Holiday Beer Food Match 2017

Thank you so much to Lynn and Kevin for hosting our annual holiday beer and food match dinner.  If you missed it, just look at the menu below at what you missed.  Yum!  The group photo is after the menu.
We had our annual gift exchange (aka wrestling match).  The gifts most stolen were 12 packs of craft beers.
We voted on winners again this year:
Best Homebrew = Geoff’s Hefeweizen
Best Food = Lynn and Kevin’s turkey tetrazzini
Best Beer and Food Match = Amanda and Doug’s candied bacon cheeseburger bites matched with Great Lakes Eliot Ness amber ale
Congratulations to all of the winners.  Hope to see everyone at the next meeting, which we will schedule as soon as someone volunteers to host.
Cheers and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Hannah and Shane / Goat Cheese with Crackers / Abita Bourbon Street Chocolate Stout
Lynn and Kevin / Hot Apple Cider
Jane and Dave / Mixed Nuts plus Cheese and Crackers
Amanda and Doug / Candied Bacon Cheeseburger Bites / Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Ale
Jonna and Wayne / Cranberry and Brie Pastries / Rauchbier
Beckie and Geoff / Chicken and Rice Soup / Hefeweizen
Sue and John / Beer and Cheese Soup / IPA
Palate Cleanser
Jonna and Wayne / Sherbert and Fruity Beer Floats
Meat Entree
Lynn and Kevin / Turkey Tetrazzini / Vulcan Stout
Vegetable Entrees
Sue and John / Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms / Pale Ale
Cathy and Allen / Sweet Potato Casserole / Vienna Lager
Jane and Dave / Buckeye Turtle Pecan Brownies / Robust Porter
Cathy and Allen / Peanut Butter Pie / Double Chocolate Stout
Jane and Dave / Restoration Brew Worx Peach and Cinnamon Winter Ale

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June and July Meeting 2017

Hi All,
If you missed the last two GHHA meetings you’ve missed a lot!
We had more food than we could possibly eat.  We also had a great selection of craft beers and homebrews.  Plus you missed some non-human new friends.  Matt has a bee hive and Danae has an adorable ferret.
Next meeting will be hosted by Sue and John, a pool party, come join us, you never who or what you’ll meet.
Please check the next Meeting tab for more information!
Photos from Ben and Denae:
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2017 Annual Spring Appetizers and Desserts Beer and Food Match

What’s better than beer?  Beer matched with  delicious food!
Thanks to Wayne and Jonna for hosting the GHHA Annual Spring Appetizers and Desserts Beer and Food Match Meeting on April 22. We had a great turnout with more food than most people could eat.
Two starter matches began the evening followed by 7 appetizers with beer matches.  After everyone was full, we began the desserts with beer matches. Seven of those matches finished the evening with pleasantly stuffed club members.
We all voted for our favorites and the winners were:
Best Homebrew – Ron’s Barleywine;
Best Beer and Appetizer Match: Matt / Honey Balsamic Roasted Cherries with Goat Cheese / Cuvee Renee
Best Beer and Desert Match: Danae and Ben / Blackberry and Mint Brownie Parfait / Porter
Best Food Tie: Jonna and Wayne / Apple and Cheese Pastries And Charles / Currywurst Bites

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2016 Annual Holiday Beer and Food Match

Thanks to Lynn and Kevin for hosting the GHHA Annual Holiday Beer and Food Match last night.  We had 23 people attend with 16 beer/food matches plus the digestif.

Congratulations to Wayne for winning Best Homebrew with his Rauchbier.  Also congratulations to Geoff and Beckie for winning Best food with their Chicken Wonton Bites and Best Beer/Food Match with their Taco Casserole and Pale Ale.

The gift exchange (aka wrestling match) went very well.  Only a few gifts were wrestled from reluctant hands.
The final menu is listed below.
Danae and Ben / Roasted Cashews / Orange Blossom Mead
Beckie and Geoff / Chicken Wonton Bites / Hefeweizen
Jonna and Wayne / Buffalo Chicken Dip / Rauchbier
Charles / Cranberry Chicken Salad Roll / Cranberry Juice Cocktail-Spiked American Sour Ale
Ron / Cranberry Salad / Winter Fruit  American Wheat Beer
Linda and Jim / Corn Chowder / Founders Breakfast Stout and Dogfish Head Breakfast Stout
Palate Cleansers
Jane and Dave / Arcern from Little Fish Brewery
Wayne / Fu-ki Sake and Kobai Plum Sake
Meat Entree
Cindy and Roger / Stone Ground Mustard and Ginger Snaps Pork Roast / Chamomile Mead
Beckie and Geoff / Taco Casserole and Six Toppings / Pale Ale
Danae and Ben / French Onion Stuffed Meatballs / Scottish Wee Heavy
Lynn and Kevin / BBQ’d Beef Sliders with Slaw / Thunderstruck Porter
Vegetable Entree
Cathy and Allen / Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping  / Wild Trail Pale Ale
Sue and John / Chocolate Dipped Frozen Key Lime Pie Bites / West 6 Lemongrass American Wheat Beer
Jane and Dave / Frozen S’mores Bites / Oatmeal Stout
Amanda and Doug / Pretzel-Crusted Beer Fudge Cookies / English Barley Wine
Cindy / Guinness Stout Fudge
Lynn and Kevin / Spiced Apple Cider
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Big Brew 2016

Big Brew was hosted by Allen and Cathy again this year.

We had several participants and brewed about 20 gallons of beer and Jane make 5 gallons of cider.

Lots of food and a good time was had by all.  Looking forward to next year.

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Holiday Beer Food Match 2015

Thanks to Lynn and Kevin for hosting the Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association Annual Holiday Beer and Food Match again this year.  They decorated their home beautifully for this holiday event!

Holiday Beer Food Match 2015

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June “Brisket Heaven” Meeting

If you missed the June GHHA club meeting, you missed some delicious food, a great selection of craft and homebrew beer and fun company.  Brian took 3 days to slow smoke the brisket to perfection.  The brisket tips were presented first and were gone quickly.  The brisket was just as good.  Besides the succulent meat, we had many other delicious sides like potato salad, cheesy scalloped potatoes, quinoa salad, bacon wrapped and cheese stuffed jalapenos, jalapeno corn bread, black bean corn bread, black and gold dip, and two kinds of cheeses.

Brian and Jennifer will be hosting the July meeting as well.  This meeting promises to be just as tasty as the June meeting.   This time, Brian plans on slow smoking some pig.  The date will by July 18.  Start time and more details will be posted soon.

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Big Brew 2015

Big Brew was lots of fun again this year.  Cathy and Allen hosted May 2, on National Homebrew Day.  Lots of people turned out to brew and “help” brew several batches of homebrew.  Allen, Max and Alex brewed 5 gallons of the official Killer Kolsch recipe from the American Homebrewers Association website.  Tim brewed 5 gallons of a sweet stout using a brew kit that he won at a homebrew competition.  Andy made 5 gallons of his own Czech Pilsner recipe.  Ron brewed 5 gallons of his California Common recipe.  Dave and Jane brewed 5 gallons of Jane’s Honey Blonde Ale recipe.  That gave us a total of 25 gallons of beer brewed at out official Big Brew Site.

As usual, our club members provided LOTS of delicious food for the occasion.  We had a vast assortment of snacks:  cheeses, crackers, smoked sausage, brownies, sushi, chips and salsa, cold meats, veggies and spinach dip, and pecans.  Cathy grilled up some brats for lunch along with sauerkraut.  Ron brought fresh fruit salad and bean salad.  Plus, we had cheesecake for dessert.  No one walked away hungry.

We started at 10 am.  People were coming and going all day until about 7 pm.  We ended the event by watching the running of the Kentucky Derby.  Ron’s horse “American Pharoah” won the race.

Thanks to Cathy and Allen for hosting this fun day!

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Annual Holiday Beer Food Match (2014)

Thanks to Lynn and Kevin for hosting the GHHA Annual Holiday Beer and Food Match dinner.  We had a good turn out and a lot of fun, not to mention more food than we could eat.  We had a total of 14 courses.  The craft brews and homebrews were wonderful.  We all voted for our favorite homebrew, food and beer/food match.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

Best Homebrew winner – Dave for the Red Ale

Best Food winners – Susan and Phillip for the Kraut Balls

Best Beer/Food Match winners – Beckie and Geoff for their Thai Curry Chicken with Rice matched with Geoff’s Rye IPA.

The gift exchange proved to be exciting.  Some gifts included a ¼ yard glass with wooden stand, serving set, wall mount bottle opener, and a “few” different kinds of beer.  The gift that was stolen the most was a mixed 12 pack of Exclusive Belgian Ales.

Check out the photos online.

Happy Holidays and see you all in 2015.

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September 2014 Meeting at Greenbrier Valley

The Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association Road Trip Gang hit the road on September  13 to visit the Greenbriar Valley Brewery in Lewisburg, WV.  A former resident of Huntington, joint owner of the brewery and member of the GHHA, Dave Kucera invited us to visit and tour the new brewery.  The brewery is BIG, 13,000 square feet!  The equipment is impressive.  The filter sparge system was new and very interesting.

Dave provided the gang with delicious pulled pork sliders.  Club members brought lots more food like cheese and crackers, potato salad, cole slaw, apple cobbler, cheesecake, brownies and chips.  We had a relaxing time enjoying the food, admiring all of the stainless steel equipment and drinking the brewery’s two flagship beers:  Mothman IPA (a black IPA) and Wild Trail Pale Ale.

While we were in the area, we also toured Smooth Ambler Distillery and enjoyed tasting some of their spirits.  They make gin, rye whiskey and bourbon.  Smooth Ambler is just across the street from the brewery.  Very convenient!

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