, and possible approaches to smoking grains.

Our next meeting will be in February.  By then I hope to have my California Common lager and my Dry Stout ready to sample.


  1. Hello,

    My name is Ethan and I am a Chicagoan living on the Northside. I came across your website after googling 'homebrew club, chicago, north', and I am curious if your homebrew club has room for another potential member. If so, please let me know.

  2. Ethan - sorry I missed your post. If you're still interested in coming to a meeting email me at jason@betkefest.com