Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of … [ Read more]

Bending Tradition: Bent Paddle Adds to the Craft Culture in Duluth

By Brian Kaufenberg  Photos courtesy of Bent Paddle Brewing Starting a brewery is not for the faint of heart. The sheer amount of coordination involved with property acquisition, construction, brewery build-out, ingredient sourcing, accounting, marketing, licensing from the city, state and federal government, and not to mention actually brewing the beer, is a herculean task that … [ Read more]

A Growing Community at Brau Brothers

Estate-Grown Hops & a New Estate Photo by Mark Neuzil, MinnPost Brewing and farms go together like beers and bikes, like summer and beer fests, like winter and beer fests. Many breweries are supporting local farms with their spent grain, feeding it to cattle, sometimes in exchange for tasty, tasty meat, but no one is doing … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bang Brewing Company

By Brian Kaufenberg Bang Brewing Co. With the 1,300 square foot grain bin-style craft brewery in St. Paul’s South St. Anthony Park near completion, Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo hope to have beer in the market as soon as mid to late March. Until then, Jay, a software engineer, and his wife Sandy, an executive … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Canal Park Brewing Co.

By Drew Kerr Canal Park Brewing Co. Photo Courtesy of Canal Park Brewing Co. Opening Duluth’s newest brewpub, Canal Park Brewing Co., has taken a bit of doing. Built on the Lake Superior shore in Duluth’s historic warehouse district, owners went through an 18-month environmental cleanup process that included demolition of the defunct Duluth Spring … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Red Wing Brewery

By Drew Kerr   Red Wing Brewery Photo Courtesy of Red Wing Brewery   Sixty years after the last of Red Wing’s five breweries closed, Scott Kolby and William Norman are bringing brewing back to the historic Mississippi River community. In early December, Kolby and Norman opened the Red Wing Brewery, a Main Street brewpub … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): HammerHeart Brewing Co.

By Drew Kerr HammerHeart Brewing Co. Courtesy of HammerHeart Brewing Co. Like the black metal band that inspired its name, HammerHeart Brewing Co.’s beers are anything but subtle. The Lino Lakes brewery – named after an album by the Swedish metal group Bathory – doesn’t have a single beer under six percent alcohol by volume … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Jack Pine Brewing Co.

By Drew Kerr Jack Pine Brewing Photo Courtesy of Jack Pine Brewing Co. Patrick Sundberg wanted to see a brewery in his Brainerd-area community of Baxter, MN, so he opened one. “It’s hard living in a place with no brewery, so I decided to change that,” says Sundberg, whose Jack Pine Brewing was scheduled to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Kinney Creek Brewery

By Drew Kerr Kinney Creek Brewery Photo Courtesy of Kinney Creek Brewery Donovan O. Seitz spent a decade making wine, creating hundreds of bottles before reaching what he describes as the “breaking point.” A trip to the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston put him on a new path. Within a week of returning from his … [ Read more]

Defining Craft Beer

What’s a craft beer nowadays, anyway? Does it even exist? by Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint Illustration by DWITT” I think it’s time for so-called “craft” brewers to stand up from the kids table and start demanding a seat with the adults. In August, Merriam Webster added the term “Craft Beer” to its famous dictionary. … [ Read more]