Fulton and the Bachelor Farmer collaborate on Lodestar Ale, debuting this weekend


If a Swedish-origin crayfish celebration isn’t reason enough to rejoice, this weekend's Kräftskiva! has upped the game with the limited-time Lodestar Kölsch-style ale, a collaboration between Fulton Brewing and Bachelor Farmer restaurant.

Described as a dry-hopped rye Kölsch with juniper, the beer features a pilsner malt with rye, along with raw Minnesota wheat for mouthfeel and juniper berries added at the end to give a unique distinction. It’s 5.9% ABV.

While Fulton has provided small-scale cask infusions at previous festivals, they wanted to do something special this year. “We’ve been talking and thinking about doing a collaboration since we opened,” says Nathan Rostance, managing director at Bachelor Farmer. “With Kräftskiva coming up we thought this would be a great chance to finally move forward.”

“From our standpoint,” he says. “We were thinking about the beer the way we think about the inspiration for our food: coming from Minnesota and the North. We wanted something that would play well with our food but can really stand on its own and be a delicious four-season beer.” The staff went over to Fulton to sample beers and discuss profiles, and Fulton wholeheartedly agreed with the mission. “We challenge ourselves on being as creative as possible but then being as approachable as possible,” says Tucker Gerrick, director of marketing at Fulton. Lodestar is a balanced, unique beer that fits both companies by emphasizing northern ingredients.

Kräftskiva takes place on Saturday, August 1, next door to Bachelor Farmer, Askov Finlayson, and Marvel Bar. It features a crayfish menu, select Bachelor Farmer items, and Norse-inspired drink selections that feature Aquavit in addition to Fulton’s Lodestar. Poliça will headline the music stage.

After the event, Lodestar will remain on tap at Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar, and the Fulton taproom while supplies last. "Lodestar" is a 14th-century English term for the North Star.

Fulton's Jeff Seidenstricker adds juniper berries to the beer.

Fulton's Jeff Seidenstricker adds juniper berries to the beer.

Advance tickets for Kräftskiva are sold out but a limited number are reserved for sale at the door.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

$25 door, 5-10 p.m.