Culture of Excellence: For the betterment of beer, every brewery must invest in the science of quality assurance

Riley Seitz grew up right along with Minnesota’s craft beer industry. In 1989, her dad took a job at a fledgling Summit Brewing, then located on University Avenue, where she’d drink 1919 Root Beer and get rides up and down the ramp of the keg cooler. But the highlight for Seitz was heading down to … [ Read more]

Spilled Grain Brewhouse wants you to get ‘Outside the Loop’

Before Indeed, before Surly, before Summit’s Mark Stutrud was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, back when August Schell himself was alive and in his heyday, nearly every town in pre-Prohibition Minnesota had its own brewery. And now in the days of the craft beer boom that history is repeating itself. More than 115 … [ Read more]

Mighty Axe Hops expansion more than doubles Minnesota’s hop acreage

The Friday before Memorial Day, folks are often packing up the car to head to the cabin, sneaking off from work early or firing up the grill. Not Eric Sannerud and Benjamin Boo. They were in a field, in the cold rain, training tendrils of hop bines up strings of twine 20 feet in the … [ Read more]

Wet-Hopped American Winter: Round Table Hops’ plan for a year-round hydroponic harvest

Seasonal beers are one of the great joys of the craft beer industry. All is right in the world when you can drink a winter warmer on New Year’s Eve and a summer session ale on the Fourth of July. Among hopheads, late August to early September marks the best beer season of all: fresh-hop … [ Read more]

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Chasing the Beer Scene in Stratford, Ontario

Minneapolis–St. Paul has been ranked as “the best” on several national lists. It’s not surprising. We have abundant green space, a sophisticated bike lane and trail system, world-class theaters, and a wide variety of boutiques, high-end restaurants and, of course, breweries. Now, imagine all that the Twin Cities have to offer and squish it down … [ Read more]

Green acres: investment, innovation, and the future of local hops

Early September brings with it the start of school, the last vacation to the cabin, or even a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. For hop growers, this time of year means a hectic, labor-intensive, but potentially glorious payoff: harvest. From mid-August through mid-September, hop growers from across Minnesota’s burgeoning hop industry are gathering … [ Read more]

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A Family Affair: Minnesota’s Growing Hops Community

Three men walk through even rows of trellises on the outskirts of Owatonna, Minnesota, noting how much fertilizer has affected the color of cascade hop leaves and how the glacier hops seem to grow wide. Amid inside jokes and ideas for their next homebrew, there’s a deep sense that these three men are on the … [ Read more]