March Club Party (no meeting) and April 3rd meeting

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.

April ’13 meeting

April meeting will take place Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 at exactly 7pm Central Standard Time at The Happy Gnome in St. PaulWith 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:

Club meeting Tuesday May 1st at The Muddy Pig

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.

2012 Q1 Meetings/Schedule

January: We will NOT be having a normal January first Tuesday of the month meeting. We will have a beer social the second week in January at a place TBD (likely Republic or Town Hall). The Upper Mississippi Mashout planning and prep will be in full swing, so please be sure to volunteer!

February 7th.  Club tour and mini-meeting at STEEL TOE BREWING in St. Louis Park (barely west of uptown area).

March: Tentative club party. Likely March 9th (Friday night) or March 10th (Saturday eve), but still very much in planning stages. Location TBD.

April: Normal meeting, targeting the back room at The Muddy Pig. Also likely will be a club big brew this month.

Club Updates January 2012

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

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 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.


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!