PRESS RELEASE: Tin Whiskers to Release Lecky Scottish Ale at Taproom

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PRESS RELEASE: 01/29/2015 Tin Whiskers Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of the Lecky Scottish Ale available today, January 29, 2015, exclusively at their taproom. What’s with the name? Lecky is a Scottish slang for electricity, which keeps the consistency of the electrical engineer beer themes but adds a little European flavor to the mix. […]

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 […]

PRESS RELEASE: Bauhaus to debut new winter seasonal Über Düber Bock

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PRESS RELEASE: To kick off the New Year with a bang, Bauhaus Brew Labs announces the release of their second winter seasonal, the strangely awesome Über Düber. Loosely based on traditional German bock beer—but hopped up and super funky—it is a 7% malty, smooth ale with some unconventional oceanic hop additions for an incredibly unique, hoppy experience. […]

Winterfest Two-day Passes on Sale Now, Single Day Tickets on Sale Friday

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  Two-day ticket packs for Winterfest 2015, the Minnesota Brewers’ Guild’s annual winter celebration on Minnesota beer at St. Paul’s Union Depot, went on sale today at 12 p.m. Each pack is $135, plus a $12 service fee for online transactions, and includes admission for a single individual on both Winterfest days – February 27 and […]

The Year in Beer 2014

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Minnesota has seen significant growth in craft beer over the past 12 months, and all signs point to an equally impressive 2015. [Scroll down for our “Year in Beer” Timeline] By our count Minnesota currently has more than 75 breweries and brewpubs in operation. We now have more breweries in the state than we have […]

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 […]

Now Open: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery

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Now Open (or Damn Close) profiles Waconia’s next big thing: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery. Commuting out of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on a weeknight is a grueling odyssey of weaving through construction bottlenecks, lane closures, accidents, and full-on gridlock. But as you get further away from downtown towards Waconia, the traffic eases—as does […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wabasha Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) looks at St. Paul’s newest brewery: Wabasha Brewing. St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is steeped in Minnesota’s brewing tradition. It’s there that Anthony Yoerg moved Minnesota’s first commercial brewing company in 1871 where it stood until 1953. Martin Bruggeman followed suit in 1872 and moved Bruggeman’s Brewery to the West […]

Indeed Brewing Company Expands, New Beers and Expanded Distribution To Follow

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When Indeed Brewing Company opened their Northeast Minneapolis Brewery in 2012 they saved some space for more and bigger tanks with the hope of future expansion. Well, that original brewhouse is much more crowded these days and Indeed has again expanded their brewing capacity with the addition of a couple shiny new tanks and some new cellar space. […]

Bob DuVernois to step down as head brewer at Excelsior

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Excelsior Brewing announced in its Friday, October 31st newsletter that head brewer Bob DuVernois will be “hanging up his EBC spurs in the middle of November” to take some time off and determine what he’d like to pursue as his next adventure. Bob DuVernois has been an abiding figure in Minnesota’s brewing scene since his […]

Lift Bridge Expanding, Nearly Doubling Its Brewing Capacity

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Apparently Lift Bridge has been working on a relatively hush-hush expansion project since last winter. As the ambitious initiative to nearly double the brewery’s in-house production capacity approaches completion, the cat finally got out of the bag earlier this week. And the details are pretty impressive.   More beer = Bigger footprint Where to start? […]

Now Open or Damn Close, Fall 2014

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In this edition of Now Open (or Damn Close), we take a look at four very different breweries. Insight Brewing There’s Insight Brewing, the latest addition to Northeast Minneapolis’s burgeoning brewery scene. It’s a “globally inspired” establishment that blends styles from east Asia, northern Europe, North America and everywhere in between. Even in the Twin […]

Insight Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis

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Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing, describes the new 30 bbl brewery located on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis as globally inspired. A look at their beer list, which features beer styles originating from Japan, Denmark, the UK, and the US, confirms this on a surface level—but there is more behind the beer […]

Now Open: Eastlake Brewery at the Midtown Global Market

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg and Joseph Alton Ryan Pitman had driven past the Midtown Exchange Building on East Lake Street thousands of times over the last 13 years before it hit him—the Midtown Global Market is the perfect place for his dream taproom. The idea struck him with such force that he decided throw it […]