Last Chance to Register! BBQ & Brewfest

The Deer River BBQ and Brewfest is coming up quickly, Saturday July  21.

Homebrewers!  This is a great community event, with good beer, good BBQ and a sanctioned homebrew competition to boot!  Think about the bragging rights!


The 2018 Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest is closing in fast – Saturday, July 21st!
WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WILL BE THERE, in the homebrew competition.  In order to qualify for the free event t-shirt we must receive your registration form ASAP!  T-shirts are always a challenge to manage and are one of the biggest expenses for the event.  We want everyone to be sporting this year’s t-shirt so please take some time to fill out your registration and send it to David Owens.
Even if you don’t have your final lineup of entries figured out – please send in the form with what you have so far in order to secure your t-shirt and let us know you’re coming.  You can either send payment along with the registration or bring payment on Friday night from 5-7 PM when you drop off your entries.
If you are interested in judging please let Dave know!
If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Mike Twite.







Taste of Itasca

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.

Upcoming HomeBrew Events


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.



2018 Homebrew Conference Registration Open

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  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.