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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
From Duluth to New Ulm, here are our picks for the best outstate suds
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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:
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Surly Furious is among the local beers headed to this year's MN State FairIn 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 >>
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?
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 >>
FrostyThis 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.
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 >>
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 >>
For the very best DabblerWith 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 >>
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 >>
Spring well brewed ale from Great Waters Brewing Co. wants you to drink it.
Want a piece of Pabst? Here's your chance to win some hipster cred.
Wisconsin is promoting its breweries as a tourist attraction. What's not to love about this state?
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.
This cool craft brew documentary will play in the TC for a one-night-only engagement!
Up-and-coming craft brewer offers a taste of Stillwater in every glass