May 8, 2017

Basin Brewers AHA Big Brew 2017

Big Brew 2017 was a huge success! There were some new faces, and some old faces we hadn't seen in awhile. Reds, pales, ciders, a little bit of everything was brewed. There were a few kinks (as there always are on brew day) but the recoveries are what matters and everyone jumped in to help their fellow brewers when trouble arose! It was great watching each brewer's process and how we all do things a little differently but all with the end goal of great beer!

Thank you to everyone who came out to brew and to observe. We give a huge thank you to Aaron and his family for letting us take over their driveway and yard for the day. And thanks to Joe for the midday sandwich run and to John for the donuts (can't drink in the sun all day with out some food in your gut!) See you all at the round table meeting on May 27th!

Photos from the event...

May 6, 2017

BIG BREW 2017 - National Homebrew Day

Hey Brewers, it's time once again to celebrate National Homebrew Day!

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

Please join us on May 6th, 2017 for the Basin Brewers' Big Brew! This is an event for the Basin Brewers and is in addition to our monthly meeting which will take place later in May. Thank you to our Secondary Fermenter Aaron for hosting!

Brewing: Please arrive early to set up and get started (9'ish A.M.)
Spectating: Please be present for the toast at noon!


There are 3 'suggested' recipes from the AHA:
  • Rushmore American IPA 
  • Battre L’oie Saison 
  • Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager
Find the full recipes here:
2017 Big Brew Official Recipes

Hosted by: Aaron Pachlhofer at 3520 Hyde Park Avenue Midland, TX
Click here or see our Facebook group for more details! We hope to see you there!

Apr 23, 2017

April Showers of Great Beer!

A quick recap of this months Basin Brewer's meeting:


  • We got our club calendar for the year planned out! Lots of exciting events are coming in the year ahead!
  • Discussed future plans with our favorite watering hole, The Beer Garden (stay tuned for exciting details)
  • Finalized more details for our annual Lobster Boil in September
  • Had a great round table with lots of great homebrew from our members including everything from pales to imperial stouts, and even an awesome accidental sour pilsner!
  • Had the first of our BJCP judge preparation classes in which our Secondary Fermenter Aaron led us through a informal tasting/judging of various commercial American Pale Ales (18B) and threw us a curve ball which made us all rethink our judging strategies

All in all we had a great meeting and enjoyed seeing some new and some familiar faces! We shared many great beers and learned quite a bit. We hope to see you all at the next one! If you'd like to host a future meeting please get in contact with one of our officers at basinbrewerstx@gmail.com

Up next is Big Brew on May 6th to celebrate National Homebrew Day!


Mar 27, 2017

March Meat Madness was a blast!

You can't beat our meat!
The Basin Brewers 2017 March Meat Madness is done, belts have been loosened and bbq smoke has been washed out of clothes. Great fun, great meat, and great beer was had by all! (And not a single vegetable in site, at least as far as I could see)

Part of our Annual MMM get together is the "Spring Pale Off" homebrew competition. Regarding specific style, entrants brewed a BJCP Category 18B: American Pale Ale. And the winners are...

  • 🥉 3rd place - Joshua Batten
  • 🥈 2nd place - Robert Lee
  • 🥇 1st place - Justin Lowen

We had a lot of entries this year and would like to thank everyone who entered for sharing their brewing skills and love of beer with us! Great job, we raise our pint glasses to you!

Thank you to all the members and friends who came out on this beautiful spring day! The club would also like to thank Jamie Ehl with Metal EFX for giving us a place to overindulge on meat and beer, and thank you to The West Texas Jazz Project for providing us some awesome live music! We are already looking forward to next year! Cheers!

Mar 11, 2017

MARCH MEAT MADNESS!!!!

The Basin Brewers Annual MARCH MEAT MADNESS is here!

The idea is simple:
We will have a hot grill; you bring something to cook.

And by something to cook, we mean something to cook on the grill:
Meat. And meat only. Or Donuts. Donuts will be allowed. In fact; donuts will be encouraged...

Bring a side if you want, but it better have meat...and maybe cheese too. Veggies and bread optional but discouraged.

Sharing your meat will be encouraged!

The club will provide a hot fired grill, cutting boards, knives, paper, plates, and plastic utensils. We will do our best with coolers/refrigeration, tables, and chairs...but help with these is appreciated.

Please comment what you might plan to bring.

Event starts at 5:00 p.m. As always, please remember to BYOB.

Spring Pale Off
Our annual pale ale competition, The Spring Pale Off, will be judged at the March Meat Madness. It is covered in a seperate invitation through the clubs facebook page.

Please RSVP if you are coming! View the Evite here

Finally, please take a moment to thank Jaime Ehl with Metal EFX for graciously allowing us to invade his shop and have this awesome event there!

As always: Basin Brewer events and Meetings are BYOB...please be responsible

Feb 27, 2017

Fe-brew-ary Meeting Success!

Another meeting in the books and a great time was had by all! In case you couldn't attend, beers are on you next time, and here is what you missed:

  • We welcomed a couple of new members and laid out some goals for the year
  • Discussed plans for our upcoming March Meat Madness event (details to be posted soon)
  • Went over the importance of sanitation in the brewing process while recalling one brewer's "ham sandwich" beer (which sounds gross but I kinda would like to taste 😬)
  • Shared some details of The Basin Brewers involvement with CAF's Hops and Props this year
  • Talked about a future community project involving us brewers and some older folks wanting to learn how beer is made
  • Had some awesome grub provided by our hosts!


Thank you to everyone who came, and even more thanks to those who brought beer! There were some damn tasty homebrews to be had! And a huge thank you to Cassondra and Robert for inviting this rowdy bunch of beer drinkers into their home and feeding us such awesome food! If you missed this meeting, we hope to see you at the next one! 🍺


Feb 9, 2017

Fe-brew-ary meeting

Spelling is a crazy thing. Take February. Who spells "brew" as "bru?"

Anyway, you're invited to join us at the next Basin Bruers, uh Brewers meeting. Here's the details-

Robert & Cassondra Belk's House
615 East 96th Street
Odessa, TX 79765
Saturday, February 25 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.