BlackStack brings in a familiar face to head new mixed-culture beer program

BlackStack Brewing, which opened in 2017 in Midway, is starting up its own mixed culture program, with an established sour brewer at the helm: Mat Waddell, the former head brewer and co-owner of Wild Mind Artisan Ales. After selling his interest in Wild Mind and announcing his departure from the company at the start of … [ Read more]

To Haze, Or Not to Haze?

New England IPAs are divisive. Some argue the style converts the hop-averse into enthusiastic proponents of hop flavor and aroma. Others point out their trademark haze can cause short shelf life, disguise bad brewing practices, and lead eager but uninformed consumers to value haze over quality. But at this point it’s hard to make the argument … [ Read more]

Now Open: BlackStack Brewing

For the Johnson family of St. Paul, it’s always been about the beer. In the 1990s, Scott Johnson owned All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company that helped bring European classics like La Trappe, Tripel Karmeliet, and Pauwel Kwak to Minnesota. Johnson eventually got out of that business, but he’s always loved beer. It’s a passion … [ Read more]

Bob DuVernois to step down as head brewer at Excelsior

Excelsior Brewing announced in its Friday, October 31st newsletter that head brewer Bob DuVernois will be “hanging up his EBC spurs in the middle of November” to take some time off and determine what he’d like to pursue as his next adventure. Bob DuVernois has been an abiding figure in Minnesota’s brewing scene since his … [ Read more]