This year we stayed at the KOA in Jordan, just 15 minutes from my home in Waconia. Much closer than last year's event, which I think was in Duluth. Apparently the festivities went on until 1:30-3 AM on Friday, but I was lame and didn't show up until Saturday morning. When I arrived folks were serving up bloody-marys and waking up. The previous night had had some rain, so things were drying out and the sun was starting to poke its head out from behind the lowering cloud-cover. Our member Chris German from BSG/Rahr was kind enough to organize a school bus to Rahr for an early morning tour of the facility and new tasting room. I missed that part, but see my earlier post about Rahr for more info on the place! Most of the group was on the tour, which included coffee and breakfast, so it was pretty quiet at the camp when I got there. Once the bus returned around noon, things got hopping! Rahr was an awesome host and provided a huge bag of grain to each member of the tour group!
|Bill with his big sack|
|JAB gang tasting meads|
|Al with his trophy|
|Jockey box heaven!|
After dinner we all hung out and drank more homebrews, with some good commercial beers making the rounds as well. The sun started to go down, bringing a tiny bit of blessed cool. Time for a big fire and Fire Jenga! Best not to ask details. Sj came to help us eat after she finished work and ended up staying later than she thought. After all day in the hot sun, I was ready for a shower and a night in my own bed and hitched a ride back home with her. I used to love camping, but I think I've grown soft in my old age.
Over all I think this event was a smashing success! Thanks again to Mike for organizing and Tim for cooking his tail off. Thanks to all the 14+ JAB members (and wives!) who showed up to help and hang out. It was great getting to shoot the breeze with some old friends, and some new, in a very laid-back atmosphere. I think we had 8 or 9 clubs represented, and want to see more for next year! Now we just need another club to step up and organize it.