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.



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.