Hey, brewers! The first Saturday of May is Big Brew Day: May 2, 2020. The Boreal Brewers have traditionally come together in various locales in the Grand Rapids area to share the day with the public, showcase equipment and techniques, brew a bunch of beer and share beer and food.
Since we’re in a worldwide do-things-in-virtual-mode, the American Homebrewers Association has set up a virtual Big Brew Day. Go to this site, and share what you’re going to be brewing! You can use the suggested recipes or go free form. They’ll post your name, your brew and your planned gallons. Post your brew on the AHA web site, and post it here as well as a comment on the Boreal Brewers site.
Hopefully we’ll be together in 2021! Here are some photos from previous years.
We have two brewpubs to support in Grand Rapids, and we also have a brewing supply store to think about. Wine Creations is open so you can pick up brewing and vintner supplies to keep you busy while you’re at home.
Wine Creations Grand Rapids is open for supplies pickup Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00 PM, and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. You can ask questions or call in an order for pickup 3 ways:
Homebrewers and craft beer lovers! Don’t forget to support your local brewery during these trying times! In Grand Rapids, both Klockow Brewing and Rapids Brewing are able to sell take-out beer during the new Minnesota Stay at Home Executive Order that extends to May 1. Alcohol is under the Exec Order category of Necessary Supplies and Services. Is this a great state or what?
Barrel Aged Week is 7 days of beer releases, and the beers are so incredible that it’s hard to come up with something to top them. Barley Wines, Belgian Tripels and Quads, Imperial Stouts – all aged in a variety of whiskey and wine barrels; sometimes both. These beers have been quietly aging in barrels for months or years, and Town Hall releases about three each night over the course of the week. Most of them are on tap Friday, and more are released on Saturday.
The week begins on Feb 17, and ends on the 23rd. The Boreal Brewers head to the cities for dinner and massive beers at Town Hall on Friday the 21st, and repeat the gathering on Saturday the 22nd. By the end of the week, there are more than 15 barrel aged beers on tap, and they’re so strong that it takes two nights to be able to sample them all.
David Owens is setting up a private Saturday brewery tour for our club at Clutch Brewing in St Paul. For this tour and for coordinating the Boreal Brewers event in general, please sign up on our Survey Site .
Town Hall set up two dinners based on food paired with barrel aged beers. Both have completely sold out. Watch Town Hall’s website to see if they offer any more options!
In 1900 there were over 1,800 breweries in the U.S. In 1980 there were 44. According to The Brewers Association, there were 1,449 breweries in the U.S. in 2007. This included 1,406 small, independent and traditional craft brewers.