Klockow Brewing and AHA Member Benefits

Dang.  I wrote this post on July 14th, then forgot to post it!

Klockow Brewing is a participant in the Membership Benefits Program of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).  Participating establishments like Klockow offer discounts on beer, and in some cases food.  In this case, Klockow offers $1 off per pint with proof of membership.  AHA has a fun app available to members to find breweries with discounts; “Brew Guru.”  Brew Guru on your mobile device is also your digital passport to getting those discounts; that or your AHA membership card.  And, Brew Guru has a number of other features worth looking at.

Let’s see, a digital membership to AHA is $38 per year, so the savings on 38 pints at Klockow or other participating breweries pays for the membership and six issues of Zymurgy magazine (digital) …

Brew Club Meeting

Our next club meeting will be at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids, Tuesday July 16th at 6 PM.  Any prospective members are welcome to visit and find out what we’re about.

We’ll be discussing our participation in the upcoming beer event, the 10th anniversary Deer River BBQ and Brewfest.  We need homebrewers who are willing to enter their beers in competition, and we also need beer judges.  Does that sound like a difficult job or what?

Our club did a collaborative brew with Fulton Brewing of Minneapolis in 2015, and we now have a nicely aged Brett Farmhouse Ale to serve at Deer River.  We also need to discuss a collaborative brew with Klockow, which we’ve been casually considering for a few months.  We need to make some decisions, move forward and set a date.

So show up Tuesday the 16th!  We normally share homebrew and potluck food, but don’t stay away if you can’t bring anything to share – there’s usually plenty.  And brewers are good cooks!

Deer River BBQ and Brewfest 2019!

It’s the 10th anniversary of this fantastic event!  The 2019 dates are July 19th and 20th.  The schedule of events, site maps, brew competition forms and more are at the BBQ and Brewfest site.

Call to Brewers!  This is your chance to participate an AHA and BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition.  You can compete for awards, for recognition, or just to have your beer formally judged – every brewer gets a series of scoresheets back with detailed scoring and comments on their beers.  It’s a great way to get a second opinion. You are also welcome to join our judging effort.  It’s brutal work, but someone has to do it.

Competition Guidelines  This includes the contact information for questions about the competition, and about serving beer.  We usually bring 12′ tents for each brewer, or double up under a longer tent.  Get your potential entries registered soon!  Register your beer by 7 PM, and adjourn to the Outpost Bar & Grill for the annual chicken wing competition.

Brew Entry Form  Beer must be checked in at the Deer River venue Friday the 19th.  The cost is $25 for up to 7 beers in the competition.  You are expected to be able to serve up to 10 bottles of each beer on Saturday.  Most brewers share competition and other homebrews.

Beer entries registered:  ASAP

Beers checked in:  Friday July 19th

Wing sampling: Friday July 19th

Judging begins:  Noon, Saturday July 20th

Doors open to the public:  3 PM.  This is where everyone, you included, can sample homebrew and BBQ from the competitors.

Live music and awards: later in the afternoon.

Homebrewers special sampling:  After the “doors” close

This is the event that drove our club and our legislators to change the homebrew law in 2014.  You can read the details at  340a.301, Subd. 11

Brew Club Meeting

Klockow Brewing will host another Boreal Brewers meeting at the brewery.  We’ll meet Monday evening, April 22, 6:00 PM.  We’ve got a number of brew events to discuss, and lots of brewing discussion to share.  We need to plan where we’re going to participate in the annual Big Brew Day May 4th.  If you’re thinking of joining the club, you should come to one of these meetings and find out what we’re about!

We’ll be discussing Big Brew, the 10th anniversary Deer River BBQ and Brewfest event July 19-20, Klocktoberfest September 28, the Eldercircle dinner in September, and the U of M event in August.  If you want to find out what it’s like to attend the All Pints North July 27 event in Duluth, or the Hopped Up Caribou event July 12-14 in Lutsen, we’ve got people who attend both, who can talk about it.

We potluck beer, and many people will want you to try their newest brew.  Since brewers tend to also be good cooks, we potluck food as well.  Come and share some brewing camaraderie in a wonderfully welcoming brewery, and be ready to learn.

Annual dues are due in the spring (like now).  We maintain our club web presence and our liability insurance for the sum of $15 per member per year.  It’s a deal!