Wisconsin’s Women Brewers Create Common Thread for Madison Craft Beer Week

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Beer is to Wisconsin is what air is to human beings. Ever since Monroe Brewery (now Minhas Brewery) opened in Monroe, Wisconsin, in 1845, beer has had a home in the state and been loved by the residents—and tourists, and college students, and passers-through, and… you get the idea. Five years ago, Wisconsinites’ love of […]

Earth Day and Beer: A Perfect Pairing

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From its humble beginnings in Egypt and Mesopotamia in the fifth century BC to today’s thriving craft movement, beer has always been linked to the environment in which it’s made. One Minnesota brewery that’s cognizant of this link is Third Street Brewhouse. In partnership with the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, the brewery announced today it’s […]

Mighty Axe Hops Releases Free Minnesota Hops Grower’s Guide

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Growing hops can be a treacherous journey filled with scary-sounding pitfalls like nutrient deficiencies, spider mites and downey mildew. Done right, however, even the backyard hop grower can yield bountiful bines of fresh, hoppy goodness. The folks over at Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake, Minnesota, today released the Minnesota Hop Grower’s Guide, a 21-page overview that […]

Summit Celebrates Completion of Expansion Project

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On Friday, craft beer pioneers Summit Brewing Company celebrated the official completion of a multi-year expansion project that includes space for its canning line, administrative and sales offices, and an industry training room for wholesaler and retail partners. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to help with the ribbon cutting and spoke about how much […]

Dangerous Man and Electric Fetus Collaborate to Create Record Store Day Beer

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Music and beer collaborations are nothing new, from Dogfish Head’s interpretation of Miles Davis’ experimental album Bitches Brew to create an ale by the same name, to the recent teaming of Surly Brewing Company and hip-hop collective Doomtree to create the aptly named Surly Doomtree. The partnerships are often born out of a desire to […]

Can Do: Lagersmith Business Booming With Addition of Canning Line

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Photos by Aaron Davidson Lagersmith founder Nate Smith is finally realizing everything his company can be. In two years of mobile bottling, Smith never had enough business to reach full-time status. Since adding a canning line last December, however, his business is booming and he’s hiring additional employees to keep up with demand. Each day, Smith […]

New Beers—and More—at Target Field in 2015

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Baseball season is finally back, and with it comes the announcement of the Twins’ starting lineup for the home opener today—and Target Field’s 2015 lineup of local beers. First, let’s go over the seasoned players of the stadium’s locally-brewed options: Indeed (Dandy Lager, Day Tripper, Shenanigans) Summit (EPA, Hopvale, Maibock, Saga, other seasonals) Surly (Furious, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Goat Ridge Brewing in New London, Minn.

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Josh Reed and his wife decided to move back home from the West Coast. Their plan to set down roots in rural Minnesota became literal in 2010, when Josh established a hop farm with 200 rhizomes on his wife’s homestead. The farm is set on a glacial ridge they nicknamed Goat Ridge, and his hops […]

Bitter Reality: How to Manage Rising Hop Prices

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In this article, local supply chain consultants from West Monroe Partners discuss how brewers handle the volatility of hop prices as demand and supply costs continue to grow. The beers once villainized by Keystone’s “Bitter Beer Face” campaign are now some of the most popular styles in America. This evolution of consumers’ taste buds hasn’t […]

Tin Whiskers Announces Third Member of Year-Round Bomber Lineup

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St. Paul’s Tin Whiskers Brewing Company announced the third member of its year-round lineup of 22 oz. bombers last week. Wheatstone Bridge American Wheat will be available in stores alongside Short Circuit Stout and Flip-Switch IPA starting April 7. According to the brewery, Wheatstone Bridge combines American Pale malt, White Wheat malt and Glacier hops […]

Door County Brewing brings northern Wisconsin to Minnesota

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Every summer, people from across the Midwest flock to Door County, Wisc., the finger-like peninsula extending north of Green Bay, to escape the city and take in beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Starting this April, Minnesotans can get a taste of the iconic tourist destination in the form of kegs and six-packs of craft beer. On March […]

Sidhe Brewing Comes to St. Paul’s East Side

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Fate seems to have led Kathleen Culhane step by step through her life toward the grand opening of Sídhe Brewing in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood. She is a trained chemist who has worked in laboratories, built pilot ethanol plants, troubleshot mechanical systems, and managed quality control processes. Those experiences and her twenty-year homebrewing hobby have […]

Straight from the Source: Great Waters Brewing

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Photos by Aaron Davidson With all the well-deserved excitement about Minnesota’s new breweries, it is easy to get caught up in the latest opening or the newest exotic style. However, it’s always worth revisiting the veterans of the local scene. It seems any brewery that has been around for more than three years is a […]

Allyson Rolph Brews Wisconsin, Lives Minnesota, Wins All Day

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Photos by Michelle Sternberg, Sternberg Photography Name: Allyson Rolph Hometown: Charles City, IA (where my family lives), Mankato, MN (where I went to college and “grew up”), and Duluth, MN (where I make my home) Works at: Thirsty Pagan Brewing The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Allyson Rolph: Pickles, tortillas, vegetables, and condiments. […]

Neck Tat That Says “Evil” Black IPA

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Illustration by David Witt At a recent brewing conference I attended I sat next to a guy with a neck tattoo that was simply the word “evil.” At least I think that’s what it said—I was too scared to stare directly and it was hard to read the stylized script with a semi-averted gaze. Even […]

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