Finally, somebody has figured out the best way to celebrate Minnesota's sesquicentennial: with a complete history of the state's beer production. Local beer guru and St. Thomas Academy teacher Doug Hoverson will lead a class on Minnesota's past of trying to master the tricky art of brewing. There couldn't be a better choice of instructor; he's practically the dean of Minnesota brewing. The author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota, Hoverson's a certified beer judge (which is no easy feat; judges need to pass rigorous tests), and he's an editor at American Brewerania Journal. So he'll have plenty to talk about. With national brands like Hamm's, Grain Belt, and Schell's, as well as today's bumper crop of next-generation breweries including Surly and Flat Earth, Minnesota's beer heritage is richer than a fine lager. The class is free (though you do need to RSVP), but bring $5 for the post-class beer tasting with Hoverson. Call 612.630.6155 or visit www.friendsofmpl.org to RSVP.
Thu., July 31, 7-8:30 p.m., 2008