The Saint Paul Home Brewers are a loose confederation of brewers.Three time AHA Club of the Year. We have style, bombast too, but style undeniably. People always ask, how can I organize a club like that? You can't, it just happens!
The main goal of this club (other than having fun) is to help people become better brewers. We tell members exactly what we think of their beer. If it is flawed we tell them why, how to recognize and correct it. If you lie, and say it’s great, then you just cheated a member of a chance to become a better brewer.
Homebrew doesn't have to suck, you have to brew the suck into it!
April meeting will take place Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 at exactly 7pm Central Standard Time at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul
With the 1st round of the National Homebrew Competition coming up a couple of days after the meeting, Steve Fletty is going to give a judging primer and we'll also do another fun off-flavor tasting. If you haven't done it before, the off-flavor tasting is a great way to really learn about the different off-flavors (some good, some bad) that you can get in your beer, and how/why they appear. We'll also have a couple beers to judge so you can get a feel for the judging process and hopefully learn a thing or 12.
Which brings me to the next topic... I'm not sure how many volunteers we have, but if you still want to sign up to volunteer (judge, steward, whatever) for 1st round NHC, the sign up page for our location is here: http://canadianbrewer.com/NHCRoundOne/
December "meeting", aka Schell's bus tripReminder, there is no meeting in December, we are instead taking a club bus trip to Schell's Saturday December 1st. If you are interested in attending, we still have room. Members and guests only, contact email@example.com for more info. Club Work Shirts and Hats - Order by Dec 14th
We are ordering SPHBC work shirts ($35) and hats ($15) NOW. Hopefully they will be ready for UMMO. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.Shirts are Dickies LS508 short sleeve work shirt with pockets, khaki/tan color embroidered with St. Paul Homebrewers Club text and the drunk viking image (see sphbc.org for viking).http://www.dickies.com/whats-hot/all-products/Premium-Industrial-Short-Sleeve-Work-Shirt-LS508.jspNew "Officers"
Approx every 2 years we appoint new club officers. As announced last month, our new leaders for 2013-2014 are: Eric Anderson (moves from VP to Prez), Jason Siverson (VP), and BJ Haun remains as treasurer. James Henjum will continue to help organize CoC competitions until he withdraws. Congrats to the fresh blood!January Meeting
Tuesday January 8th, 7pm. Location TBD (one week late due to New Year's)Next AHA Club-only Competition
The next CoC is for "Unsession Beers" or anything over 1.040 OG. Entries are due January 11, 2013 and we'll be picking an entry at the January meeting. People interested in submitting need to bring 3 competition appropriate bottles and the entry forms already filled out to the January meeting. Email James Henjum for more details.2013 Dues
2013 dues will be collected starting on the bus trip, we have new cards ready to hand-out. Dues are again $20 however if you were an "active club participant" in 2012 you can pay as little as $5.
To qualify as an active participant, you must have entered at least 1 beer in the 2012 UMMO, MN State Fair or AHA National Homebrew Competition as SPHBC. Then for each competition volunteered/judged or each three meetings attended you get $5 credit for up to $15 total.
If you didn't meet the requirements, just pay $20. Otherwise pay $5-$15, honor system is used but we know who "active members" are.2013 Upper Mississippi Mash Out home brew competition
Don't forget, the 2013 UMMO is coming in January. Much more info to follow, but this is a great event and a wonderful way to be an active member of the club and learn a ton about beer, judging and competitions. http://www.mashout.org/
This month's meeting will be held at Pour Decisions Brewing Co.
1744 Terrace Dr, Roseville, MN 55113-1315
Please BYOB to drink/share, commercial or homebrew ok. If you want feedback on your home brew, please bring your brewing notes and recipe when possible.
Doctored/Flawed Beer tasting. This is a great organized tasting which will help you identify many common flaws in home brewed beer.
1) 2013-2014 club officers
2) 12/1 Schell's Club Tour Last Call
3) Club shirt ordering begins
We'll wrap up the meeting around 8:30 or 9 and likely head to INDEED BREWING to visit their tap room.
Our October SPHBC meeting is Tuesday October 2nd at The Muddy Pig. 7-9:30pm.
We'll have a couple blind tastings, discuss altbier and saisons and have plenty of time to share homebrew.
The September meeting will be Tuesday September 4th at The Happy Gnome, 7pm upstairs. Bring homebrew to share, recipe/brew session notes for feedback and a glass to sample with.
The next Club-only Competition entries are due Oct 6th, we will pick a winning entry at the October meeting. Get brewing some BJCP category 6 Light Hybrid beers now!
Thomas' Strawberry Tupelo Honey Mead beat out every other mead entered in the National Homebrew Competition to become Meadmaker of the Year (again).
Mead Maker of the Year
Saint Paul Home Brewers Club - 5
Brewing Network - 0
Next SPHBC meeting will be Tuesday June 5th, 7pm at The Muddy Pig. We have once again reserved the back room.
- Jake from Better Beer Society will briefly discuss the mission of BBS and their upcoming Brown Bag Blind Tasting event coming up June 30th.
- Member Del Stein will be talking about his system and brewing process.
- Club sponsored 2nd round NHC shipping
- CoC for August is Porter (entries due on or after the July meeting)
Also, this Sunday SPHBC will NOT be brewing at Grand Old Day, however Northern Brewer will be doing their own brew demo's over the course of the day.
Our May club meeting will be held Tuesday May 1st, 7pm at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. We have reserved the back room.
Meetings are open to both members and prospective members. Homebrew is welcome (bring recipes and notes if you want any feedback), bring a sampling cup and remember to tip the staff well.
More details will be posted on the club email list and Facebook group shortly.
Our members-only club party is being held in March, so there is no official club meeting. Invites went out earlier in the month on our club email list and the event is now full, if you missed out this year keep on the lookout next year.
Our next meeting will be held Tuesday April 3rd 7pm at Northern Brewer Minneapolis
. Members, guests and people interested in joining the club are welcome. We are planning on a homebrew demo of sorts, more details to come.
Wow, crazy week/end with the Upper Mississippi Mash-out... thanks to all that volunteered and entered. The club did really well overall with many people placing, too many to mention but results can be viewed on mashout.org.
February 7th Meeting
As previously mentioned, the February 7th meeting is at Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park, just west of Lake Calhoun. 7pm start, wrap up approx 9pm. Plan is for a tour/talk + abbreviated club meeting. A few of us will likely head over to Muddy Waters on Lake/Lyndale after the meeting for more beer.
NOTE: Due to a mechanical issue, Steel Toe likely won't have Size 7 IPA available.
March 10th Club Party (members only, RSVP required)
Saturday March 10th (early evening start) we will be throwing a dedicated SPHBC party. Great food and beer provided, homebrew is of course is welcome. You MUST be a club member and RSVP using the link below. Members can bring their spouse or significant other, but sorry no other guests are allowed.
New club VP, Eric Anderson
Mike Cleaver, our beloved VP from 2010-2011, recently stepped down due to time constraints. The club welcomes cellar-man extraordinaire Eric Anderson as the new club vice president. Very excited to have him on-board, he will be helping plan more club events, big brews and meeting topics. BJ Haun (Treasurer) and Jeff Halvorson (President) remain in current positions.
2012 Dues and Active Participation
Dues are now payable for the 2012 year. Again they are $20*. We will accept cash or checks (made out to BJ Haun) at the February meeting. For those who won't be there, please follow the instructions on sphbc.org or contact Jeff Halvorson to pay via PayPal. If all goes well, new cards should be available at the February meeting as well.
Active Club Participation: Members entering at least one beer as SPHBC into the Upper Mississippi Mash-Out (UMMO), MN State Fair, or National Homebrew Competition (NHC) and who volunteer (judge, steward, bottle sort, etc..) at at least one of these events are considered "active club participants". Active participants are eligible for reduced dues, priority on big brews and other special deals/events.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS. ALL QUESTIONS REGARDING DUES SHOULD BE SENT TO JEFF HALVORSON.
Club Work Shirts
We will ordering SPHBC work shirts sometime in February. They will be embroidered with the club name and the crazy viking logo. Estimated cost between $25-$30. If you are interested in a work shirt, please let us know.
That's all for now, see you next week!