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!

ElderCircle Harvest Dinner 2016

The Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club was once again proud to participate in the 2016 Harvest Dinner fund raiser for the Elder Circle organization. The event was held on Thursday, September 1st, at the North Central Research and Cutreach Center.

Boreal Brewers mentioned on ECs' Facebook Page

Attendance for this year’s event was very good, and many of the folks tried one or more of our home brewed beers and/or wines provided by the Schuemanns. It was a beautiful evening, not too hot or too cool. The dinner was fabulous, as can be seen in this picture:
Prime Rib Dinner ElderCircle Harvest Dinner 2016
Heck, anyone can post beer pictures!

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.

Are you attending the Bar-B-Que and Beer Fest in Deer River

Hey fellow homebrewers and beer lovers,

It’s less than two weeks to the Deer River BBQ and Brewfest, a day of great BBQ and homebrew. The day includes a sanctioned BBQ competition and a nationally sanctioned BJCP homebrew competition. The event begins with a dinner for competitors and volunteers Friday night, followed by an informal gathering of brewers, while the BBQ folks fire up for a night-long roasting and meat smoking.

There’s unlimited camping space, free firewood, water and porta-potties.

Judging begins around noon, while the homebrewers set up to serve beer. We aim to wow people by sharing homebrews that are high quality and sometimes unique. At 3 PM the public is allowed in, and everyone can sample beer and BBQ. Typically there are over 700 people in attendance. The band fires up in the afternoon, and awards are announced during the afternoon as well. Things quiet down after the sun sets, the chandeliers are turned on, and homebrew sharing continues among the brewers. We usually end up gathered around a bonfire, and potluck a late evening meal.

It’s a fun day, and more fun if you do some camping and get the full effect of the event. Have dinner with us Friday night. Enter some beer into the competition just to see what kind of scores your beer generates. Bring some beer to share. Volunteer to be a judge by responding to David at david@oldroadbrewery.com If you are new to judging, you will be paired with experienced judges. It’s not difficult if you are familiar with good beer. You can choose which styles of beer you want to judge.

Check out the details on the web page and Facebook.


This event is put on by the Deer River Chamber of Commerce.

We’re trying to get a count / list of who will be coming to the event on the 16th. Please comment below and let us know.

It will be lots of fun, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Relax, and Have a Homebrew!