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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.

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!

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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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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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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