Photos: Before and after at Bad Weather’s new St. Paul brewery and taproom

Before photos by Brian Kaufenberg, after photos by Aaron Davidson One might expect a brewery preparing for its grand opening to be somewhere between hectic and a complete madhouse, but that’s not the case at Bad Weather. On Wednesday morning, two days before they officially open their doors, the guys behind Bad Weather Brewing Company were […]

Minnesota Fresh Hop Round-Up

Seasonal beers are a big thing in Minnesota, but few generate the excitement of the wet hop, or fresh hop, beers of fall, which celebrate the direct connection between agriculture and beer, cone to glass. Catching up with a number of breweries across the state, we’ve compiled a list of 2015’s fresh-hopped beers from Minnesota. […]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Touring Toronto’s Brewery Renaissance

For many years, Toronto was a relatively brewery-deprived city. I mean, yes, there were breweries, including one of Ontario’s first—the now-defunct Upper Canada Brewing—along with a few early brewpubs. But compared with other cities, even other Canadian cities such as Victoria and Montréal, there wasn’t a whole lot to be had. Fortunately, that’s all changed […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakes and Legends Brewing Company

Ethan Applen and Derrick Taylor hope to bring a slice of the Belgian countryside to downtown Minneapolis’ Loring Park neighborhood when they open Lakes & Legends Brewing. The brothers-in-law are in the final stages of building out their 12,000-square-foot brewery on the first floor of a new luxury apartment building on Lasalle Avenue. “[Opening a […]

5 factors driving the evolution of Minnesota beer

August Schell Brewing Company marked its 150th anniversary in 2010, a milestone that only a handful of other breweries can claim. The brewing industry has changed a lot in those 150 years: the advent of mechanical refrigeration, the ascension of the first beer barons, Prohibition, industry consolidation, near bankruptcy, and the rise of the craft […]

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Style Profile: Pumpkin Ales

Pumpkin beers are a love ’em or leave ’em proposition. Those who love them eagerly await October (or July as is often the case these days). They can’t wait to snatch up six-packs or bombers of the latest gourd-infused grog. Those who hate them… well, they really hate them. Whichever side you fall on, the […]

Homebrew Recipe: Irish Hunter Porter with Brett

When asked to come up with a recipe for this sporting life–themed issue, I thought, “Nothing says fox hunting like Brettanomyces in Irish porter.” True story. This month we’ll brew a batch of history-inspired porter with a mixed-culture fermentation and a bit of choose-your-own-adventure decision making. Snug down your tweed caps and prepare to shock […]

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Straight from the Source: Montgomery Brewing Company

Czechs moved into the Upper Midwest in force in the late 19th century. In Minnesota, these European émigrés created settlements in places like New Prague, Veseli, and Montgomery, bringing with them the secrets of baking kolacky and brewing lager beer. Matthias Chalupsky started the first brewery in Montgomery in 1882, though it was the Handschuh […]

LIVE BLOG: The Growler at the Great American Beer Fest

Updated: September 27, 9:30 a.m., from a Nameless Corporate Coffee Shop on a Sunny Street in Downtown Denver A total of 275 professional medals were awarded yesterday to 242 different breweries, and since seven of those medals went to Minnesota breweries, we tracked down Phil Platt, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, to see what […]

Straight from the Source: Gun Flint Tavern

It’s a hot July day in Grand Marais, Minnesota, made even hotter by an uncharacteristic stillness in the air. The usually dependable breeze off Lake Superior is absent, causing the blue water in the harbor to lay as flat as the signature skizzles from World’s Best Donuts. Wisconsin Street, on the other hand, is buzzing […]

Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese in 1810, he probably had no idea he was starting what would become the world’s biggest annual beer festival. Oktoberfest is a German tradition that has—not surprisingly—established solid roots here in Minnesota. Today, it’s not hard to find […]

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Autumn Brew Review 2015 Recap

There is a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin that reads, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” While the evidence suggests the original quote was about wine and not beer, craft beer fans will never argue with the sentiment. Nor would anyone argue with the phrase, “Autumn Brew Review […]

Canadian Consulate organizing first-ever craft brewers trade mission

How can U.S. craft breweries benefit from increased trade with Canadian ingredient and equipment suppliers? That’s the question at the core of the first-ever craft brewing trade mission being organized by the Minneapolis office of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. The two-day mission (with an optional third day) will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, […]

Growth by demand: 56 Brewing to add outdoor taproom, continue growler delivery

56 Brewing didn’t expect to reach capacity at their Northeast Minneapolis brewhouse in just two months. Granted, there’s just 710 square feet of production space to work with in the former NorthGate facility at 3134 California St. NE. But the small production brewery has plans to grow beyond just selling growlers onsite. “We didn’t have […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 10K Brewing

Brother and sister Jesse and Ashley Hauf are about to open the first brewery in Anoka, Minnesota, but the siblings aren’t the only ones contributing to the family affair that is 10K Brewing. On a recent Tuesday afternoon in the brewery, Ashley and Jesse’s father was busy sanding the original wood floors he’d helped uncover […]