New: Renew your membership instantly online

February 26, 2014

Still haven’t renewed your 2014 MHBA dues? There is a brand new way to renew your dues instantly online. When you renew online, you get your membership card instantly via email, plus you have the option of renewing for 3 years at a discounted rate!

Go find out more about membership or renew your membership now!

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Congratulations to all Mashout Winners

January 29, 2014

Congratulations to everyone who entered beer, mead and cider in the 2014 Upper Mississippi Mashout! A big congratulations to everyone who medaled as well!

For those unfamiliar with Mashout, it is one of the largest homebrew contests in the country, drawing nearly 1000 entries from coast to coast. Mashout was started in 2002 and is sponsored by the Minnesota Homebrewers Association and the St Paul Home Brewers Club. Judges and volunteers from around the region, and around the country, descend on the Twin Cities to judge these entries as well as take part in educational seminars and catch up with friends.

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February Social Event – Crafting A Nation Screening

January 15, 2014

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 the Minnesota Home Brewers Association has been invited to a screening of the film “Crafting A Nation“. Crafting A Nation is a feature length documentary about how the American craft brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time.

The film features brewers from California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Delaware, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Indeed Brewing Company from Minnesota!


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January Social Event at 612 Brew

January 11, 2014

Let’s start out the year with our FIRST Social Event of the year!

You all are invited to our first social event of the year. We’ll be at 612 Brew in NE Minneapolis. Rob Kasak, one of the owners of 612 Brew, cordially invited us to stop by and have a relaxing get together and tour of the brewery.

Here’s the info on our social event:

A tour will be taken at 7:00 pm, maybe. Remember, it’s a relaxed get together so the schedule for the tour is flexible!

Hope to see you there!

Michael Coté

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Growler Magazine’s Kind Of A Big Deal winner

January 11, 2014

At the end of 2013, Minnesota Home Brewers were voted the best homebrew club. Thank you for everyone that took the time to vote and put your support behind the club. This is the second year in a row that we have won this award and goes to show all the great people who have made this club what it is today. 


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2014 Beer Dabbler Home Brew Contest

January 8, 2014

Once again the Beer Dabbler is sponsoring a home brew contest for people attending the Winter Beer Dabbler beer festival! There is no fee for the contest but you must be attending the Winter Beer Dabbler festival to enter. The festival is on January 25, 2014.  Only one entry per person is allowed and you must register your entry by midnight on January 24, 2014.

The competition is also looking for assistance judging the competition. Judging will happen the weekend after the festival, on February 1, 2014.  Details for this are available on the Beer Dabbler Home Brew Competition Website.

If you are interested in registering, judging or looking for more information, check out the Beer Dabbler Home Brew Competition Website.

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2013 Holiday Party Wrapup

December 19, 2013

On December 13th, our group held our annual Christmas party at the CSPS Hall in St. Paul.

This year we were able to create a family friendly, festive atmosphere with colored table clothes, red and green beads,
candy canes and great food, beer and music. The 70 or so group of attendees were treated to live music throughout the evening as Reuben Ristrom and his band
played a number of Jazzy seasonal songs and classic jazz pieces. We had enough food this year to take care of everyone and still had a little left over! Thanks to all who brought something to share!

Congratulations to Jeff Luskey and his “Chernilla Stout” for winning the beer competition. (Updated: We originally credited Paul Illa for this.) (more…)

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Mississippi Mashout Competition – UMMO

December 16, 2013

It’s Mashout time again and it’s the thirteenth year of the competition!

This years UMMO competition will focus on helping Kathy Stock, who was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this fall. This is a terrific opportunity to not only have a great time, but to help someone many of us know.

Volunteers are also needed for this event. This typically a well staffed event, so if you’re interested – be sure to volunteer early. All volunteers will be give a commemorative beer and glass.



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MHBA Holiday Party @ CSPS Hall

December 11, 2013

You are invited to the Annual Holiday Potluck (A.K.A. our December meeting)

Friday, December 13th from 5:30 to 
p.m. at the CSPS Hall, above the Glockenspiel Restaurant Check out the Event Page for address, a map and directions.

Buffet-style food service will begin at 7:00.
Setup will start around 5:30, and teardown at 9:30.

Again this Year: The club is providing a 5-gallon keg of Summit Unchained: Bière de Garde.

What to bring:



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2013 Cider Buy Wrap-up

November 20, 2013

Thanks to everyone who showed up to Barley John’s on Saturday to help with our Annual Cider distribution. This year the MHBA purchased 500 gallons and probably set a record for how quickly it was distributed, with it all going within about 3 hours!  As usual, Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton hosted our event and had a fantastic collection of beers available for us to try while filling buckets and carboys.

For anyone who is still sitting on their cider, here are a couple resources to get you started fermenting!

Brewing TV Video

Our very own Chris Smith shares his amazing Cider making knowledge with the Northern Brewer Brewing TV crew in this 2012 episode all about Cider.  The recipe from the episode is also available.


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