Homebrew Recipe: La Granja Agave Azacca Saison

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Agave tequilana is the plant responsible for pulque and tequila. It’s also an adjunct sugar source for this month’s recipe. In the interest of adjective-laden beer styles we’re going to undertake a non-traditional farmhouse ale populated by blue agave nectar, new school hops, and a mixed-culture fermentation. We’ll need a few things to breathe life […]

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Style Profile: Foreign Extra Stout

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Eyes closed, you lie in the sun listening to the waves lapping at the beach. Warm sand cradles you in form-fitting softness. The air is steamy, but a gentle breeze makes it bearable. The quiet buzz of other beachcombers lulls you into a hazy half sleep. Then, a voice startles you back to wakefulness. “Holy […]

Brewer profile: Kristen England of Bent Brewstillery

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Located in a nondescript Roseville warehouse that’s more cinder-block drab than exposed-brick chic, Bent Brewstillery plays by its own rules. The brewery–distillery blends bare-bones warehouse vibes with shiny chrome and dark wood details, calling to mind California taprooms that care more about their product than they do ambiance. The place’s vibe is unassuming yet meticulous, […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Forager Brewing Company

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If you’re a landowner in southeast Minnesota, you may soon be getting a knock on your door from Austin Jevne. The head brewer at Rochester, Minnesota’s, soon-to-open brewpub, Forager Brewing Company, has a passion for incorporating wild, foraged ingredients in his beer. “I enjoy it because it brings the forest to a bottle,” Jevne says. […]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Kansas City

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I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come It may well be possible to visit Kansas City, Missouri, without making a special trip to the corner of 18th Street and Vine, a historic cradle of American jazz, but for me it was not. So, after the beer tasting and dinner I hosted at […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Rhombus Guys Brewing Company

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From the start, Matt Winjum and Arron Hendricks have seen the world from a slightly different angle. In the early 2000s, when conventional wisdom said a college degree was necessary to get a job, the 18-year-old college freshmen decided to create their own employment. Their idea was a mobile smoothie stand to bring to summertime […]

Now Open: F-Town Brewing

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Located just off of Central Avenue in historic downtown Faribault, Minnesota, Chris Voegele, Travis Temke, and Noah Strouth opened the doors to the town’s first modern brewery, F-Town Brewing, last month. “The community is really excited about it,” says Temke, the company’s business and marketing manager. F-Town Brewing is the first […]

Bryn Mawr Brewing Co. signs lease for historic Minneapolis location

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Bryn Mawr Brewing Company announced today it has signed a 10-year lease in the @Glenwood development at 225 Thomas Avenue North in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. The location was home to the Glenwood Inglewood Water Company and the Fruen Mill throughout the late 19th and much of the 20th century, but has sat vacant for many […]

In Cahoots with Mikey and Niko: Episode Two – The Brew Day

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Fulton + Fair State collaboration beer July 8, 11:30am, Fair State Brewing Cooperative A pallet of white-and-red bags sits in the sun outside the back entrance to Fair State Brewing Cooperative. Filled with 50 pounds each of German malts—pale wheat and Bohemian pilsner—the bags indicate one thing: Brew day has […]

Then and now: Uncovering Duluth’s storied Peoples Brewing Co.

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Peoples Brewing Company of Duluth was ahead of its time. Founded on socialist principles in 1907 by Martin Smith, F.G. Sandstedt, and Michael J. Gleeson, the brewery stood up to big beer long before it was hip to do so. At that time, Duluth had two other breweries, Fitger’s Brewery (unaffiliated with Fitger’s Brewhouse) and […]

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A brew fest for brewers… and we’re all invited

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There’s something special about the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival Master Brewer Dave Hoops has been to more than his fair share of beer festivals in his 20-plus years of brewing at Fitger’s Brewhouse. He doesn’t hesitate to speak honestly about what it can be like for the people on his side of the jockey […]

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American Homebrewers Association Rally is Sunday at Surly

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The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is hosting a rally this Sunday, July 19, from 2–7pm at Surly Brewing Company, and several attendees will walk away with five gallons of Surly wort to ferment and experiment with at home. AHA rallies are meant to give AHA members an inside look at local breweries and provide homebrew and beer […]

New Bent Paddle Lollygagger Pale Ale Aims to Build Bike Trails

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Every can of Bent Paddle beer includes a reminder for drinkers to “Paddle Responsibly.” For its newest beer, however, the popular tagline is being updated to read “Pedal Responsibly” in promotion of a different outdoor activity—biking. Bent Paddle is partnering with Duluth-based outdoor furniture company Loll Designs to create Lollygagger Pale Ale, a West-coast style pale ale […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Foxhole Brewhouse

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Ryan Fuchs didn’t set out to become the head brewer at his own brewery—at least not initially. His story and that of Foxhole Brewhouse, which is set to open in mid- to late-August in Willmar, Minnesota, first took root in the same fertile ground that has birthed countless startups and small businesses: his garage. Or, […]

Style Profile: Kölsch

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Germany is mostly thought of as a land of lagers. The brewing of cold-conditioned, bottom-fermented beers is thought to have originated in Bavaria some four to five hundred years ago. Fermentation in cool caves hindered the growth of beer-spoiling bacteria and stimulated cellular mutations in yeast that yielded strains well suited to colder climes. Through […]