Annual Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest

Coming Soon – July 18, 2015

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.

The 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.

The Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club is usually well represented, and we hope to have a big showing this year too.  Join us, as well as brewers from the Cities and Duluth and all around the Northland for a great day and evening of fun.

You can enter your brew in a BJCP competition and get some feedback on the style that you submit.  You do not have to enter the competition to participate, but it is a nice way to get some objective feedback about your beer.  See the event site for more details…

Post a comment about the beer you will be bringing to the event for public tasting.  Or, comment about what you would like to see someone else bring.

Several of us camp out the evening of the event, and all brewers are welcome to join us.  We pull out the reserves, have a nice campfire and great food, and swat a few mosquitoes if needed :-)

We hope to see you there.

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. AHA Rally

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is coming to the great city of Duluth, MN for an AHA Rally at Bent Paddle Brewing Company!

Event Details
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015.
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Registration and membership in the American Homebrewers Association is required.  Go to the AHA website to sign up and get more information.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

1912 W Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55806
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Taste Of Itasca – Tasting Opportunity

Kinship Mentoring7th Annual Taste of Itasca
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
(Reposted)

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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