Thursday, May 25, 2006

The skinny on Louisville-area homebrewing clubs.

The Louisville Area Grain and Extract Research Society (LAGERS) has almost as difficult an acronym as Fermenters of Special Southern Indiana Libations Society (FOSSILS).

LAGERS (founded in 1989) predates FOSSILS (1990) by a little less than a year. Both are homebrewing clubs, with LAGERS being based in Louisville and FOSSILS in New Albany and Southern Indiana.

Because of the shared interests of members, it comes as no surprise that many people are members of both clubs, and for a number of years, the clubs have shared responsibility for certain events on the yearly calendar.

It’s probably fair to posit that interest in the clubs peaked at some point during the mid-1990’s, and has leveled off since. This is understandable, given that the availability of good beer has expanded so much in the metro Louisville area in recent years, but rest assured that our local homebrewers still are out there, and some of them have developed equipment and methods that rival commercial brewers.

Needless to say, there remains much fine homebrew hereabouts and equally fine people crafting it.

For information on LAGERS, I’d advise contacting the newly elected secretary, Dan Flaherty, who can send you a copy of the newsletter.

FOSSILS can be found here.

(Photo credit: LAGERS club, Bill Krauth)

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