Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ April 2012

North Four Corners Brew Club Makes Its Own Beer

By Allen Perper

The North Four Corners Brew Club (NFCBC) is a neighborhood group formed this winter by several enthusiastic brewers and beer lovers.  The impetus for getting together stemmed from a simple appeal on the neighborhood listserv for a “large stock pot wanted for beer brewing.”  After several responses established that a number of brewers lived in our midst, we decided to meet, as homebrewers love to get together to talk about, and taste, beer.

Some brewing equipment (at right and below) sits ready for a new batch.

Our informal monthly gatherings start with a tasting of our latest homebrewed beers and meads,* followed by constructive critiques offered in the spirit of sharing experiences and improving the next batch.  We relish discussion of all aspects of beer, including the ingredients (hops, malts, yeast, etc.), brewing techniques and hardware, favorite beer styles, and plans for future brews.

The club is open to all local residents with a passion for this ancient and wonderful beverage.  Members don’t have to be homebrewers, but should be interested in sampling a variety of beer styles (doh!), have a desire to increase their knowledge about beer and beer brewing, and be prepared to enjoy great times with other like-minded folks.  One of the advantages of having a local beer group is that we get to walk home afterwards.  Being responsible is, well, responsible.

The end product (right), ready to be enjoyed by club members in their own homes.

The NFCBC will be holding our spring Big Brew on Saturday, 28 April, at the Forest Knolls Pool Community Flea Market (11105 Foxglove Lane), where we’ll set up stations to brew at least three different styles of beer, beginning around 10 a.m.  Stop by and say hello.  We may even have some samples to share.  For more information, contact me at [email redacted].

[Allen Perper has lived on Mountain Quail Road more than 20 years.]   ■

*Mead is an alcoholic drink produced through fermenting honey, as opposed to beer, which is made from fermented grains, and wine, which is produced by fermenting varieties of grapes.

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