Big Brew Day 2009

Big Brew Day 2009

This year, we held the annual Big Brew Day at Zorbaz Bar & Restaurant, just south of Grand Rapids, on Pokegama Lake.  Big Brew Day is a worldwide event, created and supported by the American Homebrewers Association.  Each year specific recipes are published on line, and homebrewers, friends, and clubs come together in their locations and brew these around the world on the first Saturday in May.

The Boreal Brewers want to educate the public about brewing, so our goal was a public exhibition of homebrewing.  We brewed all-grain and extract batches, staggering batch starts so people could arrive anywhere during the six hour event and have a chance to see many parts of the process.  We also brought in live folk/bluegrass music.

The weather was sunny and windy, and attendance was about fifty people.  Many stayed quite a while and watched, purchasing food and beer inside Zorbaz.   Due to restrictions on serving homebrew, we did not offer samples.

The outdoor venue
The outdoor venue
Larry showing how to bottle from a keg
Larry showing how to bottle from a keg
We displayed the recipes, and imported brewing water
We displayed the recipes, and imported brewing water
All grain recipe detail
All grain recipe detail
Erik discussing brewing ingredients
Erik discussing brewing ingredients
Live music
Live music
People observing at one of the brewing stations
People observing at one of the brewing stations
Catch up with us next year!
Catch up with us next year!

 

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