The Great Northern Brew Ha Ha

It’s that time of year again, the Great Northern Brew Ha Ha is just around the corner, February 9-11.

Northern Ale Stars Logo

As in the past, they’ll be holding a judging session Thursday evening February 9, at Lake Superior Brewing, and the rest of the event beginning Friday February 10 at the Holiday Inn Duluth.

The banquet will also be held at the Holiday Inn and be Mead themed, with speakers Jon Hamilton from White Winter Winery and Susan Ruud from Prairie Rose Meadery.

Hotel rooms are available at the Holiday Inn at the event rate but will only be held until January 10, so book your rooms early by calling 218-722-1202 and letting them know you’re with the Brew Ha Ha, or, you can book online. When booking use the group code “NAS.” (Look for the group code field when you search for rooms).

Entry registration opens January 6.  Once again they’ll be collecting entries at the Minnesota Mashout for all those who participate in this competition and wish to drop off entries at Summit.  To enter beers, register to judge or steward or purchase banquet tickets, please use this link http://www.northernalestars.net/events.html

Looking forward to seeing everyone.  Happy New Year!

Boreal Brewers Club Meeting November 2nd

The Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club will be meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 6pm @ KAXE.  The address is 260 NE 2nd Street, in Grand Rapids.

We’ll recap the year’s activities, eat some food, and of course, drink some home brew.

We might even think of some business to conduct.  If you have some ideas for themes for our upcoming meetings, bring them on Wednesday.

I hope to see you there.

Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies Bought By InBev

Yup, it’s true, Northern Brewer (which also owned Midwest Supplies) was recently purchased by ZX Ventures, a venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev. There is a lot of buzz in the home brew news and forums this week about what this means, and whether or not this is a sellout.

I’m sure that there are a lot of opinions out there about it, and plenty of speculation about Humongous Beer’s motives, but the folks at NB swear that they remain true to the passion of home brewing.  I’m sure that the good folks that work at NB/MS hope that ZX-Ventures will leave them alone to follow their passion.  I hope so too.  Time will tell.

LHBSFortunately, there are plenty of options out there for those who do not want to line the pockets of A-BI.  First off, remain true and loyal to your local home brew supply shop.  For us in the Itasca County area, that’s Wine Creations.  A shameless plug? No, they have just been there when we needed them, and WC has continued to expand their offerings to include more and more of what we need on a growing basis.

When looking at specialized equipment and items that you cannot source through your LHBS, there are plenty of other independent suppliers out there.