Tin Whiskers and Urban Growler Compete in First-Ever Brew-Off

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Tin Whiskers threw down the gauntlet; Urban Growler picked it up. Now the two St. Paul breweries are facing off in a brewing competition akin to the Food Network show “Chopped” when Tin Whiskers hosts its first Brew-Off at The Happy Gnome on Wednesday, May 27, from 5–8pm. The idea of challenging another brewery to […]

Sky-to-Pint Beer: Badger State Brewing Co. goes 100-percent wind powered

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Photos courtesy of Badger State Brewing The term “wind-powered brewery” conjures an image of old-timey windmills attached to giant steel tanks—Don Quixote meets 2015. Of course, that’s nowhere near how such conservation-minded breweries actually operate (although it’s fun to picture). Two places claim to be the first wind-powered brewery in the United States: New Belgium, […]

Following the Crowd Leads to MobCraft’s Success and Expansion

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Photos courtesy of MobCraft Beer Inc. It takes a bold brewer to craft a beer with a fruit that chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain once said will leave your breath smelling “as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother,” but MobCraft Beer Inc. has done it. It wasn’t that the Madison-based brewery was aiming […]

For the Love of Barley: Able Seedhouse Finds Its Brewer

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Photos by Brandon Werth In today’s craft-beer culture, hops seem to get all the love, but spend a minute scrolling through Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s Instagram feed and you might just experience a tingly feeling for barley you never knew you were capable of. Delicate fields of gold ready for harvest; lush, green elbow-high stalks […]

Update: The Sunday Growler Sales Race Is On

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Updated: May 20, 2015 Cities across the state of Minnesota are moving to update their ordinances to permit Sunday growler sales, following a law change at the state level that allows them pending city approvals. It appears the first breweries that will have the green light for sales this Sunday, May 24, will be those located […]

Old Chicago’s Explorer Series Comes to St. Paul

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Summit and Old Chicago team up to create Cracking Wit, a Belgian witbier perfect for patio season Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is known mostly for the pizza part of their name. But the restaurant chain is all about the beer—and always has been. Since opening in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, Old Chicago has stocked […]

Schell’s Goes Spelunking to Create Stag Series #9

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When New Ulm, Minnesota’s, August Schell Brewing Company set out to develop its Schell’s Stag Series #9, it went back to its roots. Well, actually it went deeper than its roots to the caves that lie beneath them. Schell’s Stag Series #9 is a complex beer. It’s a dark lager aged in whiskey barrels, which […]

Now Open: Lupulin Brewing


Photos by Brian Kaufenberg On May 10, many eager Minnesotans with boats in tow will find themselves in Big Lake, parked in bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Highway 10 on their way north for fishing opener. On May 15, they’ll find themselves in lined up in Big Lake for another opener—Lupulin Brewing’s grand opening. Founded by […]

Update: Town Hall Extends Gift Cards for Growlers Promo

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Update: May 12, 2015 With well over 1,000 growlers returned so far from locations near and far, Town Hall has extended the campaign through May 17. They estimate over 1,700 are currently in their possession and expect to hit 2,000 total. Growlers returned will be directed back to their original breweries if possible, or recycled for those […]

Alpine Beer Company Launches in Minnesota

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West Coast-style IPAs have grown into a style of their own, with standbys like Stone IPA, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, and Green Flash’s aptly titled West Coast IPA defining the category. Starting this week, Minnesotans will be able to get their hands on a few more of these hop monsters from a brewery that […]

10 American Craft Beer Road Trips

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From “On The Road” to “Dumber and Dumber,” the road trip is firmly entrenched in American culture. In honor of American Craft Beer Week, May 11–17, we’re looking back at our “Chasing the Beer Scene” series to spotlight 10 craft beer destinations across these 50 great states. Now in its 10th year, American Craft Beer […]

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10,000 Things to Do During 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer Week

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The idea behind the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer is simple: There are 10,000 minutes in a week, so what better way to spend them than drinking beers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes? From Brau Brothers Brewing Company in the plains of southwestern Minnesota to Gun Flint Tavern near […]

May Beer Events

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A look at our favorite beer-related events in Minnesota during May 2015, presented by MNbeer.com. Featured Event 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer May 4-10 Various locations The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild brings back 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft beer to the land of 10,000 beers. Enjoy a week full of Minnesota craft-beer events across the […]

The State of Cider 2015


The art and science of hard apple cider has been practiced in America since long before there even was a United States. The first English settlers to arrive in New England are said to have promptly requested apple seeds from the motherland upon learning that the crabapples native to the promised land were unsuitable for the making of their favorite fermented beverage. The […]

Straight from the Source: Eastlake Craft Brewery


Photos by Aaron Davidson On a crisp Saturday afternoon in early spring, with burgers in the fridge and the grill awakening from its winter hibernation, all was nearly right with the world—I just needed something to drink. Heading out into the afternoon sun with empty growler in-hand, I set a course for Eastlake Craft Brewery, […]