February Meeting Recap

Always a great time in the Underground at Barley's Brewing in downtown Columbus, one of the OG sites for craft beer in central Ohio. Thanks to everyone for such a well-attended meeting!

Scott Elliot provided an update on British Beer Fest 2023, which will be on Saturday April 22nd at Olentangy River Brewing Company in Lewis Center. There's still time to enter beers, and please consider signing yourself up as either a judge or a steward. All the details and registration information can be found on the competition website. Also be aware that the Lucci Cup beer this year will be the Irish Red.


February Club Competition Results

The February club competition was British Beers (twelve total entries), and the results are in.

1st place--Bill Koeppen--Sweet Stout

2nd place--Matt Bigelow--Strong Bitter

3rd place--Matt Bigelow--Ordinary Bitter

Honorable Mention--Victor Aume--Irish Exported Stout

There's lots upcoming this spring, so get ready to mark your calendars and get brewing (and tasting!).


Board Elections: SODZ will be accepting nominations for all board positions at the March meeting. Two board positions will officially be opening up following this term, but paid members are invited to run for any board position--it is an election after all! Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the current board if you have questions or would like to self-nominate.

The Hop Chronicles: Hopefully everyone has heard by now, but a SMASH beer endeavor is on-going in our club, and those beers will be tasted at the March meeting (in which the club competition is also SMASH beers, so bring lots!). If you haven't gotten all the details yet and this sounds like something you're into and you could still brew by the March meeting, email secretary@sodz.org to get the info you need.

March club meeting: Our March meeting will be at Spires Social in Polaris. The club competition is SMASH beers, so single malt and single hop brews. As an added bonus, the proprietor at Spires is kindly preparing 25 sets of Belgian yeast that will be distributed to members on a first-come, first-served basis until they run out. In return, folks should brew a Belgian-style beer of their choice and then everyone will meet up back at Spires to try them out. More details on this will be forthcoming at the meeting.

Brewing supplies @ Gentiles through March: Gentiles the Wine Sellers have decided that as of March this year, they will cease to supply homebrew ingredients, equipment, etc. With that said, they are offering 10% off all brewing supplies through March, and an additional 5% off special orders in their last order. They also have some misc. items they'll be selling off as they wind down.


April club meeting: Our April meeting will be at Heart State Brewing in Gahanna. The club competition for April is Hopalooza, so any beer over 40 IBUs.

British Beer Fest: Saturday, April 22nd at Olentangy River Brewing Co. Entries, judges, and stewards are all still needed, so go sign up!


Barley's Homebrew Competition: More details to come!

Big Brew Day: May 6th. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

January Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our January meeting at Zen Bee Meadery in Worthington!

We had a double club competition this month, so be sure to congratulate our winners. The usual January competition was Beermageddon (high ABV beers). There were 12 entries.

1st place - Matt Stuck, Belgian Tripel 2nd place - Victor Aume, Wee Heavy 3rd place - Bill Koeppen, Kontra Vinci Imperial Red

Unique to this meeting, we also had a mead competition! There were 13 entries.

1st place - Alex Nutter, Pomegranate Mead 2nd place - Eric Saas, Orange Blossom Mead 3rd place - Dan George, Buckwheat Mead Honorable mention - Jason Wing, Dark Honey Mead

Coming events:

February 20: SODZ February meeting at Barley's underground. The club competition is British styles. So don't forget the next event on this list!

April 22: British Beer Fest at Olentangy River Brewing Company. The website is open and we are accepting registrations. You can also now sign up to volunteer as a judge or steward. The competition is open to all British styles, as well as cider and mead. The Lucci Cup style this year is the Irish Red. We will be using the 2021 BJCP style guidelines, and judges will be able to opt into an electronic scoring option this year. More information on that will be forthcoming with competition information.