Opportunity abounds

Welcome to 2021. Like most of you, I’m reminded this time of year is nonpareil for quiet reflection. The sun, low in the sky, casts long shadows and lets you recount how far we’ve come and where we want to be going. Last night, after some exercise, I found a bottle of IPA from the club bottle share last November that was positively sublime. Joy can come in unexpected places, even a forgotten bottle. With fresh snow by our feet, I hope you’re having fun imagining the delicious beverages that will grace your carboys this year. Joy is also not an accident.

With that in mind, the MHBA board met on January 12 and planned the core club events for this year:

  • March 2, 2021. Iron Brewer (see more below)
  • March 16, 2021. Club Elections and a guest from Arbeiter Brewing Company. Are you interested in being on the club board? We’ll be electing club president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and member-at-large. This is your club, and your chance to steer the ship!
  • April 17, 2021. Spring Forward Homebrew Review.
  • May 1, 2021. Big Brew Day.
  • September 19, 2021. Autumn Homebrew Review.
  • November 6, 2021. Learn to Brew Day and Club Cider Buy.

Final Friday Club Socials

Miss your MHBA friends? Joined the Facebook group and want to check out our club? Let’s try something new and have a regular social event. No agenda, just fun.

Name: MHBA Final Friday Social
Time: Fri, Jan 29, 8:30 – 10:30 PM
Join the meeting: https://meet.google.com/pwq-opzb-sun

In the spirit of supporting local breweries affected by the pandemic, let’s all try to get Life Ain’t Fair by Fair State. You can order online and have contactless pick up from locations all over the cities. If enough of us get the same beer, it would be fun to taste it together.

Direct link to order: https://shop.fairstate.coop/product/life-aint-fair/

Can’t get it? No problem. Open something from a brewery you want to see in 2022 or some of your homebrew.

See you all at Final Friday!

Iron Brewer

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.

Good luck!

MHBA Honor Roll 

Congratulations Adam Bystrom for being the First Runner Up in the 2020 National Mead Maker of the Year circuit! And congratulations to friend-of-the-club and fellow Minnesotan Josh Holbrook for BEING the 2020 National Mead Maker of the Year!
The definitive guide to holding homebrew contests in the midst of a pandemic, a herculean labor by Al Boyce, Kevin Meintsma, Matt Weide, Josh Mahoney, and Dave Royer, was cited in the latest issue of Zymurgy.
Open Mic
Do you want to organize an event of interest to the MHBA? Let us help publicize it! Contact the club secretary to get the ball rolling!
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