There is no shortage of new breweries in the Twin Cities and, likewise, there is no single way to get a new business off the ground. Zambaldi Bros. Brewing, founded by brothers-in-law Wade Zander and David Malcolm, is hoping to get its beer in stores and bars later this year or early 2015. They plan ... More >>
Taprooms in the Twin Cities have been getting a lot of attention in the past few years, but Minnesota's brewing industry has much deeper roots. Breweries large and small are tucked away in areas that haven't captivated yet the metro's interests -- despite decades spent in the brewing business. Mant ... More >>
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 >>
MN Beer Activists, who earlier this week sponsored the Sunday Sales fundraiser concert at First Avenue, have teamed up with the Minnesota Museum of Modern Art for a screening of the 2011 film The Love of Beer, a documentary set in the Pacific Northwest that examines the role of women in the beer bre ... More >>
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 >>
Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry
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 >>
In a battle of hops and malts, purple and green, cheese and... uh, lutefisk, Minnesota and Wisconsin brewers will head off against one another for the Border Battle Beer Fest 2. On September 7 at Somerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin, eight breweries from each state (16 in total) will be pitted against ... More >>
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.
On Tuesday the folks over at Surly Brewing Co. took the time to issue their response to the proposed tax increase on Minnesota-made alcohol. In a lengthy blog post that details their multiple issues with the proposed excise tax increase, Surly makes it clear that this legislation can only hurt Minne ... More >>
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 >>
As more Minnesota breweries are born, identifying each brand's niche is a key element. Finnegans has known this all along. Currently the fifth largest beer producer in the state, the twelve year-old company runs on the unique business model of a for-profit non-profit. The company sells its beer and ... More >>
It's baaaack! Less than a year after the last attempt to legalize Sunday liquor sales was killed in the House, the bill has been resurrected from the dead in the Senate.SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenueAuthored by Senator Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, and Senator Jeremy Mille ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
This summery spring has the open road calling. What better way to celebrate the warm breeze than spending the day at a not-too-far-away winery? On Saturday, April 7, Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls will be hosting its annual Meet the Winemaker event. The winery, which is less than an ... More >>
Initial reports of the sale of Crispin Cider to MillerCoors contained scant detail. Little information was given beyond the fact of the sale and that Crispin, along with its affiliate Fox Barrel, was to be run as a unit of Tenth and Blake the craft-and-import division of the mega-brewery. The lack o ... More >>
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 >>
Bemidji Brewing is state's newest brewery-to-beFor the Minnesota craft-beer world there's yet another new kid on the block; or at least on its way to the block. From up there near the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi comes the announcement of Bemidji Brewing Company. The brewery's three p ... More >>
Wine can be an intimidating subject for many people. With so many wines, varietals, vintages, and regions, it can be hard to know where to start. What's the difference between chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc? Why are American wines categorized by grape variety and French wines by region? Was 200 ... More >>
Win tickets to ABR with Haiku promoting Minnesota beerAutumn Brew Review The year's best beer fest, hands down Write poems, win tickets. If you don't already have tickets to the Autumn Brew Review on September 17, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild wants to give you a pair. Show off your poe ... More >>
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest kicks off the summer seasonThe summer beer festival season kicks off this Saturday, June 25, with the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. In its third year, this is the biggest and best organized of all the Twin Cities' summer celebrations of suds. Formerly held in the parkin ... More >>
Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approvalWhen Surly Brewing Company announced plans for a new $20-million brewery complex last week the Twin Cities beer world exploded with excitement. This wasn't going to be just any brewery; this was going to be a "destination brewery" complete with ... More >>
Venture out this Valentine's Day.Cupid has hit the Twin Cities. Explore Valentine's, viticulture, and vegetable gardens this Week in Food. Monday 2/14 Appeal to Cupid's culinary senses this Valentine's Day with myriad dining options. Wednesday 2/16 The Surly Appreciation Party keeps on kickin' ... More >>
Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe. How would you like your ... More >>
Harriet Brewing Company Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolisisn't just the latest entry into the burgeoning Minnesota beer scene, it's also the first new non-brewpub brewery in the city of Minneapolis since the Grain Belt Brewery closed in 1975. The brand-new brewery is housed in a ... More >>
Mike ThomasThomas Liquors Wine Education seriesThere are several wine clubs in the Twin Cities, though many are more focused on socializing than on pouring wines with any character or providing educational instruction. But one very good wine club is offering you a chance to learn about South ... More >>
For a crash course in local wine, hit the Great River Road Wine Trail's "Local Foods-Local Wine Weekend," on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The trail consists of 10 wineries near the Mississippi River (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa) and will offer s ... More >>
Lisa GulyaTo celebrate American Craft Beer Week, the folks at YumSugar put together a little beer-based geography quiz: Match the beer to its home state. You can take the test here. It's the perfect afternoon activity to tide you over before wetting your whistle at the next event celebrati ... More >>
Minnesota Craft Beer Week is here! The Seven Corners neighborhood is home to the festivities, with Town Hall Brewery, Preston's, and Stub & Herb's being the epicenter. Here are a few choice picks of craft beer events taking place in Seven Corners and around town this week:~Monday, May 1 ... More >>
Saint Croix Vineyards wine tastingAnyone with preconceived ideas about Minnesota wines is probably re-evaluating those notions if they were part of Saturday's first-annual Savor Minnesota event at Canterbury Park, which featured the best of Minnesota wine, food, and beer. Though the exhibitor ... More >>
They call it the Olympics of Beer--the biggest commercial beer contest in the world. The biannual Brewer's Association World Beer Cup, held last week in Boulder, featured 3,308 entries and was judged by 179 experts from 26 countries.St. Paul's Summit Brewing Company took first place in the Classi ... More >>
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The Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin are among many colleges objecting to a Bud Light beer promotion: "Fan Cans" in college colors. And it looks like they have won.
More wineries are coming to Minnesota. Schweet!
The Upper Mississippi River Valley seeks recognition alongside Napa, Sonoma Valley.
This cool craft brew documentary will play in the TC for a one-night-only engagement!
Car-seat country scores a family-friendly wine bar with a serious education mission