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July meeting

By mjohnson on 7/15/2014

Remember that the July meeting is this Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 p.m.  Yes, it is earlier than in the past.  No, it's not too early for beer.   Hope to see you there.  I'll have several pilsners plus maybe a surprise or two in the BOM cooler.  Please be aware that Ray is also open for business during that time and we need to stay out of the way as much as possible so he can sell lots of stuff.  

CB Mike

Style of the month correction

By mjohnson on 6/11/2014


While reading the latest newsletter, I noticed that the KGB calendar needs to be corrected.  The style for August is not Barley Wine.  It will be wheat beers as in the past.  We did Barley Wines a couple of months ago and I cannot imagine doing that style on the hottest, most humid month of the year.  Plus, I have not had the opportunity to re-stock the KGB vault with new Barley Wines yet.  

Mike Johnson

Commissar Brewski 

A Big Batch of KGB Win

By Comrade Mark on 5/20/2014

The KGB raked in a whole lot of win at the 19th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash, held yesterday at that place.  You know the place I mean.  We took first through third places and kept the Heavy Hitters award all to ourselves, yet again.  The Ken Rich Memorial Award went to Duane Vaughn (no club affiliation).

There were 96 total entries, and the prizes were awarded as follows:

1st, Donald Sajda, KGB
2nd, Karl & Ann Marie Pierce, KGB
3rd, John Dawson, KGB
Honorable Mention, Mark Schoppe, Austin Zealots
Honorable Mention, Corey Martin, Austin Zealots

Congratulations to all of the winners, and a hearty thank you! to all y'all who helped make the 19th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash the big success that it was.

Big Bash Brew Bash 2014

By Robert Chan on 5/9/2014

It's time for one of our biggest event of the year………. Big Bash Brew Bash 2014. Get your entries in for the beer style of the year…… Texas Brown Ale.

Come join in the fun and help out if you can. If you are a BJCP judge, we really could use your skills.

May 18th, 2014……… Don't miss it. It will be held at the St Arnolds Brewery, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston Texas.

See you soon.


Robert Chan

The Czar

BOM for April Meeting

By mjohnson on 4/23/2014

Here are the beers that Sam Mitchiner (special guest star CB) will be serving Saturday at Phil's house.  They are listed in no particular order.  I will be in Galveston at Schlitterbahn with around 75 middle school students so please drink some IPA's for me.  Thanks to Sam for filling in.  Please show some respect for the guest CB.

1.  Goose Island "The Illinois" Imperial IPA  -  Chicago, Ill  9% ABV

2.  Uinta Brewing Co. "Dubhe" Imperial Black IPA  - Utah  9.2%ABV

3.  Terrapin "Hopsecutioner" IPA - Athens, Georgia  7.3% ABV

4.  Odell "Myrcenary" Double IPA  - Colorado  9.3% ABV

5.  Brash Brewing Co. "Droogs" IPA  - Massachussetts  7% ABV

6.  Laughing Dog Brewing "Alpha Dog" Imperial IPA  - Idaho  8.5%

7.  Ska Brewing Company "Decadent" Imperial IPA  - Colorado 10% ABV

8.  Parish Brewing Company "Ghost In the Machine" Imperial IPA - Louisiana 8.5% ABV

9.  Odell "IPA" - Colorado - 7% ABV

10.  Stone "17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung" Imperial IPA  California 9.5% ABV

11.  Left Hand Brewing Company "Warrior" IPA  Colorado 7.6% ABV

12.  Cambridge Brewing Company "The Audacity of Hops" Belgian IPA  Massachussetts 8% ABV

13.  Dogfish Head Brewery "Burton Baton" Imperial IPA Delaware 10% ABV

As you can see there are lots of Imperial IPA's.  Well, that's how the KGB likes it.  Have a great meeting and I'll be thinking of everyone.  

CB Mike

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. couldn’t accommodate us without raising the price, so we switched teams and are now on  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.


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