Chili Cookoff

March 16, 2015

It’s time for one of our most popular events of the year! This Saturday the Minnesota Home Brewers Association will host out annual chili cookoff. Once again, the winner will get to walk away not only with bragging rights but with the coveted “Chief Chili Pepper” award!

Please note the location change from previous years!. We will not be at the CSPS hall as we have in the past.

There will be the much coveted Chief Chili Pepper award, voted by popular opinion. The categories of chili will be:

  • Red Chili – meat, but NO beans
  • Chili with Beans
  • Open – green, vegetarian, white, whatever

Homebrew, mead and cider are welcome and especially those that go well with chili.

You should bring: Bring your chili ready-to-eat, in crockpots, along with extension cords, power strips, and serving utensils. A sample glass to sample your fellow members beverages.

The Club will provide: Bowls, spoons, and napkins will be provided. We will also have the club jockey box at this event.

Inviting both family and friends is highly encouraged! Particularly if you have someone in mind that is interested in homebrewing.



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Great Social Event at Boom Island

March 15, 2015

A huge thank-you goes out to Kevin and all the staff at Boom Island for letting us crash their taproom and being fantastic hosts. Thank-you as well to everyone who came out and joined us. It was lots of fun meeting new people as well as seeing lots of familiar faces!

A quick reminder to everyone that even though our Social Event at Boom Island has passed, you can still get a great discount at the taproom when you show your MHBA membership card. You will get happy-hour pricing all the time!

Boom Island Social Event

Boom Island Social Event

Boom Island Social Event

Boom Island Social Event

Boom Island Social Event

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Election Meeting Results and Wrap-Up

March 5, 2015

Thanks to Gera and Rock Bottom, the club once again enjoyed the lovely and spacious confines of Rock Bottom’s group room in downtown Minneapolis this past Saturday. As recompense for the brewery’s hospitality, the club purchased six pitchers of varying beer styles for the enjoyment of the twenty (or so) attendees. It WAS the election meeting, so no one dared step away to the restroom for long, for fear of returning to find that he or she was now in an elected position!

It was great to see some new faces, and one of those new faces will be seen on the MHBA Board for the next two years. Dan Dugan, fresh off the bus from D.C., accepted a nomination for (and won) an at-large seat. The other at-large seat was filled by Paul Illa, who (besides assisting with the printing of the calendar cards each member will be receiving) also will be serving for two years.

The club very much appreciates Al Boyce, who had been in an at-large seat the past two years.

The other at-large seat up for election had been filled by Gera Exire LaTour, who also had been the club treasurer this past year. On Saturday she was elected to remain treasurer for another year, but vacated the at-large seat she had held so that there could be more people involved on the board. President Brett Glenna, vice-president John Longballa, and secretary Dave Royer were all re-elected to their one-year positions. Chris Smith and Matt Weide are in two-year at-large seats that will be open next February. Michael Cote is a board member as President Emeritus.

Mike Behrendt and Mike Moranz raised the question of whether the club’s cash assets are too high, and asked the board to draft a budget for the coming year, and the board will do so. One reason mentioned for having a large amount of money is that the cost of meeting space might be rising dramatically in 2015, as the CSPS Hall is no longer able to give us the fantastic rate that they have held for us for decades. They are still giving us a break versus their regular rate, but just not as much of a break.

Here is the list of brewers who brought their wares to be sampled by all. They’ll be entering (or climbing) the ranks of the club’s Brewers of Fame program.
John Vircks–Ivan and Arthur: Baltic Porter
Brett Glenna and Paul Illa: English Mild
Gera Exire LaTour: Mead with blackberries and tart cherries
Brett Glenna: Scottish 70/-
Jon Hunter: Vienna
Paul Illa: Gose

Thanks again to Rock Bottom for once again granting us some free space!

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Social Event at Boom Island next Wednesday

March 4, 2015

BoomLogoHorizontalOne more reminder about the social event next week on Wednesday, March 11th. Stop out for a $3 pint and say hi to your fellow home brewers! Check out the calendar event page for all the details!

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Welcome 2015 Officers

March 1, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to Rock Bottom Brewery this past Saturday for our annual business meeting. We took care of officer elections, had some good discussion on some important issues and had some great beer!

Your President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer all stayed the same as did two of the four at-large officers. We welcomed two new at-large officers in this year for a two-year term. They are Daniel Dugan and Paul Illa. Special thanks to Al Boyce and Gera Exire La Tour who’s at-large terms came to an end.

Left to Right: Dave Royer, Chris Smith, Daniel Dugan, John Longballa, Paul Illa, Gera Exire La Tour, Matt Weide, Brett Glenna

Ledt to Right: Dave Royer, Chris Smith, Daniel Dugan, John Longballa, Paul Illa, Gera Exire La Tour, Matt Weide, Brett Glenna

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Reminders about upcoming events

February 26, 2015

Just a few reminders this week.

Meeting this Saturday
Hopefully we will see everyone this Saturday at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis for our February meeting. We will be in the private room in the dining room. This is our annual business meeting which includes officer elections. Feel free to bring your homebrew to share as well.

Social Event at Boom Island
BoomLogoHorizontalMarch 11th we will have a social event at Boom Island in Minneapolis. Come join us for a beverage ($3 pints for us!) and a fun time!

March Chili Cookoff
Chief ChilipepperThe March club meeting is coming up on the 21st. This is our annual Chili Cookoff. This is one meeting not to miss! Bring your best chili and compete for people’s choice awards and take home the coveted “Chief Chili Pepper” award! Note for long-time attendees, the location has changed from past years. Check the event page for all the details.

St Paul Saints Game
Finally, if you haven’t purchased tickets to June’s St. Paul Saints game, do so quick. We are not expecting to be able to buy additional tickets as the game approaches so if you are thinking of coming, buy now! This will be the Saints’ first year in their new Lowertown St Paul home and it is sure to be a fun time!st-paul-saints-logo

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March Social Event At Boom Island

February 18, 2015

It’s time for a social event! Boom Island has invited us out to their taproom for a social event Wednesday, March 11. They are offering us $3 pints all night. Put it on your calendar and swing out to chat about Belgian beers, favorite beers or to brainstorm your latest homebrew recipe.

As this is a social event at a taproom that is open, we won’t be bringing outside beer to Boom Island. Come and try their beer and bring your questions, thoughts and discussion topics!

Check out the calendar event for more details, times and location information.

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New Social Event – Burning Brothers Brewing in May

February 17, 2015

We have a brand new social event on the books. Come check out Burning Brothers Brewing in St Paul this upcoming May 21st. Burning Brothers is a gluten free brewery with a very interesting story. The event details are available on the club calendar event. As this is a Gluten Free environment, no outside food or beverages are allowed at the brewery.

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Reminder from Midwest Supplies

February 16, 2015

Hop VinesMidwest Supplies asked us to pass on the reminder that it’s time to think about pre-ordering hop rhizomes. If you have ever considered trying to grow your own hops, now may be a good time to try it out. They are fun and amazing plants to watch grow in the spring and summer and very fun to harvest and brew with at the end of the season!

Swing over to Midwest Supplies to pre-order rhizomes for $4.99 each, or head to our Facebook group if you have questions!

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Help us schedule the 2015 holiday party

February 10, 2015

The MHBA Club Leadership is finalizing the 2015 calendar and we could use your input regarding the holiday party.

In 2015 the cost of using the CSPS Hall is increasing quite a bit.  To hold the party there on the traditional Friday will cost $700 (the past few years it’s been $400), but the party could be held there on a Sunday afternoon for $400.  Additionally, some members have expressed an interest in having the holiday party on a day other than a Friday.

Please respond to the following poll so that the club leadership has some input to guide the scheduling decision.  The cost should not be a deciding factor, but if just as many people would attend on a Sunday as on a Friday, then we may as well save some money.  Likewise, if no one would attend on a Sunday, then we’ll likely just pay the extra money and go with the preferred day of the week.


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