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Remembering Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren

On October 6, Minnesota’s beer scene lost a legend. Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren, a decades-long veteran of the local beer industry who worked for Capitol Beverage and Original Gravity, died unexpectedly at the age of 52. Hanszee built countless … [Read More...]

GABF Bump: What winning a Great American Beer Festival medal means for breweries

Very soon, the three-year-old Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud will hang its Great American Beer Festival (GABF) bronze medal behind the bar in its taproom. “‘Holy shit!’ Then ‘thank you,’” were the first thoughts that popped into Beaver … [Read More...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Giesenbräu Bier Co.

Erin “Mutha Franklin” Hutton fell in love with biergartens while studying in Bavaria. He also fell in love there with a girl from New Prague named Anna Giesen. This is where Giesenbräu Bier Co.’s story begins. Hutton’s interest in dialects brought … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: Hullabaloo, Festival of Oak, and Fresh Hop Fest bring the beer

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and … [Read More...]

New owners take the helm at Lake Superior Brewing

Duluth's oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing, officially has new owners. Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade are taking over Lake Superior Brewing (LSB), as former owners Don and Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen, and Dale Kleinschmidt step … [Read More...]

The Mill: Great American Beer Festival wraps up, Minnesota takes home six medals

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up in Denver over the weekend, after expanding to 800 breweries and drawing a whopping 60,000 beer loving attendees. In total, the 2017 GABF competition received 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries, … [Read More...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: Surly Wet, more Oktoberfests, and fall seasonals back on tap

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and … [Read More...]

Birch’s on the Lake joins St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative

Birch’s on the Lake, the supper club-brewery combo nestled alongside Long Lake, is the latest business to join Tim McKee's Market House Collaborative in Lowertown. The former Heartland space is set to house a collection of food businesses under … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: Fresh hop beers roll out, plus debuts from Waldmann and Back Channel

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and … [Read More...]

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