News

May 24, 2022

All Club Campout!

August 4 – 7

Old Wadena Park located between Brainerd and Wadena

13491 Old Wadena Cir, Staples, MN 56479

  • Come for one night, two nights, or three!
  • Open to any homebrewer and their family. Loosely-structured weekend of sharing beer and mead around the fire. We have rented the entire campground and pavilion.
  • Saturday’s festivities include a fun club vs. club homebrew competition (bring at least 2 bottles of anything you want to enter) and a Sour Hour, complete with trumpet fanfare.
  • The MHBA will provide the Saturday evening feast.
  • Bring food for all other meals during your stay, along with whatever preparation gear you need. Pull those special bottles out of your stash – THESE are the PEOPLE you save them for – it’s your opportunity to share!
  • Tents and small campers welcome. Well-behaved dogs and acoustic instruments also welcome (no radios or amplified music, please). You must let John Longballa know you’re attending. The cost depends a bit on the meal, but should be around $30/adult; kids are free.

Facebook event page is located here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/4948590041924395/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22group_featured_unit%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

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MetroNOME Visit and Future Events

May 23, 2022
Thanks to MetroNOME for hosting us and those that joined the Event for some good company. Make sure to get the next events on your calendars:
June 14: Ticket Sale Cut-Off for Saints Game (https://mnbrewers.com/saints-game-payment/?fbclid=IwAR37Ig1Dy6rD8xaaZbBzPk4mL3ie54WOX1lo20v6CANscOWxTAMWlcRENz0)
July 9: MHBA Brewery Visit – Modist Brewery (https://fb.me/e/2BixKs19x)
July 12: Sinning with the Saints – MHBA at the Ballpark (https://fb.me/e/1vIvXm7VN)
Aug 4 – Aug 7: All Club Campout (https://fb.me/e/4MAnns7k0)
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MHBA Apparel

May 19, 2022

News Flash!

You can purchase your very own MHBA T-shirts, sweatshirts and more, using the link below! No minimum order.

Get yours now!

https://mhba.myspreadshop.com/all

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Big Brew Day 2022!

May 5, 2022

BIG BREW DAY 2022

Here’s the skinny on the Brew for those of you that signed up and paid for wort. Make your final adjustments to your plans, and we’ll see you on Saturday.

When exactly?

9 am to (potentially) 9 pm.

Bring a sanitized NON GLASS fermenter with at least 5 gallon capacity.
Check in with Kevin Meintsma for wort runs from 1 pm to 3 pm, pick up runs from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Where is this?

THE LAB Powered by BevSource
767 N. Eustis Street, STE 115
St. Paul, MN 55114
651-313-6888

Brewing On Premises:

  • Brewers can start setting up at 9 am.
  • Bring hoses, distributors, all other equipment, tables, towels, etc. that you need to brew.
  • Bring a chair – there may not be enough to go around from The Lab.
  • Bring food, homebrewed beer/cider/mead/wine to share.
  • Food truck WILL be available.
  • Beer will be available from The Lab taproom.

Wheat Beer Wort:

  • OG-12 °P
  • ABV- 5% (somewhat dependent on yeast)
  • Color- 4SRM
  • IBU- 13

 

  • 34% 2-Row Base
  • 57%- White Wheat Malt
  • 7% Torrified Wheat

 

  • Hops per gallon
  • .21g Cascade 6.8α @ Beg Boil
  • .41g Willamette 3.5α @ 30min
  • .41g Cascade @ 30 min
  • .63g Willamette @10min
  • .63g Cascade @ 10min
  • 1.04g Cascade @ WP

 

  • Boil 60min
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April Final Friday Reminder

April 24, 2022
This months Final Friday we will be talking Polish meads! Join us on Friday April 30th
 
Try and grab a Polish mead to drink while Matt Weide shares his trip to Poland for the Mead Madness competition!
Some options for Polish Mead: Apis and Pasieka Jaros are two Polish Meadery’s that we have most often seen in the USA. Can also use online sites (hit or miss) or visit your liquor store to see if you can find some!
Topic: MHBA April Final Friday Social
Time: Apr 29, 2022 08:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 885 6042 0069
Passcode: 864610
FB Link: https://fb.me/e/2so5L17ne
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Current News and Events

April 22, 2022

MHBA Visit to Barrel Theory Brewery 11am, Saturday April 23, 2022

Make sure to come to St. Paul with us on April 23 when Barrel Theory will be hosting the club for a visit! Learn about what they are doing, trying some beers, and have a good time with club friends.

FB Event: https://fb.me/e/4pF0ggPkt

 

MHBA welcomes members of the Primary Fermenters

Our friends and neighbors are welcomed into the MHBA with multiple opportunities to participate in events, brewing opportunities and education. If you are a member of the Primary Fermenters club, please contact an MHBA officer – we are providing member cards that you can use at your local homebrew shop for discounts and benefits.

 

Big Brew Day at The Lab, May 7th from 9am to 9pm

The wort share purchases have been completely filled. Our thanks to The Lab for providing a Wheat beer/Hefe base for this sharing opportunity.

If you want to brew with us:

Please sign up here so we know how many to expect

Bring your brewing system and make beer with us (LOTS of room!)
Doesn’t matter if you’re all grain or extract – ALL are welcome!
Beer may be purchased from The Lab
Food truck will be onsite, or bring your own food
Plenty of shelter is available in case of inclement weather for brewers and attendees
RO water and Saint Paul water is provided
Electricity is available (no 220)
Grain disposal is available
Homebrew sharing is permissible

FB Event: https://fb.me/e/1fxZMQyKQ

 

In With the New: Welcome your new leadership team!

The MHBA held elections on (yes really) Friday April 1st. Please welcome your officers, and as always, please share ideas, needs and interests with any of the leadership team:

  • President – Nick Aschbrenner
  • Vice-President – Matt Johnson
  • Treasurer – Jon Hunter
  • Secretary – Kevin Meintsma
  • Member At-Large – Al Boyce
  • Member At-Large – Adam Bystrom
  • Member At-Large – Kurt Lawton
  • Member At-Large – Abby Rouster

Our effort is directed along several focus areas:

  • Social (led by Matt Johnson): responsible for planning monthly FFS, the holiday party, and other social activities like brewery tours
  • Beer and brewing: (led by Kevin Meintsma and Nick Aschbrenner) responsible for Big Brew Day, Spring Homebrew Review, and Beer Dabbler Homebrew Contests
  • Education (led by Nick): responsible for BJCP prep class
  • Not Beer: (led by Abby Rouster and Dave Mattson) responsible for the Club Cider Buy
  • Dave Royer is the technical wizard behind the MHBA that keeps us connected

 

Brave Noise Collaboration

The MHBA signed onto the Brave Noise Collaboration. What this means is we have a code of conduct and pledge to treat other people with respect.

It also means we get to brew beer and make a difference!

 

Test Anxiety

Al Boyce is hosting a BJCP mead tasting exam on September 8 just prior to Valyrie’s Horn Mead Competition. It costs $40 if you’re new to the BJCP and $25 if you’ve already taken a BJCP tasting exam. You also have to get a passing score on the BJCP mead entrance exam. Only 12 seats are available so sign up ASAP!

Nick is hosting a BJCP written exam on October 15. To take it, you must have a BJCP beer tasting exam score at or above 80 and at least 10 judging points.

Let us know if you’re interested in taking either exam!

 

MHBA Flight Log

  • Al Boyce was recently promoted to Grand Master IX judge by the BJCP (third highest-ranked BJCP judge in the world after Gordon Strong and Steve Piatz)

 

Hearing Voices

The following is a curated list of what we’re reading, listening to, and thinking about in the world of beer, mead, cider (and wine) this week:

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FFS with BlackStack and Club Elections April 1!

March 31, 2022

In With the New: Club Elections x BlackStack

When: Friday, April 1 (not a joke) at 8:30 pm
Zoom information: meeting ID 882 5897 2798, password 488450

The MHBA is holding club elections Friday April 1 before our (Almost) Final Friday Social with the ur-murk merchants BlackStack. We will be voting on the following positions:

  • president (currently Nick Aschbrenner)
  • Vice-President (currently Josh Mahoney)
  • Treasurer (currently Jon Hunter)
  • Secretary (currently Matt Johnson)
  • Member At-Large (currently Adam Bystrom)
  • Member At-Large (currently Nathan Steigman)

Please help row our little Viking ship. The Minnesota Home Brewers Association needs you to help propel homebrewing in Minnesota into the future. Your voice matters.

What do these positions do? Well, the effort is directed along several focus areas:

  • Social (led by Matt Johnson): responsible for planning monthly FFS, the holiday party, and other social activities like brewery tours
  • Beer and brewing: responsible for Big Brew Day, Spring Homebrew Review, and Beer Dabbler Homebrew Contests
  • Education (led by Nick): responsible for BJCP prep class
  • Not Beer: responsible for the Club Cider Buy

Thank you to everyone who served on the Board! If you’re not in the room where it happens, here is a very brief highlight reel:

  • Josh kept the club running and moving forward when I had to be out of the state for two months last year
  • Jon not only stays on top of club finances, but he has nothing but good ideas. For example, we brought back the Beer Dabbler Homebrew Contests as a way to reach craft beer fans who want to take their hobby to the next level by making craft beer at home
  • Matt, as the social organizer, is the reason why fun stuff has happened last year, from arranging the holiday party to getting some awesome social events lined up!
  • Adam did a great job running our Spring Homebrew Review last year
  • Nathan Steigman raises the profile of the MHBA with his competition dominance, is full of wisdom, and has made me a better person. And he made an awesome video for the club
  • Dave Matson organized the cider buy last year and it was the best one yet
  • Dave Royer is the technical wizard behind the MHBA that keeps up connected

After we get our leadership team voted in, we will be having an exciting Final Friday Social with BlackStack! If you’re able, pick up some of your favorite BlackStack beer to enjoy on the Zoom.

 

Big Brew Day and Wort Share with The Lab

When: Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 9 pm
Where: The Lab (767 N Eustis St Suite 115, St Paul, MN 55114)

The Minnesota Home Brewers Association is celebrating Big Brew Day on May 7 at The Lab in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

If you are an MHBA dues-paying member, you can buy five or 10 gallons of wort here. (Not a member yet, sign up now!) The wort type will be announced soon. Non-glass containers must be dropped off between 1 and 3 pm, and must be picked up between 4 and 5 pm. Glass containers will absolutely NOT be filled for your safety and ours. No exceptions.

If you want to brew with us:

  • Please sign up here so we know how many to expect
  • Bring your brewing system and make beer with us (LOTS of room!)
  • Doesn’t matter if you’re all grain or extract – ALL are welcome!
  • Beer may be purchased from The Lab
  • Food truck will be onsite, or bring your own food
  • Plenty of shelter is available in case of inclement weather for brewers and attendees
  • RO water and Saint Paul water is provided
  • Electricity is available (no 220)
  • Grain disposal is available
  • Homebrew sharing is permissible

 

Brave Noise Collaboration

The MHBA signed onto the Brave Noise Collaboration. What this means is we have a code of conduct and pledge to treat other people with respect.

It also means we get to brew beer and make a difference!

 

Test Anxiety

Al Boyce is hosting a BJCP mead tasting exam on September 8 just prior to Valyrie’s Horn Mead Competition. It costs $40 if you’re new to the BJCP and $25 if you’ve already taken a BJCP tasting exam. You also have to get a passing score on the BJCP mead entrance exam. Only 12 seats are available so sign up ASAP!

Nick is hosting a BJCP written exam on October 15. To take it, you must have a BJCP beer tasting exam score at or above 80 and at least 10 judging points.

Let us know if you’re interested in taking either exam!

 

MHBA Flight Log

  • Al Boyce was recently promoted to Grand Master IX judge by the BJCP (third highest-ranked BJCP judge in the world after Gordon Strong and Steve Piatz)

 

Hearing Voices

The following is a curated list of what we’re reading, listening to, and thinking about in the world of beer, mead, and cider this week:

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Brewery Visits and Final Fridays

March 20, 2022

 MHBA Visit to Lupulin Brewery March 12, 2022

Lupulin was kind enough to host us for a fantastic time at the brewery. If you weren’t able to make it, you missed them walking us through the history of Lupulin, a tour of the facilities, and general Q&A. Thank you to Lupulin for the great time!

March Final Friday Social April 1

Join us on April 1st where BlackStack Brewing will be hopping on to talk through some beers and the brewery!
FB Event: https://fb.me/e/2a49bzFIx

MHBA Visit to Barrel Theory Brewery April 23, 2022

Make sure to make it out to St. Paul on April 23 when Barrel Theory will be hosting the club for a visit!

FB Event: https://fb.me/e/4pF0ggPkt

Big Brew Day May 7th at “The Lab” in St. Paul

More details will be available soon, but the basics include:

  • On premises brewing – bring your systems!
  • Wort share – sign up (TBD) to purchase 5G for just $10 to take home and ferment.

MHBA Full Core Press Cider Competition

The Minnesota Home Brewers Association is pleased to announce the first MHBA Full Core Press Cider Competition. The club cider buy has long been a cornerstone of who we are collectively, and this competition strives to take our cider and cyser making to the next level by providing professional and high-level feedback.

Key details

  • 100% of the cider you use MUST come from the 2021 MHBA club cider buy
  • Full Core Press encourages entries in three categories: Standard Ciders (C1), Cysers (M2A), and Specialty Ciders (C2, including grafs)
  • Entry and judge registration will open September 2022
  • Judging will occur October 2022
  • Awards will be in-person at the 2022 MHBA club cider buy
  • Bring your ciders and cysers to the 2022 club cider buy for a fun bottle share!

Questions From the Community

No Questions Yet! Don’t forget that the Minnesota Home Brewers Association offers the Hive Mind as an option to ask questions from experts the community.

In order to submit a question, fill out the form here. The information is then anonymously sent to the experts who will provide their answer(s) based on years of expertise and studies. The answer(s) will then be collated and sent back to you – its that easy! At the end of every newsletter we will include the anonymous questions and answers for everybody else to see in order to spread the wealth of knowledge.

MHBA Honor Roll

  • Josh Mahoney on winning Gold and Bronze for Braggot at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Kevin Meintsma on winning Silver in Semisweet/Sweet Mead, Silver in Cyser, and Bronze in Semisweet Fruit and Spice Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Nathan Steigman on winning Silver in Sweet Berry Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Adam Bystrom on winning Bronze in Semisweet/Sweet Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Patrick Curme voted to be on the AMMA board

Hearing Voices

The following is a curated list of what we’re reading, listening to, and thinking about in the world of beer, mead, and cider this week:

  • Learn about the new uprising trend of craft beer drinkers interest in lagers here
  • Watch club member Al Boyce on Man Made Mead as he talks all about his experience in homebrewing, what the BJCP mead certification exam looks like and gives us tips on how to be better mead makers!
  • AC Em Sauter at Pints and Panels talked about winter seasonal beer
  • Chip Walton of Chop and Brew was on the BeerSmith podcast on the episode that released on Christmas Eve.
  • Paige Latham Didora was on a panel for the North American Guild of Beer Writers discussing how the revelation of more than a thousand accounts of sexual harassment and assault, toxic workplaces and discrimination is affecting the beer industry – listen in here
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Wrapping up February

February 28, 2022

MHBA Visit to Wooden Ship Brewing Feb 20, 2022

Thank you to Wooden Ship Brewing including Suresh and team for hosting the MN Homebrewers Association on February 20th. They took us on a tour of the facility, explained their philosophy and story, talked us through a tasting of Soup SZN (a light golden ale was brewed with large additions of ginger, lemongrass, coconut, turmeric, curry, thai basil, and scallions), and answered any questions we have. Make sure to stop by the brewery if you get a chance!

MHBA Holiday Party February 26th at Forgotten Star Brewing

Thanks to Forgotten Star for having the club at the brewery for this years holiday party. After multiple postponements we were able to gather for an evening of enjoying each others food, homebrew, and company. The club wouldn’t be what it is without all of its members, and appreciate seeing familiar faces and some new ones. Hope to continue seeing everyone throughout the year at future events. Special congratulations to Nathan Steigman for winning the inaugural “Ace” award for excellence in representation of passion in competitions and achievements over the past year.

Winter Beer Dabbler Homebrew Contest

Thank you to all that participated in the Winter Beer Dabbler Homebrew Contest. It was stiff competition, but the judges did their due diligence to identify the top three beers. Special congratulations to the three beers below who took home the honors. Hope to see everyone’s best beer / meads / ciders in the next competition!
🥇 Dan Peters (MHBA), Voodoo Bellman
🥈 Michelle and Andy Gerver (3M Homebrew Club), Jinx! NEIPA
🥉 Colin Maguire, Barrel Aged Bandito

MHBA Visit to Lupulin Brewery March 12, 2022

Lupulin Brewery will be hosting the club on March 12, 2022 to share in their brewing facilities and beers! More info to come.

FB Event: https://fb.me/e/1qYagUYNZ

March Final Friday Social April 1

Join us on April 1st where BlackStack Brewing will be hopping on to talk through some beers and the brewery!
FB Event: https://fb.me/e/2a49bzFIx

Craft Brewers Conference Seeking Volunteers (May 2-5)

The Craft Brewers Conference is looking for volunteers, see below note:

This year’s Craft Brewers Conference will take place May 2-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and your help is needed!

The Brewers Association is looking for awesome volunteers to pour at beer stations, assist at registration and help at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy the camaraderie of brewers from around the world while pouring select craft beer and helping the Brewers Association.

Please sign up for as many shifts as you can! You may see all opportunities, days and shifts at:

https://brewersassociation.wufoo.com/forms/wejrvjb1k53q2o/

Thank you for your consideration. Your help at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference is very much appreciated.

Cheers,

Carol Hiller
Operations/Volunteer Manager
Brewers Association

MHBA Full Core Press Cider Competition

The Minnesota Home Brewers Association is pleased to announce the first MHBA Full Core Press Cider Competition. The club cider buy has long been a cornerstone of who we are collectively, and this competition strives to take our cider and cyser making to the next level by providing professional and high-level feedback.

Key details

  • 100% of the cider you use MUST come from the 2021 MHBA club cider buy
  • Full Core Press encourages entries in three categories: Standard Ciders (C1), Cysers (M2A), and Specialty Ciders (C2, including grafs)
  • Entry and judge registration will open September 2022
  • Judging will occur October 2022
  • Awards will be in-person at the 2022 MHBA club cider buy
  • Bring your ciders and cysers to the 2022 club cider buy for a fun bottle share!

Questions From the Community

No Questions Yet! Don’t forget that the Minnesota Home Brewers Association offers the Hive Mind as an option to ask questions from experts the community.

In order to submit a question, fill out the form here. The information is then anonymously sent to the experts who will provide their answer(s) based on years of expertise and studies. The answer(s) will then be collated and sent back to you – its that easy! At the end of every newsletter we will include the anonymous questions and answers for everybody else to see in order to spread the wealth of knowledge.

MHBA Honor Roll

  • Josh Mahoney on winning Gold and Bronze for Braggot at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Kevin Meintsma on winning Silver in Semisweet/Sweet Mead, Silver in Cyser, and Bronze in Semisweet Fruit and Spice Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Nathan Steigman on winning Silver in Sweet Berry Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Adam Bystrom on winning Bronze in Semisweet/Sweet Mead at Mead Madness Cup in Poland
  • Patrick Curme voted to be on the AMMA board

Hearing Voices

The following is a curated list of what we’re reading, listening to, and thinking about in the world of beer, mead, and cider this week:

  • Learn about the new uprising trend of craft beer drinkers interest in lagers here
  • Watch club member Al Boyce on Man Made Mead as he talks all about his experience in homebrewing, what the BJCP mead certification exam looks like and gives us tips on how to be better mead makers!
  • AC Em Sauter at Pints and Panels talked about winter seasonal beer
  • Chip Walton of Chop and Brew was on the BeerSmith podcast on the episode that released on Christmas Eve.
  • Paige Latham Didora was on a panel for the North American Guild of Beer Writers discussing how the revelation of more than a thousand accounts of sexual harassment and assault, toxic workplaces and discrimination is affecting the beer industry – listen in here
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World Beer Cup Volunteers Needed

February 25, 2022

A note from the World Beer Cup – they are needing volunteers if you are interested!

 

Good day volunteers!

 

I am so pleased to invite you to fill out the volunteer interest form for the 2022 World Beer Cup®!

 

Please read this entire message carefully, as it contains a large amount of information.

 

World Beer Cup ® judging phase 3 (see details below)

You will have the opportunity to identify your interest in phase 3 in the attached link. 

 

  • PHASE 3 of 2022 WBC®judging, will be held (April 30 – May 2, 2022), in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This phase will be held at theHyatt Regency Minneapolis at 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota. We will have approximately 28 tables for phase 3 over three days.

 

We would like to identify your level of interest as this will help us finalize staffing for phase 3 utilizing volunteers in Minneapolis. This being said, it is very important that you fill out the link below no later than February 27th, 2022. (Email confirmations will be sent no later than February 28th, 2022) Please note: you must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Additionally, please identify if you have any brewery or craft beer industry affiliations of any kind. The information you provide on affiliations will be reviewed to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

 (Please ignore the date on the email you will receive after submitting your information via the link as it shows February 8th as the confirmation date and it should be February 28th)

Sign up here:

Here is the link:  https://brewersassociation.wufoo.com/forms/zji9mex1antc1i/

 

Some other items of interest:

In 2018, 2,515 breweries from 66 countries entered 8,234 beers that were judged in 101 categories. As you know, we canceled the 2020 World Beer Cup due to COVID. At the 2022 WBC, ~10,000 entries from around the world will compete in 103 categories. Roughly 35% of the total judge panel will come from outside the USA.

 

A word about health and wellness as it relates to COVID-19: The entire 2022 WBC competition is configured to emphasize the health and wellness of all participants. Judging will take place over more days, with fewer tables per day, fewer judges per table and fewer total judges. All WBC competition participants (judges, staff, volunteers) will be required to be fully vaccinatedWe will ask confirmed volunteers to provide proof of vaccination at a later date. (Please do not request this opportunity if you will be unable to provide proof of full vaccination in coming months). The protocol for PPE worn by judges and competition volunteers during judging will be determined based on COVID-related conditions at the time of the competition. We expect to meet or exceed all federal and state requirements at the time of the competition.

 

Phase 3 – All volunteers should plan to volunteer for all three days in this phase. If you are unable to volunteer for all 3 days, please identify on the form the days you are available to volunteer.  For those volunteers that are able to commit to the 3 days, we will have a very special drawing on the final day for a surprise raffle item. More information to be provided.

 

2022 WBC Interest and volunteer confirmation timeline: Please respond to this interest form for the WBC 2022 no later than Sunday, February 27th, 2022. All confirmations for WBC volunteer positions will be sent out no later than February 28th, 2022. All schedule details and perks will be forthcoming, and it is important to note that these are full days starting at 7am and ending at approximately 5pm each judging day. We will provide a light breakfast, snacks throughout the day and a full hot lunch each day of the competition.

 

Please see below for the overview of the various volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer job categories are on the interest link (more information forthcoming by volunteer job type).

 

Stewards – Will work under the direction of a Table Captain in all aspects of serving beers to the judges, along with other various duties as needed to run this competition. Training will be provided. (note: we use very small trays and very small sample pours ensuring this is an easy task for even the non-experienced volunteer)

Back of House Team– These are our folks that do not mind getting physical and moving beers for a large portion of the day.  Other duties to be outlined as needed as support for the competition. Training will be provided.

 

Administrative Team – These are our volunteers that care for not only filing comment cards, but all the other administrative duties as needed within the competition. Training will be provided.

If you are interested in joining us, please be sure to complete your form no later than Sunday February 27th, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me [email protected].

Thank you sincerely for your time and I very much look forward to hearing from you, and even more so meeting you in person as one of our amazing volunteers!

Steve Fletty

WBC Volunteer Coordinator

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