Results Are In … Mashout ’18

2018 Minnesota Mashout Results

January 26th & 27th
Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota


Sean Sonnabend, First Place, Category 7 – Proper Bittas
Tyler Miller,  Third Place, Category 8 – Small Brown Jobbers
James Henjum, First Place, Category 9 – Scottish and Irish Ales
David Merz, First Place, Category 10 – Buncha Stouts
Aric Daul, Third Place, Category 16 – US Amberrrrrrrrrr
Sean Sonnabend, First Place, Category 19 – IPA IPA IPA IPA IPA IPA
William Richartz, First Place, Category 23 – All Wheats Small And Smaller
William Richartz, Second Place, Category 23 – All Wheats Small And Smaller
William Richartz, Third Place, Category 24 – Weird America
Steve Piatz, First Place, Category 26 – Euro Wild N Crazy Guys
William Richartz,   Second Place, Category 26 – Euro Wild N Crazy Guys
Mike Spores,  Second Place, Category 28 – Fruits N Fruitsen Frootzn
William Richartz, Third Place, Category 33 – Alternative Worse Ideas
Ron Fitch,  Second Place, Category 34 – US Stout And Not Brown IPAs
David Merz, Third Place, Category 38 – Saison That Are Probably Too Sweet

Steve Fletty, Second Place, Category 41 – Trads Baby
Amanda Neisch,  Second Place, Category 42 – Apples & Grapes Oh Myyyyy
Steve Fletty, Third Place, Category 42 – Apples & Grapes Oh Myyyyy
Christopher Skottegard , First Place, Category 43 – Berries Not Barry’s
Christopher Skottegard,  Second Place, Category 43 – Berries Not Barry’s
Paul Fowler, First Place, Category 44 – Stoned Fruit,
Jeremy Olsen,  Second Place, Category 44 – Stoned Fruit,
Steve Fletty,  Second Place, Caterogy 45 – Take This Mead And SHV It
Christopher Skottegard, First Place, Category 46 – Bad And Worse Ideas
Jeremy Olsen, Second Place, Category 46 – Bad And Worse Ideas
Ross Winberg, Second Place, Category 47 – New World
Jeremy Olsen, Third Place, Category 48 – Cooler Ciders
Amanda Neisch,  Second Place, Category 49 – Ciders With Stuff Chucked In
All Results:

2018 AHA First Round is in St. Paul!

Call to all judges and stewards.

The dates and times for the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition for the Saint Paul first round site have been set.

Location is Summit Brewing:

910 Montreal Cir., St. Paul, MN 55102

Dates and Times:

Friday 4/13/18: 1, 3 & 6:30 PM
Dinner for volunteers doing the 3 & 6:30 sessions

Saturday 4/14/18: 9 am, 1 & 3 PM
Lunch for volunteers doing the 9 & 1 sessions.

To sign up, go to:
(link opens in a new page)

March Meeting 3/6/18

First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Not a member?
Join us for the meeting.  This one.  Another one.  Whenever.

March Style
Do you like light, refreshing beers? Then you will hate the March meeting of SPHBC. We will devote it to a single style, imperial stouts. There will be a brief intro to the style followed by some pointers on judging. Then we will distribute examples for tasting and evaluation in small groups. There will be a very simplified score sheet to help with the judging. This is an opportunity to taste great imperial stouts, to refresh (or initiate) your judging skills, and to see how your perceptions compare to others. Of course there will be time for whatever home brew you want to bring to share and get feedback.

Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue ( is kindly keeping the door open for this meetings in their Grand Avenue store (thankyouverymuch!) and is happy to honor your SPHBC discount on supplies while there (and, again, the next day, when you are back to pick up the Starsan or bottle caps or whatever you forgot to buy during the meeting).  Again, thank you Northern Brewer!

Other Stuff
As always, if you bring a homebrew or mead or cider (or whatever), bring along your recipe and brewing notes.

Remember that the next “Brew the Style” challenge is Kölsch (BJCP 5B) for the May meeting … if you have something good, get brewing.

June 2017 Club Meeting: 7:00-9:00 June 6 @ Bang Brewing

We are allowed to bring beer to share, but please make sure you thank Jay accordingly by buying beer from the bar and tip him well. We are very fortunate to be able to hold our meeting at his brewery.

Please bring a couple bottles ​(a label with your name and beverage will be helpful!) ​​of anything that you have signed up to be served at Club Night and Social Club for Home Brew Con. We will be collecting the bottles at the meeting, and a group of us will be tasting everything at a ​later​ date, before the conference. If you are unable to attend please let me know so that we can collect your bottles ahead of time.

Ross and Guillermo will have samples of their parti-gyle, and William has put together a blind tasting of 4 beers to compare yeasts. Both will be fairly informal, but should be interesting and informative.

May 2017 Club Meeting: 7:00-9:00 May 2 @ Northern Brewer St. Paul

Wheat, wheat, and more wheat!

The third in our series of style-themed meetings, we’ll be talking (and tasting) wheat beers this month.

Bring your American Wheat (Cat 1D) and German Wheat beers (Cat 10) to share.  Also, don’t forget to bring your recipe if you’d like to get the most feedback.

Club Meeting — Tuesday, April 4

We will be meeting Tuesday, April 4 from 7:00-9:00 at Northern Brewer- St. Paul.

This month the focus will be on base malt.  Yes, base malt:  that stuff often described only as 2-row that composes most of your grain bill yet rarely gets more than a passing thought when cobbling together a recipe.  We will (hopefully) shed some light on the differences between popular pale malts, why you should care what you’re using, and how to determine what might work best for your recipe.

Mar 2017 Club Meeting – 7p Mar 7th @ Northern Brewer St. Paul

Ross and Alejandro will be providing an overview of strains offered by Omega Yeast Labs, now carried by NB.

Alejandro will have a couple beers made using yeasts currently available only from OYL.

Take a look at the attached spreadsheet comparing the strains from the OYL, White Labs, and Wyeast catalogs. Though there is likely some variation between manufacturers, in many instances the comparable strains will be pretty similar if you need to make a substitution because your go-to yeast is not available.