Big Brew 2017

Big Brew 2017 will be held on May 6th.

Big Brew 2017 bannerSpook invited us to brew at his place on that day, so we’ll meet there and brew up a storm.

This will be a club member only event (you may bring a guest, but we are not advertising the location.  All members are welcome, so if you need directions to Spook’s place, contact Chad or Steve and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Please RSVP if you can make it, so we can get a count for food and treats.  Click here to RSVP via Doodle.

We’ll brew a club batch of one of the Big brew recipes, and you are welcome to bring your equipment and brew outside of the garage.  There is plenty of room indoors for the club brew, but we won’t have a tent outside for other brewers, so plan accordingly if the weather is bad.

We hope to see you there.

Brew Sampling, First Friday Art Walk



The next monthly First Friday Art Walk in Grand Rapids is coming up Friday March 3.  The United Way of 1000 Lakes has asked if we could participate by setting up a sampling for the Art Walk participants.  It would consist of serving homebrew samples from 4 – 7 PM, at the Lake + Co shop at 403 NW First Avenue.  This part of the Art Walk is called “Meet the Brewers,” and the goal is to allow people to sample locally produced products, and meet the brewers.  Castle Danger was the brewery in February, we’re being asked if we can do the same in March.


Please respond ASAP


As with most samplings, not much brew is needed.  If you are interested in participating, a six pack is usually enough.  We’d need two or three brewers with their beer, or you could send along beer if you can’t participate.  If you can participate in either manner, please fill out the Doodle Poll here, or email me directly with the “Contact Us” link on this site.



-Steve Benson

Boreal Brewers

Boreal Brewers Club Meeting

We’re going have a club meeting on Wednesday, Feb 15th, at the KAXE Boardroom in Grand Rapids.  6:00 – 8:30 PM.

The national Homebrewers Association conference is coming to Minnesota for only the second time, June 15 – 17.  It’s a fantastic conference, and is fairly affordable when you don’t have  to fly to another state to attend.  Registration opens March 7, and this conference sells out.

Topics for the February Boreal Brewers meeting:

Short slide show from 2010, the first time the homebrewers conference was in Minnesota.  We can discuss the conference, and answer questions about it.  One night of the conference is devoted to clubs from around the country serving beer, and there is a stunning amount of creativity in how clubs set up their brewing area.  Some of these will be in the slide show.

We should discuss whether or not we want to participate as a club, and if yes, do we want to pair up with the Northern Ale Stars of Duluth to have a single station hosted by both clubs?

Barrel Aged week at Town Hall in Minneapolis begins Feb 19th.  For the last two years a number of us have gone down Friday (the 24th) and come back Sunday, testing the phenomenal barrel aged beers at Town Hall as well as touring multiple brew pubs in the cities.  We’ll talk about going as a group again.

And there are all the tasting and serving events we’ve done in past years.  Which do we want to participate in this year?

Please show up, bring a friend, and let’s share some brews and potluck Wednesday, Feb 15th.  If you can’t bring beer or food, show up anyway.  It’s not a requirement, and plenty of other people want to share their beer.