The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same […]

Bent Paddle releasing limited black IPA in honor of Climate Generation’s tenth anniversary

Bent Paddle Brewing announced today the release of a special collaboration beer, brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. The beer, Climate Generation Black IPA, will be available in 750ml bottles at select liquor stores as well as on tap at the brewery, local bars and restaurants, and at Climate […]

Spilled Grain Brewhouse wants you to get ‘Outside the Loop’

Before Indeed, before Surly, before Summit’s Mark Stutrud was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, back when August Schell himself was alive and in his heyday, nearly every town in pre-Prohibition Minnesota had its own brewery. And now in the days of the craft beer boom that history is repeating itself. More than 115 […]

Malt Smoking with Handsome Hog and Tin Whiskers

They started smoking early on a Monday morning. In the parking lot behind the Rossmor Building, which houses Tin Whiskers Brewing, Joseph Pirri and Justin Sutherland from Handsome Hog, and Tin Whiskers brewer Derek Brown, watched over a gigantic smoker, set to 175 degrees. “Just hot enough to smoke,” Brown said, “not hot enough to roast.” Inside […]

Sweet taste of rivalry: Day Block & Lucette brew ‘stadium series’ beer for Vikings-Packers game

Teddy or not, Vikings fans are prepping for the season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, and so is one local brewpub. Day Block Brewing, just minutes away from the new stadium, has something extra special on tap to stoke the rivalry between all the Vikings and Packers fans that will undoubtedly […]

Sponsored: Saving Minnesota’s pollinators one pint at a time

By the Minnesota Zoo Editor’s note: This content was sponsored by the Minnesota Zoo. Minnesota’s prairie butterflies and other pollinators are vanishing along with most of their habitat. The Dakota skipper, a small beautiful prairie butterfly, is on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss. Today, only about 1% of historic tallgrass prairie remains, and what […]

A letter from Beer Camp: Jace Marti of Schell’s on leading Midwest collab brew

For participating breweries, Beer Camp may not be a week of s’mores and campfires, but the memories made—and lessons learned—will last well beyond their days spent brewing at Sierra Nevada. This year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixes up the format from previous years. Before, 12 beers from 12 different brewers were featured. This year, Beer […]

Sponsored: Peaks meet prairies in new Odell and Lift Bridge collaboration beer

By Dan Parker, Craft Beer and Culinary Specialist at Original Gravity Editor’s note: This content was sponsored by Original Gravity Collaboration beers. It seems like everybody’s got one… or twelve. But many of them are little more than advertising opportunities—a way for a brewery to reach markets otherwise unexposed to its brand. A true collaborative effort, however, […]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed

Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. […]

Travail chef takes the reins of a restaurant and brewery

Spotlight IPA. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s because you haven’t been to F-Town Brewing Company or one of Travail’s restaurants lately—or maybe ever. The refreshing session ale is a collaboration effort between Andy Goettsch, chef at Travail Kitchen and Amusements, and F-Town Brewing Company of Faribault, Minnesota. These two establishments have combined for […]

Badger Hill and Valleyfair team up to make special 40th anniversary beer

Valleyfair Amusement Park is turning 40 this year. To celebrate, they reached out to their Shakopee neighbor Badger Hill Brewing to create an exclusive beer to mark the occasion. High Roller Extra Park Ale will be released Friday, May 13, and will be available at Atomic Beer, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and Depot Refreshments inside Valleyfair, as well […]

PHOTOS: New Belgium visits Indeed to brew Strawberry Fields Ale

Last Friday it was Indeed’s turn to host New Belgium in the ongoing collaboration between the two breweries. The beer of the day? Strawberry Fields Ale, a kettle-soured fruit beer that utilizes New Belgium’s house lactobacillus strain. Expect the beer to pour a hazy red with aromas of tart strawberries and citrus, a light mouthfeel, and noticeable […]

Fair State Brewing Coop & Bauhaus to release collaboration beer

Niko Tonks, the head brewer over at Fair State, has been looking to collaborate with Matt Schwandt and the Bauhaus crew for over a year. “It’s not hard to find people to collaborate, it’s hard to find the time to do it” says Tonks. Schwandt mirrored his desire to team up with Niko and the team at […]

The story behind Indeed and New Belgium’s recent collaboration beers

Indeed Brewing Company head brewer Josh Bischoff remembers when a trip to Colorado wasn’t complete without smuggling back a trunk full of Fat Tire. Before 2007, when New Belgium Brewing Company began distributing to the Minnesota, that was the norm for New Belgium devotees. Fast-forward nine years. Now, not only can Bischoff get his Fat […]

Photos: New Belgium and Indeed brew honey wheat wine collaboration beer

“Beers with Vrienden” (Flemish for “friends”) is New Belgium’s draft-only collaboration series with other breweries from around the country. Late last month, representatives from Minneapolis’ Indeed Brewing traveled to New Belgium headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado, to brew Come Together, a 9.0% ABV and 40 IBU honey wheat wine brewed wildflower honey, strawberry-scented Belma hops, […]