MEGA Newsletter - December 2018

Next Official Meeting is Sunday, December 9, 2018

2:00 pm

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend

Tasting Styles: Stouts, Porters, and Smoked Beers

Meeting Reminder - Consume Responsibly!

Just a reminder that the purpose of our club is to share ideas and homebrews with the goal of improving our own beers and advancing the hobby of homebrewing.  During meetings, please make sure to serve yourselves the proper volume.  Drinking plenty of water and consuming food (reminder that we can order food in the private room) will help.  

Meeting Agenda

Club News

Hair of the Dog Holiday Party - The Hair of the Dog Holiday Party is January 12 from 6PM-11PM, location TBD.  As a member, you don't want to miss this event!  Great food, great beers, great friends, and awesome prizes and gifts!  We will be having a club-only homebrew competition.  If you want to participate, bring at least 22 oz of beer.  The beer can be in bottle(s) or growlers.  We will roughly judge beer based on style according to BJCP, but it is a best of show competition.

South Bend Brewfest - The South Bend Brewfest is in need of as many pourers as we can provide (permit required).  We will also be able to have a booth to advertise our club.  There is a possibility we might be able to pour our beer too, but the event organizers are looking into this.  Volunteers are needed, and sending many pourers for distributor booths from Michigan will certainly make us look good to the organizers.

Shelf Ice Brewfest - The Shelf Ice Brewfest is welcoming MEGA back to pour our own beers as well as providing as many pourers as we can provide (permit required).  This is an outdoor event in February, so make sure you dress appropriately!  They will provide heaters for booths to keep warm (assuming it isn’t 60 degrees like 2 years ago…)

The Event Formerly Known as Mayfest - MEGA has a unique opportunity to take over the planning and logistics of the beer festival formerly known as Mayfest, then Mishawaka Festival of Beers.  We need to make a decision on this soon to make plans for the 2019 festival.

MEGA Barrel Project - Many MEGA members are working on participating in a third run of one of the 2 barrels that was sourced from Barton 1792.  This barrel has been relocated to 3rd Horse Craft Beverage Supply.  This run has a Bruery’s Tart of Darkness clone.  If you are interested 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!

Add Your Homebrew Club to Your AHA Member Profile - If you are a member of the AHA, please add MEGA as your homebrew club.  This will help the club with the rollout of the new club insurance premium reimbursement plan.

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


Upcoming Events

Hair of the Dog Annual Holiday Party

January 12, 6 PM - 11 PM

Location TBD

South Bend Brewfest

January 19, Noon - 4 PM

Century Center

120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

South Bend, Indiana 46601

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 16, Noon - 5 PM CT (1 PM - 6 PM ET)

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