Tasting contest this Saturday

By mjohnson on 2/19/2014
All right, Comrades. If you come to the meeting this Saturday at GS Jake's house you had better get your taste buds primed for a contest. We will have a blind taste test. No, that does NOT mean you taste beer until you go blind. I will have a "mystery beer" that people will taste and then have to guess the style and if you consider yourself a craft beer expert you can also guess the brewery. Czar Robert and I will be the only ones who know the true identity of the mystery beer and of course we will not be eligible for the prize. All entries will be put into a hat and one winner will be chosen. What prize you ask? Since Don is a stingy dog and will not donate his Porsche for such a worthwhile cause we will have to substitute something of almost equal value. Or maybe 1/100th of the value - it does not matter since you still get to drink the beer. So come to the meeting and give it your best shot! Since I am not a politician I cannot be bribed (although you may try your best with vintage beers) and will not divulge the secret identity of the "mystery beer". Good luck!

BOM Selection for February 22nd meeting at GS Jake and Tim's house

By mjohnson on 2/17/2014

Here are the Barleywines I will be bringing to the February meeting for tasting and comparing.  Be sure to eat well and keep hydrated because many of these are big and will bite back if you are not careful.  In no particular order I will be pouring:

  1. Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine Ale - Delaware, USA 15% ABV
  2. Stone Old Guardian Barleywine Ale - California, USA 11% ABV
  3. Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine Style Ale 2007 - Oregon, USA 11% ABV
  4. Real Ale Sisyphus Barleywine Style Ale 2004 - Blanco Texas, USA 11.2% ABV
  5. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2012 - California, USA 9.6% ABV
  6. Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam American Barleywine Ale - Massachusetts, USA 11% ABV
  7. Victory Old Horizontal  Barleywine Style Ale - Pennsylvania, USA 11% ABV
  8. Avery Hog Heaven Dry-Hopped Barleywine Style Ale - Colorado, USA 9.2% ABV
  9. Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Utah, USA 11% ABV
  10. North Coast Class of '88 Barleywine Style Ale - California, USA 10% ABV
  11. Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine Style Ale - Colorado, USA 10.2% ABV
  12. Rahr & Sons Tenderfoot American Barleywine Ale - Fort Worth Texas, USA 11.5% ABV
  13. AleSmith Old Numbskull Barleywine Ale - California, USA 11% ABV

Czar Robert will also share his own Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale which will be right on par with or even better than many of these commercial ales.


Results: 2013 Double Agent Brew Challenge–FINALLY!

By Comrade Mark on 1/26/2014

The KGB’s Double Agent Brew Challenge is that on-again-off-again tradition, steeped in the murky, alcohol-fogged memories of heated battle.  Begun long ago, the DABC was created to bring new brewers into the hallowed halls of all-grain brewing.  Organizers will select one beer style, and each team will brew that style.  Experienced all-grain brewers are teamed up with one or two novice/extract brewers, and they come up with their own recipe and try to brew the best beer among all entries.

Resurrected last year, teams were decided, batches were brewed, and judging took place during our September 2013 meeting at the Lone Pint Brewery – almost.  It’s the judging part that gives me the skunk-eye expression.  I guess the beers were just so damned good, it took the guys up at Lone Pint four whole months to decide on a winner.  I’m happy to report, though, that the ballots have at last been counted, and we do have a winner.

To sum up, the style was Imperial Red Ale, and the teams were divvied up as follows:

    • Andrew Elliot with Craig Gentry and Steven Vande Lune
    • Ed Condon with Ray Markiewicz and Steve Power
    • Don Sajda with Herb Baker and Ron Duncan
    • Phil Kaufman with Bob Remeika
    • Robert Chan with John Dawson
    • Chris Landis with Joe Fedele, Mike Johnson and Jeff Watson
    • Jeff Scheerhorn with Sam Michener

And the winning team – surprise, surprise – was headed up by has-been czar Ed Condon, who seems to win every other contest put on by a brewery.  I’m starting to think that Ed’s cottage in the New Mexico mountains is just a pile of bribe money.  Whatever the strategy, it’s working, and now Ray Markiewicz and Steve Power may be in on the secret.  Start saving your rubles, comrades.  The price of blue ribbons is on the rise.

Seriously, though, my hearty congratulations goes to Ed, Ray, and Steve.  Cheers to you, comrades!

BOM Selection for January 19th meeting at Southern Star Brewery

By mjohnson on 1/13/2014

Comrades,  here are the beers that will be on hand for your tasting pleasure.  Hopefully you will find some new gems or maybe have one or two that bring back good memories.  In no particular order, we will taste:

  1. Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout - Houston, TX 10% ABV
  2. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - Tadcaster, England 5% ABV
  3. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout - Denmark 7.5% ABV
  4. Mendocino Imperial Stout - California, USA 10% ABV
  5. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - California, USA 9% ABV
  6. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout - Colorado, USA 10.5% ABV
  7. Dogfish Head Chicory Stout - Delaware, USA 5.2% ABV
  8. Troubadour Stout - Belgium 9% ABV
  9. Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 2012 - Colorado, USA 11.1% ABV
  10. Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast Oatmeal Stout - Denmark 7.5% ABV
  11. Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Massachusetts, USA 9% ABV
  12. Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Oregon, USA 6.1% ABV
  13. Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout - California, USA 6.9% ABV
  14. Eel River's Raven's Eye Imperial Stout - California, USA 9.5% ABV
  15. New Belgium Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - Colorado, USA 9% ABV
  16. Squatter's Outer Darkness Imperial Stout - Utah, USA 10.5% ABV
  17. Full Sail Imperial Stout 2012 - Oregon, USA 7.2% ABV
  18. Jamaica Stout - Jamaica, Mon 7.6% ABV
  19. Victory Storm King Imperial Stout - Pennsylvania, USA 9.1% ABV
  20. Boulevard Dark Truth Stout - Missouri, USA 9.7% ABV

Please also help yourself to the Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout - Conroe, TX 8.25% ABV as it is a mighty tasty stout.



By Comrade Mark on 1/3/2014

As we ring in a new year, so we also reveal the new KGB website.  We’re calling it streamlined around the offices here at the Propaganda Ministry.

Gone is the forum.  The Once-Upon-A-MOP had a grand vision of a vast repository of award winning KGB recipes.  Alas, nobody gave a good goddamn about that, so, by decree of the Once-Again-The-MOP, gone is the forum!  I hope you archived those DIY fermentation controller instructions, because they are gone, gone, gone.

Log in here with the same username and password you used on the old website, as they’ve been imported for your convenience.  See?  We’re always working for you, the proletariat.  Don’t listen to that nonsense about the politburo being “out of touch.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We live to serve.

Daddy-eatin GatorOther than that, frankly, there’s not much difference between the new place and the old place.  A new coat of paint, a new version of the content management software, and a new web host provider are all there, but you’ll likely only see the new paint.  So what’s the point?  Well, our old content management software was hopelessly outdated, and riddled with security issues.  GoDaddy.com couldn’t accommodate us without raising the price, so we switched teams and are now on HostGator.com.  So far, the MOP is mostly impressed with Snappy the Gator.

The officers will be the benefactors of the rest of the site changes, but to hear about those, you'll just have to run for office.  Nominations happen in September and elections in November, future officers.  Form your election committee early for most effect.


The 2014 KGB Officers

By Comrade Mark on 12/16/2013

You know how it works by now, comrades; we increment the year and, like the changing of the seasons, the withered old officers fall and are raked into the compost pile of life, while a new and invigorated crop of officers emerge as mere buds on the KGB tree of plenty.  With rosy-tinged visions of proletarian camaraderie running through their naïve and callow minds, the new leaders step up to the rostrum and make their propitious proclamations.  Ah, the circle of life …

At the 2013 Homebrewers' Christmas Party, held on December 15th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge in the Heights, our 2014 slate of officers was made known to the rest of the world.  The rundown is as follows:

  • Czar:  Robert Chan
  • General Secretary:  Jake Frost
  • Commissar Brewski:  Mike Johnson
  • Ruble Collector:  Tyler Nodine

Three appointed positions were announced by the new czar, and they are:

  • Minister of War:  Donald Sajda
  • Minister of Propaganda:  Mark Rogerson
  • Minister of Tabloid:  Katie Murphy

Best of luck to all of our comrades in the coming year.

new year

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