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ABL Annual Raffle

2017 Ames Brewers League Raffle



We had a great turnout at the raffle this year thanks to a great selection of donations from various local breweries, businesses, homebrew shops, and online vendors. Thank you very much to everyone who donated items and attended the raffle to buy tickets to support our club!!!  We were able to raise a $950 to fund current and future club events.  We will use a portion of the money to support a current BJCP judging study class, supplement the club's participation in the upcoming 2017 HomebrewCon in Minneapolis this summer, and various other club events.  Thank you again to everyone who donated and participated to make the event a great success!  Here are a few pictures from the event along with a list of our generous donors.




515 Brewing

40 lbs Centennial Hops (11%aa)

Hat & shirt

2 x tulip glasses

2 x Beer Coupons


Lesaffe/Fermentis Yeast

Yeast Packets – 5 of each

-          W-34/70, WB-06, T-58, S-33, S-04, S-23, BE-256, K97, S-189, US-05

Hats, shirts, pint glasses, coasters (2)


Five Star

24 x PBW

Pens & Stickers


LD Carlson

10# Avanguard Malt

1# Goldswaen Brown Supreme Malt

1# Goldswaen Red Caramel Malt

Chocolate Chili Stout Kit (1 gal)

Yellin’ Melon Extra Pale Kit (5 gal)

10 x Brewers Best Wine/Bottle Openers



Wyermann Barke Munich 10# (2)

Simpons Golden Promise 10# (2)

Irish Stout Malt 10# (2)

Simpsons Double-Roast Crystal (4)

Patagonia Black Pearl Malt (2)

Weyermann Carafoam (2)

8 oz Azacca Hops

8 oz Mandarina Bavaria Hops


Mark Simpson

Wooden bottle case – handmade

Signed copy of “Brewing Better Beer”

Barn Town Brewing

Pint Glasses (2)

Snifter Glasses (2)


Torrent Brewing

Pint Glasses (2)

50 # Sack Briess 2-row


Boone Valley Brewing

“Brewer for a day”

-Brew a 40 bbl batch for winner & guest!


Olde Main Brewing

50 lb Pale Malt

Galena Hops


Alluvial Brewing

50 lb Golden Promise

Experimental Hop Samples


Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ $20 fill coupon


New American Brewing

3 x T-Shirts

Pint Glasses


Reclaimed Rails

2 x Pint Glasses


Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

2 x T-Shirts


Wyeast Labs

4 x Prize packs (bag, t-shirt, coozie)



Rock Bottom Brewery

Growler w/ Case & Fill Coupon


Morning Bell Coffee Roasters – Main Street

1 lb Arizona House Blend

1 lb Mexico Blend

1 lb Brazil Blend


Little Woods Herbal – Main Street

Belgian Wit Spice Mix

Eternal Youth tea & tea ball


Fox Brewing

$20 Gift Card

Pint Glass



C&S Brew Supply

2 x $20 Gift Cards

1 Gallon Fermenter Kit

2000ml flask

C&S Growler

2# Cara Rye x 2

1# Chocolate Malt x 2

1# Special B x 2



Full Court Press

2 x $25 Gift Cards good at all locations

(el Bait Shop, Royal Mile, Fongs, Buzzard Billy’s, Mullets, High Life Lounge, Hessen Haus)


Peace Tree Brewing

$20 Gift Card



Confluence Brewing Company

55lb Sack of Golden Promise

$20 Gift Card

4 x Tulip Glasses

Stickers & Coasters



2016 Ames Brewers League Raffle

February 2016


We had to move the raffle from January to February this year, and I think that worked out better for most of our members. As usual, we had a great variety of donations from several local breweries & businesses as well as ingredient manufacturers and online vendors. We really appreciate all the donations that are generously given to our yearly raffle! Everyone had a great time, and we were able to raise around $600 to fund club activities for the year.  Thank you to all our sponsors & members for coming out to support the club!




Confluence Brewing

55lb Golden Promise

Tasting Glasses (4)

$20 Gift Card



C&S Brew Supply

Growlers (2)

$20 Gift Cards (2)

Pint Glasses (2)



T-Shirts (4)

Hats (2)

Lanyards, Stickers, Magnets







Yeast (US-05 & S-04)

Weyerman Munich (5 lb)

Irish Stout Malt (5lb)

Grain Samples (5 varieties)

Mandrania Bavaria Hops (8 oz)

Citra Hops (8 oz)


Full Court Press

$25 Gift Cards (2)


Madhouse Brewing

Gift Basket (2 Bombers, coozie, bottle opener)


515 Brewing

5 lbs Simcoe Hops

T-Shirts (2)


Boone Valley Brewing

Growlers w/fill coupon (2)



LD Carlson

Chocolate Milk Stout kit (5 gallon)

Cranberry Dark Wit kit (1 gallon)

Cider House kit (6 gallon)

Wine/Bottle Openers (3)


Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card



Andrew Koehring (Bells)

2011 Excentric Ale (4)

Bells Sachel/Cooler

T-Shirts (2)

Ceramic Coasters

Patches & Buttons


Olde Main Brewing Company

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt (3)


Alluvial Brewing

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt

Pint Glasses (2)


Lallemand Yeast

Nottingham (10)

Munich (10)

Abbaye (10)

Munich Classic (10)

BRY-97 (10)

Belle Saison (10)

Windsor (10)


Exile Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon

Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

1 lb Fresh Roasted Specialty Coffee (2)


Granite City Brewing

Various Grain Samples

Various Hop Samples


Torrent Brewing Company

Dark Star Burner

Growlers w/ fill coupon (2)


Mark & Colette Simpson

T-Shirts (5)

Glassware (12)


Christine Wydert



Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon



Star-San Sanitzier (15)

PBW Cleaner (15)



Yeast Packets (5 of each)

US-05, S-04, S-33, S-23, W-34/70, T-58, Abbaye, WB-06

Calculators, Lanyards, Coasters, Pens


Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co

Pint Glasses (2)


Founders Brewing

T-Shirts (2)


2015 Ames Brewers League Raffle



We had another great raffle this year for the Ames Brewers League, and with the help of all our donors/sponsors, we were able to raise over $700 for the club!  We really appreciate all the organizations & businesses that donated items to the raffle this year.  We couldn't do it without you.  Also, we'd like to thank Olde Main for hosting this even for the last several years.  They are always very accommodating and really bend over backwards to help us out.  Check out the pictures below and also a list of all our sponsors and donations for the year.  Cheers!






-Baseball Hat


LD Carlson

-Honey Brown Ale Kit

-AM Pale Ale BIAB Kit


Full Court Press

-2 x $25 gift cards


Five Star

-PBW – 1 lb (24)

-StarSan – 8oz (24)


Fermentis/Lasaffre Yeast

-Yeast (5 each US-05, S-04, T-58, Abbaye)

-Box Openers

-LED Flashlights (12)

-Bags, Coasters, Pens



-Mexican Cerveza Kit

-Shirts (6)

-Hats (4)

-Bottle openers, coasters, pens, notepads, mini-mugs



-Yeast (10 of each)

BRY-97, Abbaye, Nottingham, Windsor, Belle Saison, Munich)



-50 lb Irish Stout Malt

-Growlers w/ $12 gift card (2)

-T-shirts (2)


Brewcraft USA

-Magnum hops (1 lb)

-Vanguard hops (1 lb)

-Hop sample packs (centennial, fuggle, Willamette)

-Mangrove Jack Yeast (3 x M4, 3 x M79)

-BeerStix American Oak

-Brewing Spices (coriander, bitter orange, paradise seed)



 -4 gift bags (shirt, other)


-Growler w/ fill


Beer Crazy

-$50 Gift Card

-T-shirts (2)

-CO2 Charger


BSG Handcraft

-Specialty Malts (3)

-10 lbs Weyermann Pils

-10 lbs Rahr Pale

-10 lbs Crisp Marris Otter

-10 lb Irish Base Malt

-8 oz El Dorado Hops


White Labs

-T-shirts (3)

-Yeast Coupons (5)

-BrewMaster Game


Bells Brewing Co (Andrew & Liz)

-T-Shirts (3)



-Stickers & Coozies


Torrent Brewing Company



-Pint Glass

-Stickers & Coasters


MadHouse Brewing Company

-Gift Basket (Beer, glass, chocolate, metal beer bucket)


Granite City Brewing Company

-Hops (Willamette, Sterling, Tettnang)

-30 lbs 2-row

-Specialty Grains (Abbey, Brown, -Crystal 70/80 & 135/165, Caramunich 3, Roast Malt, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate)


C&S Brew Supply

-$15 gift cards (2)

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Bottle Openers (2)

Exile Brewing Company

-$20 Gift Card



Boone Valley Brewing Company

-Boston Rounds w/ Fill & Carrier (2)


Groernfell Meadery

-Flannel Sweatshirt

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Stickers (10)



-5 lb CO2 Tank Fill


Rock Bottom Brewery

-30 G Cody Road Bourbon Barrel

-Rocktoberfest Krugs (12)


Twisted Vine Brewing

-T-shirts (2)

-Pint Glasses (2)

-Magnum Hops (2 lb)

-Saphire Hops (1 lb)

-Cascade Hops (1 lb)


Mucky Duck

-$20 Gift Card


Olde Main Brewing Company

-50 lbs Rahr Pale (2)

-50 lbs Golden Promise

-50 lbs Weyermann Munich

-50 lbs Weyermann Vienna


Flix Brewhouse

-Movie passes (4)


515 Brewing Company

-Mt. Hood Hops (2 lb)



Founders Brewing Company

-T-shirts (2)


Lauri Glasgow

-6-piece glassware set


John Mogler

-15 gallon fermenter



Ames Brewers League 2014 Raffle



We had a great time at our annual raffle as always this year, with even more prizes and attendance than previous events.  We greatly appreciate all the organizations that donate items to the raffle each year.  This year, we were able to raise around $800 to fund the club and our activities.  Thank you to everyone who made the event a success!


Raffle Donations


Granite City

44 lbs Glacier Hops

3 lbs Summit Hops

3 lbs Apollo Hops

1 lb Cascade Hops

1 lb GR Tettnang Hops

1 lb Willamette Hops

Assorted Malt

(2-row, wheat, brown, C70, C150, Brown, Chocolate, CM3)

T-Shirts (3)

Hats (2)


Olde Main

50 lb Rahr Pale (2)

55 lb Golden Promise

55 lb Wyermann Munich

55 lb  Wyermann Vienna

T-Shirts (2)


Boone Valley Brewing Co.

Boston Round Growlers (2)

Boston Round Carrier

Gift Card for 2 refills


Lallemand Yeast

Yeast Packets (25)

-Munich, BRY-97, Windsor, Nottingham & Belle Saison


LD Carlson

Equipment Starter Kit

Brewers Best Pale Ale Kit


Five Star Chemicals

PBW (4)

Super Moss (4)

Star-San (4)

Foam Five Star Toys (lots)


LD Carlson

Equipment Starter Kit

Brewers Best Extract Kit


Raccoon River Brewing Co

Sack of Grain (coupon)

1 lb Hops (coupon)

T-Shirts (3)



Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

 Bottle Opener

T-Shirts (3)

Black & Tan Spoon


Court Ave Brewing Co.

11 lbs Vanguard Hops


Twisted Vine

1 lb Northern Brewer Hops

1 lb Columbus Hops (leaf)

T-shirts (2)


Keg Stand

Assorted Beers

(Sam Adams Tetravis, SN 2013 Bigfoot, Stone Lucky Bastard, Rogue 2012 Imperial Stout, Stone Old Guardian, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged)


White Labs

T-Shirts (3)

Free Yeast Coupons (5)

Brewmaster Game



T-Shirts (3)

Hats (3)

Polo Shirt

Brew Calendars (2)

Notepads (4)


Brew Your Own Magazine

1 year subscription (new or renewal)

Rock Bottom

55 lb Pilsner Malt

55 lb Wheat Malt

Glassware (10)

T-Shirts (3)


515 Brewing

2 lbs Pacific Jade Hops

Glassware (2)


Brew Day with 515



$10 Gift Card

Pint Glasses (2)


Number 7 Brewing

Growler & fill (2)


C&S Brew Supply

Glass Carboy

Wooden 6-pack holder


EZ Cap Bottle


Full Court Press

$25 gift cards (2)


Arrowhead Hops

T-Shirt & Koozie pack (2)



5 lb CO2 Tank Refill



Extract Brew Kit 



Free Yeast Coupons (4)

T-Shirts (2)

Hats (2)


William's Brewing

Glassware (3)





2013 ABL Raffle



We had another great turnout for the raffle this year, with a record number of items donated and people attending.  With the help of all our sponsors and people who donated items, we were able to raise close to $800 to benefit the club.  Thank you to everyone who donated items to the raffle, Odle Main for hosting the event, and everyone who came and purchased tickets. We couldn't do it without you!

2013 Raffle Donations

Granite City

55lb Belgian Vienna

50 lb Rahr Wheat

55 lb CaraMunich3

55 lb British Crystal 35

4 lb Apollo Hops

4 lb Cascade Hops


Raccoon River Brewing Co

50# Grain Coupon

1# Hop Coupon

Grain OR Hop Coupon

Mug Club Glasses (2)

Pint Glasses (3)

2XL Hoodie

Long Sleeve T-Shirt


Court Ave Brewing Co.

22 lbs Glacier Hops

22 lbs Strisselspalt Hops


Cyclone Liquors

Paulaner Krug

Specialty Beers (3)



Austin Homebrew

T-Shirts (3)



T-Shirts (2)

Boulevard Hat


Bottle Opener


Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

 Bottle Opener





Olde Main

50 lb Rahr Pale (3)

55 lb Golden Promise

40+ Sample Mugs


Boone Valley Brewing Co.

Growler & Carrier

Boston Rounds & Carrier

Pint Glass



5 lb CO2 Tank Refill


Keg Stand

$25 Gift Cards (2)

3 Cases Stone Bombers


Full Court Press

$25 gift cards (2)


White Labs

T-Shirts (2)

Yeast Coupons (5)

Brewmasters Game




Dunkelweizen Kit




Bells Hat


Bottle Opener




Hats (2)

T-Shirts (2)

Yeast Coupons (4)

Yeast Posters


Rock Bottom

55# Crisp Pale Malt

RB Ofest Krugs (2)

Pilsner Glasses (2)

Pint Glasses (2)

T-Shirts (4)


Twisted Vine Brewery

1 lb NB Hops

Pint Glasses (2)

Free beer coasters



Arrowhead Hops

T-Shirts (3)

Cascade Hop Samples (4)



$10 gift card

Sample Glasses (2)

Pint Glass


Northern Brewer

$15 gift cards (2)

Stocking Caps (2)

Brewing TV Hat

NB Belgian Snifters (3)


Fresh Hops

4 oz Willamette (2)

4 oz Cascade (2)

4 oz Nugget (2)

8 oz Amarillo *

8 oz Centennial *

4 oz Citra *

4 oz Simcoe *

*Club Purchased*


Hops Direct

5 # Willamette Hops


Hop Soaps (3)

HD Flash Drives (3)

2012 Annual ABL Raffle



2012 Raffle Pictures


We had another great turnout for our annual raffle this year, and we'd like to thank everyone who donated items as well as everyone who came and bought raffle tickets.  There were a ton of great prizes to give out this year, and we were able to make around $900 to help support the club.  I've listed out everyone who donated items to the raffle below.  Thank you again for all your support for our club!


Olde Main

  • 3 50 lb Pale Malt Coupons
  • 50 lb Golden Promise Coupon
  • 2 $20 Olde Main Gift Cards
  • 3 Olde Main t-shirts

Court Ave

  • Pilsner
  • Munich
  • CaraMunich 40

Rock Bottom

  • Canadian Pilsner Malt
  • 3 RB Glasses
  • Free drink & meal tickets

Fresh Hops

  • 1 lb Centennial
  • 2 x 4 oz packages Nugget
  • 2 x 4 oz packages Willamette
  • 2 x 4 oz packages Cascade

Hops Direct

  • 5 lbs Willamette (6%AA)
  • Hop Soap Sampler


  • 4 Wyeast t-shirts
  • 4 Wyeast Yeast Coupons

White Labs

  • 5 x 50% off coupons
  • BrewMaster Board Game
  • Yeast Posters

Austin Homebrew

  • 3 t-shirts


  • Dunkelweizen Extract Kit


  • 2 t-shirts
  • Hat & Summit Bag


  • Gift Pack


Granite City

  • 3 cases beer (bock, pale, lager)
  • 50 lb bag Red Wheat
  • 50 lb bag Munich
  • 2.5 lbs Apollo Hops (18.5%AA)
  • 2.5 lbs Cascade Hops (7.5%AA)

Raccoon River Brewing Company

  • 50 lbs Maris Otter
  • Gift Card
  • 2 t-shirts
  • RRBC hoodie

Beer Crazy

  • $50 Gift Card
  • T-shirt, hat
  • Chalkboard Tap Handle

Arrowhead Hops

  • 1 lb Columbus Hops

El Bait Shop

  • Gift Card

Midwest Supplies

  • 5 x $15 Gift Cards
  • 6 Pint Glasses
  • 2 t-shirts

Northern Brewer

  • 2 x $15 Gift Cards
  • 3 t-shirts
  • Pint Glasses


  • 2 Stocking Caps
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Work Shirt
  • Surly Stickers


  • 5 gallon CO2 Fill


  • Handheld brewpub finder


  • "Clone Brews" book

ABL Raffle Success


Our annual raffle this year was our biggest fundraiser so far.  With all the generous donations, we were able to raise over $1,000 to help fund club activities and other functions!  I've listed all the donations we've received below.  I'm pretty sure I got everything listed, but if I happened to forget something, please email the club list and I'll get it fixed.  I'd like to thank everyone who came out to the raffle and bought tickets as well as all the companies that were generous enough to provide donations. Thank you again for all your support!  We couldn't do it without you.


Olde Main

  • 2 x $25 gift cards

  • 2 glasses

  • 2 t-shirts

  • 50 lb sack of Old World Pilsner


Court Ave

  • 50 lbs Belgian Pilsner

  • 50 lbs Golden Promise

  • 50 lbs Midnight Wheat


Rock Bottom

  • Base Malt

  • Zeus Hops

  • Free Drink Coupons – around 30


White Labs

  • 4 50% off coupons

  • 3 White Labs T-Shirts



  • Savor Polo

  • 2 GAFB hats

  • GABF T-shirt

  • 4 GABF Tasting Glasses (1 broke)

  • Sam Adams Glass

  • Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels

  • Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher


Surly Brewing Company

  • Surly Hat

  • Surly T-shirt

  • Surly Girls T-Shirt


El Bait Shop

  • $25 Gift Card


Malty Tasking

  • MaltyTasking T-Shirts

  • ABL Acrylic Coasters

  • ABL Wood Ornaments

Granite City

  • 100 lbs CaraMunich III

  • 50 lbs Crystal 70/80

  • 50 lbs Munich

  • 50 lbs Golden Naked Oats

  • 2 lbs Summit Hops (18.5% AA)


Beer Crazy

  • $50 Gift Card

  • 4 beer signs

  • T-shirt

  • 2 hats


Raccoon River Brewing Company

  • Gift Card for sack of grain

  • Gift Card for 1 lb hop pellets

  • Gift Card for 1 growler refill

  • RRBC Sweatshirt


Northern Brewer

  • 2 NB $15 gift certs

  • 2 NB Shirts

  • 2 NB Mugs

  • 4 NB Posters


Midwest Supplies

  • 5 $10 Gift Certificates

  • 2 Midwest Work Shirts

  • Brew Hauler

  • Mountable Bottle Opener

  • 1 lb PBW



  • 4 Coupons for Yeast

  • Bottle Openers

  • 4 Wyeast T-Shirts



  • Extract w/ Grains Kit

  • Bottle Caps


2009 ABL Raffle


Since our December 2009 raffle was snowed out, we held the raffle on January 12th meeting instead.  With all our donations, we were able to raise $545 to help fund the club for the year.  Everyone walked away with some very nice prizes.  Here is a list of items that were donated to the club from various local and national organizations:


Court Ave Brewing

  • 4 Perlick faucets with plastic inside parts
  • 50 lb sack Marris Otter Malt
  • 50 lb sack French Pilsner Malt
  • 50 lb sack Crystal 40

Raccoon River Brewing Co.

  • Gift Certificate for 50 lb sack of grain
  • T-shirt
  • 2 pint glasses
  • Hooded sweatshirt (L)

Rock Bottom

  • Four $25 gift cards

Granite City

  • Free Mug Club Membership
  • $25 Gift Card

Olde Main

  • 2 glasses
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 x $25 Gift Cards


  • Gift Certificate for 50 lb Sack of grain
  • Hats
  • T-shirts

Powder Keggers

  • T-shirts


  • Gift Certificate for Free CO2 fill

Steve Becker/Malty Tasking

  • Lift the Limit/IBU t-shirts
  • Malty Tasking keg labels

Beer Crazy

  • $50 Gift Card
  • $25 Gift Card
  • Beer Signs

Northern Brewer

  • 2 Northern Brewer Mugs
  • 2 $15 gift cards
  • XL long sleved NB t-shirt
  • 3 NB posters

Austin Homebrew

  • 3 Membership Packages


  • $80 gift cards (4x$20)


  • T-shirt
  • Magnet, coaster, sticker, bottle opener


  • Forever Red recipe kit
  • Bottle caps
  • Carboy cap w/ transfer port

White Labs

  • 2 t-shrits
  • Five 50% off coupons for yeast vials
  • Yeast posters

US Wellness

  • Cocoa Power

Scott Dennis

  • Gift Certificate – 1 lb Zeus Hops
  • Gift Certificate – 1 lb Willamette




2009 Raffle Success!

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to support the Ames Brewers League.  We made over $400 for the club at the raffle off donations from several local and online vendors.  Here's a list of the items that we raffled off.  Hopefully I got everything that was raffled off.  It's basically from memory, so I may be missing a few items.

  • Olde Main - $50 in gift cards, Sample 6 Pack, Dinky T-Shirt (remember you can take it to Olde Main and get another size)

  • Court Ave Brewing - 55 lb sacks of base malt, Amber (15-23L), and Tom Fawcett Pale Crystal (20-25L)

  • Beer Crazy - $50 in in gift cards and a drip tray

  • Malty Tasking - Hat and several keg labels

  • Northern Brewer - $30 in gift cards and t-shirts

  • Midwest Supplies - carboy carrier, bottle opener, hydrometer, PBW, other merchandise

  • Wyeast - Yeast coupons and keychain bottle openers

  • White Labs - Yeast coupons, glassware, and t-shirts

  • Austin Homebrew - t-shirts and stickers

  • Rock Bottom - glasses

  • Cargill - t-shirt