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February Meeting

Boscos Nashville will be hosting the February meeting of the Music City Brewers. We have reserved the area behind the bar. Same rules as always, but no kegs can be brought to this meeting. Bottles and growlers are allowed but no kegs.

Thanks to Karen Lassiter for hooking us up with this space. It will be a throw back to the old days.

When: February 8, 2014 at 2:00

Where: Boscoe’s Nashville, Hillsboro Village, 1805 21st Ave S.


January Meeting – 1/11

Kevin Jones has volunteered to host at his place! And if you have not attended a meeting at his home, you should not miss this one! Kevin’s entire basement area is dedicated to his Brewery/Bar/Man Cave/Cool storage. Do not miss this event.

There is not a brew day planned at this point (mostly because when that happens Kevin isnt able to mingle with the group). So you can come out and enjoy the space, his beer and drink with friends.

So far we are not expecting to do a brew day at his home.  Please follow our facebook page for updates.
When: Saturday, January 11th, 2:00

Where: 1727 Wrencrest Dr. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

MCBO 2013 Winners

Here are the winners of the 2013 Music City Brew Off.

Category 1: Light Lager
1st – Mark Quering – Barley Mob
2nd – Jared Whalen – Northern Kentucky Homebrewers
3rd – Chris Arnt – Barley Mob

Category 2: Pilsner
1st – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
2nd – Brad Lumley – Barley Mob
3rd – Brad Lumley – Barley Mob

Category 3: European Amber Lager
1st – Drew Neely – Barley Mob
2nd – Chris Allen – Music City Brewers
3rd – Trey Benson – MOBS

Category 4: Dark Lager
1st – James Kent – MOBS
2nd – Phil Snyder – Music City Brewers
3rd – Chris Arnt – Barley Mob

Category 5: Bock
1st – Mark Quering – Barley Mob
2nd – Geno Daniels – Music City Brewers
3rd – Brad Lumley – Barley Mob

Category 6: Light Hybrid Beer
1st – Dave Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers
2nd – Rob Harris – Barley Mob
3rd – Evan Rouse – Northern KY Homebrewers

Category 7: Amber Hybrid Beer
1st – Chris Molseed – Hill City Homebrewers Club
2nd – Adam Steele – Bluff City Brewers
3rd – Eric Tonkin – Yeast Nasties

Category 8: English Pale Ale
1st – Dave Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers Club
2nd – Drew Neely – Barley Mob
3rd – Jeremy Bastoky – Mid State

Category 9: Scottish and Irish Ale
1st – James Visger – Clarksville Carboys
2nd – Craig Pinkerton – Hoover, Alabama
3rd – Geno Daniels – Music City Brewers

Category 10: American Ale
1st – Danielle Dean – Mid State
2nd – Joe Pozak – Northern KY Homebrewers
3rd – Drew Neely – Barley Mob

Category 11: English Brown Ale
1st – Dave Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers
2nd – Robert Miller – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
3rd – Robert Miller – Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Category 12: Porter
1st – Robert Milller – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
2nd – Evan Rouse – Northern KY Homebrewers
3rd – Robert Miller – Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Category 13: Stout
1st – Jeff Bergman – Music City Brewers
2nd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
3rd – Chris Molseed – Hill City Homebrewers in VA

Category 14: India Pale Ale
1st – James Kent – MOBS
2nd – Josanna Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers
3rd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Category 15: German Wheat and Rye Beer
1st – Brad Lumley – Barley Mob
2nd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
3rd – Mark Forrester – Music City Brewers

Category 16: Belgian and French Ale
1st – Ryan Carrick – Music City Brewers
2nd – Michael Roszkowski – Northern KY Homebrewers
3rd – Ryan Carrick – Music City Brewers

Category 17: Sour Ale
1st – Michael Semich – Mid State
2nd – Michael Semich – Mid State
3rd – Brad Lumley – Barley Mob

Category 18: Belgian Strong Ale
1st – Mark Forrester – Music City Brewers
2nd – Mark Forrester – Music City Brewers
3rd – Chris Molseed – Hill City Homebrew Club of VA

Category 19: Strong Ale
1st – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
2nd – Art Whitaker – Mid State
3rd – Dave Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers

Category 20: Fruit Beer
1st – Dave Dixon – Northern KY Homebrewers
2nd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
3rd – Philip Vacca – Mid State

Category 21: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
1st – Jeff Hardesty – STL Hops
2nd – Matt Warren – Barley Mob
3rd – Matt Warise – Mid State

Category 22: Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer
1st – Jeremy Taylor – Mid State
2nd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta
3rd – Jim Berryhill – MOBS

Category 23: Specialty Beer
1st – Josiah Christensen – Mid State
2nd – Matt Warren – Barley Mob
3rd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Category 24-26 – Traditional Mead/Melomel/Other Mead
1st – Jason Farley – Mid State
2nd – Jason Farley – Mid State
3rd – Marc Powell – Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Category 27-28 – Standard Cider and Perry/Specialty Cider and Perry
1st – Jason Farley – Mid State
2nd – Evan Rouse – Northern KY Homebrewers
3rd – Phil Snyder – Music City Brewers

Best Of Show
1st – Dave Dixon – Category 8 – English Pale Ale – Northern KY Homebrewers
2nd – Michael Semich – Category 17 – Sour Ale – Mid State
3rd – Danielle Dean – Category 10 – American Ale – Mid State

October Meeting – 10/5

The MCB makes a return to the World Famous (or Infamous) BUNKER!

Hop God has graciously opened his place up for the October meeting. At the moment there is a tentative brew day scheduled (we will provide more details as we get closer to the meeting), and weather permitting there is room for a few people to bring there setups and brew as well (First come, first brewed). In addition, he has offered to fire up the smoker and do some wings and other stuff, weather permitting also! So this will be another event where you can bring sides that work with smoked food!

You do not want to miss this meeting!

When: Saturday, October 5th – 3:00

Where: 2707 Druid Drive, Nashville, TN 37210

September Meeting – 9/14

Come join us in White House, TN for our fantastic September meeting at Philsner’s house.  Our meeting officially starts at 3 pm but we will be homebrewing before that. Get there early enough to finish up by 3. We will be doing our usual news and sampling but Philsner will fire up the grill so we can all eat.  Bring some food if you can!

When: September 14th – brewing starts AM, meeting at 3

Where: 7775 Covington Road, White House, TN 37188

See you there!

August 2013 Meeting

We are all set with a location we haven’t been to in a while. Blackstone Brewery and Restaurant on West End. Saturday August 17th, 2pm start time, because that works best for them. We will likely have a nice big area to congregate in on the back left of the bar area.

This meeting will be like all the others, however, I want everyone to start thinking about the quickly approaching MCBO in November. I want volunteers to head up committees for the comp and we need suggestions on how to make this comp better than it has ever been. I received a suggestion from Tom Gentry at last month’s meeting that we do something besides a medal (or a plaque) for the 1st place winner and BOS. Music City themed belt buckle for BOS? MCBO Logo’d steins or mugs or glassware for 1st place winners? Just something different to make our competition stand out! Button up work shirts with a design on the back for the MCBO and 1st place? Get to thinking, as this comp is gonna be on us before we know it and we need to make a decision and get to ordering stuff.


(posted on behalf of DaPrez – John M.)

July Meeting

When: Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Where: Mayday Brewing. 521 Old Salem Hwy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

What: This is going to be an unprecedented event! For the first time ever we are going to have a multi-club meeting. All Middle TN (and southern KY) clubs are invited to join us! Mayday Brewery will host and it will be a great time! We will try to make this an annual event that moves around the Middle TN area! Come out, bring beer and enjoy the company of all the homebrewers in the Middle TN area, regardless of club affiliation!
Each club will be able to do the usual meeting agenda stuff (next meeting, open items, new items, upcoming events, announcements, etc), but be prepared to talk, drink and have a good time!

June Meeting And Brew Day

When: Saturday, June 15.  Brewing and grilling at 10 am, Meeting at 3 pm.

Where: 1600 6th Ave N Unit A Nashville, TN 37208

What: Chris Allen and his wife have graciously opened up their home to hosting our monthly meeting. They recently completed work on an Electric Brewery system and wanted to show it off and host a meeting/brew day.

The Brew day will start at 10 AM with the meeting taking place at around 3 pm. Chris said that his backyard and alley has plenty of space for some brewers to setup their systems and brew along. He plans to brew on his newly finished PIMP-tastic 20 gallon All Electric setup as well (see the picture at our facebook page).

He will be grilling some burgers and dogs, attendees will be responsible for bringing the sides. Check with John on what you plan to bring, so that we all don’t end up with potato salad and baked beans. Additionally, if you have a canopy (like we use for the Big Brew Day and Festivals) bring it, there is very little shade in the backyard and in June it could be nice and warm. Also, bring at least one chair for yourself.


So, come hang out with members and either brew or help someone else! Bring some beer and enjoy the day with MCB!

Bosco’s Big Brew Day

National Homebrew Day is Saturday, May 4th and Bosco’s is celebrating by hosting another Big Brew Day.

For those of you unfamiliar with this event, it is something that has been promoted every year by the American Homebrewers Association in honor of the passage of federal legislation that officially legalized the practice of homebrewing at the national level.

Our version of National Homebrew Day has been an annual event that is sponsored by Boscos for any MCB club members in good standing (i.e., have paid dues for 2013 year) who want to participate. Boscos produces the wort on their brewing system, and homebrewers bring their own equipment from home to boil the wort, add their own hops, and cool it down before pitching yeast. It is usually a rain or shine event, so some folks bring tent-type canopies to provide some shade from the sun as well as protection in the event of a light shower. Some of us even stuck it out and brewed the weekend of the great flood in Nashville several years ago!

We are doing something a little differently this year to make things as fair as possible as well as encourage (and reward) those interested in signing up with Karen to do so as soon as possible to help with her planning. As people sign up, they will be placed on a list in the order they have signed up. This will also be the order that wort is distributed the day of the event. You will receive a ticket with your number on it on Saturday, the day of the event. When it comes time to distribute the wort, you must be present to get your wort. If you aren’t there when your number is called you will be placed in the front at next available spot in line when you do arrive.

Also, as a reminder, your membership must be up to date. If you request wort and your membership is NOT up to date, you will be placed on the waiting list and added to the next available spot on the reserved list when you do renew. This event is one of the big perks for being an MCB member, so we want to be sure that everyone who participates is current. Of course, anyone is allowed to come and be at the event, even if your membership isn’t current, or you are not presently a member, or have friends who aren’t members. It is a great time, and also a great way to see a wide range of brewing set-ups (including my 12-volt car battery powered counterflow chiller apparatus).

Specific brewing details:

The wort composition will be 100% pale ale malt. Anticipated Wort Gravity: lower 1.050’s.  So for a 90 minute boil, you should end up around mid to high 1.060’s.

Brewers can request 7 gal each of first runnings that are much higher wort gravity. There is usually a limit of about 20 gallons of first runnings. After that everyone else can request to receive 14 gallons each of regular runnings of the wort. More than 14 gals can be requested but each brewer wanting more will have to wait and see if there is any extra wort if there are no shows and such. Please email Karen with your wort requests. She will be keeping track of who gets what.

Schedule (Approximate)

7:00 – Mash in at Bosco’s.  Karen always needs volunteers to help with the brew process and wort distribution in the brewhouse, so anyone interested, please email Karen.

8:30 – First runnings should be available

Hot Scotchies will be available shortly after that for the Annual Blessing of the Wort

10:00 – Rest of the wort should be available. Hot pads, oven/fireplace/grilling mitts or gloves would be a good thing to bring as well, as the wort is close to 160F when it is distributed.

Only pre-designated club members will be allowed into the brewery except at the point when wort is picked up.

You may begin setting up your system as early as you would like in the parking lot.  If you are new to this, you will need to be all-inclusive and portable with your brewing set-up. We will check with Karen to see if there will be any access to an electrical outlet that people may be able to run extension cords to for those who may have electric transfer pumps.

Bring extra malt extract and hops in the event that the wort ends up being lower gravity than expected, less volume of wort available than you expected, higher gravity than expected, or higher volume than expected. Anything can happen, and the best strategy is to have some additional ingredients on hand to adjust your batch as needed. Some people may want to steep some specialty grains to adjust their recipe, or add filtered water to lower the gravity or extend the volume.

If you want Boscos yeast (Wyeast 1056 strain), be sure to bring a plastic sanitized container with a screw-top lid with an opening that is at least 2 inches in diameter. Nalgene brand hiking bottles or Tupperware water bottles work great for this.

Chilling your finished brew is always the biggest delay in Brew Day. Bring several large bags of ice if you plan to use a pre-chiller set-up for your wort chiller. Boscos will not have ice available for us to use for this purpose. Bring garden hose if you have it. Label it in advance so you can make sure you get it back later in the day.

Clean-up is always a challenge. Unfortunately, there is always someone who will be last to get wort and last to use a chiller. Any of you who can stay late into the afternoon to help everyone get their space cleaned up and put away is always appreciated.

Finally, please support Boscos by purchasing food and drink from them, and handsomely tipping the servers who wait on us. We try to keep it fun for them as well as for us. Be sure to pay your tab before you leave. If you do bring some homebrew, please be discreet with it and don’t go overboard. No kegs, please. Remember, we are Boscos’ guest, and don’t want to overstay our welcome!

There is obviously a limit to how much wort is available. Boscos makes one 7 barrel batch (about 294 gallons), and the wort will be reserved and made available on a first come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in participating should email Karen Lassiter, head brewer at Boscos, for wort requests.

E-mail Karen to reserve your wort:

On behalf of:

Karen Lassiter

Head Brewer
Boscos Nashville Brewing Company
1805 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212
615-385-0170 fax

April Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Music City Brewers Homebrew club will be held at the new Pour House in Nashville. Homebrew can be brought for tasting among the club membership. DO NOT BRING IN COMMERCIAL EXAMPLES! Meeting will start at 2pm and the Happy Hour starts at 3pm. Please be respectful of the location and staff and make sure to generously tip your waitor/waitress. See you there!

730 8th Ave South, Nashville, Tennessee