Club of the Week: Cincinnati Malt Infusers
The Cincinnati Malt Infusers have been spreading the joy of homebrewing to the Ohio and Kentucky area for almost two decades. One of the many purposes of the Malt Infusers is to encourage the art and science of brewing and zymurgy for amateurs interested in pursuing this time-honored vocation. Dedicated to sharing homebrew knowledge, The Malt Infusers can be found, teaching homebrewing, participating in competitions and holding meetings at local homebrew shops. The Cincinnati Malt Infusers memberships welcomes novices with no brewing experience, to the seasoned brewer.
Name: Cincinnati Malt Infusers
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Website/Social Media: http://www.maltinfusers.org
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CincinnatiMaltInfusers
or follow us on Twitter at @maltinfusers
Club Motto: "Keeping Cincinnati's Brewing Traditions Alive."
Membership Dues: $15.00/Year ($20.00 for a couple)
Who we are and how we got started/why we got started.
The Cincinnati Malt Infusers were founded by transplanted Valley Fermenter Members (Greenfield, MA) Jeff Seeley & Todd Mansfield, along with Mike Weaver and five native Cincinnatians in 1994. Jeff Seeley registered CMI with the AHA upon the clubs inception, and hence CMI’s existence and contact information was published monthly in Zymurgy. This spurred more growth of the club, with new homebrewers lining up, more than happy to pay the $10 annual membership fee to get involved. Meetings were initially held in the rotating locations of various members homes, until moving to more centrally located drinking establishments, including the now defunct Main Street Brewery. This resulted in the now infamous Krowdenroundtrunken meeting, where the membership unable to hear the technical program given by member Dr. Kevin Ashley, PhD escaped the Muzak & the bar noise within by gathering in the unkempt parking lot outside in what was once a seedy part of town. Finding police sirens and ambient noise outside still much quieter than the inside of the Main Street Brewery, the meeting’s technical program continued on, with homebrew being distributed from plastic cups out of the trunk of a car. The club’s membership brazenly enjoyed their homebrew consumption in public, stopping only to hide from the occasional police cruiser, but remained well within range of some hostile street elements. What the original membership of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers didn’t then realize as they later grew sober, was this would represent the real genesis of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers. Word of this open display of homebrew bravado began to spread & the Krowdenroundtrunken meeting became the legend upon which the club rapidly grew.
Today, the Cincinnati Malt Infusers have grown too large to be able to get away with meetings in questionable public parking lots. The Cincinnati Malt Infusers are one of the more active clubs you are going to find anywhere within the USA. When you’re a member of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers, you can count on two things: You are going to make and drink lots of great homebrew and your life will never be boring.
Our club vibe
We have members from many different walks of life with a variety of homebrewing approaches and goals. We have lots of brewing geeks, some craft beer geeks, some competition hardware collectors, some social brewers and some folks that just go wherever the beer is. The one thing everyone shares is an appreciation for great homebrewed beer, and a deep appreciation for well-crafted beer in general. We enjoy brewing and drinking our beers in the company of others. Our first priority is having fun!
We meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. The meeting site alternates between Brew Monkeys
on the west side and Paradise Brewing Supplies
on the east side. Occasionally, we meet at a special alternate location. Each meeting includes food, drink and a brewing related program. Meeting information is posted on the website and visitors are always welcome to attend!
We hold two BJCP competitions annually:
- CMI's Oktobersbest Zinzinnati Homebrew Competition in October
- CMI's All-American Homebrew Competition in February
The Best of Show winner from each competition brews his/her winning beer in cooperation with a local craft brewer to be served at a future craft brewing event.
In addition to our monthly meetings, the club holds a group brew out at various locations during the warmer months (April– November) and a holiday Party in December. CMI also participates in numerous beer related events by providing knowledgable volunteers to staff beer-centric events and march with our annual float creation in holiday parades. We have a long history of attendance at the National Homebrewers Conference and are busy getting ready for our trip to Philadelphia in June.