Club Business – End of Year Elections

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

Bulk Malt Purchase

BrewerDude is hosting our Bulk Malt Purchase again this September. The emails have already gone out and the purchasing phase has begun. The purchasing window will close on September 30th at 11:59 PM, so don’t wait if you want to stock up. If you want to participate, make sure you are registered on as a BOCK Member. If you haven’t done this yet, create your account on their site then email with a picture of your current membership card so Nathan can flag your account as a BOCK member. Note: BrewerDude expects to receive the bulk ordered supplies on October 11th.

BOCK at Keeneland

Dirk Franzen, our Secondary Fermenter (Vice President) is organizing a Keeneland meet-up for BOCK members on October 6th. If you’re interested in attending, reach out to Dirk with an email or text 859-940-1454.

2019 BrewerDude Mash Madness

The 2019 BrewerDude Mash Madness competition has kicked off. 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!

First round of match ups have been drawn. Full bracket can be found here.

BOCKtoberfest 2019

Dirk is hosting our annual cookout/camp out this year (thanks, Dirk!) on October 19th. We had a sign-up sheet at the September meeting, and we’ll have it there again at the October meeting. If you are coming, please sign up at the October meeting or reach out to Clay.

This truly is one of the best events of the year:

  • Shrimp boil: check!
  • Live music: check! (weather permitting)
  • Backyard camping: check!
  • Bottle share with a high potential of a whale or two: double check!

Learn to Homebrew

AHA’s Learn to Homebrew Day is November 2nd. As a 501(c)(3) Educational Non Profit, one of our missions is to educate those interested about homebrewing. We’ve aligned our Iron Mash this year to fall on the same day, so that the curious can come out and see various equipment setups and what the community is like.

Iron Mash 2019

All slots for this competition have been filled and sign-ups have been closed. But even if you aren’t participating this year, it’s still a fun competition to come check out. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Rock House Brewing. We picked this date to coincide with AHA’s Learn to Homebrew Day.

This club only competition puts your skills to the test, as you are given ingredients when you show up and have to craft a recipe and brew the beer that same day. We’re mixing it up a little this year, though. Here’s the scoop:

  • Rock House will provide a base wort (mostly 2-row mash bill) about 1.050 gravity.
  • Individuals or 2-person (traditional) teams will have the option of doing a single batch (up to 7 gallons of wort) or a double batch (up to 14 gallons).
  • Participants will need to purchase (price TBD) a box (or two boxes for a double batch) of “mystery” ingredients that will include steeping grains, hops, and other optional ingredients.
  • You will need to provide your own yeast. We’re working with Nathan from Brewer Dude on same-day delivery, but this has not been confirmed yet.
  • Wort will be provided starting at about 9:00 and mystery ingredient boxes will be handed out at about 9:30.
  • Participants will have one hour from when mystery boxes are handed out to declare a style.
  • Turn-in and judging is TBD but will likely be sometime early January 2020.

Local Breweries Brew BOCK Beers

Joe Brewer’s Very Berry Citra Gose is on tap at West Sixth’s main taproom now!

Darrin Green and Paul Moss have brewed their Czech Pils with Blue Stallion is on tap now!

Jeff Kirkner’s Triple B Brown Ale from Lexington Brewing Company will be released at Gather on Main on October 14th to line up with our October meeting there!

If you make beer at one of our local breweries, whether for winning a competition or just for funsies, let us know so we can announce it to the whole club!

Stan Hieronymus Presentation

Block off Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to listen to Stan Hieronymus tell you everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about hops at the Rock House production building. Stan is going to do a presentation on new hop varieties and hopping techniques for the home brewer. There will be a signup sheet for this at the next meeting. We’ll let you know more details as they come in.

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 deciding on a theme, 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

Beer & Sweat

A couple of BOCK members traveled north to help judge the Beer & Sweat competition (the country’s largest keg-only homebrew competition). Thanks for representing our club!

Congrats to Dirk Franzen for winning 3rd place with an American Brown Ale!

BOCK T-Shirts

We have some extra BOCK t-shirts available for $15. If you are interested, please reach out Note: The shirts run one size smaller than what’s on the tag; so if you want a Large, you would want one with an Extra Large tag.

BOCK Instagram

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

New Website

Check out for monthly meeting information and upcoming events. Members should register to take advantage of the topics/discussions (like Barrel Program recipes), putting other members’ faces to names, past Froth issues and more.

How to Register:

  • Go to
  • 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.

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