March SAAZ BREWZletter

March SAAZ BREWZletter
Brought to you by Platinum Sponsor

Next Meeting:
March SAAZ Meeting
Sunday, March 19th, 2pm
Bugnutty Brewing Company
715 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Come to the next SAAZ meeting of 2017 and enjoy a beer with your SAAZ friends!
Outside food is welcome.  Also, feel free to bring along a homebrew or two to share with the group.  And while there, support our sponsor and order a draft or two from their selection.

If you haven’t already, during the meeting you can pay your 2017 dues.

Also, you can sign up for upcoming beer fests, volunteer to be a part of the Bottoms Up Beer Run Committee, and sign up for a possible bus trip in the near future!!!


SAAZ Intraclub Brew Challenge
SAAZ quarterly Intraclub Brew Challenges will continue in 2017. We would like to encourage more brewing in the club and provide more feedback to our brewers. Each quarter the club will announce the challenge ingredient/style and requirements.

1) Must be a current SAAZ Member with 2017 Dues paid.
2) Sign-up for the challenge at a meeting – General or Officer. The supplies for each challenge are limited and to keep things fair for all we will not accept sign-ups at any other time.
3) Must pick up special ingredient at a SAAZ Meeting (General or Officer), we will not make special arrangements to deliver items.
4) Bring 6 – 12 oz bottles or a 64 oz growler of your beer to the designated meeting for judging.
5) SAAZ will provide a prize for the winner of the challenge. We also encourage you to enter into upcoming homebrew competitions to win even more!
6) If you fail to participate in a challenge it will affect your ability to partake in future challenges.

CHALLENGE #1 – Hop Salad

For this challenge participants blindly picked three ounces of mystery hops and designed a beer around them, any style of their choosing.  Entries for this challenge were judged at our January meeting at Coasters.  The winner of this Challenge was Billy Dawson with a California Common.

CHALLENGE #2 – IRISH you were Beer!

Starting in January we began giving brewers Kent Goldings hops to use in their next brew. Beers for this Challenge must be from BJCP Category 15 – 15A Irish Red Ale, 15B Irish Stout or 15C Irish Extra Stout.
Entries will be judged against BJCP Guidelines at the March meeting.


Commander SAAZ!!!

Commander SAAZ 2017 is officially online at Reggiebeer!:

This year, we will be at the DoubleTree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, with a roomblock for SAAZ ($119/night, same as last year), and events being held both Friday and Saturday.

Stay tuned for more information as we update our website. In the meantime, here are the dates:

Entry Window: July 10th – August 21st

Bottle Sorting: August 26th

Early Round Judging 1: September 2nd – 3rd

Early Round Judging 2: September 9th – 10th

Commander SAAZ Weekend: September 15th – 16th


Upcoming Competitions – showcase your award winning homebrew!

Check out the American Homebrewers Association website for a complete list of upcoming competitions.

NHC Regionals – March 24-26, 2017
Judging van trip – This trip is intended to get new judges experience by judging with experienced judges and to help out another club in their competition in hopes that they will reciprocate help. Because this trip is intended to promote judging within the club, seats will be assigned in the following order.

Judging van trip
#1 – Life Time SAAZ Members that are AHA members and BJCP Judges
#2 – 2017, Current Paid, SAAZ Members that are AHA members and BJCP Judges
#3 – 2017, Current Paid, SAAZ Members that are AHA members and passed the BJCP online test
#4 – Life Time SAAZ Members that are AHA members
#5 – 2017, Current Paid, SAAZ Members that are AHA members

A waiting list will be established if needed and if slots open, you will be notified in the order of your reply of this email.

Hurricane Blowoff – April 7-8, 2017
West Palm Beach
Entry window: March 3-24, 2017
Limited to 350 Total Entries

First Coast Cup – August 4-5, 2017
Entry window: June 26-July 13, 2017

Policy: SAAZ will reimburse entry payments for Florida circuit competitions, up to 10 per brewer and up to $1000 total per year. Remember that SAAZ policies and procedures state that any expense must be turned in within 90 days for reimbursement. If you enter any FLORIDA CIRCUIT competitions this year, email a copy of your registration to Anne Gregg for reimbursement.



Club Brew Day – March 11th @ Brock’s Homebrew Supply, 7025 Industrial Rd Unit A, Melbourne, FL 32904
Bottoms Up Beer Run – June 10th, 2017 @ 6pm
Save the date & tell your friends to join us for an awesome 4K with homebrew along the way! Proceeds from the run support St. Baldrick’s!
Registration Page –
Interested in volunteering for the run?  Please email Anne or sign up at a meeting to help. We need brewers, planning committee members and event volunteers.


SAAZ Library
The SAAZ Library is full of great books and magazines to help make you a better brewer. You can view the entire list of publications here. If you see something that interests you, simply send an email to the librarian with your name and the publication title, and the Librarian will bring it to the next monthly member meeting.


Other Items of Note

BJCP Tasting Exam
A tasting exam will be available on April 8, 2017, in Palm City Florida.The email for registration is  The next exam will be in November.  These are the only time exams being offered in Florida this year.

 2017 Dues – Time to renew!

If you want to be included in all the fun events SAAZ has coming up, it’s time to renew your membership. Some of the upcoming events and brew challenges are only open to currently paid 2017 members. There are many advantages to membership, you do not want to miss out. Please pay the Treasurer (Anne Gregg) at any club meeting or online at our website via PayPal – Click here to pay
Make sure to get your new membership card from the secretary. Individual Membership = $20 Family Membership = $30 Lifetime Membership = $150


Sign up for text alerts from SAAZ! We will send a maximum of 2 texts
per month.

Text SAAZ to 24587 to join


Feedback/Contact Us
We need your help! We are very interested in improving the club and we’d like to hear what you think. If you have comments or suggestions about the Newsletter, Website, Activities, or the Club in general, please send an email to


Contact Us:
President: Dan Markey –

First VP/Competition Coordinator: Nathan Gray-

Second VP/Party & Event Planner: Susie Markey –

Secretary/Membership: Chris Jojola –

Treasurer: Anne Gregg –

Newsletter/Webmaster: Billy Dawson –

Librarian: Brian Cavins –


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