2018 Minnesota Mashout

2018 Results are available here!

The 2018 Mashout is back at Summit Brewery for the entire event!

The date is pretty much the same too ... January 26th and 27th, 2018.

As usual, many, many thanks to last year's wonderful sponsors. Please visit their sites and use their products!



From the 2002 inaugural Mash-Out (L-R) Al Boyce, Steve Piatz, Steve Fletty, Jeff Cotton.

Founded in 2002, the Minnesota Mashout has grown into one of the largest homebrew contests in the country. The first year of the contest drew less than 200 entries but in recent years has drawn nearly 1000 entries from coast to coast.

Founded by Al Boyce, Jeff Cotton, Steve Fletty, and Steve Piatz as a contest run by brewers for brewers, the original goal was twofold:

  • To provide contest entrants with fast and useful feedback
  • To award brewing excellence.

Since then, we have expanded its mission to include fostering beer appreciation and education. Each year, we pick a theme and brings in noted speakers or brewers to interact with contest attendees.


The Minnesota Mashout is a qualifying event for the High Plains Brewer of the Year award, the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year award, and the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) competition.


The Minnesota Mashout is sponsored by the Minnesota Home Brewers Association and the St. Paul Home Brewers Club.


Info coming soon.

There are other places to stay in the area if you wish. Here's a sampling.

Giving Back

Food Shelf

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit food shelf and community assistance program located in Columbia Heights. SACA serves the communities of Columbia Heights, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and Hilltop. SACA is able to serve the less fortunate in our communities with the following programs for eligible residents:

  • Emergency Food Program
  • Thrift Store – open to the public
  • Christmas Toys and Holiday Dinner Distribution
  • School Supplies Distribution
  • Mobile Food Service for Seniors
  • Referrals to Appropriate Agency Resources

Southern Anoka Community Assistance has been a strong community presence since 1976. The SACA staff and board members believe that help is compassion and integrity is strength. Our goal is that no child will ever have to go hungry in our community. With your help, SACA is currently able to serve over 550 families and seniors in crisis every month.

Church Hill Primary School

Church Hill Primary School is located in Santoy, Hanover, Jamaica. Its such a small town that one is hard pressed to find it on any map. When most people think Jamaica they think sandy beaches, ocean and delicious rum drinks.

In actuality most of the Jamaicans don't live near the beach and life is very hard. Daily attendance at school was estimated at only 62 per cent for the children of the poorest quintile, far from the national average of 92.5 per cent. About 62 per cent of absences were due to lack of money for transportation, textbooks, school fees or uniforms. In the last decade the percentage of children who reach grade 5 had dropped nearly 10% (all data from UNICEF).

Our friend Nav Harvey teaches at Church Hill and continues to petition for available funds to no avail. The teachers do the best they can with extremely limited and outdated materials in classes where the kids outnumber the them 40:1. Here is somewhere that 100% of our funds will absolutely help out instantly. The kids sent us these wonderful pictures.

We can be contacted using these addresses:

Awards Ceremony


You may be looking for banquet info. You've come to the right place...kinda. We have to tell you though...its dead man. It has a wonderful run and was great fun but its run its course and its done. No more banquet (for now anyway). With so many awesome things going on around town there just has been dwindling, but constant, numbers and it frankly wasn't reaching as many people as we'd have liked. We want to get more people involved with the Mashout and more importantly, get more people to the Awards ceremony.


The awards ceremony will starts sometime around 6:00PM, actual time still TBD. We'll have some cool stuff on tap but you are more than welcome to bring in beers to share at the awards! How can we have an awards ceremony without drinking!? That would be silly. The only rule on the beer is that it can't be commercial...meaning home brew to share only. Most importantly, as always, there will be the ever massive raffle and silent auction which always has loads of brewing, brewery and beer swag and libations. We'll be selling raffle tickets upon door opening. As we said, don't worry, it won't close until the end of the awards.


As always, we'll have speakers for our lunches, both Friday and Saturday. It gives people a chance to eat, chill out a bit and hear some cutting edge stuff from great people from around the US.

Friday Lunch - Niko Tonks
Head Brewer – Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Niko has been working in breweries since 2010. He was previously a brewer at Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin, TX and at Sociable Cider Werks locally. He has been with Fair State since the very beginning.

Saturday Lunch - Lew Bryson

Lew Bryson has been writing about beer and spirits full-time since 1995. He was the managing editor of Whisky Advocate from 1996 through 2015, where he also wrote the American Spirits column, and reviewed whiskeys. He is currently a columnist for All About Beer, a Senior Drinks Writer for the Daily Beast, and an American correspondent for Scotchwhisky.com.

Bryson is the author of Tasting Whiskey (Storey Publishing, 2014), a broad survey of the whiskeys of the world, their history and manufacture. He has also written four regional brewery guidebooks from Stackpole Books: Pennsylvania Breweries (4 editions); New York Breweries;Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Breweries; and New Jersey Breweries (with Mark Haynie). He was selected as the 2008 winner of the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award (Trade and Specialty Beer Media). He has served as a judge on the Professional Blind Tasting Panel at the Great American Beer Festival.

Lew Bryson lives north of Philadelphia with his wife and two Welsh Corgis.

Piss Up

Friday Night Piss Up

The Piss-up, or the Friday night superfantasticfundrinkydrinky time is also getting an overhaul. We've had a great time doing the Beer-lympics and Cellar tasting but new location, new stuff. We are still working out the deets but its going to be on the lines of a pub crawl, most probably by the new and awesome light rail. More deets will follow...



  1. We will only accept online entries and online payment.
  2. No refunds. Period.
  3. The Minnesota Mashout accepts no responsibilty for entries that are damaged during shipping or do not arrive at an approved shipping destination within the time limits.
  4. Bottles much have the official entry labels (printed as part of the online entry process) attached to them.
  5. All other entries will be disqualified!
  • Anyone of legal age may enter.
  • Beers must be entered under the name of all brewers who helped.
  • Beers brewed in commercial facilities are ineligible.
  • Shipped entries must be received by January 12th, 2018 at end of business.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
Entry Fee
  • $9 per entry.
  • Electronic payment ONLY. No cash. No checks.
Entry Requirements: Mead and Cider
  • Brewers may enter multiple entries in the mead and cider categories.
  • Each entry must be unique.
Entry Requirements: Multiple Entry Sub-Categories

For 2018, the following categories allow entrants to enter more than one beer per subcategory:

  • 7C. Kellerbier - a pale and amber, not pale-pale, or amber-amber
  • 21B. Specialty IPA - as long as they are different 'styles' of specialty IPA
  • 23F. Fruit Lambic - Different fruits are ok. Not vintages/variations on a single fruit.
  • 27. Historical beer
  • 28. American Wild ale - must be significantly different.
  • 29. Fruit beer
  • 30. Spiced beer
  • 32. Alt Fermentables Beer
  • 32B. Specialty Smoked Beer
  • 33. Wood Beer
  • 34. Specialty Beer
  • Meads - all
  • Ciders - all

The organizers reserve the right to make a final decision about an entry's eligibility in cases of a dispute.

Two (2) 10-14 oz. bottles are required for each entry.

Entry Requirements: Other Categories
  • Brewers are limited to one entry per sub-category.
  • Two (2) 10-14 oz. bottles are required for each entry.
Entry Requirements: All Categories
  • Print your labels prior to the end of the entry deadline.
  • Attach one label to each bottle using a rubber band ONLY.
  • Bottles must be free of labels or other identifying marks.
  • No wine bottles of any kind are allowed.
  • Specialty bottle are allowed only with explicit permission. Contact info@mashout.org for further information if necessary.
  • All entries MUST be registered ONLINE - no paper entries allowed. (Please contact the webmaster if you have problems with the registration database.)
General Notes
  • The 2015 BJCP style categories are available at the BJCP site.
  • All 2015 BJCP categories of Beer, Mead, And Cider will be accepted.
  • The competition committee reserves the right to combine or split categories based on number of entries.
  • All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles.
  • All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
  • A minimum of 20 categories will be established for judging and awards.
  • In the first round, each judge will score 5-10 entries selecting the best three.
  • If a second round is necessary, the second round will consist of the top three entries selected in the first round.
  • All entries will be evaluated by more than one judge.
  • Entries will be chilled and stored properly and appropriately for the style.
  • Entries will be disqualified for rules infractions. These entries will be judged if possible, but not eligible for awards and prizes.
  • All decisions of the judges and competition committee are final.
  • All entries become the property of the Minnesota Mashout. No entries will be returned for any reason.


Entry Sorting

We need volunteers to help with sorting all the entries we recieve prior to the competition. This will happen on mid-January, 2018. More details as they become available.

Judging Sessions

Judging will take place on Friday January 26th and Saturday January 27th, 2018.

Friday Sessions
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Setup and Registration
  • 9:00 - 11:15 am - Judging Session 1
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch for Volunteers & Seminar
  • 12:45 - 3:00 pm - Judging Session 2
  • 3:00 - 5:30 pm - Judging Session 3
  • 5:45 - 7:00 pm - Dinner for Volunteers
  • 7:00 - midnight - Piss Up Crawl

Friday judges will be limited to no more than three judging sessions in order to prevent palate fatigue.

Saturday Sessions
  • 9:00 - 11:15 am - Judging Session 4
  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch for Volunteers & Seminar
  • 12:30 - 3:00 pm - Judging Session 5
  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Best of Show Judging (closed to public)
  • 6:30 - ? - Award Ceremony, Amazeballs Raffle and Fraking Super Duper Auction

Lunch will be provided for Saturday judges and stewards who volunteer at least two sessions.


We have a limited number of volunteer spots available. To sign up as a judge or steward, visit the sign up page.



  1. We will only accept online entries and online payment.
  2. No refunds. Period.
  3. Once entries have been received at an approved location, within the approved timeframe, then the Mashout takes responsibility for the entries.
  4. The Minnesota Mashout accepts no responsibilty for entries that are damaged during shipping or do not arrive at an approved shipping destination within the time limits.
  5. Bottles much have the official entry labels (printed as part of the online entry process) attached to them.
  6. All other entries will be disqualified!
Drop Off and Shipping:
  • Print your labels prior to the end of the entry deadline.
  • Attach one label to each bottle using a rubber band ONLY.


  • Shipments and dropoffs are accepted beginning December 26th, 2017 at 9:00AM.
  • All dropoff entries must be received by January 12th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.
  • All shipped entries must be received by January 12th, 2018 at end of business.
Ship Entries to:
  • Northern Brewer, LLC
  • 2018 UMMO
  • 2221 Hwy 36 West
  • Roseville, MN 55113
Drop-off only:
  • Northern Brewer, St.Paul
  • 1150 Grand Avenue
  • Saint Paul, MN 55105

  • Northern Brewer, Minneapolis
  • 6021 Lyndale Ave S
  • Minneapolis, MN 55419

  • Brew & Grow Minnesota
  • 8302 Hwy 65 NE
  • Spring Lake Park, MN 55432


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