The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same … [ Read more]

Spilled Grain Brewhouse wants you to get ‘Outside the Loop’

Before Indeed, before Surly, before Summit’s Mark Stutrud was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, back when August Schell himself was alive and in his heyday, nearly every town in pre-Prohibition Minnesota had its own brewery. And now in the days of the craft beer boom that history is repeating itself. More than 115 … [ Read more]

Badger Hill to brew Arrogant Bastard Ale

Shakopee’s Badger Hill Brewing Company is about to get a little arrogant. Badger Hill is one of 18 breweries from around the world selected to brew a one-time batch of Arrogant Bastard Ale to benefit Foster Care to Success. Once a Stone Brewing flagship and now its own brand (see below video), Arrogant Bastard is a 7.2% … [ Read more]

Fair State teams up with San Diego’s Modern Times on collaboration beer

An interest in the sour program at Northeast Minneapolis’ Fair State Brewing Cooperative led the folks at San Diego’s Modern Times Beer to pursue a collaboration between the two breweries. Fair State head brewer Niko Tonks is heading to San Diego this weekend to help brew a beer they’re calling The Shoulder of Orion, a … [ Read more]

A letter from Beer Camp: Jace Marti of Schell’s on leading Midwest collab brew

For participating breweries, Beer Camp may not be a week of s’mores and campfires, but the memories made—and lessons learned—will last well beyond their days spent brewing at Sierra Nevada. This year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixes up the format from previous years. Before, 12 beers from 12 different brewers were featured. This year, Beer … [ Read more]

Sponsored: Peaks meet prairies in new Odell and Lift Bridge collaboration beer

By Dan Parker, Craft Beer and Culinary Specialist at Original Gravity Editor’s note: This content was sponsored by Original Gravity Collaboration beers. It seems like everybody’s got one… or twelve. But many of them are little more than advertising opportunities—a way for a brewery to reach markets otherwise unexposed to its brand. A true collaborative effort, however, … [ Read more]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed

Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. … [ Read more]

Dangerous Man and Surly announce mysterious “blutpakt”

At 3:15pm today, Surly Brewing Company and Dangerous Man Brewing Company simultaneously posted a mysterious (and little bit disturbing) photo with an ambiguous message: the breweries are making a blood pact (“blutpakt”) of sorts. #blutpakt comin’ soon… — surlybrewing (@surlybrewing) May 4, 2016 Craft beer is a brotherhood and we’ve formed a #Blutp̈akt. — DangerousMan … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: New Belgium visits Indeed to brew Strawberry Fields Ale

Last Friday it was Indeed’s turn to host New Belgium in the ongoing collaboration between the two breweries. The beer of the day? Strawberry Fields Ale, a kettle-soured fruit beer that utilizes New Belgium’s house lactobacillus strain. Expect the beer to pour a hazy red with aromas of tart strawberries and citrus, a light mouthfeel, and noticeable … [ Read more]

The story behind Indeed and New Belgium’s recent collaboration beers

Indeed Brewing Company head brewer Josh Bischoff remembers when a trip to Colorado wasn’t complete without smuggling back a trunk full of Fat Tire. Before 2007, when New Belgium Brewing Company began distributing to the Minnesota, that was the norm for New Belgium devotees. Fast-forward nine years. Now, not only can Bischoff get his Fat … [ Read more]

Photos: New Belgium and Indeed brew honey wheat wine collaboration beer

“Beers with Vrienden” (Flemish for “friends”) is New Belgium’s draft-only collaboration series with other breweries from around the country. Late last month, representatives from Minneapolis’ Indeed Brewing traveled to New Belgium headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado, to brew Come Together, a 9.0% ABV and 40 IBU honey wheat wine brewed wildflower honey, strawberry-scented Belma hops, … [ Read more]

Stone, Dogfish Head, Victory release Saison du BUFF collaboration

Dogfish Head, Victory Brewing, and Stone Brewing have joined forces once again to create Saison du BUFF, a saison that blends locally-harvested sage, lemon thyme, rosemary, and parsley, and Citra and Centennial hops. The collaboration beer will start hitting store shelves this week in six-packs of 12 oz. bottles. This isn’t the first time the three … [ Read more]

New Belgium and Indeed to collaborate on honey wheat wine

Indeed Brewing Company has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing for the latest in New Belgium’s Beers with Vrienden series. The two breweries will create Come Together, a honey wheat wine, to be released this spring. “Come Together will be a super-heady sipper packed with tons of wildflower honey,” says New Belgium, via press release. “Strawberry scented Belma hops and New Belgium’s … [ Read more]

Surly–Mikkeller collaboration beer due out in January

@mikkellerbeer Brett Mikkel’s gettin’ done! A video posted by @toddhaug on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:11pm PST Surly head brewer Todd Haug posted the above video to his Instagram account today, which shows labels for a new Surly–Mikkeller collaboration beer being applied to 750ml bottles. Brett Mikkel’s IPA, which has been on tap at the Surly … [ Read more]

The mother of all West Coast beer collaborations

Two breweries that helped define American craft beer have teamed up to create a barrel-aged IPA that’s rolling out to stores in 22 oz. bottles this week. Southern California’s Stone Brewing Company has joined forces with the iconic, Northern California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to create NxS IPA (NxS = North by South), a barrel-aged IPA blended with … [ Read more]