Saturday, May 6th we celebrate the American Homebrewers Association’s annual Big Brew for National Homebrew Day. Many of us will gather and brew individually at Lift Bridge Brewing beginning at 11:00; any recipe is welcome, but please consider brewing one of the two suggested recipes found on the AHA site. Brewing will be outside, except for those who were the first twelve to sign up.
If you can’t make it to Lift Bridge, then please consider hosting a brewing open house on May 6th. Let us know that you’re doing so, and we can spread the word to club members; this is a great opportunity to meet other members, see other brewers’ set-ups, share techniques, and to participate in the national simultaneous noon toast. Please let us know your name and address, what time you are opening the doors, what people can bring, and whether they should bring a brewing set-up.
Let’s make this a day where club members are in personal contact with other members, regardless of location!
On Thursday, May 18th, club members will yet again invade the tailgating lot at the Saints still-kinda’-new stadium for grilling, chilling, and swilling. The lot opens for sinning at 4:00, and the game against the Gary RailCats begins at 7:00. Reserved seating tickets along the first base side must be purchased in advance through the club’s site; tickets are $18 each and include brats and buns courtesy of the club. Purchase your tickets directly on the club website.
You will receive your ticket in the lot just before the game, as we eat each other’s delectable potluck dishes and drink each other’s beverages. As mentioned, the club will be grilling copious sausages and providing eatware.
Last year’s game featured a walk-off home run by the Saints, and to the best of anyone’s recollection, the Saints have yet to lose while the club is in attendance, so come join us on a lovely spring evening for beer, buddies, and baseball!
What’s better than drinking your own homebrew one night at home by yourself? Three days of drinking homebrew from OTHER people’s stashes from across the entire state while chilling around a well-populated campfire outside during the nicest time of the year!
But what to do between the homebrew and the mead? Go hiking, horseback riding, or swimming in a lake!
But surely this must cost a small fortune and a ton of drive time, right? How about $25 per adult and 90 minutes of driving through lovely central Minnesota?
Bring your tent to El Rancho Manana August 4-6, 2017 and take up residence around the campfire for 36 hours or so. Saturday’s events include a homebrew contest (no need to leave your lawn chair) and a deluxe supper (you might have to stand up to get your food . . . ). There is space for smaller RVs and pop-ups, and the improved campground has electric sites and bath houses.
This VERY family-friendly event is a great way to connect with brewers from Saint Cloud, Fargo-Morehead, and Duluth-Superior. Last year celebrated the 25th anniversary of this treasured tradition, so come help us kick off the next 25-year run!
Join us for the 3rd annual MHBA Iron Home Brewer Competition!
Sunday, September 10th is our 3rd annual Iron Home Brewer competition. This year we are doing it a bit different, we are unveiling the secret ingredient now as to give everyone ample time to brew. The secret ingredient this year is HONEY. The event is being held outside, weather permitting, at Midwest Supplies in St Louis Park from 12 to 3pm and everyone is welcome! Midwest gives us a large parking lot space, so kids, bring your scooters and balls.
There will be two prizes for honey beers–one awarded by a panel of judges, and the other awarded by people’s choice. All homebrew is very welcome, and the club jockey box will be available. Anyone who brings at least 60 ounces of a particular beer will receive credit in the Brewers of Fame Program.
This will be a club only contest that will utilize honey in the brewing process (beer only).
Brewers will have from now until September 10th to brew any beer that they feel will work in harmony and exemplify the “secret ingredient”.
Brewers should bring at minimum 6 – 12 oz bottles or 1 – 64oz growler. We will have the club jockey box available for kegs as well.
There are two ways to win:
We will have a panel of 3 qualified judges to select the Iron Home Brewer. The winner will win an MHBA Iron Home Brewer trophy and a $50 gift certificate to Midwest Supplies.
We will also have a people’s choice award will win an exciting TBD prize!
If you have any questions about this event please e-mail Matt Weide.