September 2016 Recap and Upcoming Events

September 1st, we had a great gathering at Steel Toe Brewing Company. We had a fantastic turn out and closed down the tap room. As well, September this year we hosted the Big River Beer Homebrew Competition.

Big River Beer Homebrew Competition

On September 24th and 25th, we held our annual homebrew competition. Here are some of the highlights.

  • 152+ beers judged.
  • 42 Judges and Stewards helped us make the event happen.
  • 1 Pro-Am winner to be brewed by Northgate Brewing Company! Big congratulations to David Wells and Co-Brewers John Musser and Preston Leffler for having their Revolutionary double IPA select at the Pro-Am winner!
  • 10 Beers placed from NBA members.
  • 14 Sponsors helped make our competition a complete success.




September Meeting Re-cap

September 15th the NBA convened at East Side Neighborhood Services for our monthly meeting. We welcomed new attendees and touched on what had happen since the last meeting and what the status of the barrels was.

Upcoming Educational Topics

Diastatic power of differing malt – Oct
Base Malt Experiment – Nov Please sign up if you are interested in participating in this.

September Education Topic – Saison Yeast Strains

Adrian Swanson brewed a batch of saison and split it off into 5 fermenters and used 5 different yeasts. We tasted the beers and had a great discussion about who liked different characteristics about the strains, as well as different fermentation techniques that certain stains might benefit from.




Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Oct. 20th 7PM – Eastside Neighborhood Services – Monthly Meeting.

Oct. 22nd 1-4PM – Eastside Neighborhood Services – Nordeast Big River Beer Festival.

Nov. 3rd 7PM – Taproom Takeover – FairState Brewing Co-op.

Nov. 17th 7PM – Eastside Neighborhood Services – Monthly Meeting.

2016 Nordeast Big River Homebrew Competition Result

First off, a massive thanks to all of our volunteers, the companies that donated and of course the participants that entered beer!

We had a great two days of judging with some top quality beers. We combined the 152 entries into 16 judging tables. That produced 16 category winners, 1 best of show winner and 1 Pro-Am winner selected by NorthGate Brewing.

Congratulations to David Wells and Co-Brewers John Musser and Preston Leffler for having their Revolutionary double IPA select at the Pro-Am winner!

To see the winners go to the competition page.

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August 2016 Recap & Upcoming Events

August in the Twin Cities is one of the most fantastic times of the year! One of the many reasons is at the end of the month is the Minnesota State Fair. There,  you can see giant swine, butter sculpted heads, anything you can dream of on a stick, live music and great Minnesota craft beer. As well, the results of the MN State Fair Homebrew Competition results are posted. A big shout out  and congratulations to NBA members Bryce Larson, Tim Stuemke, Matthew Tjosaas, Steve Towey and Erin Towey for placing in the Minnesota State FairHome Brew Competition!

On August 4th a small but motley crew of NBA’res met at Indeed Brewing Company to attempt our monthly taproom take over. Alas, we were dwarfed by large group of what appeared to be conference goers. While out numbered it did not deter us having good beer, great conversation and an all around good time.


August 20th the NBA was at the Nordeast Farmers Market, to brew, recruit and socialize. While a good time was had, you can never predict the weather.


August Meeting Re-cap

August 18th the NBA convened at East Side Neighborhood Services for our monthly meeting. We welcomed new attendees and touched on what had happen since the last meeting, including barrel fills of the Hobo and Koval barrels and the summer party.

Nick McLawhorn also shard with us a small experiment he had done, which was how long the same beer had been dry hopped.

Upcoming Educational Topics

Saisons – Sept
Diastatic power of differing malt – Oct
Base Malt Experiment – Nov Please sign up if you are interested in participating in this.

August Education Topic – Brew the same beer. 

We had eight members brew the same exact recipe, using the same exact malt, hops, water and yeast. All from the same source. A huge thank you to Matt T, Aaron H, Nick, Steve, Bryce, Aaron D, Matt P and Eric for brewing for this!

10lbs  Golden Promise
1lb Golden Naked Oats

1.25oz of EKG @ 60min
.5oz of EKG @ 20min
.5oz of EKG @ flameout

Danstar BRY-97 Dry Yeast (No rehydrate)

8.25 Gallons Kandiyohi Spring Water

Needless to say it was surprising to see the difference. The major one that stuck out was the difference in ferment characteristic, which after some discussion was thought to be due to the age of the dry yeast. (Always check the dates on your yeast!) Another fantastic experiment and conversation.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Sept. 15th 7PM –  Monthly Meeting @ East Side Neighborhood Services

Sept. 24th and 25th 9AM till 5PM (both days) – NBA Big River Homebrew Competition! We need volunteers. Please sign up if you can help.

Sept. 28th 7PM – NBA NHC 2017 Planning @ Fulton Brewing.

Oct 6th 7PM – October Taproom Takeover @ Surly Brewing Company

Oct. 22nd 1-4PM – Eastside Neighborhood Services – Nordeast Big River Beer Festival.


July 2016 Recap

Ah… July! What a fantastic month!

July 7th, the NBA had our monthly tap room takeover at Bauhaus Brew Labs, and we had an awesome turnout! Three picnic tables plus!

July is also our Summer Party/BBQ + Small (6% or less) beer competition. President Aaron DeBoer hosted us. A number of members brewed on the club system. As well we had homebrew beer brats, burgers, grilled corn, as well as many other of the delicious delicacies of a summer BBQ. Congrats to Mike Colling, who’s Simco Smash won first place in the small beer comp.


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2016 Nordeast Big River Homebrew Competition

The Nordeast Brewers Alliance, in coordination with East Side Neighborhood Services and the Big River Brewfest, are proud to put on the 5th annual Nordeast Big River Homebrew Competition.

Our AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition is in its 5th year. We will have some of the best local and nationally recognized BJCP judges and a great judging location provided by ESNS.  If you would like to help us out please register to be a judge or a steward, no experience is required.

Check out the competition website for more information and get those beers brewed and packaged for Northeast Minneapolis’ premier homebrew competition.



May 2016 Recap

In May we had a fun month. We kicked it off with a tap-room take over of Dangerous Man. We had a good turn out of a very social and casual group. We then proceeded that weekend to have an awesome presence at the annual AHA Big Brew Day. We showed up at Northern Brewer Minneapolis and brewed on the club system an American Pale Ale. Ch4D2YWU4AAqgEE.jpg-large

As well, at our monthly meeting we discussed for an education topic, the effects of first wort hopping. Matt Price gave a good talk and samples on the difference.

April 2016 Re-cap

April was a fun month at the NBA. Here is a run down of things that we did.

Social Science – Fermentation Informational Beer Fest @ Science Museum of Minnesota

A handful of members came out to represent the NBA at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s annual Social Science – Fermentation Informational. We hosted a booth on the science of Malt. We had an information poster and supplied malt and a mill to explain what malt is in the process of brewing, what it tastes like if one was incline to try it, and a mill to crush malt, because that is what brewers do!

Monthly Meeting Recap – April 21st @ East Side Neighborhood Services

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April Monthly Meeting Thursday the 21th, 7 PM @ EastSide Neighborhood Services

P1010491Come out to EastSide Neighborhood Services at 7pm to participate in the monthly club meeting. We will recap recent events, talk about upcoming events and introduce new business.

The education topic this month will be “Explore a Style – American Amber Ale”. We will have at least 5 commercial examples and at least 1 homebrewed example to taste and dissect.

We hope to see you there!


March 2016 Re-cap

Spring is here! Which means brewing season is upon us, especially for those of us who brew outside! To get everyone fired up, here is what it coming up, and what we did in March.

Upcoming Events

  • April 6th-comedy showcase@ Lake Monster 8pm
  • NBA Taproom Takeover – April 7th 7PM @ Able Seedhouse and Brewery. Wear your NBA Gear!
  • April 14th Science Museum of Minnesota – Social Science Fermentation Informational 4pm-10. We will be doing a presentation on Malt. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Tyler (
  • AHA’s Big Brew Day! May 7th 10am @ Northern Brewer Minneapolis! Get all of the deals here.

March Meeting Notes – March 17th 7PM @ Midwest Supplies

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