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Sunday Liquor Sales Fails to Pass Minnesota Senate; Growler Sales Approved

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The Minnesota Senate today passed the omnibus liquor bill, which includes the sale of growlers from breweries and brewpubs on Sundays, but an amendment aimed at allowing Sunday off-sale liquor sales from retail locations failed to pass by a vote of 28 to 35, according to a joint press release from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage […]

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 […]

New Beers—and More—at Target Field in 2015

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Baseball season is finally back, and with it comes the announcement of the Twins’ starting lineup for the home opener today—and Target Field’s 2015 lineup of local beers. First, let’s go over the seasoned players of the stadium’s locally-brewed options: Indeed (Dandy Lager, Day Tripper, Shenanigans) Summit (EPA, Hopvale, Maibock, Saga, other seasonals) Surly (Furious, […]

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 […]

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA

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Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA 4.7% ABV, 47 IBU Moar is mysteriously labeled as “Historical India Pale Ale.” What does that mean? In this case, a Scottish-style, medium-bodied, session pale ale that’s a change of pace from other IPAs. Initial flavors of spice and malt lead into bright fruits and a dry, bitter finish. […]

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA

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Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA 8.3% ABV, 101 IBU Summit has finally brewed a Double IPA, and it doesn’t disappoint! Beautiful aromas of citrus fruits and fresh-cut hay build anticipation. On the palate the intense hop flavors are an intriguing blend of citrus and earthy flavors. A sturdy backbone of UK […]

Bauhaus Über Düber Dopplebock

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Bauhaus Über Düber Dopplebock 7% ABV Das Ist Gut! This beer is a little unique and slightly mold-breaking just like the Bauhaus Brew Labs itself in Northeast Minneapolis. A little more aggressive than your run of the mill doppelbock, this beer is almost double in alcohol content pushing 7% ABV. The alcohol is detectable, but […]

Omaha Beer Fest VIP Package Giveaway

Enter to win the ultimate VIP package for the Omaha Beer Fest happening on June 5–6, 2015. The winner will be chosen on April 15th. Loading…

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner 5.2% ABV, 38 IBU The Nooner pours a pale yellow with citrusy and piney hops on the nose. Its light body and grassy notes are quickly followed by a hoppy finish. Thank goodness there are still breweries out there that are willing to get creative with classic German styles. […]

Louie the Loon: Deadline Danger Becomes Delight

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Stone Delicious IPA

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Stone Delicious IPA 7.7% ABV, 80 IBU It’s pretty hard to find gluten-free or nearly gluten-free beer that is still quite tasty. Thankfully, Stone has created a nice, lemony IPA that fits the bill. A great pale amber color, you can hardly tell that this beer is lacking a quintessential brewing component. Try it with […]

Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA

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Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA 6.8% ABV, 90 IBU It’s a shame we had to wait an entire year for the re-release of this IPA, but the wait is over! This beer is brewed with a combination of calypso, mosaic and el dorado hops, which lends to a myriad of aromas from tropical fruit […]

New Belgium Brewing Cocoa Mole Spiced Chocolate Porter

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New Belgium Brewing Cocoa Mole Spiced Chocolate Porter 9.0% ABV, 20 IBU Forget sugar – chocolate and spice make everything nice! Cocoa Molé has a harmonious blend of Vietnamese cinnamon, sweet cocoa, chipotle, guajillo and ancho chili peppers, with a touch of allspice that combines for a complex and decadent porter. Right from the start, […]

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale

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Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale 4.3% ABV After 93-years since Joseph Wolf last brewed in Stillwater, his granddaughters began reviving his legacy with three flagship beers, including this sour wheat Berlin-style weisse. This straw-colored ale has aromas of tart lemons. The taste is slightly sour with a bubbly champagne mouthfeel that […]

Schell’s Dawn of Aurora

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Schell’s Dawn of Aurora 8% ABV, 5 IBU Schell’s is on a beautiful track. With the Noble Star Collection, they have shown that they can still surprise us and Dawn of Aurora is no exception. This Berliner weisse has been carefully crafted to provide a light, slightly tart experience laden with notes of sweet fruits. […]