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2020 MCB Candidates Announcement

The Music City Brewers Homebrew Club will hold annual elections at the regular club meeting to be held on January 11, 2020 at the home of Joseph Nance, located at 1628 Shady Circle, Lebanon, TN 37087. For those interested, a brew day will begin at 9 a.m. – The meeting and vote will begin at 3 p.m.
All club members current on 2019 or 2020 dues are eligible to vote. A paper vote will take place at the meeting, however an absentee ballot (email) will be accepted no later than January 9, 2020 to
Candidates for each position are as follows:
Joseph Nance
* I have served as President in 2018 and Vice President in 2019.
* I do well at organizing events/function and setting agendas.
* I encourage an environment for club members to continues to learn and teach as well as get their social fulfillment.
* I was Mid-South Brewer of the year and TN Brewer of the year from 2018-2019.
* I can lead as well as follow.
My 2020 Vision:
* I plan to keep the Brew Style Challenge going, but this year I would like the club members to pick the beers they want to brew and learn about. I would also like the annual BSC Comp to continue to help encourage members to brew on a more regular basis. (Congratulations Brian Sommers for winning the 2019 BSC).
* I plan to start attending festivals again to help promote the club as well as grow the club’s membership.
* I would like to find a charity, agreed upon by the club members, and hold an event to raise funds for them. Our club reaching out to the community to help others would be a great thing to do in general.
* I plan to hold a mini club comp where club members bring their best beers, and have the club vote on the ones that will go to Club Night at NHC in Nashville.
* I would like to form a committee to create possible themes for Club Night and figure out ways to present it, as well as build all props, along with additional club members assisting with the build.
* I vow to promote our Annual Club Competition to its fullest and form the committee earlier in the year. This next year has great potential to be the biggest in the last 5 or 6 years.
* The Thirsty Thursday schedule will be set up for the whole year, and all club meeting locations should be set in stone no less than 2 weeks out, but the dates will be set at the beginning of the year.
* I plan to hold, with the help of John Lawless, an off flavor and tasting class to help each of us get better at picking up on them in beer.
* This year’s Big Brew Day will more than likely need to be at a new location, and I would like to explore different option with the club.
* I plan to hold a “field trip” to the water treatment plant and exploring water on a deeper level.
* I plan to hold a “professional” brew day, where the club gets to set in on a brew day and have the brewers go over everything they are doing and why they do it the way they do.
* I plan to hold a club brew day where we brew and fill a barrel to then bottle and split with all those that would like to participate.
* There are a few other special club group brewing projects I would like to hold, one being a possible SamiChlaus clone.
Justin Heskew
· I served as club President in 2019
· I am familiar with the organization of club events including monthly regularly scheduled meetings and Thirsty Thursdays, the Music City Brew-off, and Big Brew Day
· I have an encouraging demeanor towards all club members and try to ensure their expectations of club membership are met.
Troy Holm
· 2020 is a very important year for our club with the National Homebrew Con coming to Nashville. This will take a lot of communication from the club and leadership to the members. I think I would be a consummate candidate for this position as I am very well versed in documentation professionally.
Currently there are no applicants for Secretary. Any interested applicants please email to A.S.A.P.
Steve Johnson
I would like to continue in the role of Treasurer for the Music City Brewers homebrew club for 2020. As many of you know, I am one of the founding members of the club, and have been the Treasurer for quite a few years now (at least ten?), having also held other positions in the club (Vice President, President, Competition Coordinator) as well as being a “go to” historian when it has come to seeking advice on what we have done in the past in addition to offering suggestions on what we can do in the future. Through my contacts in the local and national brewing community, I have also been able to assist in coordinating various events and activities for the club since its start in 1996.
Since taking on the role of Treasurer, I have been a faithful steward of managing the club’s finances, and have years of documentation on past expenditures that will also help us in planning for events in the future. We all know that 2020 will be a major year for the club as we prepare for the National Homebrewing Convention, known as HomebrewCon, that will be here in Nashville in June, as well as our own Music City Brew-Off in the Fall, which will be our 25th such event.
Despite my retirement and subsequent moving to Crossville, I plan to continue to be an active participant and supporter of the club, and work with the club’s leadership team and members to help our 2020 celebrations be financially sustainable and make every effort to create working budgets for these events that will ensure that we stay within our means. I anticipate that in order to do so, we may need to work more diligently than we have in past years to get additional real dollar sponsorships to assist us in putting together two big events in the same year. I will do everything I can to assist in this effort.
I look forward to continuing to serve in the capacity of club Treasurer, and being a part of and supporting the Music City Brewers for many years to come!

2020 Club Leadership Voting…

Please at least read the top paragraph to learn how this years voting will take place. If you are interested in running for a position please read the description for the position below.
The Music City Brewers Homebrew Club will hold annual elections at the regular club meeting to be held on January 11, 2020 at a place, time, and date to be determined. Candidates for each position must declare their candidacy no later than December 20, 2019 by submitting a brief description of how they can benefit the club in the respective position they wish to represent. Potential candidates can submit this information to Once candidacies have been declared, a ballot will be posted to the club website, Facebook page, and an email distributed to membership. All club members current on 2019 or 2020 dues are eligible to vote. A paper vote will take place at the meeting in January, however an absentee ballot (email) will be accepted no later than January 9, 2020 to
Annual elections will be for the following positions President, Vice-President, Secretary, & Treasurer (as described in the club by-laws):
President – This officer will preside at all MCB board and membership meetings. The President will be responsible for securing the meeting place. The President will be responsible for planning and preparing an agenda for meetings of the membership, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The President shall appoint chairs and members of ad hoc committees established by the Board. The President shall review the financial records of the club on a regular basis. The President shall appoint a liaison with the American Homebrewers Association (“AHA”) and/or other national organizations. The President will serve as ex-officio member of all committees.
Vice-President – This officer shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform all of the duties of the President and,when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to the restrictions on the President. The Vice-President shall maintain a record of all property owned by the Music City Brewers and shall supervise its proper use and safekeeping. The Vice-President shall perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the President, within his or her authority, may from time to time delegate.
Secretary – This officer shall record, or cause to be recorded, all votes, actions, and minutes of major proceedings at meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and at all regular meetings of the membership. The Secretary will be responsible for distributing minutes to the board in accordance with board policy. The Secretary shall assure that elections are conducted in accordance with these bylaws, including, but not limited to, preparation, validation, and counting of ballots. This officer shall oversee all official correspondence of the Music City Brewers. This officer shall supervise the maintenance and safekeeping of all records and historical archives of the Music City Brewers. The Secretary will be responsible for notification of meetings to the relevant parties. The Secretary is an ex-officio member of the Communications Committee.
Treasurer – This officer will have custody of all funds and securities of the Music City Brewers and will be responsible for properly accounting of all income and disbursements. The Treasurer, or his/her designate, shall report on the current financial condition of the MCB at all board meetings, and shall render, upon request, to the President or the Board of Directors an accounting of all financial transactions. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget showing expected revenues and expenditures for the corning year. This will be presented to the Board prior to the annual meeting of the membership and thereafter to the membership for approval at the annual meeting.The Treasurer shall file, or cause to be filed, any tax returns or related forms that may be required by law.

2019 Brew Style Challenge / Competition

This is the 2019 Brew Style Challenge, with a twist.  We want to have a lot of fun this year with the style challenge and we’re going to make this into a little comp and mini comps along the way.  Please read the rules below, and at the very bottom is a list of this years styles. (IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE EITHER COMMENT BELOW OR EMAIL JOSEPH NANCE AT

Brew Style Challenge Contest
*This contest is open to individual brewers only, Including Club Officers (see judging below)
*Contest beer can be brewed with a friend, but only one person will be awarded points for the entry.
*The beer has to be brewed on a homebrew system.
*The beer has to be judged at the time the others are judged.

The entries will be judged for crowed favorites, in a blind tasting. We are limiting the judges to a total of 15 so that participants will only have to bring 1 growler. Active club members will get preference, and then if all the judging spots aren’t taken up we will allow non club members.

*The style of the month – judges will be given a small sample of each entry, the crowd will then rank each entry based on the most well executed version to the least, and not solely to style. The beer must a true attempt to brew the style of the month.
Example: A Porter will not be accepted in the comp when we have a German Pilsner as the monthly style.
*Clone challenge months – entrants will be required to bring the exact commercial example of the beer they are brewing as well as their homebrewed version. Any style beer is accepted, just as long as you bring the commercial example you attempted. The judges will then get a sample of both the commercial and homebrew examples and will rank the beers on a point scale as to how close the brewer got. The point scale will be explained the day of the judging.

Point Structure:
Each month no matter the challenge
1st = 4
2nd = 3
3rd = 2
all others = 1

Point Calculation:
Points will be added up in multiple ways. We will have a monthly winner, we will have a quarterly drawing where all the points you have earned in that quarter will get you 1 ticket for each point in a drawing and this will be done 3 times in 2019, and finally the total points for the year will earn you the grand prize, TBD but it will be worth it….

*Monthly = Recognition on facebook, the club website, the brew score newsletter, bragging rights… And points towards the following.
*quarterly = we will draw from a bucket and each point you have for that quarter gives you that many tickets in the drawing. The winner will get 1 pound of a popular hop. Drawings are planned for the April, August & December.
*Grand Prize = person with the most points collected throughout the year. Prize TBD, but it will be worth it….

Brew Style Challenge Monthly List
1/12 None
2/9 BOH (Beer On Hand)
3/9 English Brown
4/13 German Pilsner
5/11 Vienna Lager
6/8 Cream Ale
7/13 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
8/10 Saison
9/14 Fruit Beer
10/12 Festbier
11/9 Schwartzbier
12/14 RIS
1/11 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
2/8 Doppelbock
3/14 American Amber

March 10th, 2018 Meeting Bootleg Biology

Important news about the March Club Meeting

Bootleg Biology’s Jeff Mello has offered up his lab for our March 10th meeting.  Not only has he done this, but he has gone even farther by coming up with the idea of having a club brewing contest at the meeting.  Jeff has volunteered to give out 15 packages of yeast to those that want to enter the contest. There is no entry fee, but you will be required to be an active club member who is current on their dues, you must brew the beer, ferment with the provided yeast and bring 1 full growler of your beer to the meeting on Saturday March 10th. When you go pick up the yeast from Jeff, he will give you a sheet that he’s asking you to fill out with the basic info about your beer and fermentation process. Your yeast packet “MUST BE PICKED UP BY THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5TH”, to ensure the freshest yeast possible and that you have enough time to brew your beer. The info sheet will help give Jeff additional data to work with on this yeast. The yeast that he is specifically propagating up for us is a blend of Sacc strains designed to be used in IPAs/NEIPAs/or anything with a heavy focus on fruitiness. He didn’t say if the yeast itself added fruity character or if it boosted what the hops put out. You will not be limited as to what style you make.  Even though he suggested using it for IPAs, you could be as creative as you want, we just ask that you only use this yeast to ferment it.

Since we want this to be fun, you all will be the judges.  That’s right, you will get a chance to taste all the entries (which is the reason we need a full growler from each entrant) and rate your top 5 favorite.  In the judging process we will supply club members with a small sample of each beer.  The cups will be labeled A-O, so you will not know who’s beer is who’s.  We do not want this to be super formal so we are throwing the BJCP guidelines out the window for this one.  Once everyone’s sheets are in we will count up who had the most votes, and that person will be the winner.  The winner will be able to select their prize from a selection of items provided by Jeff, things such as Bootleg Biology gear, Hops, and more Yeast.

In order to enter I need you to message me on facebook (Joseph Nance or Ultra-Junkie) or email me at, and provided you are up to date on your dues for the 2018 year, I will reserve you a spot and your free yeast packet. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.  If you do contact me by email, please put “MCB Bootleg Comp” in the subject line.


Thank you and good luck,

Joseph Nance

Membership Sign Up & Renewal 2018

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.

This coming year, 2018, I have some pretty interesting plans and challenges for each of us. We will be having a monthly Brew Style Challenge were we will be brewing and discussing a specific BJCP style as well as the ingredients used, Jeff Mello has schedule a club meeting at Bootleg Biology to help us learn more about yeast and bacteria, the Big Brew Day will be a great time again this year, we have a Learn to Brew day scheduled with some fun stuff for new brewers to take home and experiment with, the annual club contest might be taking on a new twist as well as bringing back the club crawl, I’m looking at getting us a few spots at Brew Festivals around Nashville to showcase our clubs beers, and the annual club Christmas Party will be a blast. Also don’t forget that we have Thirsty Thursdays, and they will be held at a different brewery around town every month.  No homebrew is allowed at the Thirsty Thursdays unless otherwise communicated.

Club memberships sign up and renewals for 2018 are fast approaching, and at a small $25 per person or $37 per couple its supper affordable.  Come Join in on the fun, fellowship and learning we will have this year.

Brew Style Challenge

The Brew Style Challenge will be a monthly part of our club meetings (except on special months planned in advance) where we will have a specific BJCP Style selected and we will challenge you to brew it and bring it to the meeting.  There will be a recipe supplied in both All Grain and Extract format for each of you to attempt. This is to help us all better understand each style one at a time, the ingredients used to make them and the contributions they add to the overall beer, how to judge your own beer based on the guidelines, and to just get us out of our comfort zone by trying to make different styles. We also understand that not everyone wants to be restricted to a specific set of guidelines, so feel free to alter the recipe, add fruit or other adjuncts as you wish.  The Club president for 2018, Joseph Nance, will be brewing each of the recipes and bringing them to the appropriate meeting so you can pick them apart for discussion.  I challenge you all to bring your version to the meetings as well…

Membership Renewal 2015

Just a quick note to not forget to renew your membership for 2015! You can print and fill out a membership form from the Membership page on this site, and even pay your dues online via PayPal. Just click on the Membership link on the top menu.

If you’d rather pay at a meeting, we can handle that too. Thanks for your support!