Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies Bought By InBev

Yup, it’s true, Northern Brewer (which also owned Midwest Supplies) was recently purchased by ZX Ventures, a venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev. There is a lot of buzz in the home brew news and forums this week about what this means, and whether or not this is a sellout.

I’m sure that there are a lot of opinions out there about it, and plenty of speculation about Humongous Beer’s motives, but the folks at NB swear that they remain true to the passion of home brewing.  I’m sure that the good folks that work at NB/MS hope that ZX-Ventures will leave them alone to follow their passion.  I hope so too.  Time will tell.

LHBSFortunately, there are plenty of options out there for those who do not want to line the pockets of A-BI.  First off, remain true and loyal to your local home brew supply shop.  For us in the Itasca County area, that’s Wine Creations.  A shameless plug? No, they have just been there when we needed them, and WC has continued to expand their offerings to include more and more of what we need on a growing basis.

When looking at specialized equipment and items that you cannot source through your LHBS, there are plenty of other independent suppliers out there.

Flip Top Bottles Looking For a New Home

I have 6 cases of these buggers that are going to the trash bin on November 1st if nobody wants them.

Free Flip Top BottlesFree.  Need to be cleaned up, but nothing that a little PBW won’t take care of.

PM me if interested, and you can make arrangements to get them out of my shed.

( I think there are 60-70 of these.  I have some gaskets if you need them too. )

2016 Has Been A Busy Year!

Our club has been quite active this year in supporting local charity events. Here’s a quick recap:

  • March– Annual Jaycees Home, Sport and Travel Show
  • May– Big Brew at Zorbaz.  This was not a charity event, but a part of our public education mission
  • May– Taste of Itasca tasting for Bridges Mentoring
  • July– Deer River BarBQue and Brew Fest
  • August– NCROC Visitors Day
  • August– Itasca County Fair
  • September– ElderCircle Harvest Dinner
  • September– Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Oktimberfest

Special thanks to all that were able to help out and contribute beer.  Beer lovers in our community appreciate it!

We had committed to a couple of other events that were canceled by their organizers.  It looks like our calendar is clear for the rest of this year, so now we’ll have some time to get together at club meetings.

We’ll post meeting notices here, so sign up on our home page to get notified.

Relax and Have a Homebrew!


Oktimberfest 2016

GRACF Oktimberfest Logo

It’s that time of the year again, and we’re looking for some members to help out by bringing beer and/or serving.  This is a really fun event, with lots of people who enjoy tasting and talking about our beers.  We get in free, and get fed too!  What a perfect evening.  Let Chad or Steve know if you can help out.  Post a comment below if that works for you too.

Oktimberfest 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Forest History Center
5 PM gates open / 6 PM food and music begin
Event Tickets: Pre-Sale: $25 / Gate: $35
Beer Tumblers (includes 4 free beers): $20 / Individual: $5
The fun runs until 10 PM

Our club gets a pretty good billing on their advertisements…

German-style brews exclusively from Minnesota will be featured at Oktimberfest.  As craft and micro-breweries explode in popularity here in Minnesota, varieties of Oktoberfest, Marzen, Pilsner and Lager, all made in Minnesota, will showcase our state’s brewing talent.

When it comes to local brewing talent, the Boreal Brewers, our local home-brew club, will be showcasing their latest creations too.  Their unique brews, always a popular part of the event, will be sampled throughout the evening as the fire crackles and the polka music fills the night air.

See you there!