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 […]

Taking center stage: The beer revival in middle Minnesota

Breweries in the heart of Minnesota are popping up faster than holiday décor in big-box stores, but do they have what it takes to make it long-term? You probably have a mental image of what an outstate Minnesota beer drinker looks like. It’s a guy. He’s middle-aged, a little paunchy, wearing a jacket with his […]

Drink like it’s morning: tea-infused beer gaining popularity

Move over, coffee stout, there’s a new kind of breakfast brew in town: tea-infused beer. While beer made with tea may not currently line store shelves, Summit Brewing Company’s latest Unchained Series release, Make It So, is another strong example of a growing national trend. An extra special bitter infused with Earl Grey tea, Make […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lupine Brewing

It’s only fitting that a brewery, whose name relates to wolves, should find a home in the heart of “Big Woods” country in Delano, Minnesota. Lupine Brewing was started by Hanover, Minnesota, resident James Anderle, his childhood neighbor Eric Sergeant, and his current neighbor Mike Dumas. “I spent 25 years in corporate America, in the […]