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!

If you are going to Barrel Aged Week …

The Boreal Brewers may ride the rails again this year on Saturday the 23rd.  Sign up for info on the previous post.

Here’s the list of breweries on the light rail line from one end to the other.  There’s a map showing all the breweries here:

Green Line 1/17/19

St Paul

Barrel Theory, 248 7th St E, St Paul

12welve Eyes, 141 E 4th St, Suite LL2

Birch’s, 289 5th St E

Tin Whiskers, 125 9th St E

Stacked Deck, 421 Cedar St

Burning Brothers, 1750 Thomas Ave W

Black Stack, 755 Prior Ave N

Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St

Bang, 2320 Capp Rd

Dual Citizen, 725 Raymond Ave


Surly, 520 Malcolm Ave SE

Town Hall, 1430 S Washington Ave

Day Block, 1105 S Washington Ave

Hopcat, 435 Nicollet Mal

Clockwerks, 25 N 4th St

Modist, 505 N 3rd St

The Freehouse, 701 N Washington Ave #101

Fulton, 414 6th Ave N

Inbound, 701 N 5th St

Boreal Brewer Club Meeting!

Hey there, Boreal Brewers, friends and prospective Boreal Brewers!  We’re going to have a meeting, and you are welcome to attend.  We’ll meet at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, November 27th, at 6 PM.  Because the bar is not open, we can bring our own beers to share.  And food.  Brewers truly make good cooks, as evidenced by the food at our potlucks.

If you are interested in our club, in learning about brewing, and possibly have beer to share, this is the place for you to be.  It’s potluck, but if you’re thinking about joining, do not worry about bringing food.  There will be plenty of food and beer to share.  I know I’ll be bringing a number of 750 ml bottles, which sometimes are just too much for one person at one sitting.  Our dues are a minimal $15 per year, which also covers liability insurance if you’re serving beer at one of our events.

We will share beer and food, talking about beer, food and brewing.  We’ll have a short business meeting, where we’ll consider what we want to plan for the next year.  We are Northern Minnesota’s longest running beer club, and are about three years away from a 30th annual celebration.  Come to our meeting, enjoy beer, food, and lots of tech talk about brewing, techniques, equipment and ingredients.  It’s a great place to get questions answered, as so many of us have branched out and become experts in various aspects of brewing.  One of us may even do a slide show on brewing with condensed Birch sap and share some Birch Mead and Birch Ale.  It’s not too early to begin planning for 2019 Maple and Birch brewing.

Respond to this post if you have questions.  Or use the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of each page on the Boreal Brewers web site.  If you have interest in remaining a club member, or joining as a new member, we hope to see you there!


We changed our web hosting service, so a couple of features were broken.  Chad fixed many of them, but a few will need to be disabled permanently.  We’ll review at our meeting.

Klocktoberfest Was Great!

The 2018 annual Oktoberfest of Grand Rapids, MN, was held for the second year at Klockow Brewing on September 29th, hence “Klocktoberfest.”  Though it was a cold day outside, many people held up like Minnesotans, and tried homebrew samples outside from the Boreal Brewers, tried Klockow beers served outside and chose excellent German food from Tikes (smoked pork, brats, German potato salad).  The inflated bounce palace eventually filled with kids, the bean bag toss and Hammerschlagen logs were used, and some found the heater in the large tent to be a good place to spend time.  The taproom was packed due to great beer, great music from Doctor Kielbasa and the Plucked Up String Band, and of course, warmth.  Since the temperature hung at about 38-40F, the homebrew kegs didn’t even need chilling.  Of the people outside, you may notice a lot of hands in pockets!

You really don’t want to miss the 2019 Klocktoberfest!  It might even be warmer outside.