The Boreal Brewers will meet Tuesday, March 24th, 6:00 PM at the KAXE Boardroom in Grand Rapids. We will have a slideshow on our club brewing event at Fulton Brewing. We got great tours at both the old brewery, which still operates at their tap house site in North Minneapolis, and at the new state-of-the-art brewery a few miles away. We will also welcome some new members who recently completed the intro to homebrewing class at Wine Creations in Grand Rapids.
We need to make plans for the international Big Brew Day, May 2nd this year. The Boreal Brewers have been active Big Brew participants since 2009. We have a couple of options on where to brew, which influences how we brew. And it’s not too early to think about brewing for Deer River, or Grand Rapid’s own Oktoberfest!
Business-wise, we need to decide if we want to go for full 501(c)3 status. We are a non-profit, registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State, but we have not taken the step to register as a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The advantage is that we can get free computer equipment from one organization, and donations would be tax deductible. The disadvantage is that the filing fee for the feds is $400 for the most basic level of application.
Other than that, we’ll talk about, oh I don’t know … beer?
I’m showing up with Amarillo dry-hopped IPA, Barley Wine and beer bread.
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There is an Egyptian beer, called Bousa that is brewed from millet and has been a favorite drink of many for over 3,000 years. Modern Ethiopia has a version made from wheat. It has been hypothesized that this might have been the origin for the word booze. Other spellings used are boza, bouza, and booza.