Saint Paul Homebrewers Club

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 2014 Club Meeting

posted Mar 26, 2014, 9:17 AM by Garrick Van Buren

April club meeting, Tuesday April 1 7-9:30pm upstairs at The Muddy Pig.

March 2014 Meeting

posted Feb 24, 2014, 5:45 PM by Garrick Van Buren   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 5:45 PM ]

March club meeting, Wednesday March 5 (one day after it normally is) 7-9:30pm upstairs at The Happy Gnome.

February 2014 Meeting

posted Feb 8, 2014, 4:48 PM by Garrick Van Buren

February club meeting is 7pm, Feb 11th upstairs at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul.

January 2014 Meeting

posted Jan 6, 2014, 2:45 PM by Jeff Halvorson

January club meeting is 7pm TUESDAY 1/7 at Fletty's house in St. Paul.  

UMMO, mead, membership renewal, etc. Address? Email

July Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2013, 10:44 AM by Eric Anderson

We'll be having our July meeting this coming Tuesday (the 9th) at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul with our normal 7pm start time.


June 2013 Meeting

posted Jun 4, 2013, 6:45 AM by Eric Anderson

The June meeting will be Tuesday June 4th at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul.  We'll start around 7:30pm instead of our usual 7:00pm time as there will be a party just getting done in the side room.    


April '13 meeting

posted Mar 14, 2013, 11:04 AM by Jeff Halvorson

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:

December / January Meetings, club work shirts and many more updates

posted Nov 23, 2012, 12:02 PM by Jeff Halvorson

December "meeting", aka Schell's bus trip
Reminder, 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 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 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 for viking).

New "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.


Jeff Halvorson

Eric Anderson

November 8th SPHBC meeting

posted Nov 5, 2012, 5:11 PM by Jeff Halvorson

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.

Main Event:
Doctored/Flawed Beer tasting.  This is a great organized tasting which will help you identify many common flaws in home brewed beer.

Other topcs:
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.

Oct 2nd Club Meeting at The Muddy Pig

posted Oct 1, 2012, 6:09 AM by Jeff Halvorson

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.

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