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Big Beautiful Brewday 03/04/2014

Time to brew some beer! The club will be hosting a Big Brewday this Sunday starting at 8am. If you've never brewed with all grain, here's your chance to learn all about it. If you are a member of the club and would like to brew, Growfresh is offering to pay for your 2 row grain in exchange for a 5 gal carboy of whatever you're brewing. This will go back to the Club to be used for tastings, club events (like big brew days), and our meetings. If you don't want to brew beer, just come hang out and have a few beers with us.
Here is the location:
2116 South L Street Fort Smith AR
Hope you see you there!!
Meeting Announcement 03/04/2014

Join us tonight for our monthly meeting, 6pm at Growfresh. We always have a table setup to share our beers, mead, and wine, so if you have some homebrewed beer, bring it, and join in! If you've never brewed before and would like to see what it takes to get started, this is the right place to be. Paul at Growfresh has all you need to get started, and there are a bunch of friendly brewers who would be more than happy to answer any quesitons you have. Bring a friend and come check it out!
Meeting Announcement 01/06/2014

Our January meeting will be on January 7th at 6 pm at Growfresh. We will be talking about our next big brew day in preparation of the All American Brew Off. Also we will be joined by the owner of Saddlebock Brewing Company. Come join us.
RVAR Christmas Party 12/02/2013

This month we will not be having our regular scheduled meeting at Growfresh, but instead will be having our annual Christmas party on Saturday December 7th at 6 pm. Potluck and lots of refreshments. We will be having it at 4721 Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72903. The link below has the dot right on the building where it will be. When you pull into the property you will pull into the lower lot and enter the side door. There is a kitchen on site. If you have any problem finding the place my cell number is 812-887-4043. Hope to see you all there!

Click here for Location
Meeting Announcement 11/05/2013

Remember remember the 5th of November
Barley, yeast and the hops
I see no reason the 5th of November should ever be forgot

6pm growfresh
Bring your friend to Brewday!

We have 5 beer kits that are up for grabs for free that we will be giving away to one of your friends! Here are the stipulations.

1. They must be a first time brewer
2. They must know someone in the club
3. They must go to growfresh and pick them out and get their name on the list. They will not be taking them home with them. The kits will be at the big brew day.
4. These are on a first come first server basis and we will have a waiting list if more than 5 are interested.
5. They must attend the September River Valley Ale Raisers meeting. They don’t have to join the club, but we would love it if that is the way it happens.
6. They must attend the Big Brew Day on Sat. September 7th to brew the kit

AABO Results

Thanks to everyone for the success of this years event. Here are the Best of Show Winners!!

1st Place: Robert Bacon - Catch Her in the Rye IPA

2nd Place: David Johnson - American Stout - 05

3rd Place: Jed Reinhard - Schlitz 1919

Honourable Mention: Jed Reinhard - Ain't Bud 13

Here are the full results:
AABO Results
AABO Schedule

Hello Ale Raisers,

Here is a little schedule info about the AABO this coming Saturday the 27th!

The 4th annual All American Brew Off is this Saturday, July 27th, a the Fort Smith River Front Park. RVAR has both the east and west buildings.

Competition Judging: 9 am to 12:30 pm

Non-Judge Beer Tasting: 9:00 am to 12:30pm (if you can bring a 5 gal soda keg with some beer in it, do that)

Break for Lunch and scoring 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

Set up for Dinner (Pot Luck) and awards ceremony: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Evening Activities: 5:30p to 11:00p

Dinner: 6:00-7:30

Award Ceremony: 7:30 - 8:30

Door Prizes, two meats provided, bring your favorite dish.

Contact Donna to coordinate dishes/dinner at 479-597-8363

AABO Judging is open to all club memebers, and experience judges will be on hand to guide you through the competition. We have 15 flights this year, and will need to limit the Non-BJCP judges to 18, first come first serve. For the small flights, there will be two judging sessions to help catch everyone who wants to judge.

Executive officers need to be there early for set-up, Everyone else needs to be ready to Judge at 9 am…ASSUMING WE ARE ALL SET UP.

Looking forward to this great event, please call me at growfresh if you have any questions,479-648-8885.
Meeting Announcement 06/04/2013

If you haven’t been to a meeting for awhile the you are going to want to make it to this one. We will be visited by the guys from the Leakey Roof Meadery. See you at Growfresh at 6.

Also, be thinking about the All American Brew Off. If you haven’t brewed for it yet then get those beers growing. Paid Members get one free entry so you will want to take advantage of that!
Meeting Announcement 03/07/2013

Aright folks! The time for our monthly River Valley Ale Raisers Brew Club meeting is upon us once again. Come join us at GrowFresh of Fort Smith @ 2900 S. Zero St. (next to Eureka Pizza) at 6:00 tonight if you love & enjoy craft beers and/or are interested in breaking into homebrewing, winemaking, etc. Feel free to bring some of your favorite craft brews, latest home brews, or home made wines to share with the group. This is a great meeting to bring a new person to because Paul will be doing a demo on brewing a kit. I will be missing this meeting as I will be in Austin (impeach him boo), but I am sure it will be a good time. Also if you didn’t make it to Growfresh for the brew day then you are lame and you missed a good day of brewing despite the nasty weather.
Meeting Announcement 02/05/2013

The meeting is tonight at 6 pm at Growfresh located at 2900 S. Zero. Don't forget to bring your entries to Bluebonnet. Also don't forget that this Sunday is a Big Brew Day so we expect to see you all out brewing with us.
Big Brew Day

Mark your calendars, our next big brew day will be Sunday, Feb 10th. If you choose to brew a barley wine then the club will cover the cost of the two row for a 5 gal batch. In return you must enter the barley wine in the American Brew Off 2013, the All American Brew Off 2014, and two other competitions. Feel free to brew whatever you want just come and join us. I will send out directions when the event gets closer. Anyone who does not attend is a traitor to their country.
Bluebonnet

The River Valley Ale Raisers have always had a good showing at Bluebonnet, I expect this year to be no different. If you are looking for some quality feedback on your beers then here is your chance. This event is a great opportunity to learn from the judge's feedback and I hope everyone takes advantage of it. Entries that are dropped off at Growfresh before Jan 23rd will be driven down to the event. Otherwise you can pay postage and risk your bottles being broken just make sure they are there before the cut off date of Feb. 17th. Chipping in a few bucks for gas would be appreciated after all you are saving on postage. Information on this year's event can be found here: bluebonnetbrewoff
Fest of Ale

The River Valley Ale Raisers will be at the Fest of Ale this Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm. We'll have 8 beers on tap plus countless other beers to taste from Glidewell and Burford. It's $35 to get in but considering wide variety of beers to taste it is well worth it! For an extra $15 you can also taste their tequila. We hope to see you all there!!

Checkout the event page here:
Fest of Ale
All American Brew Off Winners!!

The results are in and here are the Winners of the All American Brew Off 2012:

The Winners are!

This was our biggest turnout yet. We had over 40 entries from all over the country. We also had a bunch of people drop by who were interested in getting started in homebrewing. A big thank you to all volunteers who made this event happen and to Hellbender Meadery for giving out samples and chatting with people about their tasty Mead. We will see you all at the next River Valley Ale Raisers club meeting August 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Lagers And Ales Take Center Stage In Fort Smith!

The All American Brew Off is this Saturday! If you miss the Southwest Times Record article about our Brew Off check it out here: Lagers And Ales Take Center Stage In Fort Smith

Just as a reminder here is the event schedule for this Saturday.

8:30 – Arrival and set up
9:00 – 12:30 Beer judging / Open to the public
12:30 – Lunch at Joe's Grill and Cantina
2:00 – 3:00 Best of show judging (Judges and steward only)
2:00 - 5:00 Free time – Local attractions
5:00 - 6:00 Set up for awards and dinner
6:00 - 6:30 Social time, beer tasting
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 Awards presentations
8:00 - Social time until the hotel asks us to leave

Tell a friend and come on out! We look forward to seeing you all there.

Meeting Announcement 07/03/2012

We will have our regular meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6:00 at the GrowFresh store. I will be demonstrating the basics of a yeast starter and how to build a stir plate to make things easy. Also don't forget this is a great chance to bring your AABO entries and get them turned in. Here are the Entry forms and labels. Last day to turn in entries is July 10th.

If you don't usually grab one you should pick up an @Urban Magazine. This months magazine has a great article on home brewing and the All American Brew Off. Big thanks to Jed for making his house available for the demo and setting this up.

Hope to see you all on Tuesday.
Lucas

Meeting Announcement - 06/05/2012

We have a special meeting tomorrow night sitll at GrowFresh at 6:30. Todd from Hellbender Meadery will be joining us to tell us about his new Meadery and show off some of his meads. For those that have an interest in mead this should be a great meeting for you to attend, maybe dig even dig up some mead and bring it in.

Also as a reminder, All American Brew-Off is just around the corner. Our next meeting in July will be one week before the entry deadline, good time to bring your entries in. All the details and forms are right here.
AABO Event Entry Form
AABO Rules
AABO Bottle Labels E-Form

Aspen Hotel Discounted Room Rates

Aspen Hotel and Suites 2900 S. 68th, Fort Smith, AR 72903

2012 AABO discounted room rate special, 10 rooms only for Saturday July 28th, checkout Sunday July 29th.

Regular Room rate is $84.99 +tax, River Valley Ale Raiser AABO discounted rate is 69.99+tax per night for reservations made prior to July 1, 2012. Beginning July 1, 2012 the Regular Room rate will apply.

Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling 479-452-9000. When calling they must identify themselves as members or guests of the River Valley Ale Raisers. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Check-In time 3:00pm Check out time 11:00am

Method of payment is individual payment, guests are responsible for paying all reserved accommodations and incidentals. In the event individual room reservations are cancelled less than 24 hours prior to arrival, the individual agrees to pay the hotel a cancellation fee equal to the first nights room and tax. Standard hotel rules and regulations apply regarding all hotels guest relations.

All American Brew Off update and schedule.

The judging and awards ceremony will be in the Vail room of the Aspen Hotel, 2900 So. 68th street. Located just off Rogers Avenue and I-540 in Fort Smith. Aspen Phone is 479-452-9000

When you call the hotel for reservations, ask for the event discount on the room rate. We will be negotiating a special room rate and will have more details on that soon.

Here is the Event Schedule: 7/28/12

8:30a – Arrival and set up
9:00 – 12:30 Second Round judging
12:30 – Lunch, a group event with beer tasting is being planned.
2:00 – 3:00 Best of show judging (Judges and steward only)
2:00 - 5:00 Free time – Local attractions
5:00 - 6:00 Set up for awards and dinner
6:00 - 6:30 Social time, beer tasting
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 Awards presentations
8:00 - Social time until the hotel asks us to leave

The RVAR will be providing dinner, non-club members need to contact Jed Reinhard 479-221-2874 to confirm dinner arrangements with the club.

All American Brew Off!!

Brewers get ready for the All American Brew Off on July 28th 2012! Sponsored by the River Valley Ale Raisers and Wine & Brew Makers Gallery at GrowFresh. Entries are due by July 10th 2012.

Entry form
Rules

The American Categories are:
American Lager or Pilsner: BJCP 1A,1B, 1C, and 2C
Dark American Lager: BJCP 4A
American Wheat or Rye: BJCP 6D
California Common: BJCP 10A
American Pale Ale: BJCP 10A
American Amber or Brown: BJCP 10B & 10C
American Stout: BJCP 13E
American IPA: BJCP 14B
American Barleywine: BJCP 19C
Specialty Beer: 23 (American open*)

The entry fees is $7 for each entry. Prizes will be awarded in each of the American Style categories.

Winners will receive:
1st place: Glass engraved with the AABO logo, category and year
2nd place: Silver medal
3rd place: Bronze medal

Best of Show winners will receive:
1st place BOS: $75 and a glass engraved with Best of Show.
2nd place BOS: $25.

Big Brew Day!

We will be having a big brew day on April 28th at Andy’s House in Fort Smith. We will start at 9am. Here is how it is going to work… You pick the all grain recipe; double it so it makes 10 gallons ten gallons and the club will cover the entire base 2 row. We will brew it all at Andy's and 5 gallons will go with the club. The club will then have a good variety of beer to serve at the All American Brew Off and the Fest of Ale.

If you want to brew an all grain recipe but do not have the equipment this is a great chance to learn about the all grain process. Just let me know what you want to brew and if you need any equipment. If you already brew all grain and just want to brew at the event, then just let me know what your recipe call for. I’m sure we will have enough grain, but it wouldn’t hurt to know what everybody is brewing.

if you have any questions, let me know.
Lucas

Lucas
Meeting Announcement

We will have our regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 Tomorrow night at the GrowFresh Store located at 2900 S. Zero St.

If you have any entries for Blue Bonnet you can bring them. I will store them until they make there trip down to Dallas. For anybody that hasn't bottled yet you still have time. Entries are not due until February 24th, I will announce the date that our beers are going down as soon as it is finalized. If you have any business in Dallas before the 24th let me know if you wouldn't mind dropping off some club beers, it might save a special trip.

Lucas
Meeting Announcement

As requested at our last meeting our next meeting will change to the Second Tuesday on January 10th. Still at Growfresh, Still at 6:00. Also as a General rule if there is any nasty weather I would always play it safe. I will send out an email if Paul is going to close the shop due to weather, but you can always call me if you are not sure. Its best to use your judgement, you know where you live and if it makes more sense to stay at home and enjoy a beer.

Our Christmas party was a great success. Thanks to all who attended and brought food and beer, and a BIG Thank you to everybody who donated to our Angel Tree charity this year. We has some great items donated for an auction this year and we we were able to raise $378 to help some local kids.

Hope you all have a safe and hoppy new year, see you in 2012.

Lucas
Foam Cup Entries are open. Here are the details:

Entries Accepted: October 17 - November 12, 2011 Registration opens October 10, 2011

Judging: November 18-19, 2011
Awards Banquet: November 19, 2011 Click here for Banquet & Ticket Information

We'll be accepting Beer, Mead and Cider entries for BJCP 2008 style guideline categories 1 - 28.

For the complete list of categories, please see the official BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines.

Entry Fees:
$7.00/entry for online registration (...more details)

$8.00/entry for hand-written registration (...more details)

Entry Window: October 17 - November 12, 2011.
Registration begins October 10, 2011

Shipping Address - Ship your entries to:
High Gravity
Attn: FOAM Cup
7164 S. Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133
Telephone: (918) 461-2605
All American Brew Off Winners!!

Hello Brewers

The results are in and here are the Winners of the All American Brew Off 2011:
The Winners are!

A big thank you to all volunteers that made this event happen. We will see you all at the next River Valley Ale Raisers club meeting August 2nd 6:00 p.m.
All American Brew Off Update

Hello Brewers

The All American Brew Off is almost here! We thought we would give you a quick update to our plans. We are going to have a first round judging for some of the categories this Saturday 07/16/2011

Second round judging will be held on 07/23/2011 at:
River Front Amphitheater
112 Clayton Expressway


We will have the West Room from 8a.m.-12p.m. for judging and 6p.m.-10p.m. for our Potluck dinner and awards presentation. We will begin setup for the event at 8a.m. and will start judging at 9a.m.

We can't wait to see you all there!
All American Brew Off

Sponsored by: River Valley Ale Raisers - Wine & Brew Makers Gallery at GrowFresh and River Valley Mulch.
All American Brew Off
23rd of July
9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., July 23, 2011
Location to be determined

See our announcement in Zymurgy; this is planned as an AHA Sanctioned Event

1st Place Best of Show Wins: $75
2nd Place Best of Show Wins: $25

Prizes Awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. 1st Place to receive custom engraved glass.

$7 Entry Fee: See our web site for rules and entry forms:
Make Checks Payable to River Valley Ale Raisers

Mail Entries To: Jed Reinhard, 11316 Amanda Ln, Fort Smith AR 72916

ENTRY DEAD LINE: July 9th, 2011

Competition Categories: It’s simple, Anything American. If it has “American” or “California” in the Style Name, ENTER IT, we’ll judge it and reward the best!
• American Lager or Pilsner: BJCP 1A, 1B, 1C & 2C
• Dark American Lager: BJPC 4A
• American Wheat or Rye: BJCP 6D
• California Common: BJCP 7B
• American Pale Ale: BJCP 10A
• American Amber or Brown: BJCP 10B & 10C
• American Stout: BJCP 13E
• American IPA: BJCP 14B
• American Barleywine: BJCP 19C
We reserve the right to combine categories as appropriate.

For more Information Call or Email: Lucas: 479-459-6264 lucasstoltz@cox.net
or Jed: 479-221-2874 jedtherese@cox.net register online here. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after July 9th! Please make checks payable to The River Valley Ale Raisers.

Files (click to download)
Entry Form
Bottle Forms
Event Flyer
© River Valley Ale Raisers 2011