Another Tasting Event — Taste of Itasca

Kinship Mentoring7th Annual Taste of Itasca
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We were invited to be part of the 7th Annual Taste of Itasca.  Our participation will help to make this a great fund-raising event for Bridges Kinship Mentoring, helping them to continue to make a difference in the lives of children in our county.

If you are able to attend, send beer or both, please sign up on our Doodle Poll so we can plan accordingly.  There will be about 300 people at this event, so it would be nice to have enough for a lot of folks to try our beer.  I think it will be a real hit.  A few of us have donated home brew for their auctions in past years, and it is not uncommon for six packs to bring a $60-$70 donation for Bridges Mentoring.

DETAILS: The Taste of Itasca will be held at Timberlake Lodge, 144 SE 17th Street Grand Rapids, MN 55744.  The idea of Taste of Itasca is to offer new and unique samplings to participants. Non-alcohol  items are also welcomed, such as brewed root beer. The beer, wine & spirits vendors will be set up in 2 rooms. The food vendors will be set up in the main rooms of the convention center and will not be opening until 6:30 pm.

Our sample portion of the evening will be from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm.  There will be some people who choose to linger over wine and beer samplings so it will be up to us whether we want to stay at our table after 6:30 pm.  We are invited to partake in the food portion.  Though we may not have seating in the convention center feel free to bring it back to our sample table.

The time frame is as follows:

3:00-6:15         Beer, Spirits and Wine Vendor Set Up (Restaurant set up, as well)
5:00-6:30 pm  Wine and Beer Tasting
6:30-7:45 pm  Food Tasting
7:15 pm           Opportunity for Wine and Beer Vendors to Break Down
7:45 pm           Program/Live Auction

We will have a 6 foot table. Cheese and cracker platters will be scattered throughout the drink venue. Each ticket holder will be given a wine glass for sampling wine/beer/spirits.  Some beer/spirit vendors may choose to have on hand 3 oz cups for their beverage instead, but that’s up to you.  A limited amount of ice will be available.  If you are able to bring your own that would be great.

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Boreal Brewers Meeting

Howdy, Brewers!

Big Brew Day is coming up, Saturday May 2.  Zorbaz on Lake Pokegama is hosting this year’s event with the Boreal Brewers.  We need to make and finalize plans for the day.  We’ll meet at Zorbaz Monday April 27th, 6 PM, and sort out how we want to work the Big Brew.  Wade Thompson, manager of Zorbaz will meet with us.  Mondays are, of course, $3 pint nights at Zorbaz. (try the Lee’s Taco Smothered in Green Sauce for dinner!)

More info on the Big Brew, including this year’s recipes, is available at the American Homebrewers Assn web site.

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Big Brew Updates

Here are some details of the day’s events.

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Where: Zorbaz on Pokegama

  1. Brewers: feel free to show up at about 10:30 or 11:00am or so to find a space and get set up for brew day.
  2. Brewing demonstrations begin at 11:00am.  Some brewers may start a little later to stagger the opportunity for folks to “see how it’s done”.
  3. At noon CDT–the coast to coast toast…, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding home made beer, mead and wine for their friends and loved ones.   Join us on the desk at Zorbaz for the toast.
  4. Taste some home brew from 1 to 3pm.  The Boreal Brewers will be offering free samples of homebrew on the deck at Zorbaz.
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Big Brew May 2, 2015

Celebrate National Homebrew Day

Big Brew may 2, 2015 @ ZorbazIn 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

The Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club is holding its registered Big Brew event this year, and we are being hosted by Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake.  So, invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join us in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is—homebrewing!

We’ll provide a tasting, so there will be a chance to sample some of the beers that we’ll be brewing.  Zorbaz will be open too, with their full menu and craft beers on tap.

Need info about this year’s brews?  Check out the AHA website.  Reply and let us know if you plan to brew with us.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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