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Over the past 10 years the Upper Mississippi Mashout has grown from a regional competition held in a local steak house restaurant to one of the largest competitions in the country.  The growth was not without its challenges over the years but the organizers are none worse for the wear, and are ready for another outstanding turn out at this year’s UMMO.  Fresh from hosting the AHA National Homebrew conference and competition in June 2010, the Mashout Organizing Committee is ready to raise the bar again this year.  The 2011 competition will be held January 28th and 29th at Grumpy’s in Roseville, Minnesota.  The theme this year is American Craft Beer with an American-themed banquet, commemorative beers, speakers, and events.

Jay and Lori Wince from Weasel Boy Brewing, winners of the 2010 GABF Silver Medal for their RIS and the 2005 UMMO BoS Winner, will be giving the Friday afternoon talk.  In addition, Dave Berg (aka Rocket Scientist), the head brewer of the second oldest family owned brewery in the US, August Schell Brewing, will be giving the Saturday afternoon talk.  Check out the events section of the website for additional volunteer events for this year’s competition.

Key information:
Registration opens – December 17th 2010
Entry Deadline – January 14th 2011*
Entry Fee – $8.00 per entry

*NEW* Multiple Entry Categories:
For 2011, the following categories now allow entrants to enter more than one beer per subcategory.  Two (2) 10-14 oz. bottles are required for each entry.
    * 16e - Belgian Specialty Ale
    * 17f - Sour Ale - Fruit Lambic
    * 20 - Fruit Beer
    * 21a - Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
    * 21b - Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
    * 22b - Other Smoked Beer
    * 22c - Wood-Aged Beer
    * 23 - Specialty Beer

Best Traditional US beer Category:
This is the first year for another 'special' category. It follows the theme of beers from the United States and beers will be judged in a last-man-standing, BoS format. The top three entries will get a special prize.   Styles included in this special category are:
    * Category 1a - Light American Lager
    * Category 1b - Standard American Lager
    * Category 1c - Premium American Lager
    * Category 6a - Cream Ale
    * Category 6b - Blonde Ale
    * Category 6d - American Wheat or Rye Beer
    * Category 7b - California Common
    * Category 10 - American Ale
    * Category 13e - American Stout
    * Category 14b - American IPA
    * Category 14c - Imperial IPA
    * Category 19c - American Barleywine
    * Category 20 - Fruit Beer
    * Category 21 - Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
    * Category 22b - Other Smoked Beer
    * Category 22c - Wood-Aged Beer
    * Category 23 - Specialty Beer
Where applicable, the base beer must be a US base beer.

There is nothing one needs to do to enter this category. The best beer of these styles will be chosen as 'last man standing' on the BOS table.
The EIS-ANYTHING Category:
Enter the Eis-Anything style by brewing ANY BJCP Style of beer, and then "Eis"-ing it. Riffing on the theme of Eisbocks, any BJCP style can be iced and entered in this category. Beers will be judged on the base style as well as how the 'eising' affected the base beer.  Since Eisbock is a registered BJCP category it is excluded from this special category.

Mead, Cider, Eis Anything:
·    Brewers may enter multiple entries in the mead, cider, and Eis Anything categories.
·    Each entry must be unique.
·    Only one (1) 10-14 oz. bottle is required for each entry in the Eis Anything category.

More information can be found at  Specific questions can be directed to

MN / Minnesota Home Brewers Association - Barley John's Brewpub
« on: November 01, 2010, 09:02:54 PM »
Learn to homebrew with the MHBA at Barley John's Brewpub Saturday November 6th from 10-2PM.  

This rain or shine open-house-style event will feature free hands-on brewing demonstrations, fabulous door prizes (thanks to Northern Brewer, Midwest Supplies, and Brew & Grow), you may walk away with everything you need to brew your first batch), a chance to ask questions of seasoned homebrewers.  
Barley John's will be serving their hand-crafted beers and delicious food throughout the day in addition to the numerous homebrewed beer, mead, and ciders brought by fellow club members.

For more information email me at

Barley John's
781 Old Hwy 8
New Brighton, MN
1/2 west of 35W on CR D

Chris Smith
MHBA President

Homebrew Competitions / 2010 Upper Mississippi Mashout
« on: November 30, 2009, 04:38:02 PM »
9th Annual Upper Mississippi Mash-Out
Over the last nine years the Upper Mississippi Mash-out has grown to be one of the top homebrew contests in the country.  In 2009 we had 869 entires by 259 brewers from 33 states.  Thanks to our generous sponsors over the years Mash-out has been able to provide a fabulous prize to every winner in each category along with a hand-made wooden chalice for the best-in-show winners for beer, mead, and cider.  This is an AHA/BJCP-sanctioned contest and is organized jointly by the St. Paul Home Brewers Club and the Minnesota Home Brewer’s Association.
The Mash-Out is the opening event in the High Plains Brewer of the Year Award 2010, the Midwest Brewer of the Year Award 2010 and the MCAB 2011.

More information is available at
Dates to remember:
Entries accepted - December 28th 2009-January 18th 2010
Judging at Grumpy's in Roseville - January 29th-30th 2010
Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Summit Brewery - Saturday, January 30th 2010
Every year we welcome judges and volunteers from all over the country.  We pamper them with specialty beers on tap, commemorative pint glasses, lunch and dinner during judging, and a commemorative beer brewed from the 2009 BOS recipe.  We will also feature speakers who will give presentations on brewing Scottish and English beers.  All skill levels are encouraged to volunteer.  This is an excellent opportunity to experience how an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition works.  Sign up to volunteer at

Special Awards and Categories
- Separate BOS for Mead and Cider

- Yellow Snow Award - most entries

- Blizzard Award - Most points by Club

- Eis Anything Category
Hotel Information

The hotel is located across the street from this years venue.

Homebrew Clubs / 2010 NHC Club Night sign-up
« on: November 30, 2009, 04:32:51 PM »
If your club would like to participate and set up a booth for Club Night at the 2010 AHA National Conference in Minnesota.   Contact Chris Smith at with the following information:
•   Club name, city, & state
•   Club contact’s name, email, & phone
•   Do you need a space larger than 10x10?
•   Do you need a table?
•   Do you need electricity (fee may apply)?
•   Any other special club needs?
•   How many members are attending?
•   Approximately how many beers will you bring?
If you’re a smaller club and can’t man a booth by yourself we can pair you with other clubs that also want to participate. 

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