Bent Paddle Celebrates Two Years with ‘Festiversary’ Party May 30

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When Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. opened in 2013 they expected growth, just not at this level. “We’ve blown our seven-year business plan out of the water,” says Laura Mullen, one of the business’ four owners. Set to celebrate their second anniversary with a May 30 “Festiversary” party, the brewery is already testing the limits […]

Now Open: Lupulin Brewing

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg On May 10, many eager Minnesotans with boats in tow will find themselves in Big Lake, parked in bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Highway 10 on their way north for fishing opener. On May 15, they’ll find themselves in lined up in Big Lake for another opener—Lupulin Brewing’s grand opening. Founded by […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Grand Rounds Brewpub

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Photos by Louis Garcia For over 100 years, medical doctors across the world have participated in a time-honored educational tradition: grand rounds. The weekly meeting of medical professionals and students is a discussion of new diseases, methods of diagnoses, and the latest medical science for treatment. It’s a meeting of the minds that former Mayo […]

Summit Celebrates Completion of Expansion Project

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On Friday, craft beer pioneers Summit Brewing Company celebrated the official completion of a multi-year expansion project that includes space for its canning line, administrative and sales offices, and an industry training room for wholesaler and retail partners. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to help with the ribbon cutting and spoke about how much […]

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 […]

Hayes’ Public House Expanding

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Less than two years after becoming Buffalo, Minnesota’s, first-ever brewery, Hayes’ Public House is making news again: Their beloved brews will soon be available on tap at a handful area establishments. Hayes’ Public House opened in November 2013 as the low-key, three-barrel system-equipped Irish-pub dream of Pugs Hayes: welder, brewer, business-degree holder, and former mentee […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Goat Ridge Brewing in New London, Minn.

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Josh Reed and his wife decided to move back home from the West Coast. Their plan to set down roots in rural Minnesota became literal in 2010, when Josh established a hop farm with 200 rhizomes on his wife’s homestead. The farm is set on a glacial ridge they nicknamed Goat Ridge, and his hops […]

Tin Whiskers Announces Third Member of Year-Round Bomber Lineup

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St. Paul’s Tin Whiskers Brewing Company announced the third member of its year-round lineup of 22 oz. bombers last week. Wheatstone Bridge American Wheat will be available in stores alongside Short Circuit Stout and Flip-Switch IPA starting April 7. According to the brewery, Wheatstone Bridge combines American Pale malt, White Wheat malt and Glacier hops […]

Door County Brewing brings northern Wisconsin to Minnesota

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Every summer, people from across the Midwest flock to Door County, Wisc., the finger-like peninsula extending north of Green Bay, to escape the city and take in beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Starting this April, Minnesotans can get a taste of the iconic tourist destination in the form of kegs and six-packs of craft beer. On March […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries

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The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, released its annual ranking of the top 50 craft and overall breweries in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Minnesota breweries August Schell Brewing Company and Summit Brewing Company made the craft list at numbers 27 and 28, respectively, and three […]

Bent Brewstillery releasing Ol’ Guerrero Barrel Aged Chilean Double Stout

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Bent Brewstillery’s El Guerrero Chilean Double Stout is growing “older, wiser” after a restful stint in oak barrels. The newly reborn Ol’ Guerrero Barrel Aged Chilean Double Stout will be released on April 10 in the Bent Brewstillery taproom from 2:30–11pm (no cover). According to the Bent Brewstillery website, the barrel aging process “balances the complexity […]