Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Weisse

This month, citizens, we’re going to revisit our kettle-souring regimen for a beer inspired by Florida weisse—a riff on Berliner weisse that nontraditionally incorporates fruit (specifically local/tropical types like guava, passionfruit, and dragon fruit) right in the fermentation, rather than added as a syrup in the glass when served. Making use of our local malts, […]

The State of Sours: An update on Minnesota’s funkiest beers

Minnesota brewers are becoming fixated on mixed-fermentation [Editor’s Note: This post will continue to be updated with more news on sours made by Minnesota’s breweries] A whole new segment of Minnesota beer has turned sour. Or maybe not sour—that makes it sound like a mistake. These beers are intentionally tart and astringent, funky and wild. “Sour beer” is […]

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First Taste: Schell’s Apparent Horizon Rye Berliner Weisse

Schell’s Brewery is set to release Apparent Horizon, the newest entry in the their ongoing Noble Star series, which explores different variations of the traditional Berliner weisse style. The American craft beer scene has become entranced by sour beers, Berliner weisse chief among them. In Germany, however, Berliner weisse is nearly extinct—a remarkable decline from 700 breweries making the style at the height of its popularity in […]

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale

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

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. […]

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth. Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to […]

Schell’s Noble Star #4: Black Forest Cherry

The fourth interpretation in Schell’s Berliner weisse series has landed. If you’re not yet in the mood for changing leaves and sweater weather, you will be now. The malty base beer for Schell’s Black Forest Cherry was aged for a full year in large cypress lagering tanks. Then came the addition of a couple tons […]

Schell’s Noble Star Series Grows Bigger and Brighter

By Brian Kaufenberg Great news for fans of August Schell Brewing Company’s Noble Star Collection. The brewery just finished revamping their second vintage cypress tank from 1936, meaning more bottles will be hitting shelves for future Noble Star releases. For those who are unfamiliar with the Noble Star Collection, August Schell has released two different […]

August Schell Brewing Co. Releases “Star of the North”

STAR OF THE NORTH will be available early NEXT WEEK in the Twin Cities metro area (Week of 7/15) The Star of the North, the first entry in Schell’s Noble Star Collection of Berlin-style wheat beers, has been crafted using a very rare, revived cypress fermentation tank. Schell’s restored the cypress tank, which was purchased […]

Berliner Weisse: Word to Your Mother

Apparently, this Homebrew Recipe appeals to moms everywhere. By Michael Dawson Illustration by Phil Juliano True story: my mom doesn’t like beer…except for Berliner Weisse. That’s the sole exception. When my dad and I would homebrew, she would have to leave the house because of the smell. She wouldn’t try any of our concoctions or, for […]

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