Mike Hoops

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Town Hall Lanes to Pour 23 Fresh Hop Beers This Weekend

    Fresh hop season in Minnesota is short. The aromatic beer ingredient is touchy when used fresh, and a brewer must get it into the kettle as fast as possible. And while Minnesota grows more of the stuff every year, most hops need to be shipped in to meet the demand, which makes finding fresh hop beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Fed Up With Minnesota Laws, Barley John's to Open Brewery in Wisconsin

    When the much publicized Taproom Bill, or Surly Bill, passed in 2011, it gave the green light for a brewing boom in Minnesota. But for John Moore, co-owner of Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, it was the final insult after years of striving for legislative action that would allow his business ... 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

    April 7, 2014

    Take a peek inside the remodeled Town Hall Brewery

    On January 1, Town Hall Brewery closed its doors for what was intended to be a quick remodel. To prepare for the temporary shutdown, Town Hall had brewed enough beer in advance to supply its other two locations, Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes, throughout the construction. But since the project t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Town Hall to celebrate 6th annual Festivus tomorrow

    It's "Festivus for the rest of us" at Town Hall Brewery tomorrow. The annual Seinfeld-inspired tradition eschews religion and commercialism in favor of community, and that's just what Town Hall sought in hosting it. "[We wanted] to bring the Town Hall community together before everyone leaves or b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Badger Hill Brewing looks south of the river

    Badger Hill Brewing Company started making beer in 2012, sharing production space with Lucid and Bad Weather in a unique arrangement. Currently the brewery is prepping for a move to their own turf, trying to finalize on a property in the southern suburbs. The family run brewery was founded by husban ... 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 16, 2013

    Beer of the Week: Robust Porter from Town Hall Brewery

    This week's Beer of the Week is the Robust Porter from Town Hall Brewery, a longtime favorite local drinking establishment that has enjoyed a lot of press of late with its recent win at the Great American Beer Festival. This here-today, possibly gone-tomorrow seasonal is one in a long line of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery wins honors at GABF

    ​Held annually in Denver, Colorado, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the biggest event of its kind in the world. This year's fest brought together 466 brewers pouring 2,375 different beers to 49,000 eager beer fans. It is a colossal and even overwhelming experience. The sheer number of b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Minnesota Craft Beer Week is May 13-21

    Here's what's in store for next week's festivities:​The second annual Minnesota Craft Beer Week will take place May 13-21 with all sorts of brew-related festivities. More than 40 events are on this year's Craft Beer Week calendar, taking place all over the metro. Participants pay $5 for a Cr ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 10, 2007

    My Name Is Kevin and I'm a Hop-head

    Far from the ladies' nights and the three-for-ones lurks a truly strange brew