Homegrown Hempen Ale Returns to Fitger’s Brewhouse

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The Homegrown Music Festival is returning to the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., April 26 – May 3 and along with it comes the return of Fitger’s Brewhouse’s “gateway beer,” Homegrown Hempen Ale. Described as a “full-bodied amber ale,” the beer is brewed with ground hemp seeds and carries an ABV of […]

Seattle Cider Company Entering Minnesota Market

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A new brand of hard cider from the Pacific Northwest will soon begin competing for the coveted spot of the apple 0f Minnesotans’ eyes–or pint glasses, as it were. Seattle Cider Company, which is based in its namesake city, touts its exclusive use of fresh-pressed Washington apples and the absence of concentrates and artificial flavors and colorings in […]

Pop-Up, Chef-Curated Spring Farmers’ Market Madness

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Anyone who’s lived in the Twin Cities for any amount of time knows that farmers’ markets around here are a big deal. Like, plan-your-week-around-the-market big deal. From the Mother of Markets under the I-394/94 overpass just outside downtown Minneapolis to smaller neighborhood markets, each gathering of growers and makers has its own special charm. One […]

Collaboration of Craft Cultures: The Beer Dabbler at the American Craft Council Show in Saint Paul

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The craft-culture movement could easily be mistaken as a new trend. In recent years, there has been no shortage of innovative men and women experimenting with ways to personalize and heighten every area of life, from food and beer to fashion and design. Trendy as it is, craft is nothing new. Nor is the celebration […]

Jim Morrison’s Sapsucker Farm and Yellow Belly Hard Cider

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For this farming couple, starting small led to success, one crop after another. One of Jim Morrison’s favorite memories from childhood involves apples. “I was sitting out in the woods one day,” he recalls, “and I remembered how when I was a kid my parents would occasionally bring home a one-gallon tub of fresh, unpasteurized […]

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The Book Dabbler: AWP 2015 Off-Site Events

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The Book Dabbler, here, keeping you up-to-date on all the beer-friendly off site readings for this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in the Twin Cities. Your favorite taprooms and beer bars will be full of literary people from all over the country. So make sure to get out and enjoy some ales […]

Sidhe Brewing Comes to St. Paul’s East Side

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Fate seems to have led Kathleen Culhane step by step through her life toward the grand opening of Sídhe Brewing in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood. She is a trained chemist who has worked in laboratories, built pilot ethanol plants, troubleshot mechanical systems, and managed quality control processes. Those experiences and her twenty-year homebrewing hobby have […]

Fulton Joins the Canning Party

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Minneapolis’ Fulton Brewing Company is adding a canning line to its Northeast Minneapolis brewery and will release its Sweet Child of Vine IPA and Lonely Blonde American Blonde Ale in four-packs of 16 oz. cans beginning in early May. Fulton is the latest Twin Cities brewery to begin canning its beers, following recent can-adopters Summit, Bent […]

Union Pizza & Brewing Is Now Open in Fergus Falls

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Fergus Falls, Minn. is showing everyone how community building works. A group of like-minded entrepreneurial families are transforming the town from a cluster of chain restaurants and big box stores to a group of family-owned businesses. One of the latest projects brought together the families Ben Schierer, Jake Krohn, and Matt Ecker. They combined skills […]

Schell’s Stag Series #9: Cave- and Barrel-Aged Lager

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When you’ve been in business for over 150 years, you’re going to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Or under your brewery. Like the caverns beneath the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm. The Civil War-era caves made lagering possible in the pre-refrigeration world. A century and a half later, the caves have given birth […]

4 Minnesota Creameries to Watch in 2015

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The cheese industry in Minnesota is like a good cheese curd. It’s squeaky and new, bursting with a spring-like freshness. Our local cheesemakers don’t have anywhere near the collective cache of those in Wisconsin. But a few plucky creameries and entrepreneurs are quickly making Minnesota cheese another worthy component of our state’s agricultural bounty. We […]

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Summit Brewing Company releasing Hopvale Organic Ale

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Trends may come and go, but session ales thankfully seem to be around for good. Summit Brewing Company is helping the cause with its release of Hopvale Organic Ale, a sessionable 4.7% ABV certified organic ale. The beer is the newest year-round offering from the St. Paul brewery recently ranked the 28th largest craft brewery in […]

Vine Park Celebrates 20 Years of Brew-Your-Own Beers

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Anybody can brew their own beer. From department store kits to all grain systems at homebrew supply centers, a range of products are out there for people to make their own beer at home. What those recipes tend to ignore, though, is the social side of brewing. Sure, homebrewers share their products with friends, but […]

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How to Properly Store Homebrewing Ingredients and Supplies [Infographic]

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Over the past few years, home brewing has become a popular hobby as beer lovers everywhere are trying their hands at creating their own signature brews; in fact, recent research estimates that there are 1.2 million home brewers in the United States, and that last year there saw a 24% year-over-year increase in sales of […]

The Nomad World Pub Turns 10

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The Nomad World Pub on Minneapolis’ West Bank has a special place in our hearts. Seldom does a place elicit such strong feelings of love and hate simultaneously. We love spending time there (but we often hate ourselves for it). From Stupor Bowl stops and annual St. Patty’s “Pee Parties,” Jug Band Competitions to mint juleps […]