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!

Speaking of Homebrew Con, or NHC, we setup a page to keep everybody informed about what we are doing. You may have already seen its in the top menu, here is a direct link:


Our education topic this month is Patagonia Malt, try a beer made with 100% malt from the End of the Earth and take home some samples so you can brew your own.


Our after-party this month will be at Fair State Brewing. Even if you cant make the meeting come say hi at the taproom. We will most likely be sitting in a group with a variety of club appeal on.


April 2017 Recap and Upcoming Events


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.

We were back home at East Side Neighborhood Services for our April Meeting, with two topics: BIAB (brew in a bag) and we did a triangle test to finish the Yeast Pitch Rate experiment with Experimental Brewing.

To learn more about what happened with the pitch rate experiment, go here.

What to learn more about BIAB? Check out our Education Page, and come out to Big Brew Day! There will be single and multi-vessel brewing systems on hand.

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March 2017


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.



We held a barrel committee meeting in March where we tasted the beer from all of the barrels. We then made some decisions about how to proceed.

Here are the tasting notes from the last meeting:

Project #1 – Honey Oak Barrel #1 – Pale Sour: Low/Medium acid, slightly citrus, low funk complexity, overly thick mouth feel, needs to thin out, build acidity and complexity, as well as more barrel flavor. More time needed.

Project #2 – Barrel #1 – Happy Squash Red: Dry and moderately tannic, medium high tartness, nice wood flavor in the middle. This beer will benefit from a fruit addition as it lacks significant complexity. A fruit with lower acidity as this beer doesn’t need more tartness. Pull and Replace with Flanders #2.

Project #2 – Barrel #2 – Lambic #1: A great straight Lambic, complex, tannic, tart, a really great beer. Pull and replace with the same beer.

Project #2 – Barrel #3 – Flanders: Quite tart,  vegetal and grainy  no real complexity or barrel flavor. This was clean beer into a sour barrel, it needs a lot more time to develop.

Project #2 – Barrel #4- Lambic #2: Burnt rubber, a bit harsh, a bit sulfury, butty, its still working, needs more time.

Project #3 – Koval Barrel – Oud Bruin: low dark fruit, whiskey barrel flavor upfront , very strong acid tartness at the end…..options to blend or add a mellow fruit or solara. The 6 people in the barrel needed decide where to go.

Project #4 Baffalo Trace Barrel – Barleywine: Plenty of barrel and alcohol flavor, dry and clean ferment with plenty of body, fruity and spicy. Suggested packaging in bottles to allow it to smooth out.  Pull and replace with Oatmeal Stout.

You may be wondering, who makes up our barrel committee? The barrel committee includes the President, barrel stewards and a few of our most experienced sour and barrel brewers. How do you partake in this experience? There is a floating spot, so if you are a member and would like to be involved let the president know and we will do out best to work you in.

Upcoming Events

April will be a busy month, we start off with a Taproom Takeover at Urban Growler on April 6th, then we tour the Rahr facility on Saturday, April 8.

Our April meeting will be back at the East Side Neighborhood Services Main Room on April 20th. During our April meeting will be learning about BIAB from Tyler and Perrin, as well as tasting beers from the Belgian Triple brewed in February.

May will also be a big month, we will be emptying and refilling barrels. Check out the google group email forum for more info.

We will also be hosting a Taproom Takeover at Inbound brewing , brewing for National Homebrew Day at Northern Brewer and then brewing our Single Hop Experiment at NorthGate. Check out the google group forum or back here on the blog for more info.


NHC 2017

We have a bunch of stuff happening at NHC, here is a quick list.

  •  NBA Party @ Northgate
  • Social Club Pouring
  • YVH Pouring
  • Club Night
  • Random shenanigans




We hope to see you at the April meeting, all are welcome.

More details for members can be found on the club’s Google Group forum.

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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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.

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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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