Draught Horses, Distillery Cats, and Hop Yard Sheep: How animals bring you your drinks

In the 1980s, Stroh Brewing Company in Detroit, Michigan, released a memorable series of commercials featuring Alex, a dog that would (with some mishaps) fetch bottles of Stroh’s beer. While this was a publicity stunt, there have been many real-life examples of animals helping to bring us alcoholic beverages throughout history and into the present … [ Read more]

Ingredients Unknown: The murky world of animal additives in alcohol

A few centuries ago, a fisherman heading out to sea needed a pouch for his ale. He chose a swim bladder—an organ used by fish to control buoyancy—pulled from a bucket of leftovers from his previous day’s catch. Filling the pouch with murky beer, he made for the marina. A few days later, while pouring … [ Read more]

Forever Homes For Farm Animals: Sanctuary farms give animals destined for unhappy endings a new lease on life

A 300-pound pig named Wally was traveling 70 miles per hour on a highway outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a mere three miles from his destination, a slaughterhouse, when a woman driving behind the truck he was in reportedly saw the pig lift up the door with his snout. Wally stepped out onto … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Niky Motekallem

The ways in which humans interact with animals are far-reaching. From beloved pets to filtering additives for beer to grilled steaks on our dinner plates, we have deep, dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystem. Illustrator Niky Motekallem displays her love for nature in her art, which is filled with colorful, kaleidoscopic renderings of … [ Read more]

A BLIND TASTING BEER FESTIVAL

Taste & Rate
48 Hazy IPAs

July 18, 2019 | 5:30–9:00pm
Upper Landing Park, St. Paul