MEGA Newsletter - February 2018

Next Official Meeting is Sunday, February 11, 2018

2:00 pm

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend

Tasting Styles: Scottish and Irish beers

Meeting Agenda

Club News

Membership Dues - If you haven't done so yet, it is time to renew your MEGA membership. You can renew your membership on the website using the Paypal link at the bottom of the About Us page, by contacting the Treasurer Jim Moler for payment, or paying at one of the monthly meetings.  Dues are $25 for an individual and $35 for a family.

MEGA 2018 Bulk Grain Buy - About once a year, members of the club get together and buy grain and other items in bulk.  It’s about that time again to get working on the 2018 Bulk Grain Buy.  Look for more information on the MEGA website forum

Hair of the Dog Holiday Party - The Hair of the Dog Holiday Party was held on January 13.  A great time was had by all!  Congratulations to Brandon Townsley on his winning entry to the competition with his Oatmeal Cookie Stout!  Congrats to Larry Peters for winning the inaugural Beer Pong competition!

MEGA Barrel Project - Many MEGA members will be convening soon to receive their spoils of the Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout clone bourbon barrel.  Once that is transferred out, those members that brewed up the beer for it will put a second running of the barrel with an Imperial Porter.  Everyone’s Porter is ready to go in - we’re just waiting for the generous host of our new home for the barrels to be ready to receive this barrel.  If you would like to participate in future barrel projects, post in the forum on the website or bring it up in one of the upcoming meetings.

Join the AHA - If you are a serious homebrewer and not yet a member of the American Homebrewers Association, you should consider becoming one!  Enjoy AHA Member Deals at over a thousand participating locations including breweries, pubs, restaurants, homebrew supply shops and more!  Enjoy six issues per year of Zymurgy, the longest-running homebrew magazine, delivered straight to your door.  Membership allows you to participate in exclusive events including Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition, AHA Rallies and more.  To join, click on the banner at the bottom of the MEGA homepage or CLICK HERE!

MEGA Work Shirts - MEGA ordered more of the popular MEGA Work Shirt! These shirts are great to wear at events or just to represent MEGA during your brew day.  The work shirts are Dickies-branded short sleeve blended material  (65% polyester/35% cotton, Moisture-Wicking).  Color is charcoal with gold and white MEGA logo on left chest and large on Back.  Shirts ar $35.  Check with the club for available sizes.

MEGA Sample Glasses - MEGA received the sample glasses that were ordered.  Those who already pre-ordered should get their glasses at the next few meetings and any remaining glasses will be available for members and sold at events.  If you are interested in getting some sample glasses, speak up at a meeting or other MEGA event.  They are $5.25 for members and $6.00 for non-members.

Past Events

Hair of the Dog Holiday Party

January 13, 2018, 6PM-11PM

Details covered above

South Bend Brew Fest

January 20, 2018, 12PM-4PM

Anyone attend and can give a brief synopsis?

Upcoming Events

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 17, 2018, 1PM-5PM CST

Uptown Arts District
7th & Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

This event still needs additional volunteers.  To pour, you’ll need a server’s permit.  If you are interested, please email  There may be non-pouring help needed as well.

Art of Beer Festival

This event is not occurring this year since it is always scheduled the 3rd Saturday of March and this falls on St. Patrick’s Day this year.  Because of it falling on this date, the Mendel Center has planned alternative activities.  It will be back again next year.

Beer in the Buff

April 21, 2018, 12PM-5PM CDT

New Buffalo Lions Park
612 Marquette Drive
New Buffalo, MI 49117

The event is looking for volunteers to help with the event!  Since it is in Michigan, no server’s permit is required.  Look for the sign-up sheet on the website.

8th Annual Blue Chip Brewfest

May 5, 2018. 11:30AM-5PM CDT

Blue Chip Casino 1st floor parking garage

777 Blue Chip Dr

Michigan City, IN 46360

Big Brew Day

May 5, 2018, Location TBD, more details to come


Tentatively May 19 or June 16, 2018, more details to come

Bottlecaps & Corks

June 30, 2018, 5PM-9PM

Wellfield Botanic Gardens
1011 N Main St

Elkhart, Indiana 46514

MEGA would like to get heavily involved in this event since it’s the only homebrew-only event in our area.  Help us make this a big club event by planning to make beer for the event.

Homebrew Con 2018

June 28-30, 2018

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232