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.

Big Brew 2018

May 5, 2018 – Don’t Miss It!

Big Brew LogoWe’ll be gathering at Klockow Brewing Company for our annual Big Brew event.  Bring your equipment and brew if you want, or just come and visit with friends who are brewing in the parking lot.

Some of the folks will be showing up at 11 AM to get started, but there is no hurry to get going and finish.

Don’t miss the simultaneous toast at 12:00 p.m. CT.  We’ll raise a glass with fellow brewers across the globe who are participating in their local big brew events.

One of the members will be bringing in his electric HERMS system and will crank out a 10 gallon all grain Belgian Dubbel.  Others will be doing extract kit brews, and all grain brews on traditional propane burner systems.

This is not a public tasting event, but feel free to bring some homebrew to share with your fellow brewers and guests.  You might want to bring some food to eat, and as always, we can order food in for delivery.

Lets Get Brewing

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

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.