Get your beer education on at Better Beer Society University

The Better Beer Society announced yesterday that this year, it will be introducing the next chapter of Better Beer Society University with a handful of courses. Beer 101 is a nine-week orientation course aimed at educating students on the fundamentals of beer, as well as the industry that creates and supports it. It offers students a “well-rounded … [ Read more]

Inside the lines: The oft-ignored importance of cleaning beer lines

These are my least favorite words to say when patronizing a bar: “I’ll have a whiskey.” It’s not a slight toward whiskey—I love it. But it stands a firm number two against my drink of choice, which is beer. When I drink whiskey at a bar, it’s for one of two reasons: lack of a … [ Read more]

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Making beer better, one tap line at a time

The Better Beer Society is on a mission to clean every tap line in Minnesota. To do that, they’ve launched the Quality Draft Apprenticeship Program. “We are looking for distinctive candidates to help us in our mission to educate on this topic,” Rob Shellman says. “The Quality Draft Apprenticeship Program aims to train in new draft techs and allows … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society wants to help your favorite watering hole serve beer better

The Better Beer Society’s name pretty much sums up its mission: to help make craft beer better. The main way they accomplish this task is through education, working directly with retailers to ensure everyone on staff is well-versed in beer styles, history, service, and food pairings (for retailers), and branding, marketing, operational and sales strategies, … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society University enrolling for fall semester

College. For many, the word is synonymous with crowded parties and cheap kegs. The Better Beer Society University (BBSU), just as its name suggests, is like any other semester of college—except for one, big difference: the beer is a lot better. The BBSU is a 12-week course that offers students the opportunity to learn from local and … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society University’s Spring Semester Starts Tonight

Craft beer is serious business. The impact of craft beer on the economy and culture of the Twin Cities has developed expeditiously over the past few years. And as is the case with many young industries—there can be a pretty steep learning curve. The quick-growing micro industry of craft beer in Minnesota is undoubtedly a work in progress, but … [ Read more]

The Mill: Brooklyn MASH, Final North Coast Nosh, and more

The Mill is getting anxious. There are autumn sampler packs on shelves and back to school specials in our mailboxes. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors while we can. How about a riverboat cruise? Or a paddle around the lake? Any other outdoor events we should know about? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: Here’s the list … [ Read more]

Alliance for Beer Education

After months of planning Michael Agnew, from A Perfect Pint, and Rob Shellman, from Better Beer Society, announce the creation of the Alliance for Beer Education (ABE). This alliance is a joint project that aims to provide quality beer education programs for Minnesota’s beer festivals. Beer Education is crucial right now in Minnesota, thanks to the … [ Read more]

Smoked Beef Long Rib and Founder’s Dirty Bastard at the Butcher & the Boar

Food Meets Beer Finds Hearty Fare at the Butcher & the Boar By John Garland, Heavy Table It’s hard to imagine two things going together much better than grilled sausage and cold beer. So it’s no surprise that Butcher & The Boar, the instant-classic steakhouse on Hennepin Avenue, features such a thoughtful and thorough craft … [ Read more]

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