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Craft Beer Love, U.S. Senate Style

A resolution celebrating craft brewers and American Craft Beer Week passes the U.S. Senate with unanimous support It’s not often that we hear of … [Read more]

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June 2015 Beer Events

A look at our favorite beer-related events in Minnesota during June 2015. Featured Event The Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride June … [Read more]

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June 2015 Arts and Culture Events

A look at our favorite arts and culture events happening in Minnesota during June 2015. Featured Event Twin Cities Jazz Festival June … [Read more]

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Midwest Craft Brewers Conference to Feature Keynotes from Lagunitas, Toppling Goliath Founders

What do Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have in common? They’re all … [Read more]

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Fissures in Friendship: ‘I Refuse’ by Per Petterson

New Glarus Brewing Company made news this spring when Spotted Cow, its flagship brew, was sold illegally at a tavern in Maple Grove, Minnesota. … [Read more]

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Growing Pains: Toppling Goliath Confronts the Challenges of Expansion, Turnover, and Public Perception

Like a milk-chugging eighth grader, Toppling Goliath is on the verge of a summer growth spurt. Since opening in 2009, the small Decorah, Iowa, … [Read more]

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612Brew Summer Concert Series to Feature Eclectic Mix of Local Musicians

Minneapolis’ 612Brew announced its Summer Concert Series today, which will take place on five Saturdays throughout the summer at the brewery’s outdoor … [Read more]

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The North is Rising: Minnesota United FC’s Quest for a Home of Their Own

On some summer Saturdays, in the windswept city of Blaine, you’ll find hundreds of Minnesota’s most patriotic citizens gathered. Together, they stand … [Read more]

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Style Profile: American Rye Ale

Rye has a spotty past. Even though it’s one of many grains that grows wild in the Fertile Crescent where settled, agricultural civilization was born, rye remains virtually absent from the archeological record until the Bronze Age in Central Europe. … [Read more]

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Straight from the Source: Fitger’s Brewhouse

Photos by Melissa Maki Fitger’s Brewhouse started well before the recent craft-beer boom. This year, the Duluth, Minnesota, mainstay will celebrate its 20-year anniversary. But don’t expect this brewpub to age into complacency: thanks to the … [Read more]

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Now Open: South Fork Brewing Company

Many Minnesotans have never been to Delano; even fewer could place it on a map. But this summer, local beer enthusiasts will get acquainted with the small, 5,500-person town on the South Fork of the Crow River, 40 minutes west of the Twin Cities, as … [Read more]

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Now Open: Big Axe Brewing

Quick, what comes to mind when you hear the words, “Brainerd, Minnesota?” Fishing? Resorts? Golf? If Chris French, owner and head brewer at Big Axe Brewing Company, which is located just north of Brainerd in Nisswa, has anything to say about it, … [Read more]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lupine Brewing

It’s only fitting that a brewery, whose name relates to wolves, should find a home in the heart of “Big Woods” country in Delano, Minnesota. Lupine Brewing was started by Hanover, Minnesota, resident James Anderle, his childhood neighbor Eric … [Read more]