Beer before hops: The bittering herbs of yore are making a comeback






Hops have been the dominant flavoring agent in beer ever since the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516, stipulated that hops were one of three allowable ingredients in brewing. Not only do hops counter the sweetness of malted grains with bitterness, but they also help prevent spoilage in the beer. But prior to […]

Just in time for summer: Summit 30th Anniversary Keller Pils






With forecasted highs in the 70s and 80s for the next week, Summit Brewing couldn’t have picked a better time to release the second beer in their 30th Anniversary Series: Keller Pils. According to Summit, the beer seeks to highlight the unique flavor characteristics associated with a classic German pilsner malt, while recognizing the contributions to […]

Now Open: Tavern Brewery opens with new brewers






In spring of 2015, Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, expanded operations and went from pub to brewpub, tearing down a closed yogurt shop on the adjacent property and replacing it with a brewhouse to attach to their pub. A year later, they’re rebooting operations as Tavern Brewery, complete with a new brewhouse staff and […]

Ladies, here’s why you should want to be a craft beer drinker






Kaleigh Dunn, on-premise sales representative for NorthGate Brewing, writes about bringing more women to craft beer No more staring into the beer aisle longingly. No more second-guessing when ordering something off the draft list. No more caring about what others think when you have a pint in your hand. I’ll let you in on a secret […]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed






Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. […]

House votes down Sunday liquor sales amendment






The Minnesota House of Representatives defeated an amendment by a vote of 56 to 70 today aimed at allowing individual municipalities to authorize Sunday liquor sales. Legislators discussed the amendment offered by Rep. Jennifer Loon, R-48B, to HF 3699 for a little more than an hour. The arguments may have felt like déjà vu to anyone who has […]

10 takeaways from the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference






On July 4, 1776, a group of disenfranchised colonists gathered in Philadelphia to sign their names on a document asserting their independence. Nearly two and a half centuries later, a host of independent craft brewers from around the U.S. and the rest of the world came to Philadelphia to continue the fight for America’s craft beer […]

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Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?






What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But […]

The story behind the annual Town Hall Blessing of the Maibock






Adorning an outside wall of Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is a mural of a holy man, a flock of people raising pint glasses of maibock beer, and one rebel impatiently quaffing his malty Bavarian lager early. This mural depicts the annual Blessing of the Maibock, a tradition that’s now in its 18th year at Town […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery






As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail yard, the brewery is helping bring jobs back to the Northern Minnesota city’s core. […]

Brewer Profile: JT Dalton of Barley John’s Brewing Company






Artist. Teacher. Cook. Car detailer. Brewer. Not many people have a resume quite as colorful or diverse as JT Dalton. The 31-year-old grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and never had a clear direction of what he wanted to do beyond make art, skateboard, and snowboard. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis and started racing […]

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The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations






One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t Spinnekopke, which I and a generation of early […]

Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA






Session IPA. Say what you will about endless variations on an already ubiquitous style, but this beer is an anti-whale. It doesn’t age or travel well. It’s not for cellaring or note-taking or dissection. It’s not for sniffing in your best crystal stemware. Simply put, this is a beer for drinking. We get so hung […]

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The artful science of beer and food pairings






Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the brain. On the tongue, a different set of chemicals stimulate sensations of bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami. These stimuli—smell […]

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The story behind Indeed and New Belgium’s recent collaboration beers






Indeed Brewing Company head brewer Josh Bischoff remembers when a trip to Colorado wasn’t complete without smuggling back a trunk full of Fat Tire. Before 2007, when New Belgium Brewing Company began distributing to the Minnesota, that was the norm for New Belgium devotees. Fast-forward nine years. Now, not only can Bischoff get his Fat […]