Welcome Homebrewers,and Cider and Mead Makers
Welcome to the Dukes of Ale Homebrew Club, Albuquerque, New Mexico serving the local homebrewing community by sharing ideas on what and how to brew, and by holding competitions.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
January 9, 2020
Meet us at Bombs Away on Thursday!
Happy New Year!
Nothing is nicer in the wintertime than a nice warm beverage. With some spices and heat, you can turn your hard cider into wassail, a mulled cider/ale which has a rich history in English folklore. We will talk about the history of wassail and give ideas about how to spice up the wintertime.
ENCHANTED BREWING CHALLENGE
The 2020 Enchanted Brewing Challenge is open to all amateur homebrewers and cider and mead makers in the USA. Entry registration will take place around March/April 2020. Winners are awarded medals and may also be eligible to win great prizes from one of our many generous sponsors. (NOTE: You must be present at the awards ceremony to receive prizes, other than medals. If you can’t make it, you may send a representative to to receive your prize for you.
The Dukes of Ale homebrew club was formed in January 1989 and we held our first meeting in April 1989. The Dukes of Ale is the oldest homebrew club in New Mexico. In a lot of ways it was more difficult to brew a great homebrewed beer, due to limited quality malts, extracts and hops, and available information. Many times a homebrewer would have to beg grains and hops from microbreweries, as well as a limited selection (and supply) of yeast. At that time only one homebrew/wine supply store was in Albuquerque, and that was Victor’s Grape Arbor.
Also, in 1989, National Homebrew Competitions took their show on the road, and left Colorado to have their judging at the Oldenberg Brewery in Cincinnati, and were getting small amounts of entries.
Here’s a few facts:
1989 National Homebrew Competition held in Cincinnati Ohio, had about 400 entries.
2014 NHC, held in Grand Rapids MI, had 8,172 entries!
The Dukes Of Ale’s original mission still holds true today, and that is:
Maintain quality in the production of homebrewed beer.
Promote public awareness and appreciation of the quality and variety of beer through education, research and the collection and dissemination of information.
Serve as a forum for the technological and cross-cultural aspects of the art of brewing.
To encourage responsible use of beer as an alcoholic beverage.
PRESIDENT JON STERK
VICE-PRESIDENT SCOTT CARPENTER
TREASURER SHIRLEY FLEMING
COMMITTEE CHAIR JEF DUNCAN
For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please send message on our Facebook page or fill out the following form
New Memberships (must be 21 or over): New Members dues are $30 per person New members will receive a special commemorative Dukes of Ale beer glass (while supplies last). Payments are accepted through PayPal using the "Donate" button below.
Benefits of Membership: First, you’ll get to meet many fun and interesting people that share the same interest/passion you do. We have many entertaining/educational events that are club-only, which gets you into the “fun zone”. There are lots of reasons to join but many would say being able to talk with seasoned brewers and judges first-hand has accelerated their brewing skills immensely, and being able to try delicious homebrew for an evening is just icing on the cake………or should we say “foam on the beer”!