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.

Oktimberfest 2016

GRACF Oktimberfest Logo

It’s that time of the year again, and we’re looking for some members to help out by bringing beer and/or serving.  This is a really fun event, with lots of people who enjoy tasting and talking about our beers.  We get in free, and get fed too!  What a perfect evening.  Let Chad or Steve know if you can help out.  Post a comment below if that works for you too.

Oktimberfest 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Forest History Center
5 PM gates open / 6 PM food and music begin
Event Tickets: Pre-Sale: $25 / Gate: $35
Beer Tumblers (includes 4 free beers): $20 / Individual: $5
The fun runs until 10 PM

Our club gets a pretty good billing on their advertisements…

German-style brews exclusively from Minnesota will be featured at Oktimberfest.  As craft and micro-breweries explode in popularity here in Minnesota, varieties of Oktoberfest, Marzen, Pilsner and Lager, all made in Minnesota, will showcase our state’s brewing talent.

When it comes to local brewing talent, the Boreal Brewers, our local home-brew club, will be showcasing their latest creations too.  Their unique brews, always a popular part of the event, will be sampled throughout the evening as the fire crackles and the polka music fills the night air.

See you there!

NCROC Visitors Day

NCROCVisitorDay2016BannerThe University of Minnesota’s North Central Research & Outreach Center will be hosting their annual Visitors Day event on August 25th, and they have invited us back to talk about hops in brewing at their hops research station in Grand Rapids. We were there last year, and enjoyed sharing our knowledge with visitors.

This year will be even better because we get to share our beer with visitors!

Steve brewed a beer featuring the hops that they grow on site, and Chad will offer up a bit of the Brhubarb Pale Ale.

The event starts at 3pm and runs until 6pm. Feel free to join us if you are interested.