AHA Big Brew Day – May 7, 2016…

2016 Big Brew Day Poster

We are going to have a brew day session in the back parking lot of RECESS BREWING in Edwardsville, Illinois.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn about brewing in depth, feel free to join us and ask as many questions as you like.  If you’re already a brewer and wish to join us, feel free to contact one of us to see if we can accommodate you.

Please contact Chris or Jen Davinroy at bdbbrewing@gmail.com or Greg Bridwell at eastsidebrewers@gmail.com

 

Greg “G1” Bridwell BIAB demo

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Hey there page followers – Just wanted to throw an invite out there for you.  G1 is going to demonstrate the Brew In A Bag process.  We will have it at his place in Edwardsville on March 12 at 10AM.  Make it a point to join in the fun and bring your homebrew (nothing wrong with drinking at 10am) or your favorite commercial beer.  We will have a quick meeting about upcoming events and a few other things happening with the club – but that won’t take very long.

Due to G1’s other projects going on at his place, there won’t be any additional room to have a fully functional brew day that day, but we have a few of those lined up.  If you know of a brew day or want to schedule one for yourself – feel free to contact us at bdbbrewing@gmail.com — we will throw a note out for you!!!!

See you soon!

February meeting

Man, if you didn’t make it to the February meeting – you don’t know what you missed! We picked up a couple of new members and went over the newly revised schedule of events. We have some awesome things coming up.

If you haven’t already, please expect a phone call from me as we are trying to update all of our records. It’ll be nice to revise the member list and start adding people to our private group where we can share brew days and other various stuff. Lots coming up. Essentially:

Tom Grieve has the mobile version of our website up and running properly now.
There is a brew demo happening soon at G1’s place
Next meeting is 4/10 at Recess Brewing
Brew Day coming up at Recess Brewing
We are going to participate in the Heritage Festival – we will need a lot of volunteers.
Plus much much more!

Come join in the fun!!!!!

BEER my Valentine – February 2016 Club Meeting

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Our next club meeting is on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00pm at The Old Bakery Brewery in Alton, Illinois.  Please make your plans now to join us.

What’s that, guys???? You don’t want to buy flowers for your girlfriend/wife??? That’s okay – just RSVP both of you to bdbbrewing@gmail.com and get a red rose to give to her!

James and Lauren have made special arrangements to allow us to bring in our home brew for sharing – no outside commercial beer is allowed.  They are also waiving the room rental fee for our club and request that we help offset that fee by bringing our appetites and ordering off of their menu.  Of course, they will have their beers for sale as well.

There will probably not be any tables or chairs in the meeting room, so feel free to bring your lawn chairs so that you have a place to sit.  Also, remember your tasting glasses!

Anyone that brings in home brew for sampling gets entered into a special raffle – get your bottles and kegs ready!

We have lots going on this year with the ESB club, so please come and find out what is happening!!!!

 

Prost!

Chris and Jen Davinroy

bdbbrewing@gmail.com

voice or text 618.567.7455

A True Small-Town Brewery

Marine, Illinois

Reprinted from the Spring 2005 issue of The Breweriana Collector
Written by Kevin Kious and Donald Roussin.  

The village of Marine, Illinois, so named because a number of its early settlers were former sea captains, is one of the smaller towns in Madison County, and seemingly an unlikely spot to have ever had a brewery. But the town had grown to several hundred residents in the decade of the Civil War and after, and was able to support a surprising number of industries, including a brewery operated by Rudolph Nicolay. In his wonderful historical booklet "A Walk Through Marine", the late local historian Ronald Loos said, "there is no way can prove that there was some type of brewery operating at or close to Marine in the 1850s. But I get small bits and pieces of information indicating that it was probably true." There was indeed a brewery, and it was located in the heart of town, as can be found from census records and the old land records preserved in the bulky bound volumes kept in the county recorder’s office.

The Village Brewer
On July 18, 1856, Rudolph Nicolay, a resident of St. Louis County, Missouri, purchased four lots of land in Marine. For $1050, he received from Adam Weber title to lots 5,6,11 and 12 in Block 4 of the village. The selling price would indicate that there were already improvements on the parcel, perhaps a house if not a brewery. Within the next few years Nicolay must have constructed or improved a brewery on the site, for the 1860 census for "Marinetown" lists him as a brewer, forty years old, and a native of Hesse, Germany. His real estate was listed as being worth $2000, his personal property $200. His wife Louisa, nearly two decades his junior, was from Baden, Germany, while their three young children had all been born in Illinois, presumably Marine. Living with the family was John Sinthrimer, a 22- year-old from Frankfurt, Germany. He also listed his occupation as brewer, indicating that the Marine brewery was at least a two-man operation.

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