• Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Fair beers and beyond, news from Eastlake, Fair State, and Lucette

    With the State Fair and Labor Day on the calendar, it's a weekend void of beer festivals. That's not to say there's no beer activity in the Twin Cities (and beyond), just that you'll have to visit the taprooms and your favorite stores, bars, and restaurants. Plus, as next weekend marks official hop ... More >>

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    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Teamsters Union stalls Sunday growler sales

    Last week wasn't all good news for beer: Minnesota craft brewers took home five international awards but may have lost the battle over growlers. Sales of these refillable 64-ounce containers are prohibited on Sunday and will remain so, for the foreseeable future, thanks to the Teamsters Union ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Weekend brew round-up: Rare Beer Fest, Brewer's Ball, Beer Bowl

    After spending the winter cooped up studying beer, it's time to put your beer knowledge to the test this weekend with trivia, rare beer festivals, and more. Friday night, Uptown brewpub Herkimer continues its Sweet 16 celebration with projector screens and extra televisions showing the annual coll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Repeal of Sunday alcohol ban not likely to pass this year, Senator Reinhert says

    It looks like Minnesotans will remain sober on Sundays for the time being. Senator Roger Reinhert, the main force behind the effort to repeal Minnesota's Sunday alcohol ban told the Star Tribune that the repeal doesn't have enough votes to pass through the Senate Commerce Committee. Reinhert's foc ... 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

    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 >>

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    August 28, 2013
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    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:

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    June 26, 2013
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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

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    May 22, 2013

    Figlio to host summer beer series

    Figlio, in its new incarnation at the Shops at the West End in St. Louis Park, is partnering with some favorite local breweries to host a summer beer series, featuring monthly tastings and food pairings from Figlio's executive chef J.P. Samuelson. The events will take place on Thursdays each month t ... 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 >>

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    January 16, 2013
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    November 8, 2012

    Surly founder Omar Ansari on the MN brewing scene and "what makes a Surly"

    When Minnesotans think of the recent boom in microbrewing, it's hard not to think of the 2005 upstart Surly Brewing, whose distinct marketing, award-winning, and high-demand beers have helped lead the revolution. The brewery has taken the reins on the growing scene, with Surly founder Omar Ansari se ... 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

    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 >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    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 >>

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    September 21, 2011
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    September 14, 2011
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    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 >>

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    September 7, 2011
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    July 12, 2011

    This year's Autumn Brew Review will be twice the fun

    Tickets go on sale July 15th​This is the 11th year for Autumn Brew Review, the big fall beer festival sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and held in September on the grounds of the old Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast. Each year the Brew Review features the best that Minnesota brewe ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Winterfest showcases the best of the best of Minnesota-brewed beer

    The best of Minnesota beer at Winterfest​Winterfest, the annual celebration of home-grown craft beer, returns to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on February 4. Sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and open only to breweries that are current guild members, Winterfest showcases th ... More >>