January Recap – Kicking off 2018 with the NBA

Happy 2018 from the Nordeast Brewers Alliance!

January was another fun month, and February is shaping up to keep 2018 exciting.

January Monthly Meeting

During our January monthly meeting, we highlighted with a triangle tasting with hops from our friend Mark Catlin. Does the drying temperature impact the hop bittering and flavor profiles? Keep an eye out for the recap in the near future.

Winter Party

The NBA Winter Party and High Gravity contest was January 20. With an amazing display of 8%+ ABV beers brewed in 2017, special recognition is deserved for winners:

  • 1st: Old Faithful, Foreign Extra Stout – Matt Grove
  • 2nd: Golden Stout – Jim Ingebrigtsen
  • 3rd: NyIPA – Chad Oesterreich

The recipes for the winners will be posted to the NBA Google Group.

We also announced the club leadership for 2018. 

Barrels Are In Action

There is a lot of action around the club and personal barrel projects! Another reason to keep up with the group forum, as the sign up sheets for new fills and empties are posted there.

February Meeting

The monthly meeting for February will be held at Northern Brewer Minneapolis. The education topic will be water chemistry led by Norther Brewer’s Jeff Merrimann. There will also be announcements about the club brew system and 2018 group brew events.




NBA December Recap

2017 Wrapped up with a bang for the Nordeast Brewers Alliance!

Let’s start with the Nordeast Brewers Alliance Homebrew competition – congratulations to all of the participants and winners. The competition this year was our largest yet, with 180 entries. A special thank you to our judges, volunteers, and sponsors that made this year a success!





The NBA was also named Growler Magazine’s “Kind of a Big Deal” Homebrew Club of the Year!


To wrap up 2017 we had our monthly meeting. We had a great educational discussion on brewing with wood, highlighted with white ash, maple, and sassafras.

Along with some festive fun, there will be some great things to look forward to in 2018 – including quarterly club brews on the club system, and group brews with members. Look for those sign-up sheets starting in January.


And to kick off 2018, we will have our Winter Party and high-gravity club comp on January 20.


November with the Nordeast Brewers Alliance

I hope everyone got their leaves raked this weekend, because:

  1. this is the last week for Minneapolis yard waste
  2. it’s going to be a fun week with the NBA!

Thursday, November 16, is our monthly meeting at ESNS, 7pm. Our education topic will be “off flavors.” Bring tasting glasses and some brew for what should be a great session.

Saturday, November 18, we will be at the grand re-opening of Northern Brewer Minneapolis. We will have the club system going for 20gal of a Winter Warmer, and hopefully the classroom system for 10gal of a Brown Ale. The club will also be sharing our beers with the home brewing community there. If you would like to share, here is the sign-up list.

You can also still register for the NBA Homebrew Competition! Make sure you are registered and have your entries at the drop-off locations by the 27th.

Lastly, the NBA is getting internet famous! Carl, Chris, and Aaron spent time with Chip for an episode of Chop N Brew, tasting a handful of beers featuring Weyermann® Barke® Vienna Malt. Check it, and share it with your social networks.

October Monthly Meeting Recap

October was another busy month for the Nordeast Brewers Alliance!

NBA Tasting Notes

October 7th was the Big River Brew Fest at ESNS, and we had a great showing!

Monthly meeting

October 19th was our monthly meeting, with special hop growing presentation from Mark Catlin.

This was a great learning experience while we enjoyed club beers that featured home-grown hops. We are also excited to partner with Mark to conduct sensory testing of his hops in our beers!

Friends of the NBA

October 20th saw NBAers descend on Surly for Darkness Day eve fun.

And we wrapped up tasting beers brewed with Barke Vienna Malt for a Chop N Brew segment – look for that to come in the near-ish future!

November is building up as well, headlined by the NBA Homebrew competition entries opening October 30th and closing November 27th.

Also, don’t forget about the merch – get it before it runs out!

-New T-Shirts – $15
-Old T-Shirts – $10
-Hats – $10
-Buy any two items and get $5 off.

As we move into the end of the calendar year, there are a few more events to watch out for:

November Monthly meeting with the planned education topic of off flavors. We will have tasting kits to help identify specific off flavors in your beer, and what some potential solutions may be.

January is the NBA winter party. Our meeting in January our yearly kick off party were we gather to share food and beer, vote for officers and renew memberships. We also run our club high-gravity competition. The rules are simple, an 8+% beer brewed in 2017. The competition is pretty free form being run in a ‘which-beer-to-do-you-like-the-most’ format. So get those beers brewed and be on the look out for a sign up sheet.

The Minneapolis Norther Brewer retail location is also going to be remodeled. The store will be closed from October 30th – November 10th with a Grand Re-Opening on November 18th.

The NBA has been invited to be a part of the Grand Re-Opening. We have an opportunity to have beers on tap in the store and brew outside in the parking lot, in the store or on their new front patio. We will bring the club system out for brewing and the jockey box for serving, So if you have a beer you would like to share on that weekend let us know. If you would like to bring your mobile brew system out that be awesome too, the more the merrier.

August 2017 Recap & Upcoming Events

Thanks to everybody that came out to the meeting this month. We had a great turnout, lots of beer and a fun education topic.

As the year turns from summer to fall, here are some upcoming events the NBA will be participating in:
Big River Brewfest – We will be serving between 6 and 12 beers at the event this year. This is a great opportunity to share our beer with a very wide audience. Oct. 7 in the ESNS parking lot.
Members check out the NBA Google Group for more details. Not a member? Come by and hang out with us, and find out why you should become a member.
The NBA Homebrew Competition – For the 6th year in a row we will be running our BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition! More member info is in the NBA Group.
NBA Committees
We have some committee meetings coming up. Be one the look out for those invites if you are part of the committee and be the look out for updates from those committees at meetings. These are some great benefits to club members:
-Competition Committee
September Club meeting is September 21st at ESNS, with the education topic: mash pH and water chemistry.
We are also planning the December club mini experiment – wood aging.

Monthly Meeting – August 17 at ESNS

The August monthly meeting will be Thursday, August 17th, at EastSide Neighborhood Services at 7pm.

This month’s educational topic will be deep dive into Aroma Training!

We will also discuss upcoming events:

  • 6th Annual NBA Homebrew Competition
  • Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

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.

Monthly Meeting – July 20th at ESNS

Same Beer time, same Beer place:

After surviving HomeBrew Con last month, we are back to our normal schedule.

The July monthly meeting will be Thursday, July 20th, at EastSide Neighborhood Services at 7pm.


We will have a couple out-of-town guests in attendance for this meeting. Ariel and Ben from the Brewminaries, a homebrew club out of New York City, will be joining us and sharing a few beers. We will also be sending them home with a few beers to share with their members back east.

We will cover a bunch of stuff this meeting:

HomeBrew Con retrospective; NBA party, social hour, club night.
Single Hop brew day and  tasting.
Barrel, we got a new one!
Educational topic; Wort Canning.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.


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.


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