Thanks to everybody that came out to the meeting this month. We had a great turnout, lots of beer and a fun education topic.
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.
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.
The countdown to HomeBrewCon has started, and there is a lot going on!
Big Brew Day
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. http://nordeasthbc.brewcompetition.com/
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.
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.
- 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 (email@example.com).
- 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