Better Beer Society wants to help your favorite watering hole serve beer better

The Better Beer Society’s name pretty much sums up its mission: to help make craft beer better. The main way they accomplish this task is through education, working directly with retailers to ensure everyone on staff is well-versed in beer styles, history, service, and food pairings (for retailers), and branding, marketing, operational and sales strategies, … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society University’s Spring Semester Starts Tonight

Craft beer is serious business. The impact of craft beer on the economy and culture of the Twin Cities has developed expeditiously over the past few years. And as is the case with many young industries—there can be a pretty steep learning curve. The quick-growing micro industry of craft beer in Minnesota is undoubtedly a work in progress, but … [ Read more]

Domestic Flights: Musings from the Airport Bar

I’m nursing a $10 beer in a bar called Beers of the World at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. My flight home to Minneapolis is delayed at least half an hour as storms move in from the southwest. I’ve already had one $10 beer, but what else is there to do? The knowledge that a … [ Read more]

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Style Profile: Brown Ale

Illustration by David Witt Ask brewers and beer drinkers alike about their least-favorite beer style (aside from light lager, of course) and the answer is likely to be brown ale. To many, brown ale is boring. It’s an in-between beer—neither here nor there. It lacks the creamy body and roasty snap of a porter and … [ Read more]

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Alliance for Beer Education

After months of planning Michael Agnew, from A Perfect Pint, and Rob Shellman, from Better Beer Society, announce the creation of the Alliance for Beer Education (ABE). This alliance is a joint project that aims to provide quality beer education programs for Minnesota’s beer festivals. Beer Education is crucial right now in Minnesota, thanks to the … [ Read more]

Growth & Shrinkage

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint These are busy times for the brewing industry. Growth is happening exponentially, something akin to the inflationary epoch after the big bang when the universe expanded by a factor of 1,078 in a fraction of a second. The Brewers Association, an industry trade group, released figures in June of last … [ Read more]

Profiling Pilsner (And Dashing Its Bad Rap)

This Style Profile mounts a passionate defense of an “ordinary” beer. By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint  Illustrations by DWITT  Anyone who has talked to me at any length about beer knows that in my world, pilsner is the perfect beer. People are often taken aback by this. “Why pilsner?” they ask. “I would expect … [ Read more]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners 2012

  We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and November and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and … [ Read more]