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Between the Bluffs Homebrew Competition 2024

The 2024 Between The Bluffs Homebrew Competition is organized by The La Crosse Area Grain Enthusiasts & Related Specialties (LAGERS), La Crosse, WI.

Key Dates:
Registration: 1/15 – 3/20
Entry Dropoff: 2/1 – 3/20
Judging: 3/23
Awards: 4/27 (Southside Oktoberfest Grounds, La Crosse, WI)

More information:
https://laxlagers.brewingcompetitions.com/

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Great Northern Brew Ha Ha Competition 2024

The Northern Ale Stars Homebrew Guild of Duluth is running the the Great Northern Brew Ha Ha competition.

Key Dates:
Registration: 2/1 – 4/5
Entry Dropoff: 3/1 – 4/5
Judging: 4/17, 4/19 and 4/20 (Warrior Brewing, Duluth)
Awards: 4/20 (Warrior Brewing, Duluth)

More information:
https://brewhaha.brewingcompetitions.com/

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February 2024 Club Meeting

SPHBC logo Drinky the Viking.

Not a club member? Not a problem!
Just stop on by. This meeting. Another meeting. Whenever it works for you. Meetings are informal and tend to last about two hours or so.

This meeting: Tuesday, February 6th, 7 – 9 p.m.
This month’s topic is a demonstration of Dave’s cold-side practices to avoid oxygen pickup in both kegging and bottling.

The new club shirts are in! If you put in a shirt order, be sure to show up to the February club meeting to get your shirt or whatever merch you ordered through Joe. Thanks to Joe for volunteering to help out on this!

As usual, bring your latest and greatest homebrew, mead, cider, cyser and whatnot for sampling and feedback – bring your notebooks.

Location:
Northern Brewer World Headquarters – 2221 MN-36, Roseville, MN (https://tinyurl.com/NBheadquarters)

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Valkyries Horn Amateur Mead Competition: 2024

The Valkries Horn Amateur Mead Competition is in February 2024.

Key 2024 dates:

  • Registration opens December 2, 2023
  • January 5 – Shipping opens February 2
  • Delivery deadline February 2
  • Entries and changes close February 3, 9:00am
  • BOTTLE SORT AT NORTHERN BREWER HEAD QUARTERS in Roseville
    If you volunteer at the bottle sort, you may bring your entries with you!

More information is at https://comp.valkyrieshorn.com/

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The Results Are In … 2023 Valkyries Horn Amateur Mead Competition

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September 22nd and 23rd
White Bear Meadery, Maplewood, Minnesota

Best of Show – Mead
Jeremy Olsen – Bronze Medal (Experimental Sweet), Barrel Project 3.0

Meads
Sean O’Leary – Bronze Medal (Sweet Berry), Dark Spark

Jeremy Olsen – Gold Medal (Experimental Sweet, Barrel Project 3.0

Full results: https://comp.valkyrieshorn.com/

January 2024 Club Meeting

SPHBC logo Drinky the Viking.

Not a club member? Not a problem!
Just stop on by. This meeting. Another meeting. Whenever it works for you. Meetings are informal and tend to last about two hours or so.

This meeting: Tuesday, January 9th, 7 – 9 p.m.
NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH (as is the usual)

Meeting Agenda
This month, the long-anticipated Brew the Style meeting featuring British and Irish stouts, categories 15 and 16.

BUT HERE’S THE BONUS: Northern Brewer General Manager Todd Jackson wants to do a test run of will-call pickups at our meeting.

That’s right- pick up at NB at a club meeting with no shipping cost, just like the old days!

How great is that?!

Orders must be placed online by midnight, Sunday, January 7th; orders will be ready to pick up at the January meeting at 7 p.m. SPBHC members – the club listserv message sent out by Dave Bance on December 19th on the step-by-step to place your order by midnight Sunday, January 7th, to pick up at Tuesday night at the meeting.

Location:
Northern Brewer World Headquarters – 2221 MN-36, Roseville, MN (https://tinyurl.com/NBheadquarters)

DÉJÀ BRÜ 2024

The Homebrew Competition Remembering Historic and Long-Forgotten Beer Styles. Join us in rediscovering beers from a different place in time, again.

150 entry limit, $8/entry, 3 bottles/entry

Three New Styles for 2024: Pennsylvania Swankey, Skibsøl and Wurtzburg Mead.

Key Dates:

  • 15 Dec 2023 – Registration opens
  • 27 Jan 2024 – Drop-off closes
  • 16-18 Feb 2024 – Judging

More Information:
https://dejabru.org/

December 2023 Club Meeting … A Very Special Potluck Edition

Just stop on by. This meeting. Another meeting. Whenever it works for you. Meetings are informal and tend to last about two hours or so.

This meeting: Tuesday, December 5th, 7 – 9 p.m.

Clear your calendar for what Dave decided is the Saint Paul Homebrew Club’s 25th annual holiday club meeting and potluck. We’ll be back at Falling Knife Brewing, and may even be lucky enough for an all-access behind-the-scenes brewery tour by Mr. Tom Berg, himself!

Keep in mind that we can’t bring homebrew to Minneapolis, so keep it at home this month. But Tom will have a nice selection, so bring your cash money.

Falling Knife Brewing:
783 Harding St NE #100, Minneapolis, MN 55413

New this year, we’re getting some pizzas ordered from Wrecktangle, but feel free to bring an appetizer, desert, or whatever else you’d like to bring (club members – check your email for the signup sheet). If you are planning on coming, please give me a heads up so I can get in the ballpark on numbers of pizzas (non-members – just let us know through the comments below if you plan to attend).

Don’t forget also that in January we’ll be back at NB headquarters in Roseville for a British and Irish Stouts Brew the Style! More to come next week. 

November 2023 Club Meeting

SPHBC logo Drinky the Viking.

Just stop on by. This meeting. Another meeting. Whenever it works for you. Meetings are informal and tend to last about two hours or so.

This meeting: Tuesday, November 7th, 7 – 9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda
We will be returning to Bang Brewing Company in St. Paul where our wonderful host Jay – and maybe even Sandy if we are lucky – will talk Kernza. Hear Sandy’s interview about brewing with organic ingredients with John Holl on the “All about Beer” podcast. Jay and Sandy have long been generous friends of the SPHBC – indoor voices, please and thank you, tip well.

Plus the usual SPHBC tomfoolery. Bring your own beers and meads and ciders and cysers (oh, my!) for sampling and feedback . Remember to bring your notes.

Location:
Bang Brewing Company, located at 2320 Capp Road, St. Paul, Minnesota

October 2023 Club Meeting

SPHBC logo Drinky the Viking.

Just stop on by. This meeting. Another meeting. Whenever it works for you. Meetings are informal and tend to last about two hours or so.

This meeting: Tuesday, October 3rd, 7 – 9 p.m.
(Back to the normal first Tuesday of the month)

Meeting Agenda
SPHBC member Art got us in the door at White Bear Meadery, which was host to September’s Valkyries Cup Mead Competition judging by chatting up the owner (nice work, Art).

Think of it as a Mead Day reboot; we’re able to bring our own mead (or homebrew), but be sure to also try out a mead from our host.

This is our first meeting at White Bear Meadery – indoor voices, please and thank you, tip well.

Location:
White Bear Meadery
1320 County Rd D Cir, St Paul, MN 55109