Club Meeting April 20th @ Chad’s house

Our next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, April 20th @ 6pm.

Chad H will be hosting the group at his house. We have a bunch of planning to do for events coming in the next few weeks, and we hope for a good attendance.

We’ll have brats, quinoa fruit salad and plenty of homebrew. You’re welcome to bring refreshments or a treat too.

Chad will showcase the Electric brewery that drives his brewing efforts.

Members can reply to the webmaster when you get the notice of this posting and we’ll send directions to Chad’s house via email.

See you Wednesday!

Big Brew 2016

Celebrate National Homebrew Day With Us on May 7th

Big Brew 2016

The Boreal Brewers will be celebrating National Homebrew Day at Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake.  We’ll be brewing out front by the main entrance, and will provide tastings of homebrew on the deck lakeside.  Wade and his crew will have craft beers on tap, plus great food, as always, available from the Zorbaz menu.

Zorbaz Logo

Come on out and brew with us, learn about brewing beer, or just hang out and watch and talk beer!  No politics here!  Small samples of a variety of homebrews will be available.  Remember, a tasting is not a swilling, so savor the flavor.

Don’t Miss the Simultaneous Toast noon CDT on May 7, 2016!

The 2016 Official Recipes are available on the American Homebrewers Association’s website. Brewers are welcome to brew any style, but you can expect to see on of the official recipes being brewed that day.


(In 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.)

Update – Boreal Meeting Format

One of the features of our club meetings is that a lot of people bring beer.  Everybody wants to share what they brought, and talk about the beers they brewed.  A lot of different discussions ensue, there are too many individual beers to try, and some beers don’t really get showcased as they should.  This of course, leads to palate fatigue.  Let’s try something new.


DON’T bring beer.  Steve and Bud will bring beer for the March 23rd meeting.  We’ll have a selection of big beers, wild beers and sours.  Baltic Porter, aged Barleywine, Doppelbock, and others. You’ll get your chance to volunteer to bring beers to a future meeting.


Bring snacks if you have time to prepare them between work and the meeting, don’t worry if you don’t.  The point is to be there, and enjoy the sharing, even if you can’t bring anything.

Ready to fill the barrel
Ready to fill the barrel

Boreal Brewers March Meeting

The regularly scheduled March meeting of the Boreal Brewers is Wednesday the 23rd.  As usual, we’ll meet at KAXE radio in Grand Rapids, 6:00 PM.  We have some spring activities coming up, and will be discussing those and planning other activities that we’ll be involved with over the summer.  The International Big Brew is coming up May 7th.  We’ll be brewing and sharing at Zorbaz just south of Grand Rapids.  Membership cards will be distributed to those who are up to date on 2016 dues.

Come and share a beer, some snacks, learn from others or share your expertise.

The April meeting will be at Chad Haatvedt’s house, where Chad will walk us through his built-in electric brewing system.  Not to be missed!