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Chilly temps can’t drive away beer drinkers at 1st annual Cheers & Beers

Despite cooler temperatures, people were enjoying home brewed beer Saturday in a parking lot in downtown Mason City.

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – Main Street Mason City put on the First Annual Cheers & Beers “A Borderland Beer Festival” in downtown Mason City, Saturday.

Casey and Aimee Mussman were doing a home-brew demo of Whitehouse Honey Porter, “It’s the same beer President Obama has his cooks make at the White House,” said Aimee, while Casey was cooling down the hops.

Collective Spirits, out of Albert Lea, donated the supplies for the demonstration.  “It’s the only Beer and Wine Kits & Supply store in the area,” said Brian Davis, who is a Charter Member of Iowa-Minnesota Society of Brewers or SOB.

Casey Mussman cooling the hops Saturday.

“We are having a drawing for a free Brewer’s Best Beer Brewing Equipment Kit,” said Aimee, who showing off the different ingredients that go into home crafted brewed beer.

“It’s a hobby,” said Davis.  “We don’t do it for the money, we do it because we like to drink good beer.”

Aimee and Casey agreed, “It’s quality over quantity.”

The festival was from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the parking lot of North Federal and Second Street.  Tickets cost $15.00.

“It’s a pretty good turn-out,” said Davis, “but probably would have had more people if it were about twenty degrees warmer.”

Aimee Mussman sits in front of the ingredients used in home crafted beer.
Getting beer samples.
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