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Beer making on Boom LakeSubmitted: 02/23/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


RHINELANDER - You may think of Wisconsin as the beer drinking state.

But one Northwoods group put a spin on beer making today.

The third annual "Boom Lake Brew Out" took place in Rhinelander.

It's held by the Brewing Innovators and Enthusiasts of Rhinelander.

They say today's snow might have even added an extra special touch to the different brews.

"We have pretty good variety. We have a couple stouts being brewed today, we have a barley wine being brewed today, and we have a Belgium Triple. We're representing some American Styles some British styles, some Belgium styles. We kinda have a worldwide approach to it," said beer maker John Rugotzke.
The club believes brewing on the ice is something that represents their Northwoods spirit.

They say the brewing gets better each year.

"You know it's just a great day out with some friends, brewing some beer. I think we all kinda love and have a passion for it. And like I said, it's just a great Northwoods thing of being out on the lake and brewing it in the snow. I mean, I know there's a lot of clubs that get together and do events but I don't imagine there's a ton of them that get together on a lake and brew it with the snow falling like this," said Rugotzke.

The club is always looking for new members.


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