NBA Pre-Con Party, Homebrew Con and other festivities

It’s nearly here and we are very excited for Homebrew Con to return to the Twin Cities.

The NBA Schedule

Tuesday – Nordeast Brewers Alliance Party at Northgate

 June 13th | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come on down and celebrate with NBA members, Northgate, Married To My Beer, Natedogs, Rahr/BSG and Northern Brewer at the area’s premier pub! There will be some pro-am collaboration beers on tap as well as NorthGate’s fantastic libations! $2 from each sale of collaboration beer goes to benefit Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research and treatment. We will also be raffling off homebrew items donated by Northern Brewer.

The event is free and open to all. Beer and food are pay-as-you-go.

https://www.homebrewcon.org/week-event/nordeast-brewers-alliancenorthgate-brewing-pre-con-collaboration-party/

Wednesday – Chop & Brü Prefunk Party at Insight Brewing

June 14 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chop & Brew and Brülosophy are teaming up to host the Chop & Brü Prefunk Party at Insight Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis the night before the conference begins.

A contingent of NBA members will be in attendance.

https://www.homebrewcon.org/week-event/chop-bru-prefunk-party-insight-brewing/

Thursday – Homebrew Con is here!

June 15 |  8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Thursday is the first true day of the conference with check in, seminars, the keynote and kick-off party.

The NBA will be serving beer two ways on Thursday. First at the Yakima Valley Hops expo booth, we will be server six different beers made with YVH hops all through the conference. Then from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm we will will be pour a selection of beers at the social club. Stop by for a preview of the barrel beers we will have at Club Night.

Friday – More Homebrew Con

June 16 | 8:30 am to 11:30 pm

The homebrew expo, social club and education sessions presentations will be jamming. Then the main event, club night. We have built a great booth and will have 12 different beers on tap to share. We will also be serving Chop and Brew beers at our booth, it should be a blast!

Saturday – Even More Homebrew Con

June 17 | 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

The beat goes, check out NBA member Sachin “Chino” Darji’s session “Brewing When You Have No Time”.  The evening finishes up with the National Homebrew Competition: Award Ceremony and then the newly created Knockout Party.

Check out the Homebrew Con website for more info.

Conference Overview

Sessions

 

 

May 2017 Recap and Upcoming Events

The countdown to HomeBrewCon has started, and there is a lot going on!

Big Brew Day

May 6 we had a great time participating in the AHA’s Big Brew Day. The NBA commandeered the parking lot at Norther Brewer Minneapolis.

With 6+ batches being brewed it was a great day of brewing, brats, and talking bier. It was also a great chance to see a couple of variations on 3 vessel and brew-in-a-bag techniques, with and without pumps. Thank you to Northern Brewer for supplying the base malts for the Big Brew Day recipes.

Booth prep for Club Night

The prep for NBA’s participation at HomeBrewCon is in full swing. From commemorative NBA t-shirts to the booth for Club Night – there has not been a shortage of activity. The booth with have an industrial look to it, and will be able to be used at other events as well. We even constructed it so it can fold to fit into most SUVs.

May Monthly Meeting

The May Monthly Meeting was help at the EastSide Neighborhood Services on May 18th. The educational topic was Patagonia Malt and featured samples of beers made with malt from the end of the earth.

Upcoming Events

Club Night tasting: June 1 – EastSide Neighborhood Services

Bring your beers (44oz works) for the committee to sample and give the thumbs up/down to be served at the Con.

 

Single Hop with Northgate: June 3 – Northgate Brewing Company

We will be at Northgate on June 3rd for the Single Hop experiment. Northgate will supply the wort, you supply the hops. Did you sign up? Check the google group for info.

Need more Northgate? Yes you do! Get the week of HBC started right with the NBA/Northgate party June 13th.

 

 

NBA HomeBrewCon t-shirt pre-orders. Make sure you get one by ordering now!

Monthly Meeting – May 18th

This month we will be meeting at our primary location, the main room at the East Side Neighborhood Services building, 7pm Thursday the 18th. Bring a tasting glass and some homebrew to share, if you don’t have any homebrew ready, don’t sweat it, just bring  a glass. If you feel compelled to bring beer grab something new or interesting from the commercially available options at your local purveyor.

We will be recapping what we have done in the last month and what we have coming up for next month, Homebrew Con!

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April 2017 Recap and Upcoming Events

Recap

We started the month as we do with a Taproom Takeover at Urban Growler. Turn out was low but its still good to have people come out to support our local businesses.

Rahr and BSG invited us out to Rahr Malting facilities for a tour. We had a few beers at the Stube and then toured the campus. It was amazing to see acres of barley going through the malting processes.

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March 2017

Recap

We held our March meeting at Northern Brewer Minneapolis. Thanks to Northern Brewer for hosting us, and thanks to everybody that came out. We had a full house and that is really great to see.

 

BSG and Rahr teamed up to teach us about the history of Rahr and how brewing malts get from barley in the fields, to the bins at our homebrew shops. We really appreciate them coming out and I want to give a big thanks to Chris and Ilya for presenting.

 

The Club business discussions covered several topics as we progress through 2017 and approach the National Homebrew’s Conference here in Minneapolis. Remember to get your swag; for the conference and our other upcoming events. We currently have t-shirts @ $10, hats @ $15 and brewer’s shirts @50.

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February 2017 Recap and Upcoming Events

It has been a busy start to 2017 for the NBA!

AHA Wort Rally

On Feb 12 we took part in the AHA Wort Rally at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis. The Wort Rallies are always a good time, but this year had something a little extra: the wort given away this year is the  base wort for the 2017 HomeBrew Con Commemorative Beer.

We had great time meeting brewers from across MN, WI, IA and ND. There were some great ideas from different yeast strains, to fruit, hopping, and souring processes.

Monthly Meeting

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January 2017 Recap

A new year, new opportunities.

2017 promises to be a banner year for homebrew in Minnesota. With HomeBrewCon 2017 in Minneapolis and the events that surround it, we are sure to make our impact on the community at large, and the NBA looks to make an impact on the community locally.

In the past we have engaged the local community in the from of beer education, beer events and a general involvement perspective. In the past we have setup brewing demonstrations at farmers markets, education sessions, and provided samples at other events to help raise money for local organizations. We loved doing these event and are grateful to the organizations for the opportunity to partner with them.

Going forward we will be focusing on homebrewing events and organizations. We will still be involved in certain events in Nordeast, like the Big River Brewfest and partnering with breweries in the area. These events connect us directly with beer people and brewers. Ongoing, we will be increasing our  involvement with our local homebrew stores this year. We will have a presence at one of the local stores at least once a month to reach out to homebrewers specifically. We will be doing brew days, education sessions and general QandA for homebrewers, our people. For our membership we are will continue to put a focus on education and experiments. Along with club experiments, watch the google group for announcements on extended tests, collaborations, projects, and profiles.

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2017 is going to be great!

Lets Party, and Drink Beer!
We kick off 2017 with our Winter Party (January 21st – Noon to 4pm – Northern Brewer Roseville) Check the google group for details.  At the party we are holding our High Gravity Beer Competition, Sign up link in the google group. We hope to see you there!

As a result of the party there is no regular monthly meeting in January.

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