Klocktoberfest Sept 28th

Klocktoberfest sign

We are proud to be part of the 2ND ANNUAL KLOCKTOBERFEST at Klockow Brewing Company!

Starts at Noon

🍺6 German-style beers on tap
🍺Music from Doctor Kielbasa (polka) 3pm-7pm
🍺Pizzas from Log Home Wood Fired Pizza
🍺Nägelspiel benefiting United Way 1000 Lakes
🍺Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club serving free samples of their delicious brews
🍺Costume contest with prizes 8pm
🍺Bounce house for kids
🍺VIP packages available for $20 – special drinkware, drink tickets, and other swag!

We have been invited to serve some homebrew.  If you can participate, please fill out this survey so we know who to expect and what you can offer.

Thanks in advance.



You may recall that the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) began the Grand Rapids Oktoberfest tradition, by sponsoring and running an Oktoberfest celebration for a number of years. It began at the golf course, then was held for a few years at the Forest History Center, with about 500 people attending.   The Boreal Brewers served homebrew at each History Center event, and our effort was popular enough that we had to ask for extra help to keep up with the pace of serving homebrew samples.

After 2016, GRACF had to end the volunteer-intensive effort. In 2017, the Boreal Brewers decided that we could not let the tradition end. We hosted Oktoberfest September 23rd, 2017 in the parking lot of what would become Klockow. We were back for the full event in 2018, and have been invited again for 2019.

Klockow Brewing and AHA Member Benefits

Dang.  I wrote this post on July 14th, then forgot to post it!

Klockow Brewing is a participant in the Membership Benefits Program of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).  Participating establishments like Klockow offer discounts on beer, and in some cases food.  In this case, Klockow offers $1 off per pint with proof of membership.  AHA has a fun app available to members to find breweries with discounts; “Brew Guru.”  Brew Guru on your mobile device is also your digital passport to getting those discounts; that or your AHA membership card.  And, Brew Guru has a number of other features worth looking at.

Let’s see, a digital membership to AHA is $38 per year, so the savings on 38 pints at Klockow or other participating breweries pays for the membership and six issues of Zymurgy magazine (digital) …

Brew Club Meeting

Our next club meeting will be at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids, Tuesday July 16th at 6 PM.  Any prospective members are welcome to visit and find out what we’re about.

We’ll be discussing our participation in the upcoming beer event, the 10th anniversary Deer River BBQ and Brewfest.  We need homebrewers who are willing to enter their beers in competition, and we also need beer judges.  Does that sound like a difficult job or what?

Our club did a collaborative brew with Fulton Brewing of Minneapolis in 2015, and we now have a nicely aged Brett Farmhouse Ale to serve at Deer River.  We also need to discuss a collaborative brew with Klockow, which we’ve been casually considering for a few months.  We need to make some decisions, move forward and set a date.

So show up Tuesday the 16th!  We normally share homebrew and potluck food, but don’t stay away if you can’t bring anything to share – there’s usually plenty.  And brewers are good cooks!

Deer River BBQ and Brewfest 2019!

It’s the 10th anniversary of this fantastic event!  The 2019 dates are July 19th and 20th.  The schedule of events, site maps, brew competition forms and more are at the BBQ and Brewfest site.

Call to Brewers!  This is your chance to participate an AHA and BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition.  You can compete for awards, for recognition, or just to have your beer formally judged – every brewer gets a series of scoresheets back with detailed scoring and comments on their beers.  It’s a great way to get a second opinion. You are also welcome to join our judging effort.  It’s brutal work, but someone has to do it.

Competition Guidelines  This includes the contact information for questions about the competition, and about serving beer.  We usually bring 12′ tents for each brewer, or double up under a longer tent.  Get your potential entries registered soon!  Register your beer by 7 PM, and adjourn to the Outpost Bar & Grill for the annual chicken wing competition.

Brew Entry Form  Beer must be checked in at the Deer River venue Friday the 19th.  The cost is $25 for up to 7 beers in the competition.  You are expected to be able to serve up to 10 bottles of each beer on Saturday.  Most brewers share competition and other homebrews.

Beer entries registered:  ASAP

Beers checked in:  Friday July 19th

Wing sampling: Friday July 19th

Judging begins:  Noon, Saturday July 20th

Doors open to the public:  3 PM.  This is where everyone, you included, can sample homebrew and BBQ from the competitors.

Live music and awards: later in the afternoon.

Homebrewers special sampling:  After the “doors” close

This is the event that drove our club and our legislators to change the homebrew law in 2014.  You can read the details at  340a.301, Subd. 11