The Deer River BBQ and Brewfest is just a few days away, Saturday July 15!  We need YOU to step up and enter some beer for competition, and serve some samples to the public.  It’s easy, there are prizes, and since this is a BJCP sanctioned competition, the judges’ notes on your beers will be mailed to you afterward.  It is one of the best ways to get quality feedback on your beer.


As of 7/11/17 there are just five homebrewers confirmed as competing.  This happens every year – people wait until the last minute to commit.  Please consider any role – entering beer for completion, serving beer to the public, judging beer, sharing beer among homebrewers and eating great BBQ!  Please contact Mike Twite ASAP to get your beers registered.  (218) 259-3795, or  Please let Mike know as soon as you can, because the later entries come in, the harder it is to organize and run the competition.


There are 16 BBQ teams entered so far, so there should be some great eating!  The event will be in a new location, on HWY 2 in Deer River, so we expect it to be the biggest yet.


The Deer River BBQ and Brewfest is an annual community event, run through the Deer River Chamber of Commerce.


Homebrew Entry Form

Homebrew Competition Guidelines

Bottle ID Forms

Schedule of Events


Big Brew 2017

Big Brew 2017 will be held on May 6th.

Big Brew 2017 bannerSpook invited us to brew at his place on that day, so we’ll meet there and brew up a storm.

This will be a club member only event (you may bring a guest, but we are not advertising the location.  All members are welcome, so if you need directions to Spook’s place, contact Chad or Steve and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Please RSVP if you can make it, so we can get a count for food and treats.  Click here to RSVP via Doodle.

We’ll brew a club batch of one of the Big brew recipes, and you are welcome to bring your equipment and brew outside of the garage.  There is plenty of room indoors for the club brew, but we won’t have a tent outside for other brewers, so plan accordingly if the weather is bad.

We hope to see you there.

Brew Sampling, First Friday Art Walk



The next monthly First Friday Art Walk in Grand Rapids is coming up Friday March 3.  The United Way of 1000 Lakes has asked if we could participate by setting up a sampling for the Art Walk participants.  It would consist of serving homebrew samples from 4 – 7 PM, at the Lake + Co shop at 403 NW First Avenue.  This part of the Art Walk is called “Meet the Brewers,” and the goal is to allow people to sample locally produced products, and meet the brewers.  Castle Danger was the brewery in February, we’re being asked if we can do the same in March.


Please respond ASAP


As with most samplings, not much brew is needed.  If you are interested in participating, a six pack is usually enough.  We’d need two or three brewers with their beer, or you could send along beer if you can’t participate.  If you can participate in either manner, please fill out the Doodle Poll here, or email me directly with the “Contact Us” link on this site.



-Steve Benson

Boreal Brewers