First Avenue at 45

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A look at the club’s path to greatness and dedication to history First Avenue is one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis, if not the state. It frequently appears in tourism ads, citywide shots from Target Field, and press coverage of their 1,000-plus shows each year. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, it seems that […]

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Fulton, Bachelor Farmer collaboration beer to be released Saturday

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Lodestar Ale, Fulton Brewing Company’s latest limited-edition beer and its first collaboration with a non-brewery, will be released this Saturday at Kraftskiva!—the annual summer block party hosted by The Bachelor Farmer, Askov Finlayson, and Marvel Bar. The Kölsch-style rye ale is named after a 14th century English term for the North Star and was developed in partnership […]

Summit announces Unchained Series Batch 19 – Make It So

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Summit is boldly going where no brewery has gone before. Summit Brewing Company announced the release of the 19th installment in its Unchained Series, Make It So, an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) brewed with Earl Grey tea. The limited release beer will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans beginning the first […]

All Pints North 2015 Recap

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Four years since first appearing on the Minnesota beer festival scene, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s All Pints North Summer Brew Fest has grown from the most laid-back and relaxing beer fest in the state to an almost required pilgrimage for local brewers and beer fans. Like in years past, the 2015 All Pints North […]

UPDATE: Artisan Beer Company will distribute Toppling Goliath starting next month

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Starting in late August, Minnesotans will no longer have to cross a state line to buy Toppling Goliath beer. The Decorah, Iowa, brewery will officially announce today it is partnering with Johnson Brothers’ Artisan Beer Company to expand its distribution into Minnesota and take over distribution in Iowa. “Johnson Brothers is one of the best […]

Minnesota breweries take home hardware from 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

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Two Minnesota breweries took home awards at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held recently in Oxford, Ohio, at which nearly 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles went up against one another in blind taste tests scored by judges from the U.S., Canada, and England. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company won (another) gold medal […]

Duluth Homebrew Supply opens in Fitger’s complex

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Duluth homebrewers, start your engines! Duluth Homebrew Supply opened its doors July 16 in the Fitger’s complex. Owners and siblings Katie Hagglund and Kelly Katoski opened the store with hopes of bringing to life a vision of people gathering around a shared passion. “We started Duluth Homebrew Supply not just because we love to make great beer,” […]

2015 GABF expansion announced

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The big one is getting bigger. The 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will take place September 24–26 in Denver, Colorado, and the Brewers Association announced yesterday that this year’s tasting hall will expand by 90,000 square feet to accommodate the expected 60,000 attendees and 800 breweries (2014 attendance was around 49,000 with closer to […]

Book Dabbler: Violent Nature in The Dig

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When I opened the bottle of Badger Hill’s High Road Everyday Ale and passed it to my dad, neither of us expected it to fizz up and foam over. The beer flowed over my outstretched hand and spilled onto the floor. Dad stayed dry in his recliner, fortunately, but the dog, Gus, ran for the […]

In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft (Beer)

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10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in […]

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 […]

Sunday Growler Sales in St. Paul to Begin July 5

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This weekend marks the 239th year since the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain and the first time since Prohibition people will be able to buy beer on Sunday in Minnesota’s capital city. If that’s not cause for celebration, we don’t know what is. Cities across the state are updating their ordinances to allow […]

Minnesota United FC Looks to St. Paul for Stadium Location

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The battle to build a soccer specific stadium for Minnesota United FC’s MLS promotion is opening up a new, familiar front: Saint Paul. In March, Major League Soccer announced their intention to grant the Loons (Minnesota United’s nickname) an expansion franchise, contingent on a deal to build a downtown Minneapolis soccer stadium. The site targeted […]

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 […]