Welcome to the Official Tri-County Fermenters Club Website.
Our Mission: To bring like-minded homebrewers, home wine vintners, and home mead/cider makers from the borderline counties of Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan together in the pursuit and enjoyment of all things fermented.
We typically meet at members homes in the Beecher/Florence/Iron Mountain region monthly to socialize and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Our #1 goal is to educate you to promote greater knowledge and appreciation of fermented beverages.
TCF promotes responsible drinking encourages the use of a designated driver. Please stay safe so that you can live to ferment another day!

Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Dead of Winter Stout Competition News

This year's competition is fast approaching!  Make plans to attend.  Judging will be held at the home of
Edward Mathis on January 18th at 11am.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 13th Meeting

The June meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, June 13th at Lisa Brouillette's home in Spread Eagle. See event info below. Lisa will be brewing up a batch of beer and I will make a batch of Cabernet Pyment with Killer Bee Honey. I am hoping that a change to Thursdays for the summer will help attendance.
Directions:3711 Lake Ellwood Road in Spread Eagle. Turn on Lake Ellwood Road (across from the Gold Nugget), and go 2.2 miles. Grey, cedar-shingle sided house.
Bring some samples and I hope to see you there.

We have also scheduled a summer picnic for August 10th at the home of Les and Mari Negro in Hermansville.  The event will start at 1pm and we ask that you bring a dish to pash (or grill!).  "Bring swim suits if you want to swim...and singing voices.... we have shoes....."
Address:  W5131 No. 41 Rd Hermansville
Directions from Norway:  Drive east 14 miles on US 2 to Hermansville.  Staying on US 2, drive thru the caution lite in Hermansville, then,  Take first road to right....Kluba (sign is on south side of Hwy) Follow this road to the end...approximately a city block long.  Turn right again.  We are the First drive on Left- it is almost immediate!

We are still looking for a July host as well as we (hopefully) unveil some of the 25 gallons of beer that was brewed in May at Mark Young's home in Iron Mountain.  I would like to keep that meeting in Iron Mountain and if one of our new brewers would like to hot, that would be great.

Finally, the 2014 Brew Masters Competition will be held March 1st, 2014.  Save the Date!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

8th Annual Brew Masters Competition Results

Lagers and Hybrid Ales (10 entries)
Jerry Henry, The Brewing Network, Langdon, NH
"Langdon Altbier"
Düsseldorf Altbier*
Ben Dickey, Red Earth Brewers, Oklahoma City, OK
"Bohemia(n) Pilsner"
Bohemian Pilsner
John Beck, Bay de Noc Brewers, Escanaba, MI
"Piano Pils"
Bohemian Pilsner

Pale Ales and IPAs (10 entries)
Kevin Ellis, Monks, Gilsum, NH
"Where You Invest Your Love"
American IPA*
John Rugotzke, BIER, Rhinelander, WI
"Bullet Tooth"
Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)*
Mike Miller, Bay de Noc Brewers, Escanaba, MI
American IPA*

Browns, Porters, and Stouts (9 entries)
Edward Mathis, TCF, Beecher, WI
"The Pike"
American Stout*
Ben Dickey, Red Earth Brewers, Oklahoma City, OK
"Dickey's Ale Beta 2"
American Stout
Thomas Walker, Aldie, VA
"The Tom Selleck"
Robust Porter

Belgian and German Ales (10 entries)
Mike Miller, TCF, Escanaba, MI
Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin
Michael Thorpe, Alexandria, VA
"Demeter Noir"
Blonde Saison with wine-soaked oak and brettanomyces/lactobacillus
Michael Thorpe, Alexandria, VA
"Strange Wit"
Witbier with lambic dregs

Bocks and Belgian Strong Ales (6 entries)
Iris and James Belt, Monks, Gilsum, NH
"Never was a fan of Blondie"
Belgian Blonde Ale*
Al Ewan, BIER, Rhinelander, WI
"Mayhem Maibock"
Maibock/Helles Bock
Michael & David McLean, Green Bay, WI
"McLean Tripel"
Belgian Tripel

Strong Ales (9 entries)
Kevin Ellis, Monks, Gilsum, NH
"A Moment of Silence"
Russian Imperial Stout*
Dana Collins, MVHBC/FOAM, Dracut, MA
"Brogue Buster"
Strong Scotch Ale
Jerry Henry, The Brewing Network, Langdon, NH
"Mach II"
Imperial IPA

Specialty Beers (7 entries)
Aaron Burghard, Dockside Brew Club, Chicago,IL
"Oaked Canadian Tire"
American Oak Barrel Stout*
Stephen Tomory, Midnight Carboys, Johnsburg, IL
"Merry Cranbeery"
Cranberry American Wheat
Aaron Burghard, Dockside Brew Club, Chicago,IL
Imperial American Amber Ale

*Advanced to Best of Show Round

John Rugotzke
Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

Kevin Ellis
American IPA

Best beer at or under 1.045 OG
Eddie Garrison
Pensacola, FL
American Amber Ale

Eddie Garrison
Pensacola, Florida
1186 miles

Thank you to Gary Lindow, our host and steward; our six judges: Steve Soderman, Mike Miller, Michael Conard, Josh Marenger, Brandon Kolbe, & Jeremy Drury; and finally to all of the brewers in this year's competition.  I will send out scoresheets and awards next week.

Friday, February 22, 2013

8th Annual Brew Masters Competition Info

The deadline for this year's Brew Masters Competition is fast approaching.  The last day that we can accept entries is Monday, March 4th.  We will hold the judging on March 8-9th in Florence.  Please "Like" us on Facebook for competition results, as I will post flight results there first.  Final Results will be posted on this website the week following the competition.  Scoresheets and awards will be sent out at that time as well.  Thanks in advance for everyone that has/will entered/judge/steward/volunteer.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Call for Judges 2013 Brew Masters Competition

We are currently looking for judges for the 8th Annual Brew Masters Competition being held March 8-9 in Florence, Wisconsin at the home of Gary Lindow.  If you would like to judge please click on the link below and fill out the judge registration form.  Please contact Club Czar, Edward Mathis for any questions that you may have.  Thanks!

2013 Dead of Winter Stout Results

1st Place: Sam Hennessee, Menasha, Imperial Black IPA
2nd Place: Mike Miller, Escanaba, Chocolate Wintergreen Stout
3rd Place: Edward Mathis, Beecher, American Stout with Cacao Nibs and Dried Chili
Congrats to the winners and thank you to all of the judges and brewers!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Next Meeting is this Saturday

The Tri-County Fermenters will be holding their first meeting in 2013 this Saturday, January 19th at the home of Edward Mathis, in Beecher, Wisconsin.  Please plug in my address: N16564 Vinger Lane, Beecher, WI here to get driving directions.  I will be making a Pale Ale with Kiwi Hops starting at Noon and will follow with a New Zealand Pinot Noir Kit.  Feel free to bring some samples.  I hope to see you all there!

As a reminder, We are now accepting entries for the 2013 Dead of Winter Stout Competition being held at 12pm on February 2nd at the Iron Mountain Elks Lodge.  Please see our updated page above for more details and to register.  We are combining this event with the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off to be held after the competition at 4pm.  Please let me know if you would like to enter a Chili.

Finally, I will be updating the page above for the 2013 Brew Masters Competition that is fast approaching on March 9th.  Better get brewing!