OMNI’s 2nd Birthday Party

To celebrate their second birthday, OMNI Is hosting a three-day birthday bash extravaganza, filled with exciting events, activities, beers, and much more.

Friday, September 22nd, is Hoppy Hour all day, aka IPA day. OMNI is releasing two new IPAs (Raspberry Milk Shake and F.A.D. Hazy Double IPA), hosting comedians Tiffany Norton and Miss Shannon Paul in a free event at 7pm, and having a number of different food trucks, including Craft Mobile Kitchen and Taste of Target Field. Also, OMNI’s Raspberry Milk Shake will be exclusively paired with Nadia Cake.

On Saturday, September 23, OMNI is the big birthday day. There will be a craft market from 12-4pm where you can purchase products from a number of local distributors, merchants, and more.  From 1-10pm, enjoy live music from Good Morning Bedlam, No Tent featuring Reina Del Sid, H. Rose & the Nomads, and Almighty American. Hot Indian Foods and Butcher Salt food trucks will be on site. OMNI will also be releasing The Sour One, their first sour beer.

Finally, Sunday, September 24, race with us in a 5K with the Minnesota Brewery Running Series. Find out more about the fun run here, or click here to register. But Sunday is a day of rest, so enjoy free massages from MN Wellness, cribbage league and open play, and mini golf. Blue Fire Pizza and Original Hockey Mom Brownies food trucks will be serving food during the day.

For updates on the weekend’s events, stay connected with the Facebook event page.

OMNI’s 2nd Birthday Party

To celebrate their second birthday, OMNI Is hosting a three-day birthday bash extravaganza, filled with exciting events, activities, beers, and much more.

Friday, September 22nd, is Hoppy Hour all day, aka IPA day. OMNI is releasing two new IPAs (Raspberry Milk Shake and F.A.D. Hazy Double IPA), hosting comedians Tiffany Norton and Miss Shannon Paul in a free event at 7pm, and having a number of different food trucks, including Craft Mobile Kitchen and Taste of Target Field. Also, OMNI’s Raspberry Milk Shake will be exclusively paired with Nadia Cake.

On Saturday, September 23, OMNI is the big birthday day. There will be a craft market from 12-4pm where you can purchase products from a number of local distributors, merchants, and more.  From 1-10pm, enjoy live music from Good Morning Bedlam, No Tent featuring Reina Del Sid, H. Rose & the Nomads, and Almighty American. Hot Indian Foods and Butcher Salt food trucks will be on site. OMNI will also be releasing The Sour One, their first sour beer.

Finally, Sunday, September 24, race with us in a 5K with the Minnesota Brewery Running Series. Find out more about the fun run here, or click here to register. But Sunday is a day of rest, so enjoy free massages from MN Wellness, cribbage league and open play, and mini golf. Blue Fire Pizza and Original Hockey Mom Brownies food trucks will be serving food during the day.

For updates on the weekend’s events, stay connected with the Facebook event page.

OMNI’s 2nd Birthday Party

To celebrate their second birthday, OMNI Is hosting a three-day birthday bash extravaganza, filled with exciting events, activities, beers, and much more.

Friday, September 22nd, is Hoppy Hour all day, aka IPA day. OMNI is releasing two new IPAs (Raspberry Milk Shake and F.A.D. Hazy Double IPA), hosting comedians Tiffany Norton and Miss Shannon Paul in a free event at 7pm, and having a number of different food trucks, including Craft Mobile Kitchen and Taste of Target Field. Also, OMNI’s Raspberry Milk Shake will be exclusively paired with Nadia Cake.

On Saturday, September 23, OMNI is the big birthday day. There will be a craft market from 12-4pm where you can purchase products from a number of local distributors, merchants, and more.  From 1-10pm, enjoy live music from Good Morning Bedlam, No Tent featuring Reina Del Sid, H. Rose & the Nomads, and Almighty American. Hot Indian Foods and Butcher Salt food trucks will be on site. OMNI will also be releasing The Sour One, their first sour beer.

Finally, Sunday, September 24, race with us in a 5K with the Minnesota Brewery Running Series. Find out more about the fun run here, or click here to register. But Sunday is a day of rest, so enjoy free massages from MN Wellness, cribbage league and open play, and mini golf. Blue Fire Pizza and Original Hockey Mom Brownies food trucks will be serving food during the day.

For updates on the weekend’s events, stay connected with the Facebook event page.

Natedogs a finalist in 2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year Contest

Nathan Beck of Natedogs finishes off a dog with his homemade spicy-honey mustard at Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride 2014 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Nathan Beck of Natedogs finishes off a dog with his homemade spicy-honey mustard at Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride 2014 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Natedogs, the Minneapolis food cart known for quality hot dogs and homemade mustard, is in the running for Mobile Cuisine’s 2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year.

Nathan Beck, the bow-tied owner of Natedogs, has made a name for himself and his dogs over the past few years. His cart is a fixture in the Twin Cities food truck scene, appearing at seemingly every major event in town. In 2014, Natedogs was named to Thrillist’s 20 Best Food Trucks in America list.

Mobile Cuisine’s online contest pits Beck’s food cart against other hot dog vendors from Florida, Ohio, and even Alaska. Voting is open until May 5 at 9:59pm.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck

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Northbound’s brick and mortar location in South Minneapolis // Photo by Aaron Davidson

For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with dining space in the 80-person restaurant regularly maxed out, the business has been searching for a way to bring its food (and beer) to more people. Owner Jamie Robinson had been exploring options for growth for some time, namely between opening a second brewpub or expanding into catering. Instead, he chose a third route.

Later this fall, likely in November, Northbound Smokehouse will expand into the food truck scene. The food truck will allow Northbound to expand its reach, and begin catering, at a fraction the cost of a second brick-and-mortar.

The food truck will split time between standard taproom, downtown, and event parking lots, and more traditional catered events. For private events, the brewpub is allowed to sell its beer in addition to food like its popular porketta sandwich, smoked brisket, or wings. The menu is prep-intensive and will be smoked in advance, then finished via flat top inside the truck. “It’s basically a mini version of the kitchen we have right now without the smoker,” Robinson explains

While food trucks are a common sight on Twin Cities streets these days, Robinson thinks Northbound will leap ahead of the pack by including servers who will go into taprooms to take orders and deliver food directly to customers. “Nothing against taprooms,” he says. “I think somewhere along the way people are going to notice that brewpubs have full service and taprooms don’t.”

Northbound’s Jamie Robinson // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Opening in the fall will highlight the benefit because taproom customers won’t have to step into the cold to order or pick up their food. The menu will be an abbreviated selection of their brick and mortar’s top sellers.

Robinson expects to park the brewpub’s food truck outside taprooms, creating a unique combination of businesses. While they seem to be competitors at eye level, he notes that brewpubs and production breweries don’t have many overlapping clients. “We’re not in liquor stores and we’re not on tap next to them [at the bar],” he says. Furthermore, since Northbound’s in-house tap lines are roughly 50% guest beers, it will further complement the experience of visiting their restaurant. The truck is a cost-effective way to get their product to more customers and to advertise their brand around town, in turn bringing thirsty beer customers back to their home on E. 38th Street.

“We hear a lot from people in Northeast: ‘I love Northbound, I just don’t ever get down that way.’ Now we can bring it to Northeast,” he says happily. And the waitstaff will even bring it inside where it’s warm.

Photos by Aaron Davidson

Get ready for food-truck Wednesdays, coming soon to downtown St. Paul

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Tiki Tim’s is one of five food trucks that will post-up during lunch rush in downtown St. Paul every Wednesday, staring May 4 // Photo via Tiki Tim’s website

Starting May 4 and running through August 31, a designated area will be set aside in downtown St. Paul for several food trucks to park on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth streets from 11am to 1:30pm every Wednesday.

The “food-truck court” idea came about after two food trucks, Tiki Tim’s and R.A. MacSammy’s, approached the city. Those two trucks will have a weekly spot in the weekly gathering, as will A Peace of Cake and Panini Pin Ups. A fifth guest spot will feature a different food truck from week to week.

Several other food trucks will still be patrolling downtown, vying for meter spots around Rice Park and Ecolab Plaza, but the Wednesday spot will be a guaranteed way to get your food-truck fix on those lovely summer afternoons that are soon to come.

[h/t Pioneer Press]


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Winter warriors: how food trucks brave Minnesota’s harshest season

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The MidNord Empanada Truck at the 2013 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival // Photo by Aaron Davidson

There’s a local industry growing at a phenomenal rate. A decade ago, it was virtually non-existent; now there are over 100 entities. No, not breweries: We’re talking about food trucks. As the temperatures drop and the snow accumulates (hypothetically, at least), some of those 100-plus trucks will go into hibernation. Others, though, will layer up like the rest of us and brave the elements.

“We tried to open the first winter,” recalls Alec Duncan of Potter’s Pasties & Pies. “On December 3, [2011] it snowed four inches and we had three customers over the four-hour lunch period. That was it.” At that time, Potter’s Pasties was run out of a trailer, not a full-on food truck like they have now. After his first attempt at winter service fell flat, Duncan closed the trailer down and waited until spring to return to the streets.

He didn’t give in to winter all together, though; he learned from it. The next year, Duncan bought a truck and furnished it for the season. Now he offers year-round service, which, he says, helps build word of mouth because of the stability.

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Potter’s Pasties & Pies at the 2014 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival // Photo by Wisch Photography

For many food trucks, the number of customers drops come winter, and with reduced traffic comes reduced income. That plus myriad other challenges are seen as a big deterrent to staying open year-round. Road conditions, truck conditions, frozen water and propane, vents and hoods buried in snow, salt wreaking havoc underneath the truck, mechanical issues like working with diesel fuel and steering rear-wheel drive vehicles through downtown streets: it’s a tough sell.

But some trucks have no choice. “Once we were putting in 60-plus hours per week this past summer, we ended up without other jobs to sustain us through the winter,” says Brett Drake, co-owner of Brooks High Beer Battered. Having the truck as his only source of income is challenging, he admits, but there are advantages. It’s easier to get into events and find parking spaces with less competition, for instance, and, adds co-owner Pete Toft, “You are able to gain a reputation amongst breweries, distilleries, and customers alike for always being around.”

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Brooks High Beer Battered co-owners Brett Drake, left, and Pete Toft // Photo by Hunter Johnson

Those trucks who choose the year-round option tend toward the comfort food route. Potter’s does not change their lineup of warm pasties, but Brooks High does adjust the menu for the season. “Our wild rice salad has become a wild rice casserole,” Toft says, noting that he adds spices to the dish and serves it hot.

Truck owners who opt to close come winter either have a second job, regular catering/delivery work, or a healthy savings account in order to support their taking the season off. Sometimes, though, none of those are options—especially for the hired hands who pitch in during warmer months. So truck owners have to make a decision: hibernate or power through. “We don’t necessarily have to operate during the winter months,” says Phil Gaffney of The MidNord Empanada Truck, “[But] this year our staff is brave and suggested we operate.”

The growing number of trucks in the Twin Cities means more trucks will be forced to stay open year-round in order to claim a territory and carve an audience. Sometimes, the bet ends up paying off without much of a downside. “So far, we’ve had an extended summer and it’s worked out well,” says Duncan of Potter’s Pasties. “People go outside when they know it won’t lead to some kind of permanent damage.”


Minnesota Food Trucks Open Year-Round

If you’re looking for a meal on four wheels this winter, check out the food trucks that operate year-round:

Did we miss a food truck that’s open during winter? Contact us at kgrauman (at) growlermag (dot) com to be added to this list.

Brooks High brings a new take on Beer Battered Fish

Brett Drake and Pete Toft // Photo by Hunter Johnson

Brett Drake and Pete Toft // Photo by Hunter Johnson

It was a nail biter for Brett Drake and Pete Toft, but Brooks High Beer Battered hit their Kickstarter goal with roughly 24 hours to spare. With funding achieved, the next step is getting their craft beer-themed food truck up and running at taproom hotspots like Bauhaus Brew Labs and LynLake Brewery, which they aspire to do by mid-May.

Drake and Toft are seasoned veterans of the Midwestern fish fry, having spent seven years together at Tin Fish in Minneapolis mastering the trade. As their entrepreneurial spirits guided them to start a business, they reshaped the business plan into a food truck. “While the business started out as a pub we always had a huge focus on a rotating selection of local craft beer,” explains Drake, and that focus remains even though the medium has changed.

Food trucks are typically a one-theme enterprise, and they settled on the obvious: a fish fry truck that builds on the delectable and distinct flavors within Minnesota beers. To further tie into Minnesota culture, they will use walleye and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible (walleye, however, is illegal to sell commercially in Minnesota so that will come from outstate).

Replacing the light domestic beer used in traditional beer batters as means to ensure fluffiness, Brooks High beer batter will highlight craft beer’s distinct flavors. Drake and Toft built their recipes from the ground up, creating a batter from the lightest and the darkest beers from each partner brewery. “We really wanted to pay homage to the time, effort, and unique flavors that each brewer is placing into their beer,” Drake explains. “We set out to almost recreate the flavor profile and look of the beer in each batter.”

Light Battered Walleye Sandwich w_ Citrus, Green Apple Slaw

The first two brewery partnerships were forged outside of the taproom, through connections at an advertising agency that coincidentally employed Drake and some aspiring brewers who went on to open Bauhaus and LynLake. “It was a touch of fate,” Drake says. Bauhaus and LynLake signed on while Brooks High was in development. Once the batter ball was rolling picking up new partners has been easy—both Tin Whiskers and Fair State are also on board.

Craft breweries and food trucks are hot items in the Twin Cities right now, notes Peter Heidorn of LynLake. Even before LynLake opened their doors, he knew the pairing was a great idea because, he says, “Brooks High is an original take that unites both.” The truck will feed LynLake’s onsite customers and also serve as a vessel to spread word about the brewery.

How the business will work depends on the event. They are partnering to create “Batters-on-Tap,” or a set of batters for each brewing partner, which they are offering that particular day. When parked outside of a taproom, only batters from that brewery’s recipes will be “on tap.” It will complement the brewery, and also gives Brooks High patrons a unique experience at each stop. Brooks High will park at breweries, but they will also cater to the downtown crowd and other events. The goal is to appeal to every palate, regardless of beer preferences. “At the end of the day,” Drake explains, “we are serving modern takes on delicious Midwestern comfort foods that everyone can love.” They will also serve bacon mac ’n’ cheese, cheese curds, beer bread, and more.

Though not yet on wheels, Brooks High still has their eyes set on opening the brick-and-mortar pub a few years down the road. Eventually the two hope to pair batters with a beers on draft at the pub, which will likely include the partnerships they’ve already forged. Brooks High has put a lot of time and effort into modernizing Midwestern comfort foods, but they openly share the credit. “These brewmasters put so much time and love into these brews,” Drake says. “They are really the masterpieces.”

Food photos by Pete Toft and Christian Korab

MN Beer Events Calendar, October-November 2013 Edition

Your Guide to Twin Cities Beer — and Fun — for the Next two Months

 

October 2

“Meet the Brewer” with Badger Hill

Zeke’s Unchained Animal || 3508 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis 55406 || 6 – 7 p.m.

These newcomers to the South Minneapolis bar and beer scene are teaming up to have brewers from local breweries hold conversations with the public on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Zeke’s Unchained Animal, a brand-new bar on East Lake Street, is starting a “meet the brewer” night in conjunction with Elevated Beer, Wine & Spirits.

 

 

October 3

 Social Science: Murder at the Museum

Science Museum of Minnesota || 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul || 6 – 11 p.m. || $25 for non-members, $20 for SMM or MPR members

A body is discovered at the museum late at night, and all signs point to foul play. It’s on you, lucky gumshoe, to gather the forensic skills, clues, and savvy to solve the crime. Get the real story from forensic scientists in the field as you learn to dust for fingerprints, interpret blood spatter, and more.

 

 

October 4 – 13

Fermentation Fest

Reedsburg , WI and surrounding area

Farmers, chefs, artists, poets, brewers, and cheese makers will converge in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, Wisconsin to celebrate food, farming, and fermentation. Forty-two classes including fermenting vegetables, brewing beer, making chocolate, cheese, sourdough bread, wine, yogurt, kefir, compost and more fermented favorites. The Farm Art DTour, a self-guided 50 mile loop through scenic farmlands punctuated by temporary large scale art installations, farm stands, roadside poetry and “pasture performances.” Visit www.fermentationfest.com for more information and to register for classes!

 

 

October 4- 5

Twin Cities Oktoberfest

Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center || Randall Avenue between Snelling and Cooper Avenue, St. Paul || $25

Beer, music, tomfoolery and more? Yes please. Jump into your favorite German dress and push-up bra or lederhosen and get your German on at the Twin Cities Oktoberfest at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. We promise not to tell people that you’re actually Irish if you promise not to drink green beer in March.

 

 

October 4

 Fargo Brewer’s Ball

 Hilton Garden Inn || 4351 17th Avenue South, Fargo || 7 p.m. || $75

The Fargo Brewer’s Ball is back for its third go-around this year, once again in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This fest promises to be a celebration of craft beers and gourmet pub food and will also include a silent auction. If you’ve yet to venture to the Fargo/Moorhead area to check out their breweries, this might just be a great time to check out both Fargo Brewing Co. and Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewery.

 

 

October 5

 Beer and Bacon Fest

Alerus Center || 1200 42nd Street South, Grand Forks, ND || 2 p.m. || $15-30

Beer and bacon? I skimmed over most of the Greek mythology studies in school, but distinctly recall that the Gods were big fans of both flavorful beer and bacon. Really. Craft beer revisionist history aside, Happy Harry’s has put together a festival in celebration of the good things in life. The event will include 40-60 beers, a bacon-dish competition between local restaurants, bacon art, a bacon eating contest and more.

 

 

October 5

 Where the Wild Beers Are

Republic, 7 Corners || 221 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis || 11 – 3 p.m. || $15 and one or more wild, sour or farmhouse ales to share

Where the Wild Beers Are is a beer tasting like no other. Born in the spirit friends getting together to share great beers, WWBA is a collaborative beer tasting event that focuses on wild side of the beer spectrum, attracting fans of the funk and “bacti-curious” beer fans. Not to be missed.

 

 

October 10

Lagunitas Beer Dinner

Woolley’s Steakhouse || 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington || 6:30 p.m. || $55

As summer winds down and the kids head back to school, look forward to celebrating with a multi-course meal that highlights six of Lagunitas’ famous craft beers. The Lagunitas Beer Dinner is a longstanding tradition at Woolley’s, and they take pride in marrying the flavors of perfectly crafted brews with their ideal culinary complement. With dishes like Cider Glazed Pork Belly & Manhattan Style Bone-In New York Strip, how could you go wrong?!

 

 

October 12

 Schell’s Oktoberfest

Schell’s Brewery || 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm || 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. || $5

August Schell’s Brewing Co. claims that the Schell’s Oktoberfest celebration is the closest thing to Oktoberfest on this side of the Atlantic. Given their history, we’re apt to believe them. Head to Schell’s for great beer, live polka music, lederhosen clad servers, and perhaps a glimpse of hermit brewer Dave Berg! Good, German-inspired times to be had by all.

 

 

October 12

 40th Annual Guzzle ‘n Twirl Beer Collectibles Show

Aldrich Arena || 1850 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood || 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Note that it’s “twirl,” not “twerk,” dudes. Guzzle ‘n Twirl is the largest beer collectibles show in the upper Midwest and will feature thousands of beer-related antiques and collectibles like signs, bottles, cans, etc. If you go, you’ll earn bonus points if you can find me some swag from failed 90s-era brewpubs & breweries. Go!

 

 

October 17
Third Thursday at the MIA: Nerd Thursday

Minneapolis Institute of Arts || 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis || 6 – 9 p.m. || Free

Geek out in the galleries with a celebration of the nerd in all of us! Brush up on your gaming skills, from Ping-Pong to Pogs. Show off your specialty knowledge for dorky challenges throughout the museum. Dress to impress in your best bowtie and suspenders. Third Thursday at the MIA is free to attend with refreshments (including Summit) for sale.

 

October 19

 Fresh Hop Fest

Town Hall Lanes || 5019 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis || 2 – 7 p.m.

Fresh. Hop. Beers. For Fresh Hop Fest, Town Hall Lanes will feature over 20 fresh hop beers on top in an expression of hop-loving solidarity. More information is forthcoming, but if you know anything about Town Hall and their love of fresh hops, they’ll do this right. Please reserve a space for me at the bar right now.

 

 

October 21

Lucid Beer Dinner

6th Avenue Wine & Ale || 115 6th Avenue East, Alexandria || 5:30 p.m.

Lest we start thinking that beer dinners are exclusive to Minnesota’s larger cities, Lucid is heading to the small town of Alexandria, Minnesota for a beer dinner at 6th Avenue Wine & Ale. Lucid’s Jon Messier will be on hand to talk about all things Lucid and Chef Paul will expertly pair five Lucid beers with equally interesting dishes.  

 

 

October 22

612Brew Beer Dinner

Pairings || 6001 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka || 6:30pm || $40

612Brew is heading to the 952 for a beer dinner at Pairings in Minnetonka. With a menu that includes a dish called “Bull in a China Shop,” you know this is going to be good. Four courses, four beers, though sadly no donuts (c’mon Kasak!). Cheers!

 

 

October 29

Flat Earth Beer Dinner

Stout’s Pub || 1611 W. Larpenteur Avenue, Falcon Heights || 6-10pm || $60

Chef Dan Parker is offering up a beer dinner that includes six beers, five courses and a night of fun at Stout’s Pub. Rub elbows with the Flat Earth folks and enjoy some great food & beer. Just thinking about it makes me want to stock up on their Belgian Pale Ale and Porter. Yum.

 

 

October 19
Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

Historic Grain Belt Brewery Complex || 70 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis || 1 – 4 p.m. || $25

Now in its third year, the Nordeast Big River Brew Fest returns to the historic Grain Belt Bottling House for an afternoon of craft beer sampling benefiting East Side Neighborhood Services. This year, the event spreads both inside and outside of the bottling house. Sip great beers, enjoy great food, and support the local community!

 

 

October 19
 The Fall Feast Food Truck Rally presented by Harriet Brewing and MN Food Truck Association

Harriet Brewing Company || 3036 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis || 12 – 7 p.m. || FREE

After the success of their first event in July, the Minnesota Food Truck Association (MFTA) is once again gathering its truck members for a food truck rally. Food trucks will serve their gourmet mobile food specialties at the brewery along with live entertainment and locally brewed craft beer. The Fall Feast Food Truck Rally is a FREE event for all ages. Attendees must be 21 years of age to obtain a wristband for alcohol consumption.

 

October 21 – 26

 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival presented by 612Brew

Various Venues

Now in its third year, the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival presented by 612Brew is a week-long marathon of live comedy held at various venues from Oct. 21 – 26. This year’s installment features over two dozen comedians from around the country performing in venues all across the Twin Cities, including: The Comedy Corner Underground, The Joke Joint Comedy Club, Spring Street Tavern’s Club Underground, HUGE Theater, Galactic Pizza, and Camp Bar in St. Paul. More info at www.10000laughs.com.

 

 

October 23 – 26

Hoppy Halloween Challenge

Howard Johnson Inn || 301 3rd Avenue North, Fargo, ND

Fargo/Moorhead’s Prairie Homebrewing Companions pay host to their annual Hoppy Halloween Challenge in late October each year. This year’s contest includes the traditional BJCP categories as well as a couple of unique categories—“Halloween Themed Beers” and my personal favorite, “Fresh Killed Hop Beers.” Don’t miss the awards banquet—in addition to costume contests, this year’s event includes speaker Stan Hieronymus, author of “Brew Like a Monk,” “Brewing with Wheat,” and “For the Love of Hops.” Entries accepted through 10/19.

 

 

October 25

 Darkness Eve

Stub & Herb’s || 227 SE Oak Street, Minneapolis

True to form, the fine folks at Stub & Herb’s have promised to play host to a Darkness Eve celebration at the bar. If history is any indication, you can expect a ton of great Surly beers (common and not-so-common), as well as a ton of big, dark, badass beers of varying vintages.

 

 

October 26

Darkness Day

Surly Brewing Co. || 4811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center || 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

I really don’t know a lot about this Surly Darkness Day stuff, but apparently it’s a beer, and back in the day, you could sell it for a pretty penny on eBay. Apparently it’s black as night, hoppy to dank proportions and a little sweet… or so I hear. So I’m planning on getting in line with all of the nerds this year to see if I can get a few bottles to trade with my internet friend BeerPhearo83 for some special Dogfish Head beer brewed with mummy balls. In any case, word on the street is that people get here extremely early to wait in line for this stuff, so I’ll do just that. During the day they’ll have music, food and a bunch of beers on tap.

 

 

November 14

Blues & Brews

Aria at the Jeune Lune || 105 North 1st Street, Minneapolis || 6 – 10 p.m. || $75

I’m just going to take a crack at this one, but it looks like perhaps this has something to do with beer… and music? Blues and Brews is an event that supports Canvas Heath, an organization that provides a range of services to homeless youth as well as children, teens and adults that struggle with mental & chemical health issues. This event includes 25+ craft beers and appetizers as well as the music of Chastity Brown Trio, Davina & the Vagabonds and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. Check it out.

 

 

November 16

 Commander Barleywine Release Party

Lift Bridge Brewery || 1900 Tower Road, Stillwater || 3 – 10 p. m.

Mark your calendars for the third annual release of Lift Bridge’s Commander Barleywine, an English barleywine that should weigh in somewhere in the 12.5% ABV range. Last year’s event featured a circus theme and we can only guess what the boys are up to this year. Expect music, beer, merriment, and perhaps a few shenanigans.

 

Third Thursday

November 21

Third Thursday: Sustainable Design with AIGA MN

Minneapolis Institute of Arts || 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis || 6 – 9 p.m. || FREE

It’s year two of AIGA Minnesota’s partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for Third Thursday—a night of incredible art and design. Join us at the hands-on printing studio hosted by Big Table Studio, invent a new font with Chank Diesel, check out the pop-up display of AIGA Minnesota’s 2012 Design Show winners, and grab a coupon (while they last) for a free drink at Icehouse. Music by Van Stee. Refreshments (including Summit) for sale.