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.
Club members are getting together tonight at 7pm for our January “meeting”. This is not a normal meeting, but instead just a social gathering. Please no homebrew tonight.7-8:30pm Town Hall (1430 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454)8:30pm-??? Republic (across the street, 221 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454)
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.
We had a fun meeting, discussed a few topics: Extract Brewing, Upper Mississippi Mash-Out, Club Swag, 2012 Club Plans, and drank some beer. Style of the Month: Stouts (13A – 13F). We sampled our way up to Bells Expedition Stout (OG 1.11, ABV 10.5%). Consensus was this would be a good beer to stock up on and cellar. Fletty posed the question, “Why is it that on the web beere rate places RIS always rises to the top.” Answer: Because it’s so easy to hide the flaws from Mook Judges!
The next CoC competition is Dark Lagers – Brew NOW! They are due February 10. The category after that is Stout. If you fully comprehend the previous paragraph, you’ll want bring your best RIS to win. Stout entries are due March 17, 2012.
Scottish and Irish Ale entries are due Thursday, May 10, 2012.
The October SPHBC meeting will be held Tuesday October 4th 7pm upstairs at the Happy Gnome! [NOTE: This date was corrected, previously was listed as 10/6]
If you want to bring a beer for consideration as an entry to the Specialty/Experimental/Historical Beers competition please do so.
If you want comments on your brews: Bring at least 2 12 ounce bottles to make it around the room, they should be labeled with Your Name, and Style (without labels it is chaos). Also, bring your recipe & brewing notes because you will be questioned about your ingredients and brewing process. You cannot expect recommendations for improvements on a beer if you don’t remember what’s in it!
Fletty passed around some traditional mead from various varietals of honey for sample and discussion, including: raspberry, blackberry, tupelo, a blend of the 3, and an ’09 fruit mix. Jeff follwed with mystery beers, where we had to guess if they were pro or homebrewed. Some of the comments included…
“This makes my beer taste better.”
“Pliny is like Bud Lite compared to this shit.”
The July meeting will be on July 12th at 7:00pm (ish) upstairs at the Happy Gnome.The agenda will be announced later. Have a great 4th July:)
The April meeting will be at the Happy Gnome at 7:00pm, upstairs.The agenda will be posted later.
Reminder that the next SPHBC gathering is the Upper Mississippi Mash-Out January 28th and 29th at Grumpy’s Roseville. More info at www.mashout.org.There will not be a February club meeting.The next regular club meeting will be Tuesday March 1st at The Happy Gnome.
The first 2011 meeting of the best home brewing club in the world is on Tuesday January 4th at 7:00pm at the Happy Gnome.Don’t forget to renew your membership.