Club Business – Mid-Year Elections

We had our mid-year elections! Corey Griffo became our new Treasurer-in-Training under the tutelage of Kelly and will take over as Treasurer in January. Tony Aiken became a Director after Brandon Peterson completed his tenure. Welcome new Officers! Thanks to Brandon for all the hard work he’s put in!

We will be having end-of-year elections in December for the Event Coordinator In Training, Secondary Fermenter, Scribe, and the other Director positions. Please consider serving a term. Reach out to any of the officers with any questions you have about this.

Learn to Homebrew

The Lexington Public Library invited BOCK to present a Learn to Homebrew seminar at their Village Branch location on July 20th. Our very own Dirk Franzen and Tim Meehan will be out there to teach those that are interested and helped further our goal as a 501(c)3 Educational Non-Profit.

If you know anyone that is interested in learning the basics to Home Brewing, pass along this info. Event details on Facebook.

2019 BrewerDude Mash Madness

The 2019 BrewerDude Mash Madness competition is gearing up for it’s second annual showing. This bracket-style competition pits brewers against each other, single elimination style until we have a single undefeated victor! Thanks to for sponsoring this fun competition again!

The first round of match ups will be drawn during the September meeting. If you are interested in signing up to compete, please sign up here. Note that we will be capping the number of competitors/teams at 24, so don’t procrastinate if you want in.

Note: if you’re already registered, you don’t need to fill out the registration form again.

Kentucky State Fair Competition

The Kentucky State Fair Homebrew Competition registration is now closed. If you signed up, make sure you fill out additional entry information. Entry turn-in is on August 7th between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. BOCK will be collecting entries at Rock House Brewing between July 29th and August 6th for a mass transport. We’re looking for a volunteer to drive the entries to Louisville on August 7th (we’ll help cover your gas). Reach out to if you’re interested.

Info can be found at (listed 2/3 down the page as Homebrew Beer). Rules can be found here.

Beer & Sweat

We neglected to mention at the meeting that there is one more competition coming up. Beer & Sweat, put on by the Bloatarian Brewing League, will be on Saturday, August 17 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott. If you don’t know what this is, it is the largest all keg homebrew competition in the country. After the competition is over, it turns into a huge keg party, with roughly 300 kegs! It‘s a fun competition to enter, a great opportunity to judge or steward, and one heck of a party afterwards.

Registration isn’t open yet, but will be soon. You can reserve your room now at a special price (HIGHLY recommended if you will be staying for the keg party). Here is the link to reserve a room at the discounted price.

Lets have a big BOCK showing and bring home some medals!

Home Brew Con 2020

Next year’s Home Brew Con will be in Nashville from June 18th through the 20th. We would like to have our own booth at the Club Night event, and could use some help designing and building the booth, organizing, and generally having some extra help for whatever needs to get done. If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Tony Aiken

Blue Stallion Lager Competition 2019

The 2019 Blue Stallion Lager competition winners have been announced:

3rd Place: Chuck Anderson – Marzen
2nd Place: Dirk Franzen – Dark European Lager with Cocoa
1st Place: Darrin Green and Paul Moss – Czech Pils
Look for Darrin and Paul’s Czech Pils on tap at BSB in late August after they scale it up to a full production batch.

A big thanks to Blue Stallion for putting on this great club competition for us every year. Help us support them by joining in their 6th birthday festivities:
July 19th: Lexipolitan and Tropical Gose re-release in the taproom
July 20th: Bottle Release of Rum Barrel Aged Lexipolitan and Rum Barrel Aged Tropical Gose
Kore also wants BOCK members to know that you are welcome to the Blue Stallion house yeast to use in your beers! Just reach out to BSB, give them a few business days to prepare and bring your own sterilized container to haul it.

Lexington Brewing Co. Pro-Am Brewfest

Sterling came to announce the winners of the Lexington Brewing Co. brew-on-site competition:

3rd Place – “Pale Galaxy” Pale Ale – Ryan Naseman
2nd Place – “Somewhat Juice” Pale Ale – Harck Pickett
1st Place – “Triple B Brown” Brown Ale – Jeff Kirkner
Jeff will get to make his beer in full production scale at Lexington Brewing Co AND it will be entered into the Great American Beer Festival!!! We’ll announce more as info comes in.

Thanks a lot to Sterling and Lexington Brewing Co for bringing back this super-fun competition! Help us thank and support them by buying a pint or two when you see them on tap; and look out for their seasonal Pumpkin Ale in August!

National Homebrew Competition

Our very own Ryan Smalley medalled in the final round of the National Homebrew Competition this year!!! He got 3rd place in the country in American Wild Ale Category with his entry (out of 334 total entries in this category). Congrats, Ryan!

BOCK Instagram

BOCK has started an Instagram account to highlight the events that we host and/or attend. Follow our account at

New Website

The new BOCK website is live!

You’ve heard the officers mention it for months. Now the time is here. BOCK now has a new website. So what now? Get registered! About half of the members have already signed up, but we want all of our members to reap the benefits of the new site that only come for BOCK members.

How to Register:

  • Go to Not seeing a new website? You need to refresh your browser. Here are some instructions. On a PC in most browsers you can click and hold CTRL + F5.
  • Create an account here. When not logged in you will find this link under “Members”.
  • Fill out your account with a photo and membership info (go to the members page, find your profile and click edit).
  • Once registered your account will be flagged for approval by an officer. Once it is approved you will receive an email letting you know.
  • Now you have access to member-only areas of the site such as “Topics”, where club events like barrel fills and bulk malts are discussed, and “Froth” where current and previous issues of Froth can be read over and over.
  • Be on the lookout for new features coming soon!

Renew or Become a New BOCK Member

Here are some of the perks of being a BOCK member:

  • 10% discount at Brewer Dude Homebrew Store
  • Several club-only competitions (we had 5 last year)
  • BJCP training available (additional cost, limited spots, occurs every other year)
  • Feedback on your brews
  • Members’ tasty brews
  • An open and friendly community (saved the best for last)

AHA Membership Discount

Brewer Dude is now offering discounted AHA memberships. If you are interested, reach out to