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 !

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!

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.