Event Details:2019 Business Meeting
Join us (with bottled homebrew–discretely!) at InBound at 2:00, Sunday, February 24th.
There have been numerous club members who have done well at the recent homebrew competitions. Thank you to all who entered Minnesota Mash-Out and Great Northern Brew Ha Ha under the banner of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association. Congratulations to the following members who are listed below! Special recognition goes to Colby Reineke, who cleaned up at Mash-Out, to Kevin Meintsma, who did well in both contests, and to Nathan Steigman for taking the Mead Best of Show(!) at Mash-Out. If you entered but didn’t win, please take heart; the MHBA board went 0-for-11 with their Mash-Out entries . . .
Hopefully we’ll get to taste some of these award-winning beverages at the annual business meeting at InBound at 2:00, Sunday, February 24th.
Minnesota Mash-Out Winners:
Nathan Steigman: Mead Best of Show–Fireweed Traditional; 1st with Kruke Lingonlunda; 1st with Wall-Less Mazer
Colby Reineke: 1st with Freshly Squeezed IPA; 1st with Shea DDH Golden Sour; 1st with Juicebox and Crayons Fruit Beer; 3rd with Scry Pale Ale; 3rd with Mixed Familia Brett Beer
Adam Bloomquist: 2nd with MECCA IPA
Paul Dienhart: 2nd with Barbera Pyment
Devin Jouwstra: 2nd with Dr. Rhu vegetable beer
Matt Weide: 3rd with Root Beer Bochet
Brew Ha Ha Winners:
Kevin Meintsma: 1st with Sweet Esspression SHV beer; 1st with Cunning Lingonberry fruit cider; 1st with Muscat Luv pyment
Dave Matson: 2nd with Medium Dry Cider
Chris Smith: 2nd with Ice Cider
Apologies to any members who won but did not declare MHBA in the Club field. This author searched only for medal winners listing MHBA as the member club.
Wooden Nickel Wednesday at Dangerous Man! This Wednesday, December 20th, any club member in good standing may come enjoy a free pint at Dangerous Man, beginning at 6:30. Club funds purchased the barrel and barrel rack for this past winter’s club barrel project, and now that that has run its course, the rack has been traded to Dangerous Man for some beer. This is a social event, and no homebrew may be consumed, but at 7:00, there will be a board meeting. Six positions are up for election come February, so perhaps you would like to observe the board meeting, then run for a position? We need to turn over the board positions every so often, in order to get new blood and new ideas, so please consider stepping forward. No board member would be the least bit upset if you ran–honestly! 🙂
If 10:00 a.m. comes Saturday, November 4th, and you don’t find yourself in a deer stand, then we’ll expect you to be eating egg bake and sampling homebrew and cider with the club at Barley John’s! If you haven’t attended a meeting before, and you’re there at 10:30, then I GUARANTEE that a veteran member will introduce herself/himself and pour you a beer.
Barleys John’s is once again kind enough to allow us to take over their patio for the day. They’ll have a special egg bake ready, so come hungry! Two volunteers will be brewing demonstration batches outside, and supposedly some of those brews will find their way to the Holiday Party (Sunday, December 10th). There will be a door prize or two as well . . .
Bring homebrew to share; there will be a special judging area where you can get feedback from BJCP judges.
Bring CIDER! There will be a prize for the best cider.
Pick up your cider purchase! There will be a prize at the Holiday Party for the best cider from this year’s batch. THE CIDER PURCHASE IS CLOSED. Members purchased all 500 gallons, so if you are a non-member who was hoping to get some at the end of the purchase period, you will just have to join the club before next November. 🙂
Learn about cider! At 11:00, our club scientist Dave Matson will present ciders to be sampled; the ciders were fermented with nine different yeasts. Dave might also have some doctored ciders to show the effects of adding acid and/or tannin. Following Dave’s presentation, he and noted cider expert Chris Smith will hold a cider conversation where attendees may ask questions about the cider-making process.
Drink lots of Barley John’s great beer! While you eat egg bake, sample ciders, and wait for your turn in the cider line, please make certain to drink lots of John’s fabulous beer. Homebrew is welcome, but we want to make this worth Barley John’s time. We also want to be known as a club that tips like there’s no tomorrow.
We’ll see you incider or outcider Barley John’s on the 4th! People will be brewing and mingling until at least 2:00 . . .
Keep reading for more camp-out details: Please let me know ahead of time of you’re coming. This will help us plan, especially for Saturday dinner. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your intentions to attend as soon as possible.
If any of this sounds like fun, you’ll want to join us at the camp-out! See you there.
Lift Bridge Brewing Company is inviting members of the Minnesota Home Brewer’s Association to enter beers in their 4th annual 2017 Home Brew contest. One lucky winner will have his/her entry selected to be brewed at Lift Bridge and entered into the GABF PRO-AM contest in Denver this October 5th through 7th!
Here are the short details:
Lift Bridge hopes you are as excited about this as they are! Spread the word to the club! Please read through the contest rules, and feel free to contact Lift Bridge directly with any questions you may have! Please, direct inquiries to email@example.com. For more information, check out the Lift Bridge GABF Contest Rules 2017
Cheers and good luck,
Lift Bridge Brewing Company
There was some changing of the guard at the recent election meeting. First and foremost, Gera Exire LaTour has stepped aside as treasurer; the club will definitely miss Gera on the board, and wishes to send a hearty “thank you” her way for her years of excellent bookkeeping! Stepping in as club treasurer is Jon Hunter, and joining him on the board as new members-at-large are Alex Carlson and John Vircks. We appreciate the new board members offering their time to the club, and also want to thank Paul Illa and Dan Dugan, who both stepped aside after two-year terms as members-at-large.
If you’ve seen the wonderful new club banner, you can thank Paul Illa the next time you see him, as it was mostly through his work (and Dave and Audrey Royer’s work on the logo) that we achieved that.
John Longballa was re-elected president, Matt Weide was re-elected vice-president, and Dave Royer was re-elected secretary. Dave Matson and Chris Smith are half-way through two-year terms as members-at-large, and with no change in the presidency, Brett Glenna remains the president emeritus on the board.
Save the date!
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.
Homebrew is welcome, and Lift Bridge will have mash/sparge water available, as well as hoses for chillers. Please remember to purchase much of Lift Bridge’s delicious wares! At 4:00, Lift Bridge will be distributing Oktoberfest wort, but you must purchase your wort ahead of time for $5 at Eventbrite.
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!