The Boreal Brewers will be serving at the Taste of Itasca again this year, Tuesday May 8 at the Timberlake Lodge. If you are interested in sharing some beer, please arrive at 4:30 to set up a for 5:00 PM start. This tasting does not require more than a growler or two of any individual beer. Ice will be available on site.
If you can, please bring a bottle or two of your best to enter into the live auction. We want to see if we can beat last year’s auction sale @ $175 for a five pack of homebrew. Bring a description of your beer so it can be described at the auction, and it doesn’t hurt to have a label.
Saturday May 5: is Big Brew Day, at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids. We will celebrate the international Big Brew.
Tuesday May 8: Taste of Itasca fundraiser for Bridges Kinship Mentoring held at the Timberlake in Grand Rapids. It’s a fun night to share beer. Bring just a six pack or a growler or two of each beer you want to share.
June 28-30: Homebrew Con, the national conference in Portland, OR. The biggest homebrew event in the country, by the American Homebrewers Association.
Saturday July 7: Northern District Fair in Littlefork, homebrew sampling. Contact us for more information.
Saturday July 21: Deer River BBQ and Brewfest. Sanctioned homebrew competition, BBQ competition and wings competition. Great food, live music and public sampling.
The third or fourth Thursday in August is the Eldercircle Harvest Dinner.
The annual conference of the American Homebrewers Association will be in Portland, OR at the end of June. It’s one of the finest conferences you’ll ever go to, for education on brewing beer and fermenting other beverages with a wide variety of components and techniques. There’s history, brewing 101, total geek sessions, equipment displays, food and (wait for it …) BEER! So many different, fascinating and creative beers that you will not be able to try them all.
The website for the conference is https://www.homebrewcon.org/ and it’s the largest homebrew gathering in the country. The Boreal Brewers are hanging on to one extra hotel reservation, but will release it if we don’t hear from you soon.
The sessions include beer styles, ingredients, sensory analysis, the brewing process, recipe formulation, yeast & fermentation, aging in barrels, smoked hops, flavor creation, gluten free, ancient beers and a lot more. Full registration is $255 right now, on early bird status. Figure $255, maybe $400 for a flight, $300 for hotel, local transport and some food. It’s under a thousand dollars. Better if you can share hotel rooms.
MPLS Convention Center
The Original Boreal Brewers
Boreal Brewers and prospective members,
We’ll be having a meeting on Tuesday April 3rd, 6:00 PM at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids. There’s the Big Brew Day to plan (May 5) and other events over the coming year. As always, if you have snacks or beer to share – bring them, but don’t avoid coming if you don’t. This is a fun group of people and our meetings are a great place to learn from each other.