Sunday liquor sales headed to Senate floor for vote on Monday

The Minnesota Senate will vote on a bill that would lift the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales this Monday, Feb. 27, at 11am. The bill’s chief author, Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona), said he expects it to pass. “I wouldn’t bring it to the floor if I didn’t think it has the votes to pass,” … [ Read more]

Sunday sales bill approved by Senate Commerce Committee, headed for floor vote

Sunday liquor sales took another step forward on Wednesday as the Senate Commerce Committee voted 7–4 in favor a bill aimed at lifting the Prohibition-era ban. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote. While a date for the vote has not been set, it’s expected to take place in the coming week … [ Read more]

Sunday sales approved by Minnesota House of Representatives

For the first time since the decades-old ban went into effect, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow Sunday liquor sales in the state. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 85–45, would allow liquor stores to be open between 10am–6pm and prohibit the delivery of alcohol to off-sale retailers … [ Read more]

Founders to launch new barrel-aged beers, 19.2 oz. cans of All Day IPA in 2017

Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company will celebrate 20 years in 2017 and has some big plans in store for the milestone. First up, a new series of barrel-aged beers joining Founders’ hugely-popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Backwoods Bastard. The first release in the series will be Frootwood, which according to the brewery is a crisp, … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Ben Boo and Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops

Before Mighty Axe Hops announced a massive expansion plan this summer, Minnesota’s hop-growing industry wasn’t much of an industry at all. The state’s overall production was driven primarily by a patchwork of small-scale growers operating on one-acre plots or smaller. While these farms were able to harvest enough hops to sell to their local brewery … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Jacquie Berglund of FINNEGANS

In 2000, long before the current craft beer boom, Jacquie Berglund quit a stable job to start a brewery with a mission that’s as admirable as it is succinct: feed the hungry. In the 16 years since, FINNEGANS has done just that. In 2016, Berglund’s company surpassed $1 million in total donations to community organizations … [ Read more]

First Sip: Urban Growler Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stouts

Urban Growler Brewing will release two barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts and two experimental beers at a ticketed event tonight. The Growler had a chance to get an advance taste of the stouts on Tuesday. The St. Paul brewery made a single batch of the beer and split it between four barrels: two freshly used bourbon … [ Read more]

Bad Weather’s Joe Giambruno reflects on first year of taproom

Bad Weather Brewing Company will celebrate the first anniversary of their West Seventh Street taproom this Saturday. Co-owner Joe Giambruno, who spends much of his time in the taproom, doesn’t hesitate when asked what it’s meant for the brewery. “Obviously, it’s the greatest thing in the world,” he says, “but that doesn’t take away from what … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s 10 best ‘Under 21’ website redirects

If you’ve ever visited a brewery or distillery website, you’ve likely encountered an age verification screen that asks you to enter your birthdate or self-identify as 21 years of age or older before being allowed into the site. While these age verification screens aren’t actually required by state or federal law, there’s strongly-worded language suggesting … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Scottish brewery claims to have made ‘the world’s first truth-telling beer’

If the PolitiFact Scorecards for 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are any indication, Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn is going to need to brew a lot more their new Smoke & Mirrors, which they’re calling “the world’s first truth-telling beer.” The beer consists of Innis & Gunn Original and three natural ingredients, each of which … [ Read more]

Schram to release IPA fermented in concrete tank

As craft beer continues its unprecedented growth, “firsts” are becoming increasingly hard to come by. This Friday, however, Waconia’s Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery will become the first modern brewery in Minnesota to release a beer aged in a concrete fermenter. A few years ago, Aaron Schram was on a trip to California and visited a … [ Read more]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed

Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Pints & Play at Flat Earth Brewing

It’s no secret that the people at the Minnesota Children’s Museum (MCM) know a thing or two about play. Most Twin Cities kids know this firsthand from visiting the downtown St. Paul museum, but the MCM is out to get a message across to adults: play is not only good for your kids, it’s really … [ Read more]

Disco in diapers: These Twin Cities kids Rock the Cradle

You might not know them personally, but you’ve seen them around town. Always front row at concerts like they own the place, dancing like nobody’s watching. Being waited on hand and foot by their entourage. Never paying for their own drinks. So over the whole scene that they’ll leave a concert before the band plays their hit … [ Read more]