In the mid 70's, Australians were the 3rd biggest beer drinker in the world (behind Germany and Belgium). In the late 90's, they don't even get into the top ten!~unknown
Advanced homebrewing classes will begin Monday, March 16th at Wine Creations in Grand Rapids. This is a four week class, which includes brewing four all-grain batches, bottling those and distributing them among the students to take home. The class will use all-grain ingredients and brewing techniques to focus on recipe design and understanding the methods needed to brew the kind of beers you like. We go over each component of beer, water, malt, hops and yeast. We discuss the characteristics of each, how they influence beer and how to get the most out of them. Students will decide what beers we brew. This class is late enough in the year that brewing with maple sap is an option.
Since you can’t cover all the characteristics of beer just by talking about them, there will be a wide variety of samples in class. You must be 21 to take this course.
We also cover growing your own hops, from rhizome selection to harvesting, drying and using. You’ll learn how to keg beer, how to use, manage and clean kegging equipment.
The class is five hours per night, 4 nights. We’ll bottle during the last class, and we may extend when that class occurs depending on what you choose to brew – some beers take longer to ferment.
The cost is $75 for all four nights. To reserve a spot, call Wine Creations at 326-9490.
The instructors are Steve Benson and Chad Haatvedt, of the Boreal Brewers brew club. Taking this class qualifies you for one year of free membership in the club.
Questions should go to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Beginning at 3 p.m., the public is welcome to mingle with the champion cook while sampling sauce-smothered ‘que & brew.
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.