2019 Retrospective: Deer River BBQ and Brewfest

The Boreal Brewers showed up again with a large volume and wide variety of beer styles to share with the public.  We worked as judges during the competition judging, and as always, learned more of the subtleties of beers, meads and ciders.  We served up 30 difference beers and meads, including a vertical flight of Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stouts from 2009, 2012 and 2016.  Chad served his perpetually stunning Imperial Ice Cream Floats.  The demand for those burned through 3 gallons of vanilla ice cream.  A number of the Boreals won prizes in various categories, and some doubled down on prizes.  And the BBQ!  Sampling top quality BBQ and top quality beers is one of the best parts about this annual event.  Watch for it near the end of July 2020.

Don’t forget to read the post below about an upcoming meeting and membership dues.

Club Meeting & Membership



Let’s have a meeting! Klockow Brewing will let us monopolize the taproom on Monday December 16, from 6:00 PM until around 8:30 PM. As usual, we’ll potluck food and beer for our meeting, so feel free to contribute or not. Since we swept the bulk of the awards at the Deer BBQ and Brewfest, perhaps samples of some of those winners could show up?


Members, prospective members and interested homebrewers are welcome! One of our discussion topics needs to be a collaboration brew with Klockow – we’ve been threatening this for a while, and Bud Cone has come up with a Saison recipe that people need to taste. Also, Moose Lake Brewing is interested in having a number of brew clubs join up for a collaboration brew.


Membership! We were not at all aggressive on collecting dues this last year, so we don’t have many people signed up as paid. This puts us in a bind on updating our liability insurance. Unpaid members are not covered under our liquor liability policy. If you can get paid up on your membership, you will be covered at club events next year.


We need to finalize our participation in club insurance through the American Homebrewers Association before December 1. If you want to keep your membership up to date, please contact Steve at spbevets@hotmail.com ASAP with notice of intent to pay dues. You could settle up at this upcoming meeting, or mail a check to Boreal Brewers, to Larry Johnson at 25159 Trout Lake Acres Rd, Bovey MN, 55709. Membership dues are $15 per year, and cover our web presence, insurance and the occasional collaboration brew.