Tonight, with the help of the "Brew Crew", I bottled my Franziskaner Hefeweizen clone that I'm making (in part) as a birthday gift for my father-in-law.
Final gravity was 1.012, right on target (down from 1.052). Aroma was heavily laced with banana and a bit of spicy cloves. Tasted pretty darn good, too. Should be carbonated in about two weeks.
While bottling, we had a few beers. Jon brought over a 750-mL Fantôme de Noël, which was very nice. He got that at D's Six-Pack in Edgewood.
Then we tried a sample of the Chimay Bleu clone I made in November - tasted pretty good, but it's still going to need to chill out for a while before it's really tasty. Still a bit harsh.
Finally, we split a bomber of Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2006 version) that I picked up a few weeks ago at the Ironwood Grill. Just as good as I remember. During bottling and drinking, we also decided the game plan for the next beer club meeting on Mar. 6. Details will be on the club blog soon.
Next up: Ommegang Hennepin clone!