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.

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!