The 2016 Minnesota Mashout brought many changes but the 2017 Mashout brings the best one of the best ever. For the first time in years, we are moving back home, to Summit Brewery for the entire event!
What isn't changing is the general date (January 27th and 28th, 2017).
As usual, many, many thanks to our 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:
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.
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.
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.
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...
For 2017, 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 14th, 2017. More details as they become available.Judging Sessions
Judging will take place on Friday January 28th and Saturday January 29th, 2017.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.