Keeping the Oktoberfest Tradition Alive in Grand Rapids

The GRACF decided that they would not be able to hold their Oktoberfest celebration this year. :-(.  We discussed this at the club leadership, and decided to take action to keep the tradition alive.  So…

We are planning an Oktoberfest event for Saturday, September 23rd from 4-7pm in the parking lot of the soon to open Klockow Brewing Company.  They have graciously allowed us to use their parking lot.  They won’t be open yet, and won’t have beer to serve, but Andy and Tasha are gracious hosts.

We need your help to keep Oktoberfest alive in Grand Rapids. We don’t know how big will turn out, but whether it’s 50 or 250 folks that show , we plan to have fun anyway.

The club will provide the following:

  • Tasting cups
  • Rinse pails and water
  • Wrist bands
  • Music
  • Our Banner
  • and we’re working on advertising on social media, signage, a grill for members to use

We’re also working on getting a food truck to show up, and if we can show enough people responding on Facebook, it may help.

How can you help?

  1.  Promote our event on Facebook and twitter.  I have link to the Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1909038676082005/
  2. Respond to our survey (google form) on whether or not you can attend, help out, provide beer, etc.
    https://goo.gl/forms/U3RH9sPqdfCfVlQk2

Thanks, have a home brew.

Proßt !

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.

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!

2016 Has Been A Busy Year!

Our club has been quite active this year in supporting local charity events. Here’s a quick recap:

  • March– Annual Jaycees Home, Sport and Travel Show
  • May– Big Brew at Zorbaz.  This was not a charity event, but a part of our public education mission
  • May– Taste of Itasca tasting for Bridges Mentoring
  • July– Deer River BarBQue and Brew Fest
  • August– NCROC Visitors Day
  • August– Itasca County Fair
  • September– ElderCircle Harvest Dinner
  • September– Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Oktimberfest

Special thanks to all that were able to help out and contribute beer.  Beer lovers in our community appreciate it!

We had committed to a couple of other events that were canceled by their organizers.  It looks like our calendar is clear for the rest of this year, so now we’ll have some time to get together at club meetings.

We’ll post meeting notices here, so sign up on our home page to get notified.

Relax and Have a Homebrew!