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.

When an Irish Bar is Not an Irish Pub

Jack and I (spouses too) recently spent an evening on the RiverWalk in San Antonio, and we were surprise at the dearth of craft offerings in this so called special hub of nightlife.

We finally found a place, The Esquire Tavern with some good tap offerings and spent a while there enjoying conversation.  Wanting to “spread the weath around a little”,  I suggested heading over to Waxy O’Conners Irish Pub,to try some good Irish beer.  But, the evening was waning, and I was persuaded to try Pat O’Briens Bar and Restaurant instead.  Sounds like an Irish pub, and besides, it was on the way back to our hotel.  Should be a great place to finish off the night.  They had some live music, and a small cover charge, so before ponying up, I asked the bouncer if they had good beer inside.

He asked what I meant by good beer. I inquired if they had some Texas craft beers on tap.  He said they had NO beer on tap.  WHAT! AN IRISH bar that doesn’t even have Guinness on tap?

So I asked the guy if he could recommend a bar within walking distance (bear in mind, we are no wimps when it comes to walking) and he professed to know nothing about craft beer. Hell, I don’t think he even knew what I meant.

Should have hiked back to Waxy’s.  The luck of the Irish was not with me.

Thank goodness they know beer in Austin!