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    September 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Minnesota IPAs

    India Pale Ale: The name alone brings location to mind. It's a beer of varied style and story. From floral West Coast ales to malt-forward British IPAs and fruity-nosed Belgian IPAs, each IPA has a sense of place in its recipe. Minnesota IPAs are no exception. We sipped our way through this most po ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Bauhaus Brew Labs, Northeast's colorful new brewery, opens tonight

    The latest northeast Minneapolis brewery will open its doors today at 3 p.m. Bauhaus Brew Labs, just up the road from 612Brew, brews German-influenced beers with an American craft twist. The brewery will be serving Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Coast Style Lager, and Stargrazer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

    Brews and Canoes, a beer-themed celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act, is approaching, and to celebrate the milestone, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) put out a call to Minnesota's commercial brewers to submit special brews that reflect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Taproom Cinema event series combines local beers and cult classics

    Americans are always on the lookout for new ways to enliven their film-watching experiences. Movies at the park are great on nice days, but mother nature is always capable of turning family fun into great escapes from torrential downpours or mosquito hell. VIP seating at the theater is always an opt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    New Belgium and Odell collaborate on a summery pale ale

    This week we're sipping FOCOllaboration, an American pale ale with a copper color and a thin but consistent head. The joint project of New Belgium and Odell Brewing, FOCOllaboration Ale is one of the best beers we've had recently from this pair of the biggest and brightest names in Fort Collins, CO. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Minnesota's craft beer boom is the focus of new documentary film

    Remember a time before weekly brew updates and brewery crawls? A time before Minnesota passed the Surly Bill and opened up a world of taprooms and destination breweries? It feels like a distant memory, but it was really just a few years ago, in 2011, the same year local filmmaker Dave Okar set out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Breweries craft wilderness-themed beers for Boundary Waters "Brews and Canoes" contest

    As classic beer commercials will attest, there's nothing like the great outdoors to make us want to crack open a brewski and drink it all in. In light of this, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) has announced plans to host a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Mantorville Brewing on the state of the beer industry: "This thing's going all local"

    Last month Hot Dish spoke with Mantorville/Stagecoach Brewing's owner Tod Fyten about the brand. Fyten currently owns three separate microbreweries (Mantorville, St. Croix, and Fytenburg) and has deep roots in the industry. His grandfather worked for Jacob Schmidt and he's been in the biz since coll ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014
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    April 29, 2014

    Town Hall to serve free holy beer at Blessing of the Maibock Saturday

    You finally have an excuse to drink beer and be holier-than-thou: This Saturday, Town Hall is hosting the Blessing of the Maibock at all three of its locations. Based on a centuries-old monastic tradition, the blessing of the Maibock is officially our favorite rite of spring, a celebration where the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

    Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Town Hall Brewery's Barrel Aged Week starts today

    After closing shop for a 14-week remodel, Town Hall Brewery, the Seven Corners institution and a senior brewpub in the state, reopened last week -- just in time for their annual Barrel Aged Week, a celebration of limited edition barrel-aged beers. See also: Take a peek inside the remodeled Town Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing on the craft beer boom, soda, and guilty pleasure beer

    At a recent tasting event held at the Roseville location of Cellar's Wine & Spirits, Brau Brothers Brewing Co. head brewer, Dustin Brau, talked to an audience of craft beer enthusiasts while offering up samples of several varieties of their craft brewed beers. We had the opportunity to catc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub offers beer frozen at -11 degrees

    Last night Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub introduced a very limited supply beer: Polar Vortex Eisbock. The beer comes from freezing their Doppelbock, which concentrates the alcohol and changes the beer's complexion. This batch packs a 10.4% ABV (as compared to the Doppelbock's 8.3%). See also: Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Drink rare beers for charity at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

    On March 29, the Minnesota History Center will host Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, a charitable beer festival that doubles as an awareness/fundraising event for Pints for Prostates. Thirty breweries will be on hand, including ten locals, each of whom will highlight rare, one-off, and vintage beers. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Growler and pint punch cards being offered for local breweries

    With so many new breweries opening, the biggest question consumers face is "How can I try them all?" The Minnesota Brewer's Association is looking to make that easier -- and cheaper too -- with a new series of growler and pint punch cards. See also: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Who brews the best beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Coming soon: Summit beer in a can

    Summit Brewing has announced plans for a canning line, starting production next year. While no specific plans are public yet, the brewery expects to can around three of their already established brews sometime in the second quarter of 2014, selling them in a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans. The cans will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Town Hall's Mike Hoops on the challenges facing brewpubs

    Minnesota's craft brew scene is booming right now. However, the 1990s also saw an increase in Minnesota beer production, only to then see most of those companies wither on the vine. One of the survivors, Town Hall Brewery not only has supplied talented staff to many of the current start-ups, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Big Wood Brewery on Morning Wood and how to stand out on the shelf

    The makers of the award-winning Morning Wood coffee stout, Big Wood Brewery, clearly don't take themselves too seriously. But there's more to the name than a double entendre. Big Wood's origins tie to owner Steve Merila's past in the wood flooring industry, where he began brewing beers on the side t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Minnesota breweries take home top prizes at the Great American Beer Festival

    This past weekend in Denver, Colorado, brewers and beer enthusiasts turned out in droves from all over the country to sample submissions and select America's best beers at the Great American Beer Festival. From the nearly 5,000 individual beers entered for evaluation at the largest commercial b ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013
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    August 28, 2013

    New Bohemia to host Oktoberfest

    Fall is on the way and that means it's time to break out the lederhosen. Oktoberfest celebrations are nearly and the folks at New Bohemia Wurst Bierhause in Nordeast are ready to kick up their heels, slap some knees and toss back a few brews. Here's the low down on their weekend long bash.See Also ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Win free beer for life at Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub

    Free stuff is the best... but what's better than that? Free stuff for life. The folks at Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub are up to their old tricks again and offering one lucky person brews on the house forever. See also: Smokehouse Brewpub offers free beer for life Northbound Smokehouse: Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Where to have a very hoppy IPA Day in the Twin Cities

    As if we needed an official day to pay homage to the smooth, delightfully bitter taste of IPA... and yet, here we are, counting down until our first sip on this hoppy holiday. We've rounded up some local places you can pay your respects to one of the craftiest beers around. So get out there, hold yo ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Minnesota contributes to the thriving craft beer industry: By the numbers

    Minnesotans aren't shy about their love of good craft beer. These days, it seems like everyone's trying to perfect their own special basement brews. However, for those of us who aren't lucky enough to get our fermentation fix on our own, buying craft beer -- both local and national -- is the way to ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2013

    The state of Minnesota beer

    Drinking in the new local breweries sprouting up around town

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Dangerous Man Brewing: The face of a business

    Rob Miller had been homebrewing for 10 years. He'd long dreamt of a running a neighborhood brewery -- not one that pumps out case after case and is then shipped away via distributor, but one that held the comforts of a corner bar. However, the law wasn't on his side. Instead, he took another job, wa ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Get cheap tickets for the 2013 City Pages Beer Festival!

    Celebrate one of the defining markers of summer with us by hanging outside with old friends and new acquaintances, listening to live music with a brew in hand at the City Pages Beer Festival. Join us in raising a glass to the 21st year of the festival on Saturday, June 1, on the cheap. Find out how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Lift Bridge talks expansion and the birth of Farm Girl saison

    Forebears of Minnesota's young craft brewing class, Lift Bridge Beer Company are already celebrating their fifth year. The growing brewery in Stillwater has room to grow, and they continue to do so, having just purchased three fermentors that will allow up to a 30 percent increase in production on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Weekend Events

    Finally, it's Friday, it's the start of Art-A-Whirl, and it's time to celebrate the end of Craft Beer Week with a cold brew or two... or more. With dozens of events, tappings, and releases going on all weekend, we picked a handful of events that are sure to be filled to the brim with fun and hops.

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    May 15, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Wednesday Events

    You've made it over the mid-week uphill battle, and it's time to go treat yourself to something ice-cold, refreshing, and definitely full o' hops. Since it's Craft Beer Week, this is the week to go out and indulge in some new craft beers and meet the brewing geniuses behind the beer. We've compile ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Monday Events

    From ales and porters to stouts and lagers, we're crazy about craft beer. And this week, we're especially excited because it's American Craft Beer Week. To celebrate this week-long festival of tasty libations in our neck of the woods, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild are presenting 10,000 Minutes o ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Second-annual Spring Ale Fest this weekend

    As the craft beer boom continues to widen the availability of premium suds, the festivals continue to grown and change. Beer geeks can find plenty to get excited about at this weekend's second annual Spring Ale Fest, held at Uppercut Gym in northeast Minneapolis. We spoke with event organizer Connor ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Great Waters brewpub: "It's never a straight path"

    The current craft brewing growth isn't Minnesota's first brewery boom. The mid 1990s also saw an uptick in production of local brews, one that can teach the new startups some lessons--at least from those who survived. Great Waters Brewing Company in downtown St. Paul has seen a lot in its 17 years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Brau Brothers getting ready for move to Marshall

    Brau Brothers Brewing Company is clear about its origins, proudly printing "population 220" for all to see on its original logo. However, as the brewery grows, obstacles have risen, and relocation is afoot for the 15-year-old company, now based in tiny Lucan, Minnesota. Brau Brothers started in 1998 ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Beer maker Nathan Berndt: Brewing "the Indeed way" in Northeast

    There's no doubt about it, the Minnesota brew scene is booming. Indeed Brewing Company, which first opened its doors last winter, was the first brewery in northeast Minneapolis. Now there are three. The Hot Dish caught up with co-owner Nathan Berndt to talk about the company he helped found with lon ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Fulton's Brian Hoffman says brewery is already at capacity

    Over the past few years new breweries, brewpubs, and contract brews seem to spring up monthly. As so many new companies start up, the market share continues to show room for growth. The Hot Dish sat down with Fulton Brewery's co-owner Brian Hoffman and two pints of the Ringer to talk about Minneso ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Schell's: brewing German-style beer for 152 years

    August-Schell Brewery is Minnesota's oldest operating brewery and the second-oldest family-run brewery in the United States (Yuengling in Pennsylvania is first). The New Ulm-based brewery has seen a lot of hard times, surviving the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Prohibition, and a number of other historic ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Beer fests abound in and around the Twin Cities

    The proliferation of beer fests in and around the Twin Cities is getting intense. You can't turn around anymore without tripping over at least one celebration of suds. They are getting so thick that most weekends offer more than one to choose from. I've spent the last three Saturdays imbibing at som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Smokehouse Brewpub opens Thursday

    See Also:Smokehouse Brewpub offers free beer for lifeTop 5 brewpubs in the Twin CitiesLast year, before their beer was even brewing, the owners of the soon-to-open Smokehouse Brewpub made waves with their "free beer for life" offer to any investor who made a donation of $1,000 or more. After nearly ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Summit at 26 years: 'We're very true to ourselves'

    See also: Summit Backyard Bash is Saturday Minnesota has seen a recent boom in local brewers, with startups ranging from Fulton to Harriet to the upcoming openings of Pour Decisions and HammerHeart Brewery. As the local scene gets ever more crowded, City Pages is taking the time to hear what local ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Minnesota-brewed beer is big at this year's State Fair

    Last year around this time I reported with great fanfare that one vendor at the State Fair had decided to put a selection of craft beers on tap. Among them were brews from several Minnesota beer makers. Minnesota beer would finally get a bigger presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It was bi ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Twin Cities Beer Fest this Saturday at the MOA

    In the mood for a beer fest this weekend? Of course you are. If you missed out on tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin, there is a fest you can hit right here at home. Last summer's Minneapolis Beer Fest is making a comeback with a new name and a new location. Now sporting ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Celebrate IPA Day today with free pints at Woolley's

    See also:Tonka Beer: Saving Minnesota lakes one beer at a timeSince way back in 2011, this day, August 2, has been nationally recognized as IPA Day. This holiday is a very special time when craft beer drinkers come together and celebrate this brightly bitter, iconic ale. If you'd like to pay yo ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Minneapolis among top 10 cities for drinking craft beer

    Falling under the category of "things we already could have guessed without conducting a market research study", a new market research study from Scarborough Research shows that Minneapolis is one of the top 10 cities in America for drinking microbrews, particularly those that are locally made, repo ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Republic to add 25 new taps by May

    If you're already a fan of their happy hour specials, fish tacos, and garlic confit burger, you'll be pleased to learn that Republic at Seven Corners plans to add another 25 taps to its already wide selection of draft beers by May.

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    January 25, 2012

    Winterfest ticket giveaway

    Winterfest is THE hot ticket of the Twin Cities beer-fest year. A showcase for members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, it is open only to Minnesota breweries. They are all trying to out-do each other in a friendly competition for bragging rights to the best beer in the state, so ever brewer b ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Top 5 brewpubs in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities have a great and growing beer scene. I've spent the last year traveling the upper Midwest visiting breweries and tasting brews. I've been to about 130 and can say with some authority that the beers brewed in the Twin Cities are among the best in the region. We've got some great brewp ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Top 5 local Oktoberfest beers

    Sure, we're a state full of Scandinavians, but that doesn't mean we can't party like the beer-swigging Germans when October rolls around. Which beers should be filling your stein this time of year? Five local breweries offer the Oktoberfest experience for a limited time, and we're ready to weigh in.

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    September 14, 2011
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