Hops and pot: How they’re related

Hops are a resinous, green flower, and from what Snoop Dogg taught me, so too is that sticky icky icky. But the similarities between hops and weed go well beyond how they look and feel. Not only did scientists confirm in 2012 that the two plants are genetically related, belonging to Cannabinaceae family, now further research is helping us understand … [ Read more]

Sneak peak at the new Lagunitas Azusa expansion

On April 19, Lagunitas Brewing Co, the nation’s sixth largest craft brewing company, opened the doors of its new Azusa campus, reports California Brew Masters. The new Southern California campus spans three warehouse structures and is expected to put out around 1.8 million barrels of beer per year at full capacity. The buildings sit empty for now, but … [ Read more]

Celebrating 4/20? Thank “the Waldos”

If your eyes glaze over at the thought of another unofficial holiday, you’re either still recovering from the damage you did to your retinas on April 14 for Look Up At The Sky Day or you’ve already started celebrating April 20, better known as “four-twenty,” better known as International Smoke Weed Day. Either way, as far … [ Read more]

Lagunitas sells 50% of company to Heineken in effort to take their beer worldwide

Lagunitas Brewing Company announced today it will sell 50% of the company to Heineken in an effort to launch its beer onto the global stage. Lagunitas founder Tony Magee penned a blog post on the news that’s well worth a read and speaks of the deal as the natural next step in the growth Lagunitas was already experiencing. … [ Read more]

Midwest Craft Brewers Conference to Feature Keynotes from Lagunitas, Toppling Goliath Founders

What do Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have in common? They’re all invited to participate in the first annual Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, to be held August 6–7 at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Beer and America’s breadbasket have long gone hand in hand. Some of the … [ Read more]

California Drought Puts Pressure On California’s Craft Breweries

While Minnesotans have been struggling with too much of the cold, wet stuff (I won’t say the s-word, it’s bad luck), Californians have been suffering from the opposite. This past year was the driest in history for California, which has affected many regions, namely Sonoma County along the Russian River. The Russian River is a 110-mile waterway that provides drinking … [ Read more]

Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout

Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout ABV: 9.9%, IBU: 72 While the folks at Lagunitas are known for their hops-driven beers, they are no slouch with malt, either. The Imperial Stout is an opaque brown but not quite black, while the head delicately clings to the side of the glass. The emerging aromas include charred wood, … [ Read more]

Breakfast Meets Beer

The tail end of winter is the perfect time to indulge in a splendid taboo. A beer. On a weekday. Before noon. Here’s where to make it happen and what to eat with it. By John Garland, The Heavy Table You reluctantly wake up and fumble for your alarm clock. There’s a thick layer of … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

Bitters, Hoodies and Winterwear: The October-November Beer Gear Roundup

The latest Growler Beer Gear roundup comes just in time for cooler weather and the start — yep — of the holiday shopping season. by Megan Parker Make Your Own Bitters Kit / $46 http://easyandoskey.com/   Are you an aspiring mixologist?  Now, in addition to crafting your own cocktails, you can make your own small batch … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20