Brewing Beyond Borders: Barley John’s New Brewery Takes Shape

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With “craft beer” becoming a household phrase, it’s not just start-ups enjoying the increased awareness. Summit recently upgraded their facilities, Surly opened their regarded destination brewery, and Lift Bridge continues to expand. Joining in that club of veterans taking their beers to a new level is Barley John’s—albeit in a different fashion. With capacity maximized […]

Can Do: 612Brew Powers Up Its New Canning Line

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Having just turned two years old, 612Brew is celebrating more than just an anniversary. On Feb. 16 the brewery is rolling out a new lineup of canned beer, extending the brewery’s influence well beyond the walls of their popular taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. “It took us a while to roll out the cans because we spent our […]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Survival Guide 2015

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The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2015 is fast approaching. We hope to see you there this Saturday (3:30pm to 7:30pm (gates at 3pm)) at the Minnesota State Fairground’s Mighty Midway & the newly added heated Warner Coliseum. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you can still do so here. But you better act quick. This event […]

Dangerous Man Launching Barrel Aging Program, Releasing 4 New Beers

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Photos by Aaron Davidson “There’s something about barrels that is just so romantic,” doted Dangerous Man’s ‘creative director and list maker’ Sarah Bonvallet as she reminisced about the excitement her partner Rob Miller and the rest of the Dangerous Man brewers exuded about the next chapter for one of NE Minneapolis’ favorite breweries. “I feel like [a barrel […]

Homebrew Recipe: Sudkreuz Pils

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  If it’s winter in Minnesota—and at the time of this writing, citizens, it most assuredly is—then for many of us homebrewers it is lager season. Lager, as regular readers probably know, is one of the great families of beer, characterized in the brewery by slow, cold fermentation. The agent of fermentation is lager yeast, […]

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Drink This Now! Schell’s Dawn of Aurora

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While the latest beer in Schell’s Noble Star Collection sat aging in a cypress tank, Schell’s Brewery released three beers, announced their plans to expand the sour program by building a brand new brewing facility, and purchased the iconic Grain Belt sign in Minneapolis preserving the legacy of the historic brand brewed in New Ulm. So much was happening […]

Destination Surly: From Groundbreaking to Grand Opening

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Photos by Aaron Davidson It seems just a short year ago when Omar Ansari accepted the golden shovel from his father Naseem Ansari and plunged it into the vacant dirt lot that’s now home to one of Minnesota’s most ambitious craft brewery projects. The ceremonial groundbreaking launched a year-long marathon of construction that brought Ansari’s vision for […]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014

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We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Motorboat Oatmeal Extra Stout

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Do you have a personal end-of-autumn ritual? One of my seasonal markers is a fall trip to fly fish for steelhead with some old friends. Solitude, no cell reception, deep woods, the loud sound of flowing water, wolves and eagles, aurora at night, nostrils full of the hoppy tang of balsam sap. After I return […]

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3 Lowertown Developments to Watch in 2015

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Intrigued by Lowertown’s renaissance? Here are three big developments to watch in 2015. 1. Custom House • 180 E. Kellogg Blvd The former Eugene McCarthy Post Office distributed the bulk of St. Paul’s mail for nearly 80 years. Now, the Union Depot-adjacent building is set to feature 202 luxury apartments, a 150-room hotel and space for […]

Starting New with Todd Haug of Surly Brewing Company

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A lot has changed for Todd Haug and Surly Brewing over the years. Now Haug and Surly are starting new with the Destination Brewery in Minneapolis. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Todd Haug Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Works at: Surly Brewing Co., 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 and 520 Malcolm Ave. […]

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Serial Drinking: The Journey, or the Destination?

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint “I just reached an important milestone!” exclaimed my friend as I entered the room. Her enthusiasm made me ask the question. “Wow. What milestone?” “I just passed 1,000 unique beers on Untappd.” Really? I thought, as I offered my congratulations. Getting married, graduating college, a major career advancement, having […]

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Chasing the Beer Scene in Eastern Wisconsin

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Eastern Wisconsin is a land of opportunity for the beer traveler. Exploring this region can make for a memorable long weekend or even inspire multiple return visits to experience the seasonal brews throughout the year. There are incredible vistas, winding ‘coastal’ roads, historic towns, and some of the most distinctive local cuisine including unforgettable Wisconsin […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Take 16 Brewing

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Is Luverne big enough for Take 16 Brewing? Its owners sure hope so. In the small farming town of Luverne, Minnesota, a group of friends got together everyday for coffee at a local hangout to talk about life, work, and the community, until in July 2012 the conversation turned to beer. “Why doesn’t Luverne have […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Montgomery Brewing

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Montgomery Brewing has a rare combination of hometown charm and historic cachet. When you have access to a 130-year-old defunct brewery building, there’s only one thing to do—start brewing in it. That’s exactly what Charles Dorsey and AJ Newton did these past years when they drove from the Twin Cities to Montgomery, Minnesota, to homebrew […]