Welcome to the Ale Riders Homebrew Club

Club meetings are on the move

Club Meetings are now traveling to the various venues available in downtown Rapid City. November and December will be at Thirsty's. Watch the Happenings - Club Dates page for details.

See you there!


Use Tax

If you live in South Dakota don't forget to pay Use Tax on goods that you recieve without paid sales tax. For more information and how to pay go to UseTax-Everyone's Responsibility.


The 2014 Ale Riders Homebrew Competition - Thank you all for helping and competing. The winners list:

Best Name
Place Award Category Style Brewer Co Brewer
Honorable MentionAmerican AleAmerican Pale AleBud MolyneuxDerek Soukup
3rdAmerican AleAmerican Brown AleBernie Peterson
2ndAmerican AleAmerican Pale AleTom SilbernagelJesse Scheitler
1stAmerican AleAmerican Pale AleAndrew AyersLa Dayna Riggs
3rdBelgianBelgian Pale AleBernie Peterson
2ndBelgianSaisonBud MolyneuxDerek Soukup
1stBelgianSaisonAndrew AyersLa Dayna Riggs
1Big BeersAmerican BarleywineJared Young
Honorable MentionFSHVSpice, Herb, or VegChelsea Monks
3rdFSHVSpice, Herb, or VegJoe Monks
2ndFSHVSpice, Herb, or VegAndrew AyersLa Dayna Riggs
1stFSHVSpice, Herb, or VegBud MolyneuxDerek Soukup
Honorable MentionHybrid & LightBlonde AleJoe Monks
3rdHybrid & LightWeizen/WeissbierKris Fenton
2ndHybrid & LightWeizen/WeissbierGabe Rensch
1stHybrid & LightKolschThomas Repas
3rdIPAAmerican IPATom SilbernagelJesse Scheitler
2ndIPAAmerican IPAThomas Repas
1stIPAAmerican IPAThomas BirgenheirDenis Birgenheir
Honorable MentionIrish-English-ScottishScottish Export 80/-Thomas Repas
3rdIrish-English-ScottishSpecial BitterBrad Laudanskas
2ndIrish-English-ScottishScottish Export 80/-Andrew AyersLa Dayna Riggs
1stIrish-English-ScottishBrown PorterRobert Hemphill
Honorable MentionLagerMunich HellesJason Berghammer
Honorable MentionLagerGerman Pilsner (Pils)Bernie Peterson
3rdLagerPremium American LagerBernie Peterson
2ndLagerDoppelbockShawn GrossEarl Lolley
1stLagerDoppelbockThomas Repas
3rdStoutDry StoutTom SilbernagelJesse Scheitler
2ndStoutSweet StoutAndrew AyersLa Dayna Riggs
1stStoutSweet StoutJoe Monks
Honorable MentionWood Aged - SpecialtySpecialty BeerTom SilbernagelJesse Scheitler
3rdWood Aged - SpecialtySpecialty BeerJeremy Evans
2ndWood Aged - SpecialtySpecialty BeerThomas Repas
1st & BOSWood Aged - SpecialtyBerliner WeisseBud MolyneuxDerek Soukup

Best Name is Rye-Son from Gabe Rensch for his Rye Saison.

Best Of Show goes to Bud Molyneux for his Berliner Weisse.

Winners will be listed 5 October 2014 on AleRiders.BrewCompetition.com.

This is a BJCP sanctioned event.

For more information about events at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD visit www.MainStreetSquareRC.com

Water and Brewing

How does water affect your beer?  For all-grain brewers pH has effects on enzymes and mash conversion as well as the sparge and tannin extraction.  For all brewers pH can affect the boil, clarification, hop extraction, flavor, and ultimately the fermentation.  There are several aspects to consider when adjusting your water.  Why are you adjusting, when are you adjusting, and how are you adjusting your brew are all questions that you as the brewer having to answer. Continue reading


Read about the more common beerware in this contribution from Club member Bill Haggerty.

Beer glasses, like beer drinkers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

 Some say that this is simply a marketing issue, that is, building the “brand” by designing a unique vessel that might influence the buying decision more than the beer itself.  InBelgium, where beer glasses are a true art-form, breweries have been known to design the glass before they even craft the beer.  And yet my senses tell me that a fine beer really does taste better in the right glass.  Is it psychological (those marketing people again), or is there is real science backing it up? In truth, using the shape of the glass to affect the beer-drinking experience does have a basis in science.  As we each developed our own awareness and appreciation for fine brews, we’ve become aware of these characteristics:  a hoppy aroma, a creamy head, a hint of fruit, or the visual appeal of a freshly poured beer.  Choosing the right glass will help bring out the best in that brew whether it’s a fine craft beer from a microbrewery or one that you put a lot of love into brewing yourself. I will admit that, as I watch the beer leave the bottle and roll into a glass, I do get a little spacey watching it all develop.  It’s all about that foamy head.  The head acts like a net, capturing the volatiles that create the beer’s aroma. These compounds (which evaporate when the beer is poured) include fruity esters, hop oils, spices, and other additions. And since different styles of beer present different appearances and benefit from different levels of head retention, it follows that the glassware used should “exploit” the characteristics of the beer within the glass... To read the rest of the article download this Adobe pdf:  Beer glasses by Bill