The 2016 Minnesota Mashout is coming soon and there are BIG changes to the styles relative to previous years.
What isn't changing is the general date (January 29th and 30th, 2016) and the location (again at the wonderful Grumpy's in Roseville, MN).
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:
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 contest derived its original name from the song Upper Mississippi Shakedown by The Lamont Cranston Band.Affiliations
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.Sponsors
The Minnesota Mashout is sponsored by the Minnesota Home Brewers Association and the St. Paul Home Brewers Club.
There are numerous places to stay in the area. Here's a sampling. Country Inn & Suites is the closest to Grumpy's.
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:
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.
Saturday night in general....
This year's banquet is going to follow last year's format again, but this time we are doing a beer-pairing dinner with beers from the great folks at Goose Island. The cost is $60/person and will sell out. Guys, I know it seems like $60 is a lot for a dinner and frankly, the only complaints we got from the mashout was how expensive the banquet is. Some people even said that we were getting to big for our britches and trying to make loads of cash. Firstly, $60 for a beer and food dinner with the quality and number (6) of beers isn't found regardless of the quality of the food...'cept we have some great grub set up!!! Seeing its relatively spendy, we had a lot of requests last year to make things a little more exotic than your standard banquet fare. We agree completely so turned chef loose on what he calls 'The African Safari'. We do understand not everyone will want want to partake and we'll sell out to boot so not everyone will get to play. Worry not, they've got a complete kitchen upstairs too!!
The awards banquet starts sometime after 7:45PM. If you are just coming for the awards portion (that's free), please wait in Grumpy's (grab a nice beer from their great selection of taps) until the doors open which we'll do as soon as the banquet is finished. Please be mindful and don't try to sneak in before and doubly mindful the attendees have paid for their beer and food so it's not open season on left overs. That being said, 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. 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 so if you aren't at the banquet, you'll still get your shot at some killer stuff!
For your $60, here's what you get:
This year again, our good buddy Rich Heller from Goose Island has gone out of his way to bring some wonderful beers to pair with all the great food below. He'll give us a brief little synopsis of what he thinks will go best with what but its up to you to pour them in your own glass. If there is one thing we had too much of last year, it was beer...and thats never a bad thing!! Here is a little list from last year, that will be similar to what we'll have this year. Honkers, Sofie, Matilda, Pepe Nero, Pere Jacques, and Lolita.
Yes yes yes none of these are African. We understand that but sometimes, every once in a while, one needs their yearly serving of massively sweet and rich Tres Leche and Tiramisu.
We have very few requests so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you straight.
We plan to have Stan Hieronymus and Aaron Hyde (the Briess Homebrew product line manager) speak. More details as they get finalized.
Everyone who participates in the Minnesota Mashout by volunteering in some capacity can participate in most of the piss up events. No friends, family, or loved ones can participate unless they have volunteered in some capacity. These are events for all the volunteers to get a chance to unwind and have some fun and drink a bunch of stuff you wouldn't usually get to have. Previous pissups have been a great success so we are making it better this year.
Sober cabs, as always, are welcome as we'll have some soft drinks on hand. Additionally, we'll have some chow and such to help temper the deliciousness of the great stuff we will be drinking. As always, feel free to bring any home brew you'd like to share.
Please remember that alcohol is being served and this is basically a bar setting and with that comes some degree of colorful language. The Minnesota Mashout reserves the right to bounce anyone excessively drunk or abusive, etc, etc. Let's just have fun.
Instead of a proper (can you tell that Kris England wrote this?) learning thing we are going to start doing beer-lympics. The idea is that it will be teams of 4. Randomly assigned. One event per person (4 events). They may include but are not limited to, beer trivia, guess that beer (style, brewery, brand), Blind beer chug, coaster flip, beer cap toss, and so on. We are still working out the details, getting the mandatory Olympic-level drug testing in order, and
paying off entertaining some international officials, but we will give you more info soon.
The main event of the evening. This is an idea I stole from my buddy Jeff Halvorsen. It's actually very simple yet brilliant. I also am surprised he came up with it. It's a shared 'cellared beer' tasting. We'll then have a few pouring stations and announce what we are pouring and who brought it. The person who brought it gets the first pour. All beers will be available for everyone to try as we'll be doing away with the 'tasting' system we did last year. Inasmuch, the vetting process will be much more rigorous so please outdo yourselves and bring some great stuff. In order to participate you must bring a COMMERCIALLY made beer, cider or mead (or a few) to share. As was already said, these are not to be ordinary brews but special ones that you have either been saving or always wanted to try. These beers will be vetted and listed below as we get them. Everyone that wants to participate must email here and say what they would like to bring. 100% RSVP ... No walk-in's allowed so plan ahead. Any unopened beers will become property of the Minnesota Mashout. Don't be cheap! Its time to crack open that archive case and bring some really great stuff. It was a great event last year so lets make it even better this year. A very important point here. NO HOME BREW ALLOWED. If you do bring homebrew to share with others (and please do) it won't count towards this event.
For 2016, the following categories allow entrants to enter more than one beer per subcategory:
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
We need volunteers to help with sorting all the entries we recieve prior to the competition. This will happen on Saturday, January 16th, 2016. More details as they become available.Judging Sessions
Judging will take place on Friday January 29th and Saturday January 30th, 2016.Friday Sessions
Friday judges will be limited to no more than three judging sessions in order to prevent palate fatigue.Saturday Sessions
Lunch will be provided for Saturday judges and stewards who volunteer at least two sessions.Volunteers
We have a limited number of volunteer spots available. To sign up as a judge or steward, visit the sign up page.