June meeting update

Hello Beer Friends!  Tomorrow night is the 2nd Annual CMI BOS mini competition.The meeting is at 7:30 pm 1810 Courtland Ave Norwood, OH.  We will have prizes for the top three brewers who enter the competition and everyone entering should bring what is entered to share with those in attendance.  We are taking 3 beers per CMI member and the beers need to be in normal competition form with unmarked bottles and a paper attached with a rubber band with the name of the brewer and the BJCP 2015 Style Category for that beer.  1 bottle per entry and only one round of judging.  Please come and show off your brewing skills! Cheers and see you all there!

April is drawing to a close, May is here and so is CMI Beer!

Hello all!


We hope you are happy that the warm weather is moving in and that you have knocked the dust off your brew rig, if it hibernated for the winter months.  May is going to be a busy and eventful time for the CMI members, it marks the start of Maibock season, which is great since the celebration of 500 years of Reinheitsgebot is starting up in Germany and abroad.  In fact that is the theme for the AHA Big Brew Day this year with recipes for Altbier (one we got CMI on the board with at the NHC round 1 thus far) and Ginger Ale.  See the CMI calendar for more information on this Brew Day being hosted by Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House.  Then join us on May 12th for the CMI annual meeting at Mt. Carmel Brewing, this one is always a great time. Finally we cap off the Month with the Graff Family Brew Out on the 29th and again the calendar has all your event information.  Then, when May is over the June meeting is going to be a CMI club night Best of Show competition, complete with guest judges, prizes for the top 3 home brews, and the calendar will have all the information you want and need.


We hope you all are brewing great beer, having success in your competitions, and that you will bring a friend to our meetings. Don’t be selfish, bring some brew to the meetings and events to share with everyone, and as always brew on brewing pals! Prost!

March is here, Bockfest and more….

Hello fellow home brewers!  March is upon us and it will be a start to much fun and lots of events for CMI. First of all Bockfest is this weekend down at the Christian Moerlein Brewery, and the Bloats will be hosting the Bock Beer Competition again, check their website for more information. CMI will be participating in the Bockfest Parade and we have the Streetcar float and the Goat ready to go. Check in with Tim McPartlan by email for information on where to meet and ride in the parade!

The deadline for the CMI Pub Crawl entry is nearing and you can get the form and other information here.  We have added the March stated meeting and our upcoming BJCP Exam Prep Course to the calendar, please use those calendar links for more information.


We hope all is well for all the club members and that everyone is brewing great beer to bring to the meetings and entering lots of competitions.  Best of luck to all our competing brewers!  Be sure to check back on the website as we are working hard to keep things up to date and info put out in a timely fashion.  Brew good and drink good, cheers!

All American Homebrew Competition – Best of Show

Top 3 Beers:

White IPA  – Tim Lawson

American Light Lager – Tim McKee

Dark Mild – Steven Rapko

A big thank you for the space and assistance from the Winter Beer Fest group, all the judges and stewards and other volunteers.  With the work of many, this would not be possible!  Stay tuned to your email accounts and this site for the final results sheets and full results for the competition!  Keep brewing everyone, there were many wonderful beers entered, and it is time to start thinking about Oktobersbest beers.

Also, do not miss out on the pub crawl, this will be an event you want to attend! Thank you and happy brewing!


All American Homebrew Competition Maxed Out

Thank you to all our volunteer judges and stewards for being available to help at the upcoming All American Homebrew competition, we will have our hands full as we hit the 350 entry limit!  We will have lots of great beer styles and homebrew entries to handle, pour, and sample with entries from all over the country and abroad.  CMI would like to extend a big thank you to the Cincinnati Beer Fest team for helping us with the venue and providing the 40 beer fest tickets that we had to provide to the first volunteers registered to help us.  CMI also has the ability to offer discounted tickets for those who did not get the free ticket and volunteered, but still would like a deal to get into the beer fest, contact Tim McKee if interested. Don’t miss out on this great event!

Luke Shropshire, one of the brewers for Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, and the winner from last year’s All American will be having his Key Lime Gose poured at the Blank Slate Brewing booth at the beer fest, and be sure to stop by Mt.Carmel’s booth to see what Mike, Chris, Luke, and the rest of the production crew have been up to over there.  For more on this great event and all the breweries involved, click here! Good luck to all the entrants and please remember to sign up for the CMI Pub Crawl for a brewery hopping good time!  Clearly home brewing is still alive and thriving and Ohio has shown a strong presence in this upcoming All American! Best of luck to all the entrants!

We would also like to give a huge dose of good karma and luck to all the CMI members who have participated in the NHC project and registered beers for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition, from Indianapolis, IN to the nationals in Baltimore, MD, onward to glory CMI brewers!

CMI Pub Crawl, February Meeting, & All American Homebrew Competition Update

Hello brewing friends! Boy the year is rolling on fast! Please visit our Event Page to get the sign-up sheet for the 2016 CMI Pub Crawl, spots are filling up fast, so get the form and mail it in with your payment soon! Only 55 spots open for this fun event through Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati!

The CMI February meeting will be held at the usual location at 1810 Courtland Ave. Norwood, OH from 7-10pm and we will be welcoming Ron Smith from the Foam Blowers of Indiana homebrew to talk with us all about Altbiers and there should be some great examples on hand to be shared!

Quick update on the All American Homebrew Competition, we are at 310 entries and the max for the competition is 350. If you have not entered your beers do so quickly and registration ends on February 5th, 2016 if the max entries are not reached.

January Meeting – Homebrew and Beer Cocktails

Hello friends! If you did not make it out last night to the first meeting of the year, you truly missed out on a great program! Will Magnuszewski and his wonderful assistant Kathryn worked some magic to the tune of 8, count it 8, beer cocktails of all varieties! Thank you both for the great event! There will be a new link coming for recipes related to our programs added on the site very soon, so stay tuned!
As always we meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Norwood Community Senior Center on the lower floor, located at 1810 Courtland Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45212 and our meetings start at 7:30 PM and run until 10 pm.
As a reminder the club dues are now to be turned in for 2016 membership at the rate of $15 per individual, and $20 for a family/couple. Stay tuned as we are going to get a Pay Pal link on the site to help facilitate dues payment.
An important note on the meeting besides the great beer cocktails, we had visitors from the Bloatarian Brewing League, Delhi Mashers, and MASH homebrew clubs. Thank you guys and gal for joining us! The homebrew was flowing early, and approximately 20 different styles of beer were shared during the meeting, and all were tasty and well done! As always, we encourage that our members bring beer self brewed or craft to share!
The next stated meeting is going to be February 11th at 7:30 pm and we will have Ron Smith presenting on Altbier. Ron is visiting us from the Foam Blowers of Indiana club, and rumor has it Zum Uerige could be flowing, please join us and enjoy! We will also be talking about our NHC 2016 project that is in full swing and as always good brew will be shared by and with all! We hope to see you there, but until then happy home brewing!

All American Homebrew Competition Open For Entries and Volunteers

Hello again friends and home brewers, the CMI All American Homebrew competition is back and slated to be held February 13th, 2016. We are currently accepting entries and volunteers for judging, stewarding, and cellar hands and master. Please plan to have your entries registered and submitted to a drop off location by February 7th, 2016. We are honored to be part of the Cincinnati Beer Week and the first 40 volunteers who signed up will gain free admission to the Winter Beer Fest following the competition. We look forward to celebrating the day with homebrew and craft beer! We greatly appreciate all the support and entries we have gotten thus far, but keep submitting those great brews! We are ready to judge them all!

You can find the registration page here.

For information on the Cincy Winter Beerfest click here.