This year’s Iron Brewer challenge is saison!
Compete with other MHBA members to have your beer professionally brewed and served at the Forgotten Star Brewing taproom.
To keep our activities as healthy as possible, there will NOT be a homebrew share and voting this year. Fortunately, to keep with tradition of a yearly throw-down, Forgotten Star Brewery’s owner and head brewer Matt Asay has agreed to choose the club’s best saison.
Forgotten Star Brewery has a massive taproom section with plenty of space for a safe, socially-distant get-together as Matt, announces his favorite saison. There is also an outdoor tent and skating rink in case President Dave Matson wants to lace up and work on his axel jumps.
Entries can be dropped off at the brewery any time during normal business hours between now and February 25th.
Limit three unique entries per entrant. One bottle per entry. Attach your name and saison strength and color per BJCP guidelines. Including the beer recipe would be helpful but not required.
Entry deadline February 25th.
Winner revealed 6:00 P.M. March 2nd at Forgotten Star Brewing Company.
Also, if you’d like to bring bottles to swap with other members, feel free. Just don’t bring them into the brewery.
- BJCP style guidelines for saison
- Craft Beer and Brewing article about brewing saison
- BeerSmith podcast on brewing saison
- Basic Brewing Radio podcast on a saison yeast experiment
- Milk the Funk Wiki article on saison (hopefully website will be available again soon!)
There were still ugly sweaters, holiday lights, and the shroud of holiday mystery. But club members celebrated a bit differently this year with a holiday party over Zoom. We were joined by the Head Brewer at Back Channel Brewing, Marc Makarem, who gave an inspiring story of his journey from back-porch home brewer to where he is now. A fierce round of trivia was played, and club members Al Boyce, Adam Bystrom, and Dave Royer (as a gift from Marc) each won a $50 gift card to a taproom of their choice to support local breweries.
Everyone who attended the Holiday Zoom is on Santa’s nice list and can buy a bottle of Back Channel Soviet Slayer for a $5 discount, which were specially set aside by Marc for our club. After the guided tasting he provided, this is sure to be a hit! Get a stemless chalice while you’re there, too! (I can vouch that it’s surprisingly awesome.)
Since Apple is getting into the lucrative fitness market, the MHBA had no choice but to follow suit. There are two new ways to have fun and get swoll as a club (and are free!):
- Peloton: Add the #MNHomeBrewers tag on Peloton
- Strava: Join Minnesota Home Brewers Association on Strava
MHBA Honor Roll
Congratulations to Anthony Davis for winning Best of Show at the Sour Times Competition for his brett beer! He also picked up a silver medal for his Berliner weisse.
Also, shout-out to Colby Reineke for winning silver in American wild specialty (which I actually judged, it was a heck-of-a-beer!), bronze in continental sours, and Honorable Mention in historical/brett beers.
You can see the full results here.