This is so cool! A Roman Catholic priest was one of the winners of this year’s Ninkasi Award from the National Homebrewer Competition! From Wikipedia:
The Ninkasi Award is the prize given by American Homebrewers Association for the brewer who gains the most points in the final round of the National Homebrew Competition, judged at the National Homebrewers Conference. Points are gained from the brewer’s winning entries in the 23 categories of beer and several categories of mead and cider. At least 2 points (1 bronze placement) must come from a beer entry.
I wonder if he was at HomebrewCon… I don’t recall if one,two or no people picked up the award at the award ceremonies. I wish I could have met both of them! They have it going on (obviously) and would have been great to interview…
Former Motor City Masher Kevin Rayl and I left the Detroit area at around 5AM on Wednesday morning. After a couple of rest stops and some great conversation, we arrived in Minneapolis at 3PM central time. Got up to our rooms, which had a great view, which gave me time to post a quick video:
Around 4:30PM CT, we met up with Lisa and Kevin Podsaid and headed over to Impact Brewing Company using Uber for the Chop and Brü Prefunk Party (hosted by Chop-n-Brew‘s Chip Walton and Malcolm Frazer and the gang from Brülosophy), where we met up with some more Motor City Mashers, including Dan Kukuk, Mike Neville and Kaity Friske for some beers and good times! We even could up with some old friends, like Dan Fick from CRAFT homebrew club in Michigan:
and met some new friends, like Rex from The Brew Bag (best BIAB bags in the universe – BIG HUG) and Anthony, who we met at the table for the first time (nice guy).
Insight Brewing had some really solid beers on tap. Some people even brought some homebrew to share, but because the beers were so solid and we were all having such a good time, I never got back to the area where the homebrews were. While there, ‘Old Dirty Bastards’, the team of Kevin Rayl, Kevin Podsaid, Lisa Podsaid and yours truly in round 1, and Kevin, Kevin, Dan Fick and yours truly in round 2, beat back all competition (including a tough team made up of Motor City Mashers, Rex from The Brew Bag and Anthony) to win the championship of Trivia hosted by Drew Beechum (of Experimental Brewing fame). We won glasses, stickers and shirts from Insight Brewing. We did not win any of the big prizes (and they were awesome prizes), but we all had a great time! The Chop and Brü Prefunk Party was also a success as a fundraiser for a local food pantry. Great job by Insight Brewing and the folks at Chop-n-Brew and Brülosophy for a great night! Looks like they had a good time too:
They had set up karaoke, which brought out a couple of our artists, Dan Kukuk and Kevin Podsaid:
At one point, we all got in the act (videos courtesy of Dan Fick):
The night wasn’t over when the party ended at 10PM, so we then headed to Town Hall Brewery for some food and more beer. I had a nice flight of cask and nitro beers along with chicken strips dipped in 3 different sauces along with a malted waffle wedge.
Before we knew it, most of us were yawning and getting ready to head back to our rooms for a nice rest. (Kevin and Lisa Podsaid kept the party going for the rest of us at another late night location.)
On Thursday, we check in to the conference, pick up our badges, attend some sessions, the keynote, welcome toast and kickoff party.
I’m so excited to be heading to Homebrew Con (the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference) next week. I’m getting there a day early so that I can hit the Chop & Brü PreFunk Party on Wednesday night. I’m also excited to have my homebrew club, the Motor City Mashers, there on Club Night.
I’m hoping to do some videos and take photos from the event, so stay tuned. (Note to self: Check on media credentials… LOL!)
If you’re on the fence about attending, don’t be… just go! Check out this video: