Brew Club Meeting

Andy and Tasha Klockow have again graciously allowed us to hold our next brew club meeting at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids.  We’ll meet at 6:00 PM Tuesday September 11th, to discuss recent and upcoming tastings, a little bit of club business, swap rumors, maybe discuss a collaboration beer and do some potluck beers and food.  We’ve got a couple of bottles of a Black IPA left over from the All Pints North tasting event in Duluth – as the brewers were packing up, one of them told us to grab a case of Black IPA that they were going to leave behind.  It’s a Mystery Beer, because none of the recipients caught the name of the brewery, and the bottles are unlabeled.  And we’ll probably see some of the beers from the winner’s circle from the Deer River BBQ and Brewfest.

We’re planning on helping Klockow Brewing host the Grand Rapids Oktoberfest, beginning at noon on Saturday September 29th.  There’ll even be a polka band this year!  Time to get planning.

Stop by whether or not you can bring beer or food.  There always seems to be more than plenty.



Last Chance to Register! BBQ & Brewfest

The Deer River BBQ and Brewfest is coming up quickly, Saturday July  21.

Homebrewers!  This is a great community event, with good beer, good BBQ and a sanctioned homebrew competition to boot!  Think about the bragging rights!


The 2018 Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest is closing in fast – Saturday, July 21st!
WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WILL BE THERE, in the homebrew competition.  In order to qualify for the free event t-shirt we must receive your registration form ASAP!  T-shirts are always a challenge to manage and are one of the biggest expenses for the event.  We want everyone to be sporting this year’s t-shirt so please take some time to fill out your registration and send it to David Owens.
Even if you don’t have your final lineup of entries figured out – please send in the form with what you have so far in order to secure your t-shirt and let us know you’re coming.  You can either send payment along with the registration or bring payment on Friday night from 5-7 PM when you drop off your entries.
If you are interested in judging please let Dave know!
If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Mike Twite.







Taste of Itasca

The Boreal Brewers will be serving at the Taste of Itasca again this year, Tuesday May 8 at the Timberlake Lodge.  If you are interested in sharing some beer, please arrive at 4:30 to set up a for 5:00 PM start.  This tasting does not require more than a growler or two of any individual beer.  Ice will be available on site.

If you can, please bring a bottle or two of your best to enter into the live auction.  We want to see if we can beat last year’s auction sale @ $175 for a five pack of homebrew.  Bring a description of your beer so it can be described at the auction, and it doesn’t hurt to have a label.

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.