Annual Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest

Deer River Bar-b-que and Brew Fest 2014

Join us July 19th

Northern Minnesota’s first legal homebrew competition is coming soon!  The Annual Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest is going to be held on Saturday July 19, 2014, and home brewers are encouraged to enter their craft into the competition and share with the public during the tasting. 

More information about the big day can be found at the Deer River Chamber of Commerce web site.  Here you can find the entry forms for the competition the tasting.  Home brewers who are sharing their beer at the tasting can expect:

  • an event t-shirt
  • a booth to set up and serve your beer from
  • ice for keeping your beer chilled
  • serving cups, napkins, etc
  • lots of opportunities to talk about your craft with craft beer lovers
  • fun, fun, fun

Brewers are encouraged to camp out Saturday night and enjoy a bonfire, good food and never ending stories.

Mark your calendars, fill out the registration form, and get set for a great day of fun.  Tell your friends and neighbors.  We welcome all homebrewers to this inaugural* event.

Leave a comment below and tell us what beers you’ll be bringing to the judging and tasting!

*The Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club was instrumental in getting legislation changed to make tastings and competitions legal in Minnesota.
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Boreal Brewers Club Meeting

We will be meeting Monday July 14th at the KAXE Boardroom in Grand Rapids.  The meeting will run from 6 until no later than 9.

Agenda topics:

A bit of a celebration on getting the new homebrew law passed

Discussion of a new offer from AHA; club-based liquor liability insurance at a remarkably low price

Membership discussion

Beer donations and sharing at the upcoming KAXE river festival July 18th and 19th.

Discussion and logistics for the Deer River BBQ and Brewfest, July 18th and 19th

General club business

Talking about beer; techniques, ingredients and sharing a few now-legal ones

Potluck food

Other events coming up – ElderCircle tasting in August and Oktoberfest in September


-Steve Benson

Email me BEFORE the 14th, preferably Friday the 11th, if you need a new membership card.  That will give me time to print new ones before the meeting.  This is for existing members with an expired card, and new members joining on the spot.

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Story of Brewing in America

This week’s America’s Test Kitchen (PRX program) 4th of July special “The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America’s Favorite Drink”.  This year, it’s all about American beer. They speak with historian, author, and self-proclaimed ranter Maureen Ogle about her book Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer. And they taste test beer with expert Lauren Clark.  Here’s the show below:

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Anzelc and Saxhaug Recognized in Grand Rapids

legilsators holding a sixpack of homebrew

From Left: Sen. Tom Saxhaug, Rep. Tom Anzelc, homebrewer Chad Haatvedt

Representative Tom Anzelc and Senator Tom Saxhaug were formally thanked and recognized during the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues” breakfast meeting this morning.  The two legislators were present to give a re-cap of the 2014 legislative session to area business leaders, and talking about the various laws and tax changes that happened this session, there was a time for Q&A.  Just before the meeting ended, Chad Haatvedt, a member of the Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club was given an opportunity to present Anzelc and Saxhaug with a six-pack of homebrew.

Haatvedt told the folks there about the significance of the new legislation for homebrewers: it allows us to share our craft, legitimizes tastings and competitions and supports community events and fund-raising efforts.  He acknowledged the political skill, savvy, and perseverance it took to walk new provisions through the legislative process.

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