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 […]

Now Open: Bobtown Brewhouse and Grill






They say beer brings people together. Turns out, it also keeps people connected. Mike Christenson, owner of Bobtown Brewhouse and Grill in Roberts, Wisconsin (population 1,651), has known Katie Eells since high school, but never thought he’d go into business with her. “We didn’t see each other for years,” he says. “It started over a […]

Former Fitger’s Brewhouse owner and brewer start craft beer think tank






It seemed only a matter of time before former Fitger’s Brewhouse brewer Dave Hoops and former Fitger’s Brewhouse owner Tim Nelson jumped back into the beer industry. Today, the longtime business associates announced the launch of a craft beer think tank called Bev-Craft. The business will serve as an incubator and consulting firm to breweries, using a “four-pronged approach that encompasses development assistance, […]

Southern Florida’s craft beer scene heats up






The state of Florida has only recently adopted craft beer into its drinking culture. That’s largely due to Prohibition-era blue laws that make it difficult to open a craft brewery. As a result, the majority of craft breweries here are less than three years old. But what the state lacks in longevity, it makes up […]

Glass from the Past: Champagne Velvet






The Terre Haute Brewing Co. was founded in 1855 and grew to be one of the largest breweries in Indiana. In 1902, Terre Haute brewmaster Walter Braun created a lager called Champagne Velvet (CV) that quickly became the flagship beer of the company. While the beer helped the brewery spread its market and fame during […]

Homebrew Recipe: Ras Neckbeard Tropical Stout






When we 21st century beer folks think of summertime seasonals, we most likely envision something yellow and light-ish—Berliner weisse, pils, a wheat beer. But 19th century English brewers exporting their ales to the small latitudes didn’t necessarily think the same way. We’ve explored historical IPA in this column before, but the brewers supplying the far-flung […]

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Brewer Profile: Brian Schanzenbach of Blacklist Artisan Ales






The summer after freshman year of college, Brian Schanzenbach and Jon Loss built a raft and floated down the Mississippi River for five days. Their parents begged them not to do it, actually offering the two boys money in an attempt to talk them out of it. But the lifelong friends wouldn’t be swayed. They […]

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Resurrecting Yoerg—Minnesota’s first beer is back






A basement find at age 10 is still inspiring Tom Keim almost 50 years later. “I found a crusty case of returnables and it was the most beautiful thing,” he recalls. At 10 years old, the Yoerg beer that once filled the bottles didn’t interest him—it was the packaging and the colors. “I was fascinated […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakeville Brewing Co.






“My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and about a year ago my dream became to open a brewpub,” explains Glen Bruestle, one of four owners at Lakeville Brewing Company, set to open June 13. Bruestle and his wife Kate were looking for a building to house their restaurant plans, and ended up […]