May SAAZ BREWZletter

May SAAZ BREWZletter
Brought to you by Platinum Sponsor

Next Meeting:
May SAAZ Meeting
Sunday, May 21st, 2:00 pm
The Broken Barrel Tavern
4700 S Babcock St
Palm Bay, FL 32905

Come to the next Member Meeting, enjoy a beer with your SAAZ friends and help support a long time sponsor!
The Broken Barrel Tavern has been a very generous sponsor for SAAZ so come out to the meeting, try something from their food menu and select from their huge selection of bottled and draft beers.
Feel free to bring along a homebrew or two to share with the group.

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. The winner of this Challenge was Dan Shirah with an Irish Extra Stout.

CHALLENGE #3 – Fruit Challenge

Starting at the Spring Party interested club members can draw a fruit to use in their next brew.  Entries will be judged at the Summer Party in June.

Commander SAAZ!!!

Commander SAAZ 2017 is officially online at Reggiebeer!:

This year, we will be at the DoubleTree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, with a room block 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.

Walk on the Wild Side – June 3, 2017
Registration window: April 1 – May 19, 2017
Entries due by: May 21, 2017
For additional information, including acceptable beer styles, please check their website:

Hogtown Brew-off – May 26-27, 2017
Entry window: May 1-13, 2017

Sunshine Challenge – June 24, 2017
Entry window: May 1-29, 2017

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.

Upcoming Events


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.

Summer Party – June 17th @ Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company, 1002 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

Bus Trip – Location and Route TBD

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.

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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