the Prairie Homebrewing Companions?
were organized and affiliated with the American Homebrewers
Association (AHA) by four local homebrewers in 1990. The club
continues to grow and has over 50 members.
in the PHC is based loosely on an interest in beer and brewing.
Some of our members have never made a beer. We range from extract
brewers to all-grain and even people who have been professional brewers.
is the PHC about?
is the intent of the PHC to encourage and instruct its membership
and the beer-drinking public in developing a healthy attitude
toward beers. We try to help other beer lovers improve their
tasting skills and brewing techniques, share recipes, and
equipment innovations or techniques.
does the PHC do?
meetings - 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30PM
of Brewing program
Halloween Challenge homebrewing competition
Party and BrewOff
beer tasting with the Shriners
classes for the Beer Judge Certification Program tests
Brewing events - Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day, Big Brew, etc.
with other area homebrewing clubs
does the PHC meet?
are held the second Wednesday of every month, usually starting at 7:30PM. During the summer
months, the meeting location and dates may vary so check the PHC
Home Page for the current Calendar of Events.
you can make it to a PHC meeting,
don't forget some of
your best brew for our People's Choice tasting and bring a glass for
sampling what everyone else brings.
do I join and what is the cost?
to a meeting and pay the Treasurer to join, or
Contact the Treasurer and pay them, or
Signup and pay online via PayPal to the right
(includes a $2 service fee for PayPal) --->
yearly dues of the Prairie Homebrewing Companions are $15.00 for a
single membership and $20.00 for a family membership.
Membership is based on the calendar year so if you join later in the
year, the amount will be reduced and pro-rated quarterly so you only
pay for the amount of the year that you are a member.
January-March=Full Year, April-June=3/4 Year,
do I know what is going on?
the PHC Mailing list (instructions are here).
You don't need a yahoo email address, just use an email address that
you check regularly and you will receive and can send emails to all
club members and can keep up with the latest club news. You do
not need to be a member yet to join the email list.
happens at a PHC meeting?
of Brewing Tasting - before the meeting people are judging the
beers submitted for the Award of Brewing program,
if enough beers are submitted, the meeting may start a bit late.
Choice beers are sitting on a table of everyone to sample (with
the glass you brought). We vote for our favorite beer at the
end of the meeting and they get a prize.
meeting starts and we go over club business like the Treasurer's
report and other committees or reports needed to keep the club
of visitors and new members - if it is your first meeting, we
would like to get to know you so please tell us who you are, if
you are brewing yet and how you found out about the club.
of Brewing - a quick summary of the beers submitted and judged and
if people have attained a new level in AOB, awards are given out.
Business - Reviewing club business carried over from a prior
meeting, like planning events and activities like Hoppy Halloween
Business - Club items being brought up for the first time.
- General announcements usually related to beer that club members
would be interested in.
& Bolts - A presentation of a beer style, homebrew gadget, or
anything like that to educate the members on beer or brewing.
do I get as a member of the PHC?
cool membership card proclaiming your membership in the PHC
Access to the
club library of brewing related
books, magazines, and videos
to the club's shared equipment (jockey
subscription to the club's monthly newsletter The BlowOff
Voting rights at
10% discount on
non-taxable items at the Country Cannery and some other homebrew
supply stores like Northern Brewer and Midwest Homebrewing
Supplies (club membership card may be required).
discount on craft beer at Bernie's Liquors on south University
connection to local homebrewers
PHC yeast bank is no longer available.
or experienced, membership in the PHC allows you to learn and discuss
beer and brewing with people with the same interests.
are those 'Quality Beer Zone' signs all about?
had these signs made up to show our appreciation to local
businesses that we feel support quality beer. It is our
'seal of approval' plus it helps get the club's name and website
out to people who may frequent these businesses.
Quality Beer Zones:
Bottles, Moorhead, MN
Wines & Liquors South University,
Liquor Moorhead, MN
Cannery (homebrewing supplies) Moorhead, MN
Billiards & Gastropub, Fargo, ND
Company, Fargo, ND
Harry's Bottle Shop 45th Street, Fargo, ND
Pub @ Usher's House Moorhead, MN
Fargo, ND (not up after remodel)
Rose Meadery Fargo, ND
Sidestreet Pub Fargo, ND
St. Paul, MN
Detroit Lakes, MN
1994: Ray Taylor
1997: Susan Ruud
2000: Mickey & Vi Walker
2003: Ron Stroh
2006: Jim Marback
2009: Vince Rokke
2012: Dave Batcheller
2015: Tony Huseby
1995: Neil Gudmenstad
1998: Dave Trautmann
2001: Carl Eidbo
2004: Eric Swanson
2007: Ray Taylor
2010: Susan Ruud
2013: Barb Nilles
2016: Bob Ruud
1996: Cheryl Ruby
1999: Dick Nilles
2002: Karl Gunderson
2005: Dean Gundberg
2008: Tom Roan
2011: Nancy Bowser
2014: Eric Sanders
2017: John Wilkinson
if I still have questions?
your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org