Friday, November 4, 2011

Porter Competition Drop off at Richo's!

I will be at RichO's Saturday night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm to pick up entries for the porter competition.


Friday, October 21, 2011

The 19th Annual FOSSILS Porter Competition

It's a little late, but here is the flyer for this Year's Porter Competition.  Remember, entering costs nothing, and only 2 bottles are needed.  If you've got a Porter that you'd love feedback on and would like to participate in what is one (if not the only) of the longest running Porter competition put on by an AHA Club.
Prizes have not been announced yet, certificates and medals will be mailed out to non-FOSSILS members.
Joe Bray
FOSSILS Minister of DisInformation - emeritus

The FOSSILS October Newsletter is Posted

Hey, Sunday is our next meeting and elections are HERE!  See you at Richo's!!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOSSILS EXEC Committee Mtg. 10/19 7pm Richo's

The NEW Administration would like to invite you to the first Exec Committee of the 2011-2012 Year!
Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 7pm at Richo's

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fwd: BREW-B-Q - Please Confirm Receipt and Potential Headcount

Hey crew, please see the note below.  Collectively, there has been a lot of effort to get Indiana Homebrewers toether for an annual event.  This year's BBQ is Oct. 8th.

What we need is everyone who is planning to attend to RSVP.  Please let me (or Ron) know asap.  Thanks!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ron Smith / MarketWise Solutions <>
Date: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Subject: BREW-B-Q - Please Confirm Receipt and Potential Headcount

Indiana Homebrew Clubs,

Below is the email I sent out last week with the details of this year's "Brew-B-Q".  Please let me know that you have received this with a quick email response, and also let me know if you think some members of your club will be attending (and maybe a guess at how many – you can update this later when you know more, but we are trying to get a rough estimate for planning purposes).

Also, please double check your club listing at the bottom of this email, and let me know if it needs any corrections (also let me know if I'm missing any clubs you know of).

Hopefully we will have another great turnout this year !


Ron Smith



Indiana Homebrew Clubs,

Hopefully everyone already has Saturday, Oct 8th on their club calendars for this year's Indiana Homebrew Club Day / Brew-B-Q, which will be the 5th Annual event!  Everyone is excited about the move to the cooler Fall date, so it should be a great time!  This year's event will be jointly hosted by Great Fermentations and Bier Brewery, which are in the same building in Northeast Indianapolis.  Both businesses will be open, so you can do some shopping at Great Fermentations and do some sampling and get a growler or two at Bier Brewery, which is making some awesome small batch beer.  The plan is basically the same as previous years…

--- Make sure your club knows about the event!!!
--- The event is all about celebrating homebrew club life, and our hobby of brewing beer, as well as to get to know other clubs and club members from around the state in a fun, non-competitive environment.
--- Have as many club members as possible attend the event (they will be glad they did).
--- The event runs from 2:00 to 7:00, but feel free to arrive around 1:00 to set up if needed.
--- Bring beer to share with others.  Some just bring bottles and coolers and others go all out and bring lots of kegs and elaborate bars, jockey boxes, etc.  Do whatever you want, just come and bring some beer.
--- Bring a pop-up canopy or two in case it rains (it is a rain or shine event) and some chairs, your favorite drinking vessel, etc.
--- Wear your club shirt, if you have one, so we know what club you are in / where you are from.
--- FBI club member, Frank Petrarca, along with some helpers, works for days preparing a big spread of smoked meats that is awesome!
--- Other FBI club members bring various side dishes, and the club provides buns, sauces, etc.
--- I usually acquire a lot of door prizes from area breweries, liquor stores, etc., so lots of door prizes are given away (feel free to bring anything you would like to donate to the prize list).
--- The event is free to attend, but donations are very welcomed to help us pay for the meats, supplies, the port-o-let, etc. (we just want to break even… or at least not lose too much J).
--- Lastly, please drink in moderation and don't drink and drive !!!

As everyone who has attended previous Brew-B-Q's knows, this is a really fun day and one not to miss.  Please let your club know about it and plan on attending.

If possible, please let us know approximately how many people from your club will be attending.  Just send me a quick email.

Below are the clubs I am aware of and that I am contacting.  Let me know if I am missing any.  Also, please provide any missing information or correct any mistakes.

- Bloomington Hop Jockeys – Bloomington

- Columbus Area Classic Alers (CACA) – Columbus

- Dubois County Suds Club – ??? – NEED LOCATION

- Duneland Homebrewers Association (DHBA) – Valpo / Michigan City

- Foam Blowers of Indiana (FBI) – Indianapolis / Central IN

- Fossils (Fermenters of Special Southern Indiana Libations Society) – New Albany

- Homebrewers of Preferred Suds (HOPS) – Angola

- Howard County Homebrewers – Howard County

- Illiana Beer Rackers Union - ??? – NEED LOCATION

- Indiana Brewing and Drinking Society (IBADS) – Indiana

- Jasper Homebrewing Club – Jasper

- Kosciusko Kettleheads – Warsaw ???

- Mad Anthonys Serious Homebrewers (MASH) – Fort Wayne

- MECA Brewers – Central Indiana

- Michiana Extract & Grain Association (MEGA) – Mishawaka

- Midwestern Order of Nin-Kasi (MONK) – Indianapolis / Central IN

- Muncie Indiana Brewers (MIB) – Muncie

- Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association (OVHA) – Evansville

- St. Gambrinus Benevolence Society – Bloomington

- St. Munsee Order of Brewers - ??? – NEED LOCATION

- Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle (THC) – West Lafayette

- Wabash Valley Fermentation 'N Ale – Terre Haute ???


Ron Smith
MarketWise Solutions
599 Industrial Drive, Suite 201
Carmel, IN 46032

Friday, August 12, 2011

There is no August Meeting!

Due to an overwhelming number of beer related committments, we are no having a meeting this month.  If you are just now finding out, sorry for the late notice.

See you in September!

Joe Bray

Friday, May 13, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Prost Room 6:30pm MAY 15th (ie, NOT MOTHER'S DAY!)

I just wanted to pass along a quick reminder to everyone.  As discussed in the April Meeting, we have decided NOT to have our monthly meeting on Mother's Day, and will be meeting at the regular time and place on the following Sunday.  May 15th!!!

This month is also the President's Choice!  Bring beer for judging, it's Scotch Ales this Year!!!

As a quick note, for anyone who is participating in th BJCP class, the class is making it's first meeting May 5th in Prost 6:30-9:30pm

Joe Bray
Minister of Disinformation, Lost in Columbus

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The March newsletter is posted!!!

I would say it's an exciting, action packed newsletter, but really, it's all the same stuff as last time.... Beer, blah blah blah, Brew-in Apr. 2, Mystery Brew April meeting, President's Choice - May....

And the Master of the Bean, Ed Needham will be showering us with Home Roastiness at tomorrows meeting!!!!

Come, bring new members, bring beer, bring raffle items!!!!

Joe Bray
Minister of Disinformation

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This March's FOSSILS Meeting, Oh the Roasty Goodness!!!!

This Sunday, we will have our Friendly Neighborhood Coffee Dude, Ed Needham, talk HomeRoasting with us.

Be there and enjoy.

March 13th, 6:30pm, Prost Room!

Joe Bray
Minister of Disinformation

Fwd: Steele Wine Tasting, Thursday March 10th from 5-8 PM

FYI, From The Keg:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keg Liquors <>
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Steele Wine Tasting, Thursday March 10th from 5-8 PM
To: Events Keg <>

 Steele Wine Tasting

Join us on March 10 from 5 - 8 PM as we hold a very special wine tasting with the fine folks of Steele Wines.  Mary-Mychael Barber, the Southeast Region Sales Manager for Steele Wines will be at the store to taste through a great lineup of their fantastic wines.  This is a great opportunity to meet and drink with someone who has worked at the vineyards and helped make the wines. 

Here is the list of what we will be sampling:

This is a free tasting, and is open to the public, 21 and older. 

 New Albanian Bottle Launch Party
Join us on March 24th from 5 - 8 PM as we welcome our friends from New Albanian Brewing Company and help them launch their newly bottled beer.  Bottles of Elector, Hoptimus and Elsa von Horizon will be available for sale, and discounted for the day of the event.

Chef Josh Lehman from the New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse will be creating some different appetizers for the event, and New Albanian personnel will be on hand to celebrate this great event. 

Keg Liquors
Keeping Kentuckiana Beer'd since 1976
617 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway
Clarksville, IN 47129

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The February Newsletter is Posted


A meeting so good, My wife is leaving me with the kids so SHE can go!  Really, a winery talking about one of our favorite beverages and chocolate/food pairings the day before Valentine's Day?  Rock. On.

If you have a favorite snack to enjoy with wine or beer, please bring something.  Remember, no food service at Sunday meetings...

Dues were due in January.  It's $20/person this year, no couple memberships.  Don't worry, no one is getting disowned if you're late.

By-Laws Committee Meeting
We've been dragging out feet (or is it that we've all been pretty busy)....  The By-Laws Committee is schedule it's next meeting at Richo's Please email me if you would like a copy of the current by-laws before the meeting!

Please step forward.  We are collecting records of all the competitions and award winners.  Unfortunately, we haven't kept track very well of the FOSSILS of the Year.  Please look at your lamps, if you have one of the ugly ones, email me with the year you were recognized.

Remember, bring homebrew, snacks, raffle items, and a merry attitude!

See you there!

Joe Bray
Minister of Disinformation

Friday, February 11, 2011

Womens' Brew-in 2011

Hey crew, it's never to early to plan ahead:

The 2011 Women's Brew In will be April 9th at the Capshew's.  

More details to follow, but for most of you, please keep in mind the pertinents from previous brew-ins listed below (anything that looks or sounds like sarcasm from this point is completely unavoidable and unintentional):
Day & Location:
Women's Brew-in 2011
April 9th at the Capshew's
7720 Corydon Ridge Rd.
Lanesville, IN
There will be a gathering followed by brewing led by someone.  New women brewers are welcome and encouraged.
Someone will bring some homebrew.  Trust me.  It may even be YOU!
If you are new, or a dude, then you might want to know what is done at these things:
  • make beer
  • drink beer
  • eat
  • drink beer
  • raffle
It is called by many the most "Fun" thing that we do all year. 
IF there is a sleep-over, there will be a slumber party, breakfast and probably something to drink like bloody marys in the morning.
Things to think about bringing to the brew-in:
  •  lawn chair
  • raffle items  (our raffle at this brew-in is a little different from regular meetings....girly stuff encouraged!)
  • sleeping roll/ pj's
  • A dish to share for dinner or dessert, or pot luck
  • snacks for daytime/late night
  • money to buy raffle tickets
  • beer?
  • drinking vessel
  • a flashlight might be helpful for getting back & forth from barn - house - campfire.  put your name on your gear.
Maureen will be looking for volunteers.  Please volunteer.  There are activities usually throughout the day, including crafts.  This is a great crew that set this up and you are bound to have a GREAT time.
There will probably be a Cabana Boy.  If you'd like to audition or apply - please forward your resume and a photo with good lighting to Mor.
 "As always, we plan this as an overnight event so that nobody leaves after drinking.  This is very important!   If you cannot stay the night, please be advised that you'll need to establish your sobriety and leave directly after the raffle.  After that point, everyone is here for the night!"
"Babies are welcome.....but if they can walk and talk they need to be 21!"
 "Join in.....and pass this on to anyone else that might be interested.  You don't have to be a homebrewer, who knows, you might end up leaving as one."

Compiled my your Minister of Disinformation, 
Joe Bray

More information and directions will be posted closer to the event.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FOSSILS meeting w/River City Winery Feb 13!

River City Winery is this month's guest presenter at this Sunday's FOSSILS Meeting

Yes, it could get better, but I'm not sure how. River City Winery has graciously agreed to speak at this month's FOSSILS meeting. (Feb. 13th, 6:30pm, Richo's Prost Room)

Good times, a Wine Tasting/Food Pairing, homebrew..... It's going to be a great meeting!

Pass the word! I hope to see everyone there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The January Newsletter is posted!

January Newsletter is posted!  Better late than never! 

Inside:  President's Choice Contest!  Mystery Brew! The 2011 Calendar!