Club Night

QUAFF SNAFU Maltose Falcons

The Southern Nevada Ale Fermenters Union, Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity, and the Maltose Falcons would like to invite you to be a part of our "little party" during June in Vegas!

As the coordinator for club night, I would like to invite you to be a major part of our conference. We will unveil our club night to all conference attendees on Friday night, June 18th. I want everyone to remember this phrase,

"Beer Rush 2004," more than gold and damn worth the rush!

Beer Rush 2004—Club night is all about sharing with old friends and making new ones over different beers and meads. And yes, something to feed the soul besides beer will be available. Imagine, in one room, a large assortment of club tables serving more than a few fermented beverages, loads of brewers, taste treats prepared by brewers.and probably some most unusual dispensing taps delivering some most unusual brew.

It seems that some of the clubs have participated in club night with food as well as beverage. There were quite a few different things to taste at Chicago, like pickled eggs, Cajun fare, hot dogs, meatballs, and a lot of stuff that I didn't even get to soon enough to try. Do it if you wish and can, but don't let it be the thing that keeps you from showcasing your club. Bring beer and your club...and everyone will appreciate your effort. If your club wants to participate, but don't think enough beer can be on-hand...then why not join another club at a table or share a spot in the hospitality suite during the conference? It's better to come and dispense some brew for a little while than to not attend and wish that you had made the effort to join the other regional clubs.

And there seems to be an open invitation for clubs and individuals to dress in some kind of theme attire for club night. I witnessed it in Chicago and I have seen it in pictures from the conferences I couldn't attend, so it must be true. If it works for you, it works for me! I know the Harvest Moon monks will be there in authentic robes. Maybe Elvis and some other planetary aliens will be seen among the crowd.

The point of all this is that we want to share this with you. We want you to experience our club night. We want to make this a gathering of clubs, a gathering of brewers. If your club can attend and would like to be a part of club night, please contact me! I will work with your club to make sure that participating is as easy as possible and help insure that you feel part of the crew. My contact information is included below.

The Chicago conference had an unbelievable club night because brewing clubs came to make the event one that will take a long time to forget. All in all, there were 28 or 29 clubs that rallied behind the Chicago clubs to put on a club night that was a feast for the eyes and the palate. Hopefully, some of these same clubs will come to blow the doors off 2004!

Hospitality Suite Vegas—This is where conference attendees can go to sample some beer from the clubs that choose to be a part of the event. The general idea is that a club will host the suite for some period of time and serve their club beers. Conference attendees will gather in this area at all times of the day and night to just socialize or to inquire about clubs from other areas. Think that you may move to another area? Here is a good opportunity to meet some of the local club members and get answers about the area.

Of course, you are invited as well to participate in the Hospitality Suite during the conference and I hope that you do. Our hospitality suite can be something worthy of memories if we have your support. It's all about the beer and having it available to those thirsty session attendees as well as those that crave a beer at any hour of the day or night. Although I am not the coordinator for the hospitality suite, I am serving as the initial contact person for clubs for this function as well.

The current thoughts are that a club would host the hospitality suite for two hours (2) and that it will take approximately thirty gallons (30) of beer to do so. I don't know how accurate this volume estimate is, but I will attempt to verify against the Chicago event and others. Once we start to have clubs commit to show up and host the hospitality suite, it will be a lot easier to define the time and beer amount needed for a club. The other approach to this is to have some clubs share the hosting of the suite. Let me hear your thoughts or any concerns that you may have in relation to being able to serve your club's brew at the hospitality suite and on club night.

Whether you can be here for all of the conference or just a part of it, do come, enjoy the event and stay a few days longer and enjoy the area with family and/or friends. After the 2004 conference, we would like to be able to look back and reflect on what a great homebrewers conference Las Vegas hosted and that would be ensured by support of the homebrewers, one and all. We want this event to be mentioned in the same breath as one of the biggest and one the best. I really believe that we can demonstrate to the AHA staff, board of advisors, and club members countrywide that the homebrew clubs of the Southwest, West, and Pacific Northwest can rally together to create magic.

And we believe we can do this with your support.

John Curtis
Conference Committee, Beers Without Borders
702 270-6125

Hospitality Suite Schedule

Thursday, 17 June 2004
1:30 PM-3:15 PM Hop Barley & the Alers, Boulder, CO
3:30 PM-5:15 PM Washoe Zephyr Zymurgists, Reno, NV
5:30 PM-6:30 PM Maltose Falcons, Los Angeles, CA
11:00 PM-7:15 AM Maltose Falcons
Friday, 18 June 2004
7:30 AM-9:15 AM open
9:30 AM-11:45 AM Harvest Moon Brewers, Las Vegas, NV
1:30 PM-3:15 PM Foam on the Brain, San Diego, CA
3:30 PM-6:00 PM Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF), San Diego, CA
11:15 PM-7:15 AM QUAFF
Saturday, 19 June 2004
7:30 AM-9:15 AM open
9:30 AM-11:15 AM Arizona Society of Homebrewers, Tempe, AZ
11:30 AM-1:15 PM Pacific Gravity, Culver City, CA
1:30 PM-3:15 PM Inland Empire Brewers, Hesperia, CA
3:30-6:15 PM Southern Nevada Ale Fermenters Union (SNAFU), Las Vegas, NV
10:00 PM-whenever SNAFU

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