Building A Brewery, Chapter 4: For the Love of Microbes

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of journal entries in which Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery founders Levi Loesch and Caleb Levar write about the trials and tribulations of starting their mixed-fermentation brewery in Northern Minnesota. Catch up with Chapter 1: Oakhold Digs In, Chapter 2: The Right Tools For The Job, and Chapter […]

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Fair State planning ‘Big Bottle Drop’ of sours for Jan. 28

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is planning a “Big Bottle Drop”on January 28 of two new mixed culture sours and a re-release of one fan favorite. One of the new releases is U-Pick, a 5.5% ABV barrel-fermented sour beer made with 280 pounds of raspberries picked by Fair State’s member-owners, workers, and friends in August 2016. […]

Fulton’s first ‘Culture Project’ release coming December 15

For the past two years, Fulton‘s brewing team led by head brewer Mikey Salo have been planning, brewing, aging, tasting, and blending beer in preparation of launching its new series of mixed culture beers made using strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. The first beer in the Culture Project series is a tart red ale in […]

Fair State Mixed-Fermentation: Bricoleur #2 and Lichtenhainer

Two updates from the mixed-fermentation program at Fair State Brewing Co-op: Last Thursday (August 25th) they released Bricoleur #2. It’s made from the same Bohemian Pilsner malt and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops in their Pils, and is fermented two different ways. The final beer is a blend of 80% stainless steel-fermented Brett, and 20% barrel-fermented sour beer (Brett, Lacto, and Pedio all present). The idea […]

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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Fair State releasing Citra Sour this Thursday, July 7

The sour beer lovers of the Twin Cities should keep their eyes peeled at Fair State Brewing Co-op for the next year or so. They’ll be releasing all manner of sours in the upcoming months—including this week, a hopped-up version for summer. Fair State Citra Sour was the first keg to get drained at their Mixed Culture festival at […]