• Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    10 Wisconsin beers worth the road trip

    Wisconsin beers are finally finding their way across the border, and that's good news for neighboring Midwestern states like Minnesota. Wisconsin's strong brewing traditions have helped it cultivate one of the most active and noteworthy craft brewing scenes in the nation. Whether you're on vacation, ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Newcomer Zambaldi Bros. Brewing on samples, sour styles, and session beers

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    April 23, 2014

    Our round-up of breweries worth the drive in Minnesota

    From Duluth to New Ulm, here are our picks for the best outstate suds

  • 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

    March 19, 2014

    MMMA to screen documentary on women in craft brewing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Surly beer now offered on Sun Country flights

    We're big supporters of local people and businesses getting together to collaborate on new projects. Lizzo and Har Mar Superstar performing together on stage, fully decked out in ponchos.  Vellee Deli popping up at Crema Cafe, making it possible to get top-notch espresso and Korean short rib bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Whistler Soda: "Bring back the soda of the '50s, '60s, and '70s"

    It's always sort of a novelty when you go to places like Brasa, La Loma, or Gorkha Palace and they have Mexican Coke in a bottle. It's impossible not to order one of these sodas for at least two good reasons: First, pure cane sugar soda tastes way better. Second, there's just something fun and class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    612 Brew Talks Taprooms, Room for More Breweries

    612 Brew may sound like a hyper-local brewery, but the owners chose the name in reference to days past, when the entire metro held just one area code. It's a term of endearment for their home region and a local bearing that, should they expand, will mark their Minneapolis ties. Opening doors earlier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Liftbridge Launches Mini-Donut Beer

    The State Fair is literally right around the corner and Stillwater's premier craft brewer, Liftbridge Brewing Co., has announced that they've got a little something special planned for this years festivities. Instead of launching another tired (yet loved) on-a-stick inspired food item, the folks at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    All Pints North, this Saturday in Duluth

    Beer lovers will collect this Saturday at Bayfront Park in Duluth, overlooking the bay and the big ships to celebrate all that is awesome about the local craft beer movement. Here are the details:

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Surly responds to proposed beer tax increases

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Lake Superior Brewing on the Duluth brew scene: "The place is hopping"

    The Twin Cities aren't the only booming beer scene in Minnesota right now. Just up I-35 one can find a plethora of production breweries and brewpubs springing up. The anchor of the northern Minnesota brewers is Lake Superior Brewing Company, founded in 1994 by Bob Dromeshauser. While Dromeshauser ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    612Brew taproom announces opening date

    After officially launching their line last night at downtown bar The Pourhouse, new Northeast Park brewery 612Brew says they are also ready to pour pints for patrons of their 65-seat taproom. Here's more details about the exact date and the beers that will be on tap.See also:612Brew coming to N ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 23, 2013
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    October 8, 2012

    Top Brewer Minnesota first-round event this Thursday

    The "Iron Chef" of Minnesota home brewing is about to get under way. Starting this Thursday, October 11, a select group of experienced brewers will go head to head to become the state's first Top Brewer. Twenty-four competitors will square off in the qualifying round that will narrow the field to fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    12th Annual Autumn Brew Review: A review

    With clear, perfect skies and a hint of hops in the air, the 12th Annual Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild Autumn Brew Review brought nearly 3,000 to the old Grain Belt Brewery site in northeast Minneapolis over the weekend to sample craft brews from across the country. Over 100 brewers were on site to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Beer Dabbler Highland Fest and All Pints North Beer Fest this Saturday

    Saturday is a big day for beer fests. In the Twin Cities the Beer Dabbler returns for the fourth annual Highland Fest event in St. Paul. For those up north or headed up north there's the first ever All Pints North festival in Duluth, sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Blacklist Brewing Beer Art Project

    It's been a busy couple of days in the local beer world, with multiple announcements of old projects moving forward and new ones in the works. Much has already been written about 612 Brew finding a space and ordering equipment. Fitger's move to launch a branch in the Twin Cities has also been copiou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Summit's Eric Blomquist on beer drinkin', brewing, and Unchained #9 (INTERVIEW)

    ​Sipping #9, the newest edition of Summit Brewing Company's Unchained series, the flavors of rich toffee and caramel blend with mellow banana, like a hint of Bananas Foster in a rich malty brew. Unchained #9--a Dunkel Weizen which is a darker version of the popular wheat beer Hefeweizen--was creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Summit announces plans for $6 million brewery expansion

    ​With craft breweries like Boom Island Brewing, Fulton, Harriet Brewing, and Lucid popping up all over the metro area, Minnesota's largest craft brewer has no intention of getting lost in the shuffle. Summit has plans for a major expansion of its St. Paul brewery, slated to begin in late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    More detail on the Crispin/MillerCoors deal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Founding Fathers Lager--beer with a cause

    Philanthropy in the beer industry is nothing new. Since the 1800s, giving back to the community has been an important part of what brewers do. The Pabst, Miller, Blatz, and Busch families were all major benefactors in their day. Today the Boston Beer Company has its Brewing the American Dream progra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Bemidji Brewing needs a kickstart

    Bemidji Brewing is state's newest brewery-to-be​For 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Autumn Brew Review "beer-ku" poetry contest

    Win tickets to ABR with Haiku promoting Minnesota beer​Autumn 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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2011
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    August 5, 2011

    Local craft on draft at the 2011 MN State Fair

    Surly Furious is among the local beers headed to this year's MN State Fair​In past years the craft brew selection at the Minnesota State Fair has been fairly limited. There was Summit and ... well there was Summit. Not that Summit is a bad choice, but a little more variety would be welcome. Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    SurlyFest vs. Summit Brewing 25th Anniversary Party: a beer drinker's dilemma

    Summit vs. Surly: Clash of titans!​Locavore beer drinkers will be facing the mother of all dilemmas this fall: Surly Brewing Company's annual SurlyFest is falling on the exact same day as the Summit Brewing Company's 25th Anniversary Party. What's a hop head to do?

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Schell's named among the top 10 breweries at the 2011 US Open Beer Championships

    An oldie but a goodie: Schell's was founded in 1860.​Schell's Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota, is the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the United States, and even after 151 years in business, it isn't showing any sign of losing its edge: The brewery ranked in the Top 10 at the recent U.S. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Get hoppy about Minnesota Craft Beer Week this week in food

    Frosty​This week in food is awash in lagers, IPAs, and stouts thanks to Minnesota Craft Beer Week and the Stillwater Brewer's Bazaar. If you're a beer lover, this is the perfect week to call in sick to work.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Stone Brewing Co. announces MN launch events

    Stone Week Minnesota promises to be "a week-long lineup of epochal events"​Stone Brewing Co. of San Diego is one of those breweries whose beer people seek out. Stone's beers and the copy used to promote them are renowned for being over-the-top; the latter suggesting that the drinker with bottl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Surly asks fans for help changing laws

    Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approval​When 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Beer Dabbler is on tap Saturday at Highland Fest

    For the very best Dabbler​With the rise in popularity of beer festivals, Twin Citians have one more reason to revel in our summers. This week, as part of Highland Fest, the second annual Beer Dabbler Showcase will bring more than 40  craft and microbreweries together for you to sample, and th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2010
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    April 12, 2010

    Summit takes home the gold at World Beer Cup

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Drink of the week: Great Waters Brewing Co.'s Saint Peter Ale

    Spring well brewed ale from Great Waters Brewing Co. wants you to drink it.

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Pabst Brewing is up for sale: Want in?

    Want a piece of Pabst? Here's your chance to win some hipster cred.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Wis. government backs beer tourism

    Wisconsin is promoting its breweries as a tourist attraction. What's not to love about this state?

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    College students: no Gopher-colored beer cans for you

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Beer Wars movie premieres tonight

    This cool craft brew documentary will play in the TC for a one-night-only engagement!

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    St. Paul Summer Beer Fest: save the date

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    In case you didn't get a ticket to Winterfest...

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Five Questions For... Kris and Mag of Beer Musings

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    Five questions for local beer bloggers Kris and Mag of Beer Musings.

  • Restaurants

    November 19, 2008

    Lift Bridge Is Rising

    Up-and-coming craft brewer offers a taste of Stillwater in every glass

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