Brouwerij Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait

Brouwerij Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 8% ABV Geuze is a skillful blend of young and old lambics, aged and re-fermented in the bottle. Mariage Parfait consists of 95% mild lambic aged in oak barrels for at least three years and 5% young lambic. It is the latter that provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeast … [ Read more]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Survival Guide 2015

The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2015 is fast approaching. We hope to see you there this Saturday (3:30pm to 7:30pm (gates at 3pm)) at the Minnesota State Fairground’s Mighty Midway & the newly added heated Warner Coliseum. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you can still do so here. But you better act quick. This event … [ Read more]

A U of M Design Class Crafted Tap Handles for Three Minnesota Breweries

Photos by Warren Bruland If you were at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club on December 16, 2014, you got a firsthand look at an exciting collaboration between some of Minnesota’s best craft brewers and designers. If you weren’t, don’t worry: You can see the fruits of the collaboration at Excelsior Brewing Company and Fair State … [ Read more]

Winterfest Two-day Passes on Sale Now, Single Day Tickets on Sale Friday

  Two-day ticket packs for Winterfest 2015, the Minnesota Brewers’ Guild’s annual winter celebration on Minnesota beer at St. Paul’s Union Depot, went on sale today at 12 p.m. Each pack is $135, plus a $12 service fee for online transactions, and includes admission for a single individual on both Winterfest days – February 27 and … [ Read more]


Photos by Angie Zapata, A Little Starlette Photography The Twin Cities are a known center of fashion, music, food, and beer. But it’s really the people behind the restaurants, breweries, bands, and trends who have shaped that culture here. These are the citizens of I AM MPLS! And I AM ST. PAUL! who will celebrate … [ Read more]

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Lift Bridge Expanding, Nearly Doubling Its Brewing Capacity

Apparently Lift Bridge has been working on a relatively hush-hush expansion project since last winter. As the ambitious initiative to nearly double the brewery’s in-house production capacity approaches completion, the cat finally got out of the bag earlier this week. And the details are pretty impressive.   More beer = Bigger footprint Where to start? … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Alaska

Even if you’ve never been, Alaska needs no introduction. With dark, impossibly bitter winters, majestic spruce forests, and countless lakes, streams and marshes, it’s like an uber-Minnesota. Of course, Alaska also has thousands of miles of saltwater coastline and several towering mountain ranges that make the North Shore’s Sawtooth Range look like a collection of … [ Read more]

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Three Local Breweries Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer This October

There are a lot of dubious awareness days, weeks, and months. Come March, are you really going to celebrate National Acupuncture Awareness Week, National Stationery Week, or National Skipping Day? (We understand if you want to give some love to September’s National Dog Day.)  What about National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month—both … [ Read more]

The Summer Beer Dabbler Is Coming to Midway Stadium on September 6

As you may have heard, the Summer Beer Dabbler is getting a new lease on life—literally. On September 6th, from 5 to 9pm, the 6th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler will be on the field at Midway Stadium. Besides enjoying the view from the Twin Cities’ second most popular baseball diamond, why should you make your … [ Read more]

Finch’s Beer Co. Fascist Pig Red Ale

  Finch’s Beer Co. Fascist Pig Red Ale 8.0% ABV, 72 IBU Finch’s Beer Co. has recently arrived in Minnesota from Chicago with much fanfare. Their Fascist Pig is a malt-forward red ale, pouring an appealing deep amber color with a tan head. The touch of rye used in the brewing gives a subtle spiciness while … [ Read more]

Brooklyn Brewery’s ‘Twin Cities Mash’ is Back August 9-16

Brooklyn Brewery events producer Meg Stemmler, house chef Andrew Gerson, and other notables from the brewery crew have spent much of the past several months on the road—and in the air. The international Mash Tour will have them bouncing from city to city for a few more stops, including a visit to Minneapolis-St. Paul this August 9th … [ Read more]

UPDATE: Landslide Deals Roets Jordan Brewery a Big Blow

By Brian Martucci One of the metro area’s most ambitious brewery projects is on hold, and may need to find a new home altogether, after a waterlogged hillside above the brewery space in Jordan, Minnesota, gave way this month. Roets Jordan Brewery had been slated to open in the historic Jordan Brewery building later this … [ Read more]

Pack Up For Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities Beer Camp

“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted this, and there’s no model for what we’re trying to do,” says Stephen Cregan, Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities sales representative. “This is going to be the largest craft beer celebration in history.” He’s talking about Beer Camp Across America, a multi-weekend, multi-city beer festival that will involve … [ Read more]

GermanFest Brings the Historic Schmidt Brewery to Life on June 20–22

The Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company site, that conspicuous, Germanic cluster of 19th-century industrial buildings sandwiched between West 7th Street, James Avenue and Shepard Road, has been through a lot of changes over the past 160 years. Built in 1855 as Cave Brewery—”German immigrants were brewing beer there before Minnesota even became a state,” says local … [ Read more]

Grab a Craft Brew at These Four Minnesota Gaming Establishments

Minnesota might never have an answer to Vegas, but its racetracks and casinos are focusing on one thing that’s in short supply at most Sin City establishments: craft beer from across the great Midwest. We consulted with four major gaming establishments within easy driving distance of the Twin Cities and came back with some encouraging … [ Read more]