The Summer Beer Dabbler through my (beer) glasses

It seems that at any given Minnesota get-together, whether a day out on the lake, a New Year’s Eve party, or a family reunion at your Aunt Bridget’s house, there’s an endless thirst for beer. And with the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ craft-beer scene exploding, it’s hard to keep up with the growing number of … [ Read more]

Schlafly Beer creates “hop hotel rooms” for annual beer fest

Every year, Schlafly Beer draws beer fans from far and wide to Saint Louis for its HOP in the City festival. This year, fest-goers can relax in “hop hotel rooms”, stocked with amenities from beers chilling in the sink to beer-scented soap. The speciality suites are available for the festival on Saturday, Sept. 17. Package rates start at … [ Read more]

Head North: Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival

The northernmost beer festival in Minnesota is returning to Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain, July 10 and 11. Organizers of the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival categorize the event as more of a beer retreat than a traditional beer festival because of the opportunity to connect one-on-one with brewers and the fact that many … [ Read more]

Grumpy’s Limited Action Beer Festival This Saturday Features One-of-a-Kind Brews

What happens when a bar asks every brewery in town to make up a special beer for a random Saturday in November? If you’re Grumpy’s, they respond with a resounding yes. Beginning at 2pm this Saturday, Grumpy’s Downtown will host the Limited Action Beer Festival. The free event is your chance to taste one-of-a-kind and … [ Read more]

The Top Ten Questions about Autumn Brew Review

The 14th annual Autumn Brew Review will be held this Saturday, September 27th at the Historic Grain Belt Brewery. For many Minnesota beer fans, Autumn Brew Review (ABR) is one of the most exciting days of the year. If you’re attending this year, the following ten questions will get you primed for the weekend. If … [ Read more]

Pack Up For Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities Beer Camp

“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted this, and there’s no model for what we’re trying to do,” says Stephen Cregan, Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities sales representative. “This is going to be the largest craft beer celebration in history.” He’s talking about Beer Camp Across America, a multi-weekend, multi-city beer festival that will involve … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada Invites All U.S. Craft Breweries to a Seven-Stop, Cross-Country Beer Festival

Leave it to Sierra Nevada to start a movement in craft beer. The brewery was a major factor in the U.S. craft beer resurgence in the 1980s when there were just eight craft breweries in the country and an aggressively hopped pale ale (by 1980s standards), like Sierra Nevada’s flagship, was a rarity. Now, Sierra Nevada is inviting … [ Read more]

16 Signs of Spring in the Twin Cities

By Joseph Alton and Grace Sell Who in their right mind isn’t losing it as we find ourselves still held fast in winter’s seemingly unending grip? As impossible as it may seem to imagine at the present moment, time will march on, and daffodils will soon supplant the snow drifts.  And if there is anything … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 3/20-3/23

It’s Thursday and you know what that means… The Weekend Events Preview is here just in time to celebrate the first day of spring! Celebrate the Spring Equinox by going outside, enjoying Firkin Fest, and attending a beer release or tap take over. Thursday March, 20th Harriet Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary Celebrate Harriet Brewing Company’s … [ Read more]

Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

The Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest will bring some of America’s favorite craft beers to The Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul on March 29th, 2014. General Admission and Designated Driver tickets available on Friday, February 7th at 12:00pm (CST) online and at selected retailers. Rare, vintage, and one-of-a-kind beers from 30 national breweries and … [ Read more]

The ABCs of the GABF

By Joseph Alton and Brian Kaufenberg The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up this weekend in Denver, CO. This annual celebration of suds has grown to host nearly 50,000 attendees who have an opportunity to sample more than 3,000 beers from over 600 American breweries. Beer lovers from around the country and the … [ Read more]

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New Location for the Summer Beer Dabbler

The Beer Dabbler just announced details for a brand new location for the 5th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler. Dabblers will join fellow beer lovers on Saturday, July 20th for an afternoon of sampling craft beer from over 65 breweries, eating delicious food from some of the Twin Cities best food trucks, and enjoying live music … [ Read more]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2013 Tickets on sale now!

  Its getting to be that time of year again. Minnesotans are packing the pantries and stocking the cellars for The Great State Hibernation. Rest comfortably, Dabblers. There will be time (and reason) to shake off the cobwebs come January. The Beer Dabbler, this magazine’s parent company, is gearing up to host its Fourth Annual … [ Read more]