MHBA Members Racking up Awards

Reminder! MHBA Schell’s Brewery Visit on October 23rd
Schell’s is hosting the MHBA for a visit, tour, and tasting!
We will start off at 11am meeting at the brewery in the Bier Hall for a guided tour of the Schell’s facility and a tasting done with someone (TBD) from the brewery who can answer any questions we have. Afterwards, we can stay for a drink at the Bier Hall.
Once done with the tour, tasting, and any extra pints at the Bier Hall we will head over to Starkeller for some beers and snacks!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing [email protected] so that we can let the brewery know an estimated number of attendees.
MHBA Final Friday Social with Boom Island Brewing on October 29th
More details coming soon!
MHBA Club Cider Buy on November 6th
oin the Minnesota Home Brewers Association for our annual cider distribution and homebrew demonstrations at Barley John’s Brewpub. All MHBA club members are encouraged to BRING A FRIEND who might want to Learn to Brew to this event. 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 Orchards that you can use for your hard ciders, cysers and fruit beers. All MHBA members in good standing are able to purchase cider here:
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!
More information will follow as we get a few things ironed out.
MHBA Back Channel Brewing Trip on November 13th at Noon
Back Channel Brewing will be hosting the MN Home Brewers Association to share their facilities, brews, and good times!
MHBA Holiday Party Scheduled for January 8th at Forgotten Star Brewing

More details to be added later, but hold the date for the annual holiday party! Event details will be posted on Facebook as well:

Nordeast Brewers Alliance Homebrew Competition 2021

The Nordeast Brewers Alliance homebrew club is hosting our BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition again with entries due in November and remote judging the first weeks of December. We look forward to your participation!

With so many variables, we are focusing on a completely remote competition again to keep the planning simple and set proper expectations. Entries require three bottles (two for the judging pair; one for Best-of-Show). After the bottle sort in early December, judging kits will be set up for pick-up in the Minneapolis area.

Registration site:

A few key dates:

  • Account and judge registration is open today through November 30

  • Entry registration is open November 1 through November 30

  • Bottle sort will happen around December 1-4; judges will be contacted with flight and judging partner information

  • Judge pick-up will happen around December 3-5 in the Minneapolis area; if you want to judge remotely or that weekend does not work, please let us know and we can make accommodations

  • Judging will be complete by Friday, December 17 with Best-of-Show judging around December 17-19. Winners will be announced after the BOS judging and awards will be shipped the following days.

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

  • Nathan Steigman for being second overall in heavy medal rankings and single-handedly putting MHBA in third place in the club competition at Orpheus MeadFest. He won the following medals: 1st-historical, 2nd-trad sweet, 2nd-fruit and spice, 2nd-historical, 3rd-historical
  • Adam Bystrom earned SIX medals at Valkyries Horn (2nd-semisweet trad, 2nd-cyser, 2nd-pyment, 3rd-SHV, 2nd-braggot, 2nd-historical, HM-fruit and spice)
  • Nathan Steigman won three medals at Valkyries Horn (1st&3rd-historical, 3rd-braggot).
  • Paul Johnson won one medal at Valkyries Horn (1st-cyser).
  • Josh Landy won one medal at Valkyries Horn (2nd-healthy hydromels).
  • Anthony Davis won one medal at Valkyries Horn (3rd-fruit and spice).

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:

  • 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
  • Good Beer Hunting writes about how a method that had fallen to the wayside for modern generations of brewers, decoction brewing, is finding new interest and popularity
  • Louis Livingston-Garcia of Beer Dabbler talks with Beer Kulture, a non profit focused on diversity and inclusion in the craft beverage industry, and the impact they are making
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