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MHBA Club Members Recognized with Medals

February 16, 2019

There have been numerous club members who have done well at the recent homebrew competitions.  Thank you to all who entered Minnesota Mash-Out and Great Northern Brew Ha Ha under the banner of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association.  Congratulations to the following members who are listed below!  Special recognition goes to Colby Reineke, who cleaned up at Mash-Out, to Kevin Meintsma, who did well in both contests, and to Nathan Steigman for taking the Mead Best of Show(!) at Mash-Out.  If you entered but didn’t win, please take heart; the MHBA board went 0-for-11 with their Mash-Out entries . . .

Hopefully we’ll get to taste some of these award-winning beverages at the annual business meeting at InBound at 2:00, Sunday, February 24th.

Minnesota Mash-Out Winners:

Nathan Steigman: Mead Best of Show–Fireweed Traditional; 1st with Kruke Lingonlunda; 1st with Wall-Less Mazer

Colby Reineke: 1st with Freshly Squeezed IPA; 1st with Shea DDH Golden Sour; 1st with Juicebox and Crayons Fruit Beer; 3rd with Scry Pale Ale; 3rd with Mixed Familia Brett Beer

Adam Bloomquist: 2nd with MECCA IPA

Paul Dienhart: 2nd with Barbera Pyment

Devin Jouwstra: 2nd with Dr. Rhu vegetable beer

Matt Weide: 3rd with Root Beer Bochet

Brew Ha Ha Winners:

Kevin Meintsma: 1st with Sweet Esspression SHV beer; 1st with Cunning Lingonberry fruit cider; 1st with Muscat Luv pyment

Dave Matson: 2nd with Medium Dry Cider

Chris Smith: 2nd with Ice Cider

Apologies to any members who won but did not declare MHBA in the Club field.  This author searched only for medal winners listing MHBA as the member club.

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Thanks for a great 2018

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who joined us for this past year’s holiday party at Summit Brewing! The new location was a fantastic place to share homebrew, food and listen to the Jazz Central Trio. Congratulations to Gera Exire LaTour for winning the People’s Choice Beer/Mead award for her Tart Cherry Mead, Lloyd McIvor and his delicious cider for winning the People’s Choice Cider award and Jeff Kalchik for winning the People’s Choice Food award for his amazing brisket!

Our next event is fast approaching on Friday, January 11th. Come join us for Growler/Crowler/Bowler Fest! Check out the event page for more details

NOW is a GREAT time to check to see when your membership is expiring. As always, you may extend your membership quickly, easily, and safely on the club website.

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See you at the Holiday Party Saturday?

December 4, 2018

It’s time for the 2018 Holiday Party!

For the first time since recorded history, the holiday party will NOT be at the CSPS hall. This year, we will be heading to the Summit Brewing Training Facility, right behind the Summit Rathskeller Taproom. It will still be an awesome potluck event with live music, home-brewed beer, mead and cider and lots of fun! We will also have the ability to purchase Summit Beer!

If you aren’t familiar with the Summit Training facility, this is a separate building behind the Summit Rathskeller Taproom. Just follow the beer pipeline at the back of the main facility. There is parking back there as well.

Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t have any commercial alcohol or any home-made alcoholic beverages other than beer, mead and cider (sorry, no wine).

What should you bring? Bring your food and homebrewed Beer, Mead and Cider! We’ll have plates, napkins and plastic-ware!

This is a family-friendly event, open to everyone so bring your friends too! It’s sure to be a great time!

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Time is running out for Cider

October 24, 2018

Our annual Learn to Brew day and Cider Pickup are fas approaching. That means your time to order cider is almost up. Not sure how to make cider or need some assistance? Go check out our Getting Started with Cider article or jump on the Facebook Group and ask a question!

We have a bit more cider left for purchase and we are close enough that we are opening cider purchases to everyone regardless of membership status.

Not interested in Cider, stop by Barley John’s anyway and say hi! Grab some delicious beer and food and come chat about brewing!

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2018 Holiday Party Details Announced

October 23, 2018

The details for the 2018 Holiday Party have been announced and it’s sure to be a hit!

For the first time since recorded history, the holiday party will NOT be at the CSPS hall. This year, we will be heading to the Summit Brewing Training Facility, right behind the Summit Rathskeller Taproom. It will still be an awesome potluck event with live music, home-brewed beer, mead and cider and lots of fun! We will also have the ability to purchase Summit Beer!

If you aren’t familiar with the Summit Training facility, this is a separate building behind the Summit Rathskeller Taproom. Just follow the beer pipeline at the back of the main facility. There is parking back there as well.

Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t have any commercial alcohol or any home-made alcoholic beverages other than beer, mead and cider (sorry, no wine).

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It’s Cider Time!

September 30, 2018

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to fall. That can only mean it’s time to make Cider! Once again MHBA members are able to purchase fresh-pressed, unpasteurized cider and pick it up on Learn-to-brew-bay/Cider Day at Barley John’s Brew Pub on Nov 3rd.

As usual, initially cider is available for pre-purchase only to MHBA club members. As we get closer to distribution day we may open that up to non-members. You can purchase in 5-gallon allotments. Please bring your own sanitized, plastic 5-gallon containers.

Pickup is November 3rd at Barley John’s Brew Pub. You must pickup on distribution day between 11am and 2pm.

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What’s happening this month

July 10, 2018

Hi Home Brewers! It’s time to check in on some fantastic upcoming events that you need to get on your calendar and catch up on some recent happenings

Upcoming Events

MHBA at Boom Days

Some club members will be giving a home brew demo at Boom Days on July 15 at Boom Island Brewing in Minneapolis. Club members Jon Hunter and Cory Monson will be doing a BIAB demo of a Patersbier. Come hang out, chat brewing and have some great beer, starting at 1pm!

August brings the All-Club Campout

It’s time to grab your s’mores stick and break out the tent. It’s time for the annual Minnesota Wide Homebrew Club Campout. As per tradition, the camping event will take place the first weekend in August.  The planning, Saturday supper, and site are coordinated this year by the Prairie Homebrewing Companions of Fargo-Moorhead.  The cost is usually minimal, and is often around $25/person, camping and Saturday’s feast included; kids are free.  After three years at El Rancho Manana, the event moves back to Camp Nushka this time around.

Get your Chocolate on!

Join us for our annual Iron Home Brewer competition! The secret ingredient for 2018 is Chocolate. Brew a beer, mead or cider that showcases Chocolate for a chance to win something pretty special! Bring your homebrew, friends and snacks and join us at Northern Brewer Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 25th for this fun event!
We will also have a demo on how to package your homebrew to send to a competition.

We have some awesome homebrewers in the club

Congratulations to three club members who took home medals at the recent HomebrewCon in Portland!
  • Sean Kampshoff took home Gold for a Barrel Aged Barleywine
  • Kevin Meintsma took home Silver for a Cyser
  • Nathan Steigman took home Bronze for a Traditional Mead

 

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It’s time for Big Brew

April 30, 2018

What’s better than Big Brew Day with the Minnesota Home Brewers Association? How about two Big Brew Days!

Big Brew Day at Lift Bridge

Coming up this weekend on Saturday, May 5th we will be heading to Lift Bridge to join them for their annual Big Brew Day celebration. Whether you are there to brew, to share homebrew, to grab some Lift Bridge beer or just to hang out, swing by with the family and friends and say hi to the MN Home Brewers Association!

If you are planning on brewing at this event, please check out the details with Lift Bridge on the event page as they are the coordinators.

Big Brew Day at Unmapped

Next Saturday, May 12th we will be at Unmapped Brewing for an MHBA Exclusive Big Brew Day! Bring your Homebrew, Bring your brew rig, bring the friends and family and come out for some great homebrew, great Unmapped Beer and some awesome people!

If you are planning on Brewing at this event, please let us know via email or via the FaceBook event page so we can coordinate plans.

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Last Call for Saints Tickets

April 30, 2018

It’s that time. We are wrapping up selling tickets for our annual outing to CHS field to visit the St. Paul Saints! You don’t want to miss this event! What could be better than hanging out on a warm summer afternoon, enjoying some homebrew, a delicious brat, then heading in to watch a baseball game!

Purchase your tickets to the Saint Paul Saints game now.

If you don’t purchase your tickets this week, there will not be a ticket for you. No extra tickets will be available after this weekend.

Photo by Matt Weide

Photo by Matt Weide

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Are you ready for April’s Homebrew Review?

March 29, 2018

Are you ready? Coming up on April 10th the MHBA is taking over Alloy Brewing in Coon Rapids for our annual Homebrew Review.

What’s the Homebrew Review? Think if it like a beer festival where you are the brewer! Bring your best beers, most interesting beers or what you are enjoying showing off right now and join us for a great night of homebrew at Alloy Brewing!

The first 50 dues-paid MHBA members get a free Alloy Beer!

This event is open to everyone! Bring the family and friends and get ready for a great time!

Check out the event page for the Homebrew Review for more details.

For those of you planning out to April, make sure you have our two Big Brew Days events on your calendar!

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