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Next Meeting:

Meetings are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Upland's Wood Shop (350 W 11th Street, Bloomington) at 7pm.

Any changes will be noted here the week of the meeting. Please check back to confirm any changes.

Changes to meeting time/location:

None at this time.

Officers for 2017

On Jan. 11, 2017 the Bloomington Hop Jockeys held its election for 2017. Below is the list of officers for the new year:

  • President: Bill Morgan
  • Vice President: John Riddle
  • Secretary: Kelly Skaggs
  • Treasurer: Ding Prud’homme
  • Events Coordinator: Ross Hughes

Officers for 2016

A new year means (a couple of) new officers for Hop Jockeys.

  • President: Rod Myers
  • Vice President: Bill Morgan
  • Secretary: Scott Rogers
  • Treasurer: Ding Prud’homme
  • Events Coordinator: Abel Garcia

We already have some exciting projects in the works for 2016. We’re brewing 15 gallons of beer for the Monroe County Humane Association’s 60th anniversary party on April 23. And once again we’ll be partnering with Upland Brewing Co. to create some distinctive homebrews for the annual UpCup homebrew competition in May.

Hop Jockeys at Brew-B-Q

Three Hop Jockeys hauled their kegs up to Sugar Creek Hops for Brew-B-Q, the annual gathering of Indiana homebrewers. Rod Myers (left) served a Belgian Dubbel, Jason Mundy (center) served a Hefeweizen, and Mike Kersulov served an Apple Cider and a Grapefruit Ale. The event, organized and hosted by Ron Smith and the Foam Blowers of Indianapolis (FBI), included an impressive spread of pulled pork, side dishes, a plenty of homebrew.

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HopJockeys at Brew-B-Q 2015

Hop Jockeys on Earth Eats

We set up at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market in April to demonstrate homebrewing and were interviewed by Annie Corrigan for Indiana Public Media’s “Earth Eats” program/podcast/blog. Here’s the segment featuring Mike Kersulov and Jason Mundy.

Award-Winning Hop Jockeys

Jason Mundy, Bill Morgan, Mike Kersulov, and Angela AuBuchon at Brewers' Cup 2015
Jason Mundy, Bill Morgan, Mike Kersulov, and Angela AuBuchon at Brewers’ Cup

Several Hop Jockeys attended this year’s Brewers’ Cup at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and two of them went home with ribbons. Jason Mundy earned 3rd place for “One Ticket,” an Ordinary Bitter (BJCP category 8A). Rod Myers took 2nd place for “Chiportle,” a chipotle porter in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category (21A). Rod’s “Weizenheimer,” a Weizenbock (15C) went to mini Best of Show and received an honorable mention.

“Weizenheimer” went on to win 1st place in the Wheat category at the Jasper Strassenfest homebrew competition, sponsored by the Dubois County Suds Club.

Hop Jockeys Abel Garcia, Handsome Bob, and Rod Myers served their homebrew at this year’s GnawBrew Beer, Art, and Music Festival. Rod’s “r00b,” a rhubarb saison, won 3rd place overall in the homebrew competition. See Adam Schick’s account of the festival at the IndianaOnTap.com blog.

Hop Jockeys at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market

This Saturday (April 4) several members of Hop Jockeys will demonstrate homebrewing at the outdoor Bloomington Farmers’ Market beginning at 9:00am. We will demonstrate both all-grain and extract brewing techniques and answer questions about homebrewing. Stop by to check it out and support your local homebrew club! ‪#‎homebrew‬ ‪#‎hopjockeys‬

Upland + Hop Jockeys collaboration

For this year’s UpCup (April 25), Upland Brewing will be providing each participating member of Hop Jockeys with 5 gallons of Belgian Wit wort. The homebrewer will then do whatever he/she wants with it—pitch a favorite yeast, triple dry hop it, throw some bourbon-soaked oak in there, etc. —then package it and take it to UpCup to serve to attendees.

Wort distribution will be at the Profile brewery (4060 Profile Pkwy.) on Tuesday, March 24, with exact times yet to be determined. You must be a dues-paying member to participate, and we will be providing a list to Upland. So if you want to join in on the fun and haven’t paid your dues, contact our treasurer ASAP!

Happy fermenting, Hop Jockeys!

Elections

Our club elections were recently held for 2015 and the results are as follows:

President: Rod Myers
VP: Jason Revels
Secretary: Scott Rogers
Treasurer: Doug Mayo
Social Chair / Events Coordinator: Mike Kersulov

Thanks to Jed Marshall who served as President in 2014.