Date Announced for the Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest

Save the Date! July 18th, 2015, 3 p.m.

Deer River will be smokin’ for the 6th Annual Deer River Bar-b-que and Brew Fest, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at White Oak Learning Center in Deer River.

Bar-B-Que & Brew FestThe event will kick-off as pit and brew teams assemble for the competition. The Burners and Smokers will be creating their best renditions of low and slow beef brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Brewers will be chilling down their favorite recipes in up to four styles – IPA (India Pale Ale), Stout/Porter, Lager and Brewer’s Choice. All will be competing for awards and bragging rights Beginning at 3 p.m., the public is welcome to mingle with the champion cook while sampling sauce-smothered ‘que & brew.

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Boreal Brewers Go To The The Big City

DSCN3726aThe Boreal Brewers were recently invited to join the crew at Fulton Brewing in Minneapolis to brew a couple batches of beer.

We headed to the Cities on Friday afternoon, and made a stop at Northern Brewing to pick up ingredients, then off to our hotel to drop off bags.

First stop… Surly’s new tap room for a beer and dinner.  The food was great, the beer was great, and the company was better.  It’s fun spending time with folks who share a passion about great beer.

Next stop…Town Hall.  It is “Barrel Aged Week”here at Town Hall, and we could not pass up the opportunity to sample some of Master Brewer Mike Hoops’ amazing creations.

We had to wait a while for a table, but it is worth it.  Everyone raved about the beer they tried.  Wow!

See tomorrow’s post for info about brew day.

 

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Homebrewing Classes 2015

Boiling up two batches of beerIt’s winter, and a great time to learn to homebrew.  Steve and Chad of the Boreal Brewers are team
ing up again to teach Introduction to Homebrewing, organized through Itasca Community College.  This year though, we’re doing the actual classes at Wine Creations in Grand Rapids.  Wine Creations is a brew-on-premises wine store, where customers select wine kits and learn to be vinters, making, aging and bottling their wine with hands-on help.  The setup is conducive for brewing classes as well.

DSCN6328Learn the basics of beer, brewing, fermenting, bottling, and tasting.   Classes will be Monday nights, 5:30 – 9:30, February 9th, 16th, 23rd, skip one week and then March 9th for the last class.

You do not need to know anything about brewing to take this class.  Classes are relaxed, basic presentations with slide shows, discussion and hands-on brewing, fermenting and bottling.  You’ll get to learn the techniques, ingredients and equipment, and will be ready to start brewing on your own.

Class complete!

Class complete!

What happens to the beer brewed and bottled in the class?  You divide it up with the other students and take it home!   How many classes send beer home with you?

To register, contact Liz Barrett at (218) 322-2410.  The four nights (16 hours of class) costs only $75.  Beer will be sampled in class, so you must be 21 to register.

 

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Free Beer for Doing Nothing?

Now, here’s an idea that we should see here.

Amstel Pause wanted people to have a three minute break. And to enjoy a cool beer  afterwards.  Over a period of 16 days, a total of 1,344 beers given to people who do nothing.  It added up to 4,032 minutes of break or more than 67 hours of rest for different people.

Stand still for 3 minutes without reading, answering a phone or otherwise fidgeting around, and you get a free beer.

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