Some of you may have heard that Kathy Stock, longtime volunteer at homebrew contests and co-brewer with husband Curt of some of the finest homebrew ever produced in this state, is battling brain cancer. The local homebrewing community is working with Kathy’s workplace on a fundraiser that is coming up on Dec. 11, from 5-9, and the Czech hall on West Seventh that has been a venue for many MHBA meetings.
You are invited to the Annual Holiday Potluck (A.K.A. our December meeting)
Friday, December 13th from 5:30 to 10:00 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 commercial beer.
What to bring:
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
“Learn to Brew” day was held this year on Saturday, November 2nd at Barley John’s. And it was another excellent turnout! The weather was very nice this year which made it much easier to stay outside and see all the action. The day started with our normal setup of multiple brewing stations. Thanks go out to Al, Gera, Todd, Paul and TJ for taking the time to bring your setups. They treated us to extract and all grain brewing methods, which ranged from a 5 gallon batch to a 30 gallon batch. Marie, manager of Barley John’s, and her staff did a great job of taking care of our group and serving excellent beer and food. We had one guest who was promoting his availability of honey and another promoting their website for beer recipes. There were a number of new people asking lots of questions and wanted to become members of our club. We had great gift sponsors in Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies as we raffled off 2 new brew kits as well as a lot of glasses, t-shirts and other beer swag. Big thanks go out to Gera for putting this year’s event together! Thanks to everyone who participated! [Read more...]
It’s time to warm up your Cider making skills. The 2013 Club Cider Buy pickup date has been officially confirmed. Below is the official announcement from Jonathan. Check out the Upcoming Events section for directions and more information on the event.
We finally have a date for the 2013 Club Cider Buy. It will be Saturday November 16th @ Barley John’s. As usual it will be $4 per gallon payable by cash, check or square cash (look it up). Please be sure to bring your sanitized 5 gallon vessels and perhaps a funnel if you will need one. We will have funnel(s) and starsan on hand but extras never hurt. We will do our best to arrive around 10am and I would request that people show up no later than 2pm (though it may very well take us longer than that). If you are unable to attend please try to get a friend to help you out, if that is not an option please let me know ASAP and we can try to work something out. As this will be hosted at Barley John’s there will be plenty of food and beer available so support them and hang out and enjoy if you have the time. Currently the allocation of cider is full but if you haven’t already signed up and are interested there may very well be extras so come hang out and bring some buckets. To the same extent if you want more than you requested bring along a few extra vessels and you might get lucky. Again for this reason if you do not let me know that you will be arriving late I will start giving away people’s allocations after 2pm. Please note that this email is going to the whole club and receiving it DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED CIDER. I will be sending out an email shortly to all those who are already on the list. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Cheers!