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.







The Boreal Brewers will be helping to keep the Octoberfest tradition going in Grand Rapids, by again serving beer samples at Klockow Brewing, on Saturday, September 29th.  The event begins at noon, so be there early to be able to pull up and get set up to serve beer.  The gravel street will be unavailable for parking.  We will be in the parking lot, so bring a tent or cover if you have one.  It’s not supposed to rain, but it will be cool.  We should be out of the SW wind.

Music will be provided by Klockow Brewing (Doctor Kielbasa and the Plucked Up String Band), and German food will be available from Tikes.

Bring some of your best, and serve some samples!  It does not take up a lot of beer, as we only plan on serving 2 oz. samples.

Event information here.

Brew Club Meeting

Andy and Tasha Klockow have again graciously allowed us to hold our next brew club meeting at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids.  We’ll meet at 6:00 PM Tuesday September 11th, to discuss recent and upcoming tastings, a little bit of club business, swap rumors, maybe discuss a collaboration beer and do some potluck beers and food.  We’ve got a couple of bottles of a Black IPA left over from the All Pints North tasting event in Duluth – as the brewers were packing up, one of them told us to grab a case of Black IPA that they were going to leave behind.  It’s a Mystery Beer, because none of the recipients caught the name of the brewery, and the bottles are unlabeled.  And we’ll probably see some of the beers from the winner’s circle from the Deer River BBQ and Brewfest.

We’re planning on helping Klockow Brewing host the Grand Rapids Oktoberfest, beginning at noon on Saturday September 29th.  There’ll even be a polka band this year!  Time to get planning.

Stop by whether or not you can bring beer or food.  There always seems to be more than plenty.