In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash


E.L.nO. performs at the 2014 In Cahoots! // Photo courtesy Red Stag Supperclub

Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in 2014, they looked to the surrounding beer community (including The Growler) for help. The result: In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft.

The 2014 event paired eight Minnesota breweries into four teams and put them to work creating a new beer for the block party. Attendees voted for their favorite collaboration throughout the day with help from FairVote Minnesota and, by party’s end, a winner was declared—and a new tradition was born.

This year’s event, on Sunday, August 2, from 2–8pm at Red Stag, will feature not eight, but 10 breweries, paired as follows:

  • August Schell Brewing Company + Bent Brewstillery
  • Fulton Brewing Company + Fair State Brewing Cooperative – kettle-soured wheat beer dry-hopped with rhubarb and Nelson Sauvin hops
  • Sociable Cider Werks + Dangerous Man Brewing Company
  • Bang Brewing Company + Dave’s BrewFarm
  • Summit Brewing Company + Bent Paddle Brewing Company

(Note: We’ll update this list as the collaboration beers are announced. Stay tuned!)

In addition to the five new beers being premiered, block-party guests will also be treated to entertainment from Mixed Blood Majority, Al Church, Black Market Brass, Field Trip, Lydia Liza, The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band, MC Foxy Tann, and dance collective Epitome No Question. Plus: live screen-printing from Burlesque of North America, North Star Roller Girls, and, of course, organic and locally farmed picnic food from Red Stag.

The event is zero waste, free to attend, and proceeds from food and drinks will go to the winning team’s local charity of choice.

The concept of collaboration isn’t new to Minnesota breweries. The Growler Editor in Chief Joe Alton visited 89.3 The Current’s Morning Show to discuss the collaborative nature of the Minnesota brewing community and more about In Cahoots!

Stay up to date on all the In Cahoots! action by checking back here and joining the Red Stag’s Facebook event. We’ll post tweets, photos, and other updates below from breweries as they work on their beers.

Summit + Bent Paddle

Fulton + Fair State

The Growler is following this collaboration step-by-step and will be posting articles along the way. First up is Episode One: The Game Plan. Check back for Episode 2: The Big Brew.

Bang + Dave’s BrewFarm


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