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

Tin Whiskers Lecky Scottish Ale

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. […]

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

Bauhaus Uber Duber Hoppy Bock

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. […]

Du Nord Opens Twin Cities’ First Cocktail Room Jan. 9

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While many of the major legal issues for beer fell flat in the 2014 legislative session, Minnesota’s craft distillers celebrated a change to the law allowing micro-distilleries to sell craft cocktails at a distillery “cocktail room,” similar to a brewery taproom. On January 9, 2015, Du Nord Craft Spirits will open the doors to the first licensed cocktail room in the Twin […]

PRESS RELEASE: Long Trail Brewing Co. and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Find Amicable Resolution to Trademark Action


DULUTH, MINN. – DECEMBER 11, 2014 – Long Trail Brewing (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont) –and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (Duluth, Minnesota) are pleased to announce to their collective beer fans that the disagreement over trademark use raised in late August has been amicably resolved. Bent Paddle introduced a hiker logo on its recent series of seasonal brand offerings […]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014


We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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Castle Danger Danger American Strong Ale

Danger Ale

  Castle Danger Danger American Strong Ale 6.5% ABV Just up the shore from Duluth, Castle Danger has delivered a subtle, yet intriguing flagship into the market. Danger Ale’s warning is that it is a decidedly drinkable 6.5% ABV. Amber in color, the nose keys in on the malt with a hint of raisin character […]

Brouwerij Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout

Buffalo Belgian Stout

Brouwerij Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout 9.0% ABV Calling all chocolate and stout lovers, this beer is for you. Buffalo Belgian Stout pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan, creamy head. This beer is packed with chocolate and roasted coffee malt flavors. Belgian beers are known for their yeast characteristics and this beer […]

Bent Brewstillery Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Fatha Imperial


Bent Brewstillery Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Fatha Imperial Stout 9.3% ABV The new seasonal version of Dark Fatha, this beer received a year’s worth of aging in a combination of rye and bourbon barrels, adding a unique signature to the roasted malt flavors. The aromas of pecan and vanilla twirl with flavor notes of dark roasted […]

Avery Brewing IPA

Avery IPA

Avery Brewing IPA 6.5% ABV After a long hiatus, well-regarded Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO, returned to the Twin Cities market this fall. Revisiting a quality brewery like Avery starts with the new benchmark of hop handling, the India Pale Ale. Avery’s doesn’t disappoint with earthy hop aromas leading to layered hop flavors of pine […]

Fargo Brewing Wood Chipper IPA

Wood Chipper

  Fargo Brewing Wood Chipper IPA 6.7% ABV The classic American IPA is full of citrus and piney hops, dry hopped to give even more aroma. Orange marmalade on the sip with a lightly bitter finish, this is super smooth and somehow easier to drink than a lot of smaller IPAs. The name and red […]

Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB

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Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB 5.6% ABV Nestled in Northeast Minneapolis in a brand spankin’ new facility, Northgate Brewing’s mission is to focus on session beers and British styles. Parapet ESB delivered on both promises, as this is a nicely hopped ESB for IPA drinkers. Aromas of spicy hops, citrus, and a hint of coriander give […]

Lucid Brewing Goslar

Lucid Goslar Gose

Lucid Brewing Goslar 4.5% ABV The name “Goslar” comes from the city in Germany where this ancient style was carefully created. It is a traditional Gose (pronounced ‘goes-uh’) style beer, which is an excellent and flavorful session beer. Goslar pours a bright golden color with a one-inch tuft of foam. Serve this one in a […]

B Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer

Zombie Killer

B Nektar Meadery Zombie Killer 6% ABV Founded in 2006 by a homebrewer in Indiana, this family-run meadery makes some of the most award-winning mead in the country. One word sums this one up—amazing! But, since one word reviews are not allowed… This is a honey wine style mead with a soft carbonation and color […]

Lake Monster Brewing Calhoun Claw Pilsener

Calhoun Claw

Lake Monster Brewing Calhoun Claw Pilsener 5.4% ABV, 40 IBU Minnesota weather can be very unforgiving, but a tasty pilsener is an absolute mainstay. Its golden hue and bright body invite you with a warm welcome. On the nose, it smells clean with a slight doughy bread aroma. There is a pleasant bitterness on the […]

Lazy Loon Brewing Lazy Loon Lager

Lazy Loon Lager

Lazy Loon Brewing Lazy Loon Lager Unlisted ABV A Southwest suburbs exclusive! Brewed and canned in beautiful Victoria, Minnesota, Lazy Loon is a ‘true to style’ nanobrewery. This gem pours a light amber color and has aromas of caramel malts. A well-balanced lager best served cold (40–45°F) in a pint glass. We recommend you enjoy […]