When: Friday through Sunday, August 4th through the 6th.
Where: Cass Lake, MN – Camp Nushka (map and directions below)
- This is a primitive site so no electricity or running water.
- Water is a manual pump well.
- Bathroom facilities are outhouses/vault toilets.
- There is a main parking area for campers and tent pads are scattered throughout the grounds
- We are on Cass lake with lake/beach access. In the past, the beach has always been sandy and swimming has been great.
- We are in a forest with many trees so there is shade but bringing portable shelters is still not a bad idea as congregation happens in open areas
- There is a large open sided picnic shelter for meals and general shelter from sun and rain
- We will be getting a load of firewood for the weekend that should cover us all (coming Friday)
- A jockey box will be available if you’re bringing kegs. Of course, bottles, growlers and any other beer containers are encouraged.
- There are 6 taps so plenty of space.
Cost and Registration Information:
· Cost will be based on participation but expect around $25-30 per adult for the full weekend including campground, firewood, and Saturday dinner. Contact John Longballa to confirm your attendance [email protected]
Participation in the Saturday dinner is optional (but encouraged), you do need to communicate participation for planning purposes. Kids eat and stay for free. We do need them in the head count for food planning.
2301 Cass Bluffs Loop Road
Pennington, MN 56663
GPS 47.440745, -94.497461
· From the East, West or South, take which ever route brings you to highway 2, west of Grand Rapids, East of Bemidji or Cass Lake
· On Hwy 2, about 5 miles east of the town of Cass Lake, look for SR10/39 turn North and go 4.2 miles
· Turn West on Cass Bluff Loop Road go 1.2 miles
· Look for the sign (on the left) that says Camp Nushka (if the road starts veering right, you’ve gone too far)
What to Expect:
- If you’ve been to the campout, you know it’s primarily a time to kick back and enjoy good beer and fun beer drinkers.
- Feel free to participate as you wish
- Bring beer to share. Our club jockey box will be available so kegs are welcome and encouraged
- The campfires are always accompanied by the passing around of great beers for all to sample. Start thinking now about what delectable delights you’ll bring in your cooler.
- The host clubs cook dinner Saturday evening, but for all other meals you’ll want to make sure you bring food for yourself and/or family.
- Of course, bring your own camping gear and chairs.
- Well behaved dogs are welcome.
- Well-behaved acoustic instruments are welcome.
- Amplified music is generally unwelcome.
Over the years some traditions have developed:
- Master of Malt: This fun competition between clubs has been held at the campout since 1992. Each club can enter up to four brews: one for ALES, one for LAGERS, one for BELGIANS, and one for MEAD/CIDERS. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in all categories and best of all, you will be competing for the coveted title of Master of Malt! The win is recorded forever in history for your club AND you get to spend a full year with the prestigious Master of Malt trophy. It is kind of like the Stanley Cup, but it’s a KEG!
- If you have one of the 4 plaques please bring or send with someone and let us know it is coming.
- Bloody Mary Mornings (okay, maybe early afternoon for later risers): Some of us like to start the day with a good Bloody Mary (remember the old saying, “you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”) This is a low key event and no pressure to participate. If you would like to begin your day this way, bring mix and vodka to begin, but also bring one Bloody Mary Builder to share with the group (pickles, beef sticks, cheese, celery, the list is endless). Let’s see how creative we can get.
- Sour Hour: A tart happy hour. Sometime in the lull between the Master of Malt competition and dinner we will get together and break out some sour beers. It is a very casual thing and no pressure to participate. Bring and share if you like sours. Experience has taught us to limit it to 1 maybe 2 per person though.
- Saturday Dinner: Saturday’s dinner will be hosted by the Prairie Homebrewing Companions. Compa Dick’s Campground Culinary Kitchen will be preparing something tasty.