Craft Distillery Bottle Sales Start Friday in Minnesota

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The rise of craft breweries and cideries in Minnesota has coincided with a renaissance of craft distilleries throughout the state. There are 14 microdistilleries currently in operation (or soon to be). But unlike taprooms, which can sell their beer directly to customers in growlers, distilleries were unable to sell bottles of their liquor on site. Until […]

Clarity in Thinking: Lucid Brewing on Growth and American Sky Acquisition

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Opening a brewery isn’t easy. Between the up-front capital needed to purchase equipment and learning the ropes as you go, just like any startup business there’s a lot of uncertainty and risk involved, which is why Lucid Brewing Company’s alternating proprietorship model seems to make sense: why go it alone when you can throw in […]

Four Firkins Closing Both Locations

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Specialty craft beer store The Four Firkins, which has been in business in the Twin Cities since 2008, announced Tuesday it is closing both its St. Louis Park and Oakdale stores. “Due to increased competition from big-box retailers and grocery stores, as well as other factors (highway closures, Sunday sales laws), we are unable to […]

Indeed Brewing Rolls Out New Can Designs

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Indeed Brewing Company unveiled updated packaging for its three flagship beers, Day Tripper Pale Ale, Midnight Ryder Black IPA, and Dandy Lager, the newest beer to be officially given the “flagship” title from the Northeast Minneapolis brewery. The designs for the cans still feature artist Chuck U’s distinctive artwork, with the character or creature tied […]

Your Guide to Sunday Growler Sales in Minneapolis

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Following passage at the state level and subsequent approval by the Minneapolis City Council, Sunday growler sales will be legal in Minneapolis starting this Sunday, June 14. Below is a listing of Minneapolis breweries and brewpubs that will be selling growlers on Sundays and their hours. In terms of special offers to mark the occasion […]

PHOTOS: Grand Old Beer Bash & Bazaar

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Photos by Aaron Davidson On Sunday, June 7, the Grand Old Beer Bash and Bazaar took St. Paul’s Grand Old Day by storm. With craft beer from some of Minnesota’s finest breweries, a soundtrack provided by DJs from 89.3 The Current, (replica) works of art from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, human foosball from Can Can […]

Breckenridge Doubles Capacity, Opens New Restaurant

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Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery reaches 35 states and produced 64,000 barrels of beer last year, which puts it at number 50 by sales volume on the Brewers Association’s ranking of U.S. craft breweries. Yet while those numbers are impressive, they put some restraints on Breckenridge’s ability to be creative. Last year the brewery was at max […]

Craft Beer Love, U.S. Senate Style

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A resolution celebrating craft brewers and American Craft Beer Week passes the U.S. Senate with unanimous support It’s not often that we hear of a resolution getting passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. To get such support, the item in question would have to be universally accepted, respected, appreciated, and enjoyed. So perhaps it shouldn’t […]

June 2015 Beer Events

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A look at our favorite beer-related events in Minnesota during June 2015. Featured Event The Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride June 26, 5:30–9:30pm • Loring Park, Minneapolis • $40 Advance, $50 day of (if available) The Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride is back for its fourth year and is bigger and better than ever. Eats from 30+ food trucks […]

June 2015 Arts and Culture Events

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A look at our favorite arts and culture events happening in Minnesota during June 2015. Featured Event Twin Cities Jazz Festival June 25–27 • Lowertown St. Paul • Free The Twin Cities Jazz Festival will hold its 17th annual event in and around Mears Park in downtown St. Paul’s historic Lowertown neighborhood. Recognized as one of the largest […]

Midwest Craft Brewers Conference to Feature Keynotes from Lagunitas, Toppling Goliath Founders

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What do Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have in common? They’re all invited to participate in the first annual Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, to be held August 6–7 at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Beer and America’s breadbasket have long gone hand in hand. Some of the […]

Minneapolis Cider Week is June 1–6

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By the numbers, hard cider is the fastest-growing segment of the United States’ beer market. Seeing more than 70 percent growth each of the past two years and a market share that has grown fivefold in the past three years, hard cider is in the midst of a full-blown renaissance. Minneapolis Cider Week, an annual celebration of all things hard cider, […]

The 7 Most Annoying Things Beer Snobs Say

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The crazy rise in the popularity of beer has brought with it an increase of beer snobbery. It’s not a new phenomenon. Beer snobs have been there all along. But as more and more people get caught up in the frenzy, the level of puffery has definitely inflated. In part it’s just a numbers game. […]

Brewer Profile: Bent Paddle’s Colin Mullen and Bryon Tonnis

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It’s 10am on a Friday and the aroma of brewing coffee is mingling with the sweet, hay-like smell of spent grain. Bryon Tonnis and Colin Mullen, co-founders and co-owners of Bent Paddle Brewing Company, in Duluth, Minnesota, stand by the coffee maker, mugs in hand, ready for a jolt of caffeine to shake off the […]

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Old Chicago’s Explorer Series Comes to St. Paul

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Summit and Old Chicago team up to create Cracking Wit, a Belgian witbier perfect for patio season Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is known mostly for the pizza part of their name. But the restaurant chain is all about the beer—and always has been. Since opening in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, Old Chicago has stocked […]