If you couldn’t make it to the meeting this March, here is what you missed.

We started with general club news and updates.  The GBA is now well on its way to attaining non-profit status, just waiting on some of the final paperwork to go through.  John Sanatar gave a brief Sacramento Beer Week wrap up, along with thanks to all the club volunteers, members who donated kegs for the Capital Beer Fest, and the establishments (Rubicon, Hot City Pizza, and The Shack) who hosted us and provided deals for the bike pub crawl.

Matt Boyer updated the club on upcoming competitions which we hope to have good GBA representation.  Celebrewtion is taking place on Saturday, March 24th.  World cup of beer and NHC are both coming up soon, and people were able to drop off their beers for either of those events at this meeting.  The California state fair homebrew competition will be in May, and entries are due May 2nd.  Convenient drop off locations will be arranged.  There are several club only competitions in the near future.  April is Scottish and Irish ales, July is porters, August is light hybrids, and October is old ales.

The last order of business before the presentation was announcing the Raley Field beerfest, which will be held on May 19th.  The club has been asked for volunteers to pour for various breweries.  This event is a fundraiser for the Northern California Brewers Guild.

We were very lucky to get Jamil Zainasheff to speak to our club for this month’s meeting.  For those of you who don’t know, Jamil is the owner of Heretic Brewing Company, and also a host on the Brewing Network.  His presentation was an overview of opening and running a brewery.  He discussed the financial risk, the business side, time commitments, and future plans for his beers and expanding Heretic.  Jamil gave a great talk and we really appreciate him making time for our club.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 17th in the Sudwerk banquet hall.