My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium






Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of Iowa and studied for a semester in Göttingen, then in […]

The Summer Beer Dabbler through my (beer) glasses






It seems that at any given Minnesota get-together, whether a day out on the lake, a New Year’s Eve party, or a family reunion at your Aunt Bridget’s house, there’s an endless thirst for beer. And with the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ craft-beer scene exploding, it’s hard to keep up with the growing number of […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bald Man Brewing






Whenever the Jacobs family gets together, it’s inevitable that the occasion will be marked by a batch of Tristan Kusnierek’s homebrew. The tradition started when Dan Jacobs’ cousin married Kusnierek, an avid homebrewer since 1992. Despite a homebrewing hiatus during a period of apartment dwelling in the late ‘90s, brewing was a major part of […]

Foraging with Forager






While Austin Jevne picks black cap raspberries, he reminisces about his childhood days spent at his family’s cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and how he learned to apply just the right amount of pressure to pluck the berries from the shrubs. Back then—and even today—the Forager Brewing Co. head brewer and co-owner ate plenty of what […]

Beaver Island Brewing building production facility






Just one and a half years after opening their taproom, St. Cloud’s Beaver Island Brewing Co. is looking to break ground on a second facility geared solely toward production. With a tentative timeline to break ground at a new site near St. Cloud Regional Airport and Territory Golf Course, Beaver Island aims to have the […]

Cidermaker Profile: Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder






For most people, the word “spitter” evokes the thought of something unpleasant—angry llamas, perhaps, or individuals who require a little extra talking space if you want to stay dry. Not Rob Fisk. For him, the word means something beautiful, something high quality, something on which he’s built his life. Spitters are the colloquial term for […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Weisse






This month, citizens, we’re going to revisit our kettle-souring regimen for a beer inspired by Florida weisse—a riff on Berliner weisse that nontraditionally incorporates fruit (specifically local/tropical types like guava, passionfruit, and dragon fruit) right in the fermentation, rather than added as a syrup in the glass when served. Making use of our local malts, […]

The State of Sours: An update on Minnesota’s funkiest beers






Minnesota brewers are becoming fixated on mixed-fermentation [Editor’s Note: This post will continue to be updated with more news on sours made by Minnesota’s breweries] A whole new segment of Minnesota beer has turned sour. Or maybe not sour—that makes it sound like a mistake. These beers are intentionally tart and astringent, funky and wild. “Sour beer” is […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Urban Moose Brewing Company






“I’ve done banquets, events, catering, private country clubs, golf courses, free standing restaurants, and upscale walk-in, award-winning wine cellars,” says Roy Dodds, the majority owner of Urban Moose Brewing Company in Sauk Rapids. “All kinds of food and beverage things,” he says, except a brewpub. But that changes as of today, July 25, when Urban Moose […]

Schram to release IPA fermented in concrete tank






As craft beer continues its unprecedented growth, “firsts” are becoming increasingly hard to come by. This Friday, however, Waconia’s Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery will become the first modern brewery in Minnesota to release a beer aged in a concrete fermenter. A few years ago, Aaron Schram was on a trip to California and visited a […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wild Mind Artisan Ales






Wild Mind Artisan Ales is doing something different, and they emphasize that point in their new South Minneapolis brewery. Behind a wall-sized window, visitors will get a good look at their foudres—large wooden vessels where mixed-fermentation beers will age for anywhere from six to 12 months. Foudres are uncommon in most American craft breweries—they’re big […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Talking Waters Brewing Company






John Skoglund still remembers his first craft brewery experience, years ago in Montana. “It was very intriguing to me, the community and locals coming together. It really drew me in,” the Montevideo native recalls. “I kept thinking it would be nice to have something like this around here.” He’ll get his wish later this month, […]

Indianapolis brewery is first to package in 8oz. ‘stubby cans’






The increasingly-popular 16oz. tallboy can may have just met its match (or its long-lost little brother, as it were). Indianapolis’ Flat12 Bierwerks will release Pinko! Russian Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV, 86 IBU) later this month in 8oz. “stubby cans.” A press release from Flat12 calls the packaging a “craft beer industry first.” “We first introduced PINKO! […]

North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House opening in Lutsen






Owners Chuck Corliss and Kim Schroeder will hold a grand opening celebration for their North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House this weekend, July 16-17, in Lutsen, Minnesota. “We have been busy creating a special space for North Shore visitors and locals to relax and enjoy our wine and ciders,” states Chuck Corliss, North Shore Winery owner […]

56 Brewing announces move and plans for taproom






It wasn’t long ago that taprooms were a new, untested concept, but in today’s market there are few breweries operating without one. The lack of a taproom has been a drawback for 56 Brewing at their current space at 3134 California St NE in Minneapolis. Founders Kale and Kerry Johnson have had to turn away […]