Announcements

Missing out is just spooky

October 28, 2020

October can get pretty spooky, so to avoid the very real and totally not made up terror of missing out the Minnesota Home Brewers Association wants to let you know that three windows of opportunity are quickly closing.

  • All orders for cider need to be placed before Monday, November 2. You don’t want to miss out on Pine Tree Apple Orchard’s delicious cider or Barley John’s famous egg bake. Place your order here. 
  • Due to covid, we will not be doing our customary bottle share at the cider buy. Instead, we are doing a bottle swap where you can drop off four bottles at the club secretary’s garage and you will get four different bottles at the cider buy to enjoy off-premise. You can even elect to get written feedback. To participate, enter the details of your brew here as soon as possible. The drop off is noon to 3 PM on Saturday, October 31 at the garage at 887 Nebraska Avenue W, Saint Paul, MN. More details are on the club website here. To recap: don’t bring beers to share to the cider buy, instead plan ahead and get bottles to enjoy later!
  • You can order amazing Minnesota honey from Gardner Bees and pick it up from Josh Mahoney at the cider buy, but only until Monday, November 2. I’m getting a pail of their new goldenrod honey and can’t wait to try it in a cyser!

You don’t want to miss this. All those bottles and kegs you have could be full of crisp, fruit-forward, austere, and refreshing hard cider in a month or two.

Don’t forget your mask, practice physical distancing, wash your filthy paws, and please don’t come if you’re having symptoms. If you ordered and think you might be coming down with something, please reach out to a club officer and we will make alternate arrangements.

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Cider Buy, Bottle Share, Cysers

October 20, 2020

The Cider Buy

The Minnesota Home Brewers Association is hosting our annual cider buy at Barley John’s Brewpub on November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. The cider is from Pine Tree Apple Orchard and is being sold to club members for $25/5 gallons. The deadline is November 3, so don’t delay! Order your cider here!

If you’re new to making cider or want to up your cider game, check out:

Please remember that we will NOT fill glass containers for safety.

Don’t forget to enjoy Barley John’s famous egg bake and support them for hosting this annual event!

But wait … there’s more!

Due to covid, we are doing a virtual bottle share in lieu of our traditional in-person share. To join the fun:

  1. Pick a beer, mead, or cider you’ve made and of which you have at least four bottles
  2. Fill out this form with the details of your beverage. Decide if you want the recipient to judge it or not. This MUST be done prior to drop off.
  3. Drop off the four bottles at the club secretary’s garage (887 Nebraska Ave W, Saint Paul, MN) on Saturday, October 31 from noon to 3 pm. Can’t make that drop-off window? Contact the club secretary at [email protected]to drop it off before October 31. Please drop off your bottles in a four or six-pack holder. There will be a stack of post-it notes with a unique number on each one. Write your name legibly on the top-most post-it and stick it to the barrel of one of your bottles, and put that bottle inside the holder you brought. Using the permanent marker provided, please write the number from the post-it on each bottle cap.
  4. The club secretary will create mixed packs
  5. Pick up four different bottles at the cider buy
  6. If you decided to have your entries judged, you will get score sheets via email from the club secretary

Could the day get any sweeter?

Gardner Bees produces local, high-quality honey that has been used to make award-winning mead. Members who order honey from them will be able to pick it up from Josh Mahoney at the cider buy. This is a great opportunity to make cysers!

Speaking of cysers…

Club board member and one of the top home mead makers Adam Bystrom was invited on Got Mead Live last week to talk about cysers. You can listen to their conversation here.

Pucker up

Our friends at the Nordeast Brewers Alliance are hosting the Sour Times Homebrew Competition. Entries open November 1, and are limited to 50 entries. Get your sour and funky beers ready to compete!

Open mic

Do you want to organize an event of interest to the MHBA? Let us help publicize it! Contact the club secretary to get the ball rolling!

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Save-the-Date for the Club Cider Buy and Recapping a Busy September

September 27, 2020

Before we recap the busy September we had in the MHBA, we are pleased to announce preliminary details of the (drumroll, please) … club cider buy!

Club Cider Buy

Join the Minnesota Home Brewers Association for our annual cider distribution and homebrew demonstrations at Barley John’s Brewpub on November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. This year, due to Covid-19 we will be scaling down the event bit and still working through some of the details on how to have a very safe event and have fun. This is a FREE event, open to anyone who is interested.

Of course, a big part of your yearly event is the purchase and distribution of fresh pressed cider from Pine Tree Orchard that you can use for your hard ciders, cysers, and fruit beers. All MHBA members in good standing are able to purchase cider today. The price will be the same as in past years ($25/five gallons), and you will be responsible for bringing a plastic container (we will NOT fill glass due to safety).

Barley John’s will be making their annual “Cider-Buy Eggbake”. It’s so delicious, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a couple of pieces and wash it down with a pint of Barley John’s beer and support our wonderful hosts!

Purchase your cider now! Need help with your recipe or process? Go check out the MHBA cider guide!

Bottle Share at the Cider Buy

Because this is 2020, we are doing things a little different this year. In lieu of the normal bottle share, we are doing a bottle swap. How, you say? It’s easy:

  1. Pick a beer, mead, or cider you’ve made and of which you have at least four bottles
  2. Fill out this form with the details of your beverage. Decide if you want the recipient to judge it or not.
  3. Drop off the four bottles at the club secretary’s garage (887 Nebraska Ave W, Saint Paul, MN) on Saturday, October 30 from noon to 3 pm. Can’t make that drop-off window? Contact the club secretary at [email protected] to drop it off before October 30. Please drop off your bottles in a four or six-pack holder. There will be a stack of post-it notes with a unique number on each one. Write your name legibly on the top-most post-it and stick it to the barrel of one of your bottles, and put that bottle inside the holder you brought. Using the permanent marker provided, please write the number from the post-it on each bottle cap.
  4. The club secretary will create mixed packs
  5. Pick up four different bottles at the cider buy
  6. If you decided to have your entries judged, you will get score sheets via email from the club secretary

Honey Pick Up at the Cider Buy

Gardner Bees produces local, high-quality honey that has been used to make award-winning mead. Members who order honey from them will be able to pick it up from Josh Mahoney at the cider buy. This is a great opportunity to make cysers!

MHBA Members Win Big at Valkyrie’s Horn

The Valkyrie’s Horn Mead Competition had its second year and led the way in synchronous remote judging. The following club members medaled:

  • Al Boyce – 1st place, 39A/M2C Berry Awards Group 1
  • Adam Bystrom – 2nd and 3rd place, 36A/M3A/M3B SHV Group 1 
  • Paul Dienhart – 2nd place, Pyment
  • Christy Helps – 3rd place, Braggot
  • Pat and Hank McNeely – 3rd place, M1B Semi-Sweet Traditional Group 2
  • Brandon Pflipsen – 1st place, Dry Traditional; 1st place, 41A/M3A/M3B SHV Group 2
  • Nathan Steigman – 3rd place, Specialty
  • Matthew Weide – 1st and 2nd place, Sweet Traditional

Commercial Calibration: Style 2 C – International Dark Lager (BlackStack Spare Parts)

BJCP Grand Master VIII judge Al Boyce blindly evaluated BlackStack’s Spare Parts as an international dark lager (style 2C). You can watch his commercial calibration video here.

Hop Harvest Day with South Fork Hops

Club members were invited to pick centennial, CTZ, and Yakima Gold at South Fork Hops, a small scale commercial hop farm near River Falls, Wisconsin. The Yakima Gold impressed with its green tea aromas.

Grape Pomace Pickup with Mousse Sparkling Wine Company

The club learned this summer that a prominent commercial meadery adds grape pomace to some of their meads to enhance mid-palate mouthfeel. In response, club members were invited to pick up freshly-pressed Frontenac blanc and Marquette grape pomace from a vineyard owned by the newly-opened Mousse Sparkling Wine Company in Jordan, Minnesota. Mousse also arranged to give club members a tour of their production area and provided a tasting of their wines. Club members have a whopping seven batches of mead using this pomace.

Open Mic

Do you want to organize an event of interest to the MHBA? Let us help publicize it! Contact the club secretary to get the ball rolling!

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Mead Day is TOMORROW

July 31, 2020

WHO’S COMING???!

Saturday, August 1st (tomorrow) is MEAD DAY 2020! This year club members are invited to a virtual tour and mead tasting with one of 2019’s most awarded meaderies – LOST CAUSE MEADERY out of San Diego, CA!

We’ll be tasting:

  • DEVILRY: Raspberry mead with meadowfoam honey.
  • GSB: Grenache, syrah and blackberry mead with buckwheat honey aged on oak.
  • DEAR MONTANA: Traditional mead made with Montana sweet clover blossom aged on oak.

After the private tour we will have a Q&A session with owners Suzanna and Billy Beltz!

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84862565176?pwd=RituV25zMWtibjVHRmpJWk5oZkVMQT09&fbclid=IwAR0eKPnQXchn8b4cz3jDK5MMEafU8-OfDr8–F_CcirtJtgZnOYP9ZA6lJk

Meeting ID: 848 6256 5176
Passcode: 294130

Dial In: +1 646 876 9923

Join us even if you didn’t get in on the mead buy to socialize with your friends in the MHBA!

Cheers!

Still thirsty?

For our July installment of the MHBA Commercial Calibration video series, Nick A provided a blind evaluation of a BJCP style 1B beer. You can taste along here.

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How to bottle swap … with the MHBA

June 3, 2020

Don’t miss out! This is a reminder that the MHBA virtual bottle swap starts tomorrow. It’s a great way to get feedback on your beer, cider, and mead and have fun! Don’t know how? It’s easy!

 

Step 1: Make a back alley deal

When: THIS Thursday (June 4) from 5 – 7 pm

Where: The alley behind Al’s house (3208 Edgewood Ave S, Saint Louis Park, MN 55426)

What: Drop off 6-12 labeled bottles of a single variety of your own beer, cider, or mead in six pack holders. Each bottle MUST have a label attached with a rubber band. Please have this done before arriving.

 

Step 2: Get hooch

When: THIS Friday (June 5) from 5- 7 pm

Where: The alley behind Al’s house (3208 Edgewood Ave S, Saint Louis Park, MN 55426)

What: Come back to Al’s house on Friday, June 5, between 5 and 7 pm and Al will hand you your new beers through your car window or to your opened trunk, and you can drive home to sort through your spoils! DON’T DRINK THEM YET! The FUN part is yet to come! Chill your stash overnight!

 

Step 3: Share the spoils together

When: THIS Saturday (June 6) from 7- 9 pm

Where: Club Zoom link

What: Log into Zoom to drink and discuss the beers together

 

Directions to Al’s house:
3208 Edgewood Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
763-412-6836
(drive NORTH in alley between Edgewood & Dakota)

From Highway 100 –
• Exit on Minnetonka Boulevard and go west for about 0.5 miles
• Turn south (left) at the light on Dakota Ave S. for about 0.4 miles
• Turn west (right) 33rd St west
• Pass Edgewood Ave south, and turn right into the alley between Edgewood and Dakota
• Stop at Al’s white garage, 3 garages south of 32nd Ave S, white picket fence

Al will be sitting in his driveway with your hooch!

Note: do NOT take the Wooddale exit off of Hwy 7! There is Light Rail construction going on, and the intersection is shut down.

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MHBA Virtual Bottle Swap

May 21, 2020

MHBA BOTTLE SWAP!

June 4-6, 2020

Do you miss hanging out at MHBA meetings and sharing beers with your buds? YOU BET YOU DO!! But how to do it, given the global pandemic lockdown? WE HAVE A PLAN FOR AN MHBA BOTTLE SWAP!!

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 – 5-7pm

Bring one or two six-packs of homebrew of 12oz. bottles (in 6-pack holders) of a SINGLE VARIETY of your labeled beer, mead, or cider to Al Boyce’s house on Thursday, June 4, between 5 and 7pm, and hand them to Al through your car window or from your opened trunk (in an appropriately “Socially Distanced” manner.) We will mix them all up, and repack your 6-pack holders with six or twelve DIFFERENT beers from your fellow MHBA members.

NOTE: You MUST label EACH BOTTLE with bottle labels below. Attach with rubber band to bottle. Please do this PRIOR to arriving at Al’s house. SEE COMMENTS BELOW FOR LABEL SHEET.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 – 5-7pm

Come back to Al’s house on Friday, June 5, between 5 and 7pm and Al will hand you your new beers through your car window or to your opened trunk, and you can drive home to sort through your spoils! DON’T DRINK THEM YET! The FUN part is yet to come! Chill your stash overnight!

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 – 7-9pm

On Saturday, Jun 6 at 7pm LOG IN TO ZOOM (Zoom link to follow in comments below) and we will share each other’s beers in real time! We’ll have the brewers talk about their brews, and we can offer them our feedback!

BONUS POINTS if it’s the beer you brewed on BIG BREW DAY!

THIS WILL BE FUN!!!!

Al’s house:
3208 Edgewood Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
763-412-6836
(drive NORTH in alley between Edgewood & Dakota)

From Highway 100 –
• Exit on Minnetonka Boulevard and go west for about 0.5 miles
• Turn south (left) at the light on Dakota Ave S. for about 0.4 miles
• Turn west (right) 33rd St west
• Pass Edgewood Ave south, and turn right into the alley between Edgewood and Dakota
• Stop at Al’s white garage, 3 garages south of 32nd Ave S, white picket fence

Al will be sitting in his driveway with your hooch!

Note: do NOT take the Wooddale exit off of Hwy 7! There is Light Rail construction going on, and the intersection is shut down.

Schedule

Thursday, June 4, 2020

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Drop Off Bottles at Al’s House

Friday, June 5, 2020

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Pick up Swapped Bottles at Al’s House

Saturday, June 6, 2020

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Log into club ZOOM meeting to drink and talk BEER!

Bottle Labels

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Video Meeting Friday the SEVENTEENTH!

April 14, 2020

Dah.  The new WordPress calendar goes Monday through Sunday, so Saturdays look like Fridays when one is moving quickly . . .

Anyway–at 7:00 this Friday, Zoom your fellow MHBA members.  Board election around 7:30.

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Video Meeting at 7:00, Friday, April 18th

April 14, 2020

(President Dave Matson writes) What a great way to maintain our social distance, stay at home and hang out together! Join us for a virtual club gathering and share a few homebrews or whatever kind of quarantine beverage you have been enjoying recently. Got a good brew disaster story? A virtual tour of your brewery? Latest thing you’ve been fermenting? Be ready to share the stories and enjoy the night virtually hanging out. Only “business” is election of officers for 2020, we can plan to do that at 7:30ish. Otherwise, just tomfoolery and shenanigans.

For those who will be joining via computer when you click on the link below it will load a zoom interface app and then take you to the meeting. For those joining via phone, I would recommend adding the zoom app on your phone (free) and don’t need to sign up, just have the app. If you have problems getting into the meeting please message Dave Matson.

https://zoom.us/j/445284883?pwd=WmFSamNEQVpXL2NGY01mRmtzdWp0UT09

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January 31, 2020

Adam Bystrom, Josh Mahoney, and other MHBA members did the club PROUD at Mash-Out! Thank you to everyone who entered under the club name, and congratulations to the following members whose wares were deemed medal-worthy. Josh Mahoney took second in Best of Show Mead, Adam Bystrom won TEN(!) mead medals, and Kevin Meintsma and Anthony Davis each also won a mead medal. Paul Dienhart and Colby Reineke each won two medals for their beers! The club looks forward to trying some of these award-winning beverages at an upcoming meeting (hint, hint . . . )!

https://mashout.org/bcoem/

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Free bowling party for members and their families

January 23, 2020

Bring the family for some free bowling in a Catholic church basement!  Shoe rental is your responsibility, but it’s only $2/pair.  Sunday, February 16th.  Check the article for more details.

Growlers, Crowlers, and Bowlers!

 

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