Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Brew ‘n Bulbs – Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

‘Tis the season to be merry! Come enjoy two holiday traditions at once, beer and holiday lights. The tour includes a variety of craft breweries in St. Paul.

In-between tasting the seasonal and flagship beer selections, we will take the warm luxury motor coach through multiple holiday light displays to view an amazing display of holiday lights. While viewing these lights, you’ll have fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland that would pair great with any seasonal brew on tap.

An additional stop at Rice Park is a great photo opportunity right in the midst of the twinkling lights. The tour will conclude back at the starting location, where you will be able to grab another pint, sit back, and reflect on the amazing new way you just enjoyed local brews ‘n bulbs.

Tour Operates: 6pm-10pm on Saturdays from November 25 – December 30.

Starting location:  Flat Earth Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul

Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

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The St. Paul Fire Department with some of the Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School students who received new winter jackets in 2014 via Operation Warm // Photo courtesy of Colin Oglesbee

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children.

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Photo courtesy of Colin Oglesbee

Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving children living in poverty by providing them with brand-new, American-made winter jackets. Over the years the non-profit has partnered with communities, groups, and agencies in 49 states; they now deliver coats to over 300,000 children annually.

Fire departments constitute one group with which Operation Warms partners, including the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth departments here in Minnesota. Justin Johnson of Minneapolis Fire Local 82 heads Operation Warm in Minneapolis and says he first got the idea thanks to a Facebook post by an East Coast unit involved with the nonprofit. “I thought it would be a perfect program here in Minnesota since it can get pretty brutal here in the winter,” Johnson says. “I emailed Operation Warm in Philadelphia, they flew out to Minneapolis, and my life has been changed forever.”

Minneapolis’ first year with Operation Warm was 2013. They chose to donate coats to the elementary students at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in North Minneapolis, 98% of whom were enrolled in the free-or-reduced lunch program. To raise money for the coats, Johnson asked Fulton Brewing Company if they’d be interested in partnering in the effort. They were, and their inaugural Minneapolis Firefighters Department Block Party raised enough money to buy 600 coats.

In 2014, St. Paul and Duluth joined Minnesota’s Operation Warm effort. Colin Oglesbee, program director for St. Paul Firefighters Operation Warm, says he wanted to be a part of the program the moment he heard about it. “We sign up to be firefighters to solve problems and help our communities,” Oglesbee says. “This is a way to solve an immediate problem, as well as to get ahead of a problem.”

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Photo courtesy of Pioneer Press, Jean Pieri

Jon Otis, director for Duluth Firefighters Operation Warm, agrees. “My favorite part has been the conversations I’ve had […] about the need in our community,” Otis says. “This program gives kids the opportunity to just be kids and not have to worry about how they are going to get to school on the coldest days. If they can get to school these kids can get a healthy meal and some stability in their lives. They can concentrate on learning and focus on growing into our next generation of leaders.”

Oglesbee and Otis joined Johnson in the idea to partner with local breweries to raise money and awareness. The St. Paul department asked Flat Earth Brewing Company if they’d be interested in being involved; Duluth reached out to Bent Paddle Brewing Company. Both said yes. Additionally, the Duluth department organized a Beard Challenge: Five men are challenged to grow the ultimate beard during the month of October and raise money for Operation Warm. Whoever reaches his goal gets a professional shave at the Warm Duluth event (see below). In total, all three 2014 fundraisers brought in enough money to purchase and distribute over 2,500 coats to children within the departments’ cities as well as kids on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

This year, Johnson says Minneapolis is aiming to raise enough money to provide 3,000 coats to children around the city and give coats to every kindergarten student on the Red Lake Reservation. St. Paul’s goal is to be able to buy 1,000 coats—enough to outfit all 650 students at the Paul and Sheila Wellston Elementary School as well as one other yet-to-be-determined school. Duluth is aiming to meet or exceed last year’s total of 900 jackets, and hopes to also reach homeless and transitional students, as well as those in the American Indian community.

With winter fast approaching, there’s no time like now to join in the effort to get as many coats to as many children across Minnesota as possible. To help the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth fire departments reach their goals of outfitting children in their cities with warm, new, American-made jackets, consider one of the following opportunities:

Minneapolis

The Third Annual MFD Block Party
Saturday, September 19
Fulton NE Brewery, 2540 2nd St NE, Minneapolis
3–10pm
$20
Music by White Iron Band, food trucks, a cigar roller, bagpipers, and more
http://www.operationwarm.org/fulton

MFD Ladies Night Out
Thursday, October 8

The 514 Studios, 514 N 3rd St, Minneapolis
6:30–9:30pm
$55 adv, $75 at the door
Runway show, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres 
operationwarmladiesnightout.eventbrite.com

St. Paul

Warmtober Fest
Friday, October 2
Flat Earth Brewery, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St. Paul
6–10pm
$20 adv, $25 at the door
Music by Communist Daughter, tastings at 11 Wells Distillery, food trucks, and more
$20 advance, $25 door
www.operationwarm.org/flatearth

Duluth

Warm the Plaza
Thursday, October 1–Saturday, October 3
Minnesota Power Plaza, W Michigan St, Duluth
Times vary based on the day
Thursday night is “The Big Lebowski” movie night (7pm costume $10 donation, vikre additional $10, Friday = $10 for bent live music is Plaza Unplugged, and Saturday is Community Game Night; $10 bent, live action games at night–minute to win it.
Learn more at Warm the Plaza’s Facebook page 

Warm Duluth
Thursday, October 22
Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth
5–9pm
$20 adv, $25 at the door
Music by Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, a bounce house, beer from Bent Paddle Brewing, food from Clyde Iron, and beard shaving
www.warmduluth.com

If you can’t make it to these events, donations can be accepted online at www.operationwarm.org/twincities and www.operationwarm.org/duluth

Sunday Growler Sales in St. Paul to Begin July 5

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Sunday growler sales start in St. Paul July 5 // Photo by Kristine Erickson

This weekend marks the 239th year since the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain and the first time since Prohibition people will be able to buy beer on Sunday in Minnesota’s capital city. If that’s not cause for celebration, we don’t know what is.

Cities across the state are updating their ordinances to allow Sunday growler sales following a law change at the state level that permits breweries to do so pending local approval. In St. Paul, the change goes into effect on July 5. Below is a list of where and when you can buy a growler in the Saintly City on Sundays.


St. Paul Sunday growler sales hours and locations

Burning Brothers, 1750 Thomas Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104 – 2–6pm (free pint with every growler purchase on July 5)

Flat Earth, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55106 – 12–6:30pm

Great Waters, 426 St Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 – 11am–8pm ($12 growlers during the month of July, kitchen open until 11pm, bar open until 2am)

Sidhe, 990 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130 – 12–7pm

Tin Whiskers, 125 E 9th St, St. Paul, MN 55101 – 12–5pm

Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St, St. Paul, MN 55114 – 12–8pm

The Mill: Global Microbrews, State Fair and More

The Mill August 26 2014

Daniel Murphy // Growler Magazine

The Mill is getting together. This time around, we’re skipping the fried-on-a-stick, and declaring it a banner year for ice cream and beer. And beer ice cream. And pretzel curds

Events:

State Fair goers should make sure to check the schedule for seminars at the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit.

Northgate Liquors in Blaine is hosting MKE Brewing‘s Mike Christensen this evening.

Wednesday is the official grand opening of Urban Growler Brewing (read our recent Q&A).

Fitger’s Brewhouse is hosting the first annual Boundary Waters Games in Canal Park on Friday.

And don’t forget to secure your tickets now for the Summer Beer Dabbler, September 6th on the field at Midway Stadium. And we’re also hosting a post-Dabbler hangover beer brunch at Bauhaus Brew Labs on Sunday the 7th with Dinner on the Farm, Chowgirls, and a few other breweries. More details to come closer to event time.

News:

Mexican microbreweries currently amount to less than 1% of a market dominated by Grupo Modelo (Corona, Pacifico) and Cuauhtemoc-Moctezuma (Dos Equis, Tecate, Sol). Faced with numerous hurdles, a few visionaries are hoping to lead a change.

And there might not be a speck of the globe that craft beer isn’t reaching now, with the emergence of local breadfruit beer in Samoa, plus an ambitious microbrewery on the island of Mauritius.

A nice piece in the Wall Street Journal on the rise of mobile canning companies taking advantage of craft beer’s weakening reliance on bottles.

Constellation Brands issues a voluntary recall on Corona Extra. Because it’s just the worst when you find your beach and there are shards of glass everywhere.

Thrillist publishes a litany of war stories about the beer industry in the 1980s. Read for tales of functional alcoholism, creative marketing, and reflection on a changing industry.

And a cautionary tale on wagering free beer for everyone on football ends up benefitting the Boys & Girls Club.

Releases & Collaborations:

The verdicts are all positive for Grain Belt Blu, Flat Earth‘s S’mores beer and Summit‘s The Villian, all exclusives to the Great Get-Together. ICYMI, check out our comprehensive guide to beer at the State Fair.

Surly and Stone have teamed up on a 1.5L magnum to be released at the tail end of Stone’s Groundbreaking Collaborations series.

Sioux Falls’ only brewery, Gandy Dancer, recently collaborated on a super small batch with Doug Odell, founder of Odell Brewing. The “kitchen sink” pale ale, brewed in Fort Collins, will be available at their Beervana 2014 event on September 20th.

The Mill: State Fair, Third Bird and other Big Deals

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Daniel Murphy / Growler Magazine

The Mill is ready to get together. And we’ll bring you complete coverage on Thursday’s coming chaos in St. Paul. In the meantime, tell us who is the best in local beer: submit your nominations for Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal 2014.

Yesterday’s News:

Bent Brewstillery will re-open their taproom this Thursday, August 21st beginning at 2pm. Check out Bartley Blume’s new digs, grab fish & chips from the Anchor Food Truck, and sip a few of sours on tap among the Bent lineup. They’ll have extended hours during the State Fair (Mon–Fri 2–10pm, Sat-Sun Noon–10pm).

We dig into polenta at The Third Bird, Kim Bartmann’s new Loring Park restaurant (above), which officially opens today.

Upcoming:

Chiptole’s Cultivate Festival will take over Loring Park on Saturday, August 23rd, from 11am-7pm. The free event features a Tasting Hall with 12 different local brewers and vintners, including the Cultivate Farmhouse Ale. A collaboration with Surly Brewing Co., it’s a hazy Belgian saison brewed with Pils and Rye malt and local Minnesota dandelion greens.

State Fair Brews:

We have a comprehensive guide to State Fair Beer for you here,  note a few oddities to be on the lookout for:

Giggle’s Campfire Grill, in partnership with Flat Earth Brewing will debut Giggles’ S’more Beer – a chocolate-infused porter-style brew served in a chocolate-and-graham-cracker-rimmed glass.

Summit Brewing The Villian, their second Fair exclusive following last year’s State Fair IPA. “A traditional German style lager, only more sinister,” describes Brewer Gabe Smoley. “Jet black in color but smooth in flavor.” First keg is tapped Thursday, 11am at Summit’s booth in the International Bazaar.

Schell’s is rolling out Grain Belt Blu, a Premium/blueberry hybrid at the Schell’s pavilion next to Lulu’s in the West End Market.

Lift Bridge returns Mini Donut back to Ball Park Cafe for a second year.

And don’t miss Firkin Fridays at the Land of 10,000 Beers pavilion.

News:

A proposed microbrewery and distillery in Wayzata’s Boatworks building has hit a snag with the City Council. The concern may be that parking is too tight, especially now that 6smith is in the house. It’d be a great location for a taproom, though, and a much needed wild card for Wayzata’s bar scene.

Far North Spirits, distillers of Solveig gin and Alander rum, have announced expanded distribution in New York and New Jersey.

A look at how Briess Malt’s Wyoming operation is developing better barley for craft beer.

The Daily Beast brings you a profile of Kent “Battle” Martin, the single Tax & Trade Bureau official who approves every beer label in America.

Releases:

Indeed Brewing‘s Sweet Yamma Jamma will debut this year at Fair (Ball Park Cafe). Find it on tap and in cans towards the end of the month.

Summit’s Unchained #16, a lager brewed with maple syrup and spruce tips called Herkulean Woods, is out this week.

Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… The heat of a pottery kiln or a metal smith’s flame… The warming effect of a well-conceived craft beer… These are all things I cling to as I wait for spring to properly reveal itself at last.


Hula Peppers

The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN

April 27, 2:00–5:00pm

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This week’s Sunday Music Series offering at The Happy Gnome will feature The Hula Peppers and their masterful repertoire of 1920’s, 1930’s and Hawaiian music. If the latest cold spell has left you longing for a tropical vacation, The Hula Peppers’ renditions of Lovely Hula Hands or Waikiki Melody are sure to transport you to the Big Island, albeit for a mere fraction of the cost. In addition, the band (consisting of  Dan  Newton on accordion, Gary Powell on Hawaiian guitar, Dave Furniss on resonator guitar, and Corey Mohan on ukuleles and musical saw), will welcome the lovely “chanteuse” Lauren Asheim as a guest soloist. The event will take place in The Firehouse Room (upstairs) at the Happy Gnome. There is no cover and all Minnesota drafts will be sold for $4!

Beer bonus: Three words. The. Happy. Gnome.


Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference

Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

April 23–26

SNAGThis April marks the first time since its inaugural St. Paul conference in 1970 that the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual get-together has taken place in the Twin Cities, and based on the schedule of events, local conference organizers have gone all out. New for the 2014 conference, titled From Grains to Gold, is the presence of “Face to Face” talks­— informal conversations with plenary speakers concerning issues relevant to the craft. Other highlights include a silent auction, artist demonstrations, a studio crawl, the trunk show, and an amazing end-of-conference dance party and reception. Tickets can no longer be purchased online, but are available for purchase at the conference itself. Members receive discounted entry.

Beer bonus: While it probably wasn’t intended to draw a direct connection to beer, the conference’s title, From Grains to Gold, does evoke thoughts of malty beverages. Thus, celebrate your favorite “liquid grain” this weekend in whichever context you see fit.


Saint Paul Art Crawl

Various locations throughout St. Paul, MN

April 25–27, Friday, 6:00–10:00pm; Saturday, 12:00–8:00pm; Sunday, 12:00–5:00pm

Saint Paul Art Crawl 2014

Since 1977, the Saint Paul Art Collective has hosted the Saint Paul Art Crawl as a means of “creating and fostering important, interdependent relationships between the arts community and the city itself.” What began as a gathering of a mere handful of artists from Saint Paul’s Lowertown district has now expanded to an event that includes more than 300 participating artists from Downtown, Lowertown, University Avenue, Grand Avenue, as well as the Eastside and Westside neighborhoods, and that attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to view a list of this year’s Saint Paul Art Crawl’s participating artists and locations or to find out more about the weekend’s special events. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 50’s this weekend with partly cloudy conditions, so although the weather itself won’t be emanating warmth, the act of “crawling” from location to location should.

Beer bonus: Crawl on over to Great Waters Brewing Company,  Flat Earth Brewing Company, or Summit Brewing Company, which are all located near Saint Paul Art Crawl featured locations and offer weekend hours.


Playing with Fire

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

April 24, 5:00–9:00pm (Opening Reception)

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Since 2009, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center has been known chiefly for its intelligent exhibitions and enlightening classes that feature local ceramicists, blacksmiths, jewelers, and glassblowers. This week, however, CAFAC will welcome both national and international artists to their space for an exhibition titled Playing with Fire. Curated by Heather Doyle and Carol Warner, and reflecting CAFAC’s mission to inspire “hands, hearts, and minds through art forms produced by heat, spark, or flame”, Playing with Fire will include jewelry artists Heinz Brummel (Minneapolis, MN), Heejin Hwang (Chicago, IL), and Barbara Minor (Baton Rouge, LA), knife smiths Rick Dunkerley (Lincoln, MT) and Kevin O’Dwyer (Tullamore Co, Offaly, Ireland), ceramicists Darlys Ewoldt (Chicago, IL) and Carol Warner (Minneapolis, MN), as well as silver smith Susan Hunt (Menomonie, WI) who specializes in sterling tableware and candelabras. While Playing with Fire will run through May 6, the opening reception will take place on April 24 from 5:00–9:00pm in conjunction with the 2014 SNAG conference. The opening reception is free and will feature artist demonstrations. Come let the heat inspire you, or in the very least, let it warm you.

Beer bonus: CAFAC is located a mere mile away from Blackbird, a cozy cafe with a well-curated list of craft beers and imports. Stop over before or after for a bite and pint.


Learn to Fire a Gas Kiln!

April 22, 9:30am–12:30pm

Edina Art Center, 4701 W 64th St, Edina, MN

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Are you a budding ceramicist? Have you become proficient in pottery, but still rely on your friends to fire pieces for you? If so, consider enrolling in the Edina Art Center’s Let’s Fire a Gas Kiln Together course, which is new for 2014. Each class period will include a firing-related topic (such as loading, firing, unloading, and maintaining the gas updraft kiln), as well as time for making or glazing pots with the day’s firing lessons in mind. The classes have limited space, so it is best to call ahead (952-903-5780) to determine the likelihood of participating. As always, Edina Art Center members receive discounted tuition, but member registration is easy and the price of an 8-week course averages $204 for non-members ($184 for members). While there, you should also consider checking out the EAC’s gallery, or inquiring about when and how you can access the center’s pottery and mixed media studios.

Beer bonus: Red Cow, which is located less than 3 miles from the Edina Art Center, will host a Deschutes Tap Invasion on April 22 starting at 3:00pm. The invasion will feature a dozen Deschutes’ beers, including Black Butte Porter (XXII, XXIV, and XXV), Abyss, Pinedrops IPA, and Fresh Squeezed. Although temperatures are only scheduled to be in the upper 50’s this Tuesday, the higher ABV beers from Deschutes and Red Cow’s warm atmosphere will certainly help to keep things toasty whether you’re seated inside or on the patio.

Walker Art Center Announces Brewer-in-Residence Series at Gather by D’Amico

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Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and Gather D’Amico announced today that they will welcome three local brewers to take part in a brewer-in-residence series this summer, which is an extension—and a sudsy complement—to its established chef-in-residence events.

On the first Thursday of the month, starting this May, guests can enjoy three complimentary samples of beer from that month’s featured brewery at the museum’s restaurant Gather by D’Amico and chat with the featured brewer from Lift Bridge, Flat Earth, and Boom Island. Full flights from the featured breweries will be available for purchase if the samples are not enough to quench your summer thirst.

Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu every Thursday evening in conjunction with the Walker’s Target Free Thursday Nights. Gather’s terrace will open in May (weather permitting).

Join chef-in-residence Tyler Shipton, executive chef at Borough and Coup d’ Etat, on April 3rd as he shares tastes from his small plates menu, created exclusively for Gather and featured throughout the month. Tyler Shipton grew up on a hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota and began cooking at an early age with his grandmother, whose football field–sized garden provided fresh produce for cooking, canning, and pickling. Shipton initially pursued a degree in art, then went to culinary school and further to earn a BA in management. As a young, eager-to-learn cook, he had stints at Obento Ya, the After Midnight Group, and later at Porter & Frye (under Stephen Brown). He then worked at Bar La Grassa and Travail. He is the executive chef at Borough, one of Minneapolis’ North Loop’s culinary hotspots, and Uptown’s new Coup d’ Etat restaurant and bar.


May Brewer-in-Residence: Brad Glynn of Lift Bridge

Thursday, May 1, 5–9 pm

Gather by D’Amico

Join Brad Glynn of Stillwater’s Lift Bridge brewery for samples of Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA, and Getaway Pilsner.

June Brewer-in-Residence: Franco Claseman of Flat Earth Brewing Company

Thursday, June 3, 5–9 pm

Gather by D’Amico

Spend the evening with Franco Claseman of Flat Earth Brewing Company and enjoy samples of Angry Planet Pale Ale, Cygnus X-1 Porter, and Ovni French Style. Flat Earth Brewing Company is a growing handcraft brewery dedicated to its Saint Paul roots.

July Brewer-in-Residence: Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing Company

Thursday, July 5, 5–9 pm

Gather by D’Amico

Sip away a summer evening with Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing Company. Gather will be sampling Brimstone Triple, Silvius Belgian Pale and Hoodoo Duble.

Welch is living (and brewing) proof of the power of one really good beer. Late one evening in 2001, Kevin returned home from playing a French horn gig. On a friend’s recommendation, he poured himself his first Belgian beer. “It was a Tripel from the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle,” he recalls. “I took my first sip and couldn’t believe it. There were so many unique flavors, all intricately balanced! They were layered, and evolved as the beer warmed its way across my palate.” As a brewer, Kevin became obsessed with the traditions of Belgian brewing. That’s why, today, you’ll find more than 1.000 different types of beer in Belgium. And now, one authentic Belgian brewery in Minneapolis.