Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]

Hunyuck Brew Co. to Hit the Beer Market This August

Hunyuck. A term of endearment from Dave Gronert’s “tough, old Norwegian” grandmother, and the basis for the name of a new beer brand hitting the market this August: Hunyuck Brew Co. “Hunyuck was a term that my grandma used to describe backwoods folks in northern Minnesota that are basically real renaissance men,” says Gronert, co-founder … [ Read more]

New Glarus geuze available Friday, cans of Moon Man on Monday

New Glarus Brewing is heading into summer with a slew of beer announcements. First up is the brewery’s first of three R&D releases for 2016. According to New Glarus, Vintage 2015 is an American geuze that is naturally coolship soured in New Glarus’ Wild Fruit Cave. The beer features Wisconsin wheat and aged Hallertau hops that impart citrus … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS expands its flock with Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc

FINNEGANS, which just launched Hoppy Shepherd session ale in Feburary, just announced that it has another trick up its sleeve: Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc, which will hit the streets May 1. The 5.8% ABV ale will a limited-edition offering, only available during summer months (or until they run out; they’re planning to brew at least 500 barrels). It … [ Read more]

Summit 30th Anniversary Double IPA due out next week

30th Anniversary Double IPA tall boy four-packs rolling off the canning line! #Summit30 #thebigdipa pic.twitter.com/0P8dwMJL3t — Summit Brewery (@summitbeer) March 3, 2016 Summit Brewing’s 30th Anniversary Double IPA, the first in a series of releases planned for this year to mark the St. Paul brewery’s 30th anniversary, will begin hitting store shelves next week and … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing to release first bottled beer, Imperial Raspberry Truffle

Lupulin Brewing will release their first bottled beer, Imperial Raspberry Truffle, to members of their Founding Sponsor program on Saturday, Feb. 27 and a week later on March 5 to the general public at their Big Lake, Minnesota, brewery. The imperial porter was aged on cacao nibs and 15 pounds of raspberries per barrel, and … [ Read more]

New brew: Finnegans Hoppy Shepherd

FINNEGANS Brew Co. recently announced the release of the newest beer to join its year-round lineup: Hoppy Shepherd. The session ale features a blend of Admiral, Centennial, Citra, and Jester hops with aromas of apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine. It clocks in at 4.6% ABV and 50 IBUs. Jester is a tricky hop to track down in the United … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: Tin Whiskers to Release Lecky Scottish Ale at Taproom

PRESS RELEASE: 01/29/2015 Tin Whiskers Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of the Lecky Scottish Ale available today, January 29, 2015, exclusively at their taproom. What’s with the name? Lecky is a Scottish slang for electricity, which keeps the consistency of the electrical engineer beer themes but adds a little European flavor to the mix. … [ Read more]

New Beer: Founder’s Dark Penance

From Founder’s: Dark Penance starts with a heavy malt foundation of crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge (100 IBUs huge), but balanced by the malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine—most everything … [ Read more]