Who Are the Manty Malters?

Manty Malters at the 2014 Jaycee’s Beer Lover’s Brew Fest

Manty Malters Homebrew Club is based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. We are a diverse homebrewing club with members ranging in age and brewing experience. We typically meet the first Thursday of every month at 6pm at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub (701 Franklin St) in Manitowoc.

Manty Malters not only meet every month, but we take trips to Beer Festivals, tour breweries, have club brewing events, and do many other beer or brewing related events together as a club.

What do I get by Joining the Manty Malters?

Well, first and foremost you get to hang out and connect with people of the same interest that you have. We understand you! Everyone in the club has a passion for great beer, or brewing great beer. In most cases, our members have a passion for both. We have members who have been brewing for years, and we have members who have yet to brew but just love great beer, wine, and cider.

Second, by joining the club you can help out at beer related events that we participate in. Locally, we give demonstrations on homebrewing at places like Pinecrest Historical Village and at Oktoberfest at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub. This is great way to meet and help educate people in the community about beer and brewing. We also take trips as a group to beer festivals and brewery tours. Many times a member will have a brew session or gathering at their home to share homebrew. These tend to be member only events and are always a great time.

As a club we also have small themed competitions for members only with prizes and medals. Some examples of past contests have been our Christmas Beer competition, Waldo Lake Amber Ale Clone War (with 1 permitted change) competition,  SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer competition, Saison Competition, and a barleywine competition. Medals were awarded, and prizes at these competitions have ranged from a six pack of craft beer to Stout Taps. We also currently have 2 BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program)ranked judges in the club, with hopefully more to come in the near future. There is a BJCP prep course in the works for 2014 which will be free to Manty Malter members.

We also have 2 large club parties a year. We have a summer party and usually have a Christmas Party. These are usually just times to get together, share some great food and homebrew, and have a good time.

The Beer Swap at the Winter Party. Every member who wants to participate brings some special beers for trade, and we take turns selecting beers one at time.

Do I have to be a member to attend a meeting?

Absolutely not. Anyone can come and join us at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub on the first Thursday of every month at 6pm (unless we have a special meeting planned, which will be posted on the website). As a non-member you just don’t get to attend the special meetings, club trips, vote on club business, and other club events. General monthly meetings are open to anyone interested.

If you would like to become a member, you can simply come join us at a meeting and hang out for a while. Membership Dues are $30 per year and that money helps pay for club brewing events, trips, and the parties. If you want to make sure that our next meeting is at Kathie’s and we don’t have a special meeting place planned, you can email our President  here or you can always check in at Facebook and post any questions and a club member will answer them.

Prizes from our first ever “Manty Malter Awards”

Club Member Dave Taylor setting up for the Saison Competition.

Club members Basil Buchko and Jason Johnson brewing in Jason’s “Brewhouse”.

Club Member Mike Wolfe brewing his first beer, an Oktoberfest.




3 Responses to Who Are the Manty Malters?

  1. Jim Hess says:

    Hello. Where is your Sept. 5th meeting going to be? I’m not sure what TBD stands for. Please call Jim Hess at xxx-xxxx or Email {removed for the user’s privacy} Thanks.

    • mantymalters says:

      Jim, I have replied to your comment in an email, I also removed your phone number and email for your own privacy. In case my email goes to your spam folder, the next meeting is at Crabby Bill’s in Two Rivers at 6:30pm (most guys will still show up at 6pm or earlier to sit and bar and grab a burger). TBD stands for To Be Determined at at the time we published the schedule, we didn’t know where the meetings were going to be. I updated the schedule on our website as well. Hopefully we will see you Thursday! -Jason Johnson

  2. *****Calling all Home Brew Clubs for Oshkosh Brews n’ Blues*****
    Oshkosh Jaycees 2014 Brews n’ Blues
    Wisconsin Brewed
    Bands, hundreds of beer fans, and your homebrew!
    Come take part in the most unique microbrew event in the Midwest; welcome to the 19th annual Brews & Blues Charity Microbrew and Music Festival. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Proceeds go to charities supported by the Oshkosh Jaycees.
    This is a great opportunity to make your mark on the palate of the Fox River Valley and strengthen your reputation as a premier brewer. We are currently offering exhibition space for homebrews to showcase their brews to beer fans from Wisconsin and beyond.
    For your participation, we will provide your homebrew with:
    · Complimentary booth space under the brew tent complete with ice, and a table.
    · A chance to win the Oshkosh “Chief of Beers” cash award.
    · Volunteers to assist in setup, maintenance, and teardown.
    · The opportunity to support Oshkosh charities and community.
    Build your fan base! Entertainment for this year will feature several great bands with both local and regional favorites. In addition to providing great music, the bands bring you one-on-one with a new batch of brew fans.
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    To reserve your spot or if you have any questions, please email us at bnbbrews@jcioshkosh.org.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to seeing you (and your beers) at this year’s event!
    Nick Belville, Chad Miller, Kate Putzer, Kelly Zanders, Melissa Pezzuto, and Kevin Clark
    Brews n’ Blues Brewers Committee

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