UPDATE: Barley John’s Brew Pub Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin

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By Megan Parker, @mnhockeyfan  [READ TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR UPDATES FROM BARLEY JOHN'S] On the heels of winning their third straight Great Snowshoe Award at Winterfest last week comes news that Barley John’s Brew Pub is expanding its operation, adding a production brewery and taproom.  Exciting news, yes.  Not as exciting for […]

Beans to Beer: Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa Brewing Up Plans for Beer Making

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A family familiar with bags of coffee beans ready for roasting will soon be lugging bags of grain awaiting brewing.  The French family owns Stonehouse Coffee, a company founded in 2001 that roasts its own beans for its coffee and grinds its own wheat for fresh-baked scones. Soon they will take their hands-on, homemade philosophy […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bank Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) heads west to Bank Brewing, near the South Dakota border. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos courtesy Bank Brewing In the small town of Hendricks, MN, on the South Dakota border, Bank Brewing recently opened a new craft brewery in a historic creamery in disrepair. The name Bank Brewing may be familiar […]

PRESS RELEASE: Fitger’s Brewhouse Signs 20-Year Lease with Fitger’s on the Lake

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PRESS RELEASE Duluth, MN – After 19 years of operation, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Fitger’s on the Lake LLC have cemented their commitment to each other and the community of Duluth by signing a 20-year lease. Both parties are thrilled to be renewing and extending this relationship for a total of 20 more years. “Fitger’s is […]

Straight from the Source: Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub

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By Doug Hoverson When taprooms began to spring up all over the state, some wondered if the brewpub model was obsolete. Why bother with all the expense of setting up a kitchen and running a restaurant when you can just serve beer? With Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub, the reason is as clear as the glass expanse […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Tin Whiskers

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Now Open (or Damn Close) visits St. Paul’s newest production brewery: Tin Whiskers By Brian Kaufenberg The science of brewing brought three electrical engineers together to start Tin Whiskers, St. Paul’s newest production brewery and taproom. Jake Johnson, Jeff Moriarty, and George Kellerman met at the University of Minnesota and worked together at a small […]

August Schell Brewing Company Gets Current

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Updated: May 1, 2014 By Brian Kaufenberg In 1860, August Schell Brewing Company was founded, Garibaldi returned to Italy in the Second Italian War of Independence, the British Open was played for the first time, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States, and South Carolina seceded from the Union, setting […]

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Now Open (or Damn Close): Bauhaus Brew Labs

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Not your great-grandfather’s Bauhaus. By Brian Kaufenberg The Bauhaus was a school founded in 1919 by German architect Walter Gropius with the aim of uniting art and design into a single creative expression under the slogan “Art into Industry.” The Bauhaus, literally “house of construction” in German, bridged the gap between artistic beauty and utilitarian […]

NorthWest Canoe: Building Beautiful Boats in St. Paul’s Lowertown

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By Jeremy Zoss There has always been a good deal of symbolism tied to the canoe. The Canadians have long considered it a symbol of their national identity. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, the canoe represents a link to cultural traditions. Canoes grace the tap handles of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company beers. On NBC’s Parks […]

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Canoe the Boundary Waters: Explore Minnesota’s Wilderness Wonderland

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By Christopher Ferguson The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the pride and joy of Minnesota. We brag about it. We tell stories of how many miles in the BWCA we’ve canoed or the trip we took up there with a youth group. In these few paragraphs, I’d like to help you with your first trip. […]

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16 Signs of Spring in the Twin Cities

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By Joseph Alton and Grace Sell Who in their right mind isn’t losing it as we find ourselves still held fast in winter’s seemingly unending grip? As impossible as it may seem to imagine at the present moment, time will march on, and daffodils will soon supplant the snow drifts.  And if there is anything […]

PRESS RELEASE: Summit releases Unchained Batch 15: Fest Bier

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Summit releases Unchained Batch 15: Fest Bier German-inspired brew turns any occasion into a festival ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2013) – Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of Fest Bier, the fifteenth beer produced in its limited release Unchained Series. Fest Bier is Nate Siats’ third Unchained brew. It will be available in draught and bottles the […]

MKE Brewing Expands Distribution to MSP

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Milwaukee Brewing Company has come a long way since their opening in 1997 as a brewpub. In 1997, the Milwaukee Ale House opened in the city’s Historic Third Ward delivering a full range of ales to a town known for its lagers. In 2007, the 15 bbl brewpub was supplemented by a new 50 bbl production […]

Explore the Winter Landscape on Two Wheels

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Courtesy of Explore Minnesota Just because the snow is falling doesn’t mean it’s time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here’s what you need to know to keep riding all winter long. [Read the full story on Explore Minnesota’s website]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

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Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of […]