People & Organizations
Brewery taprooms rely on bartenders to be exemplary brand ambassadors, and no one spreads the love of local suds quite like taproom manager Chelsea Carlson. She’s a Cicerone-certified beer server and her warm, inviting manner has us driving out of our way for a Size 7 in St. Louis Park.
Honorable Mention: Broc Allen, Fitger’s Brewhouse
Whether organizing trips to hop farms and breweries, arranging homebrew competitions, or expanding knowledge of techniques and styles, the MN Home Brewers Association is once again voted the premiere club in the state for anyone looking to bring their brewing game to the next level.
Honorable Mention: Nordeast Brewers Alliance
He can give you a detailed history of the Berliner Weisse, warn you about the perils of aging beers, and can sniff a molecule of diacetyl from a mile away. Cicerone Michael Agnew knows his suds like no other and he’s once again voted your go-to source for expert beer commentary not in only Minnesota, but the nation.
From releases and events, to Sunday Sales activism and beer ballot initiatives, for all the latest news in local booze, you turn to Andrew Schmitt and company at MN Beer Activists. They’ve really stepped up their blogging game in the last year, and you responded, giving them their first win in this category.
Honorable Mention: MN Beer (mnbeer.com)
There’s something about Adam Turman’s wavy-haired, beer-loving women that we can’t get enough of. His 2014 beer artistry included the Sisyphus Brewing mural, prints for 612Brew, a beer and pizza mural at Digby’s Roseville, and screen murals for the Butcher & Boar tent. He’s painting the town with beer love like no one else.
Honorable Mention: David Witt
The newest heir to the hirsute brewing throne is Bob Roepke and his bushy face warmer. Just look at this wondrous mane—as thick and impressive as Cygnus X-1.
Honorable Mention: Bjorn Erickson, Bent Paddle Brewing
The best bottle shop in the Metro also features the finest tattoo. Paul Wentzel’s arm art is a glorious canvas of Bacchanalia and “Hop-analia”—a well-deserved win for a guy who undoubtedly wears his heart on his sleeve.