After a people's vote of 15:9 we are moving our monthly meetings to Buttonwoods Brewery. This is very exciting and we thank Morgan very much for offering up his new brewery to host our meetings. The Guild was just too loud for our intended club activities. We are also moving the day of the week to the SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month. Of course there are exceptions though, because of Valentines day, our next meeting will be the first Wednesday.
This move may be temporary though. Once The Guild relocates their taproom and the loft becomes a more appropriate meeting space we will reconsider our meeting location. The next few month's meeting dates are as follows:
February: Wednesday the 7th
March: Wednesday the 14th
April: Wednesday the 11th

New Administration
Lets all welcome the new administration!
We're really looking forward to a fun eventful year!
- PRESIDENT: Alex Macintosh
- VICE PRESIDENT: Jamie Burnet
- SECRETARY: Joshua Fogg
- TECH CZAR: Jake Tobak
Click the names to send an email.
New Faces
- Tim Champagne - Brews his beers based on the seasons.
  Been brewing it up for 4-5 years.
- Gary Roy - Craft beer lover and Tim's assistant brewer.

Pints for PKD
In October, RIBS held a charity homebrew brewfest to benefit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD). With a huge amount of effort from the many folks at RIBS we were able to raise $3403 for the PKD. Click the logo for a link to pics of the event.

Rhode Island Brewfest
- Jan 27th, 1-4 or 5:30-8
- Tickets are sold out but you may still go as a RIBS member if you want to pour some beer and schmooze
- Contact Alex - to see if spots are still available
- Priority goes to people with kegs/bottles to serve and people who have never attended
- Check the google sheet for beer listings

National Homebrew Competition
- Registration begins January 23rd
- Shipping window is March 19-30
- You need to be an AHA member 

- It is very difficult to get an entry slot so....
- Sign up for all 5 allowed spots and share your extras
- To quote Alex "Sharing is Caring"

- If you advance past first round you will need to rebrew your batch so consider your timing for the second entry window
Ocean State Homebrew Competition!
- Registration is open, sign up at the competition website
- We need entries - lets break the 500 mark this year
- We NEED judges, stewards, and volunteers
- There is a lot of work to do - task list to follow soon
- This is a 100% RIBS organized competition and one of the largest in the Northeast
Internal Club Competition - STOUTS!
- March 14th meeting
- We will follow BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines
- 16A Sweet Stout, 16B Oatmeal Stout, 16C Tropical Stout
- 16D Foreign Extra Stout
- 20B American Stout, 20C Imperial Stout
- Varients as well, Coffee, Chocolate, Rasberry, Sour, Etc...
- Get creative and show us what you got!
- Oh yeah, Gary proclaimed he is stout.

Internal Club Recipe Challenge
- Anyone interested will brew a batch using the same base recipe
- You can make your own changes in hops, yeast, spice etc...
- Brewing Classic Styles Blonde Ale was suggested as the base
- This is a great way to test many different ingredients/techniques
- More info at upcoming meetings

- It has always been the club's objective to bring education to the forefront of our meetings
- It has many forms, guest speakers, style talks, technical talks
- Please let us know if you have any ideas or things you want to know more about
- OR if you are well versed in something let us know, so you can tell everyone about it - email one of the officers with ideas
- Upcoming discussions:
    - Eric Olson - Olson and Son Hopyard on hop growing
    - Dr. Emily - the "Real" history of beer

The Interweb
- We are looking to utilize the website better
   - Adding a member recipe area
   - Adding member of the month (MOM) - details TBD
   - We need a MOM volunteer for February - email the officers if you are interested
- RIBS now has a Facebook group
Brewery Tours
- We are trying to get some RIBS group brewey tours down
- Stay in touch on SLACK and through the ribs-talk email group
- On Deck
    - Shaidzon
    - Crooked Current
- If you are connected to any breweries in the area speak up and help set up a group tour

Snack Committee
- Lets bring back the snack committe
- We will have a sign up sheet at the meetings and also send out a spreadsheet so everyone can be on the same a page and participate
- Let's see if we can all pitch in and bring some tasty treats!

Get Your SLACK On!
- SLACK is a great way to stay connected with members between meetings
- If you're not on it you should be - there is so much that happens and is disucssed
- Recipe design, events, problem solving, etc...
- RIBS Slack URL
- RIBS Slack Signup
Don't walk around NAKED!
- RIBS apprael is a great way to show your club support!
- 18 out of 25 total screen printed items needed to place order
- 7 out of 12 total embroidery items needed to place order
- Once the minimum quantities are met we'll place the order
- Pick anything you want, just fill out the order form
- We use J. Mack Studios in Westerly: here are the Catalogues
- RIBS Apparel order form
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