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.     https://www.facebook.com/klockowbrewing/



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.