The Mill: Great American Beer Festival wraps up, Minnesota takes home six medals

The Great American Beer Festival 2017 wrapped up festivities this weekend in Denver // Photo © Brewers Association

The Great American Beer Festival 2017 wrapped up festivities this weekend in Denver // Photo © Brewers Association

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up in Denver over the weekend, after expanding to 800 breweries and drawing a whopping 60,000 beer loving attendees.

In total, the 2017 GABF competition received 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries, and awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories. Five Minnesota breweries took home six GABF medals.

In the “German-Style Maerzen” category, Beaver Island was awarded bronze for their Oktoberfest. The Freehouse won two silvers—one for its No. 33 Gose in the “Leipzig-style Gose or Contemporary Gose” category and the other for the North Loop brewery’s No. 20 Barleywine. Summit also snatched a silver with its Extra Pale Ale in the classic English-style pale ale category.

Lupulin locked in a gold for their Dortmunder within the “Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest” class. And the extra special bitter category was extra sweet for Bent Paddle, grabbing a gold for their 14° ESB.

October 3—October 10


Earth Rider Brewing Company // Photo by JaneCane Photography

Earth Rider Brewing Company // Photo by JaneCane Photography

Earth Rider Brewing is damn close to opening. When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider, established by brothers Tim and Brad Nelson, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966.

Surly Brewing is expanding distribution into Colorado by partnering with Elite Brands. To start, Furious, Hell, and Xtra-Citra will be available near the end of October.

The brewer at Delaware-based Mispillion River Brewing, Ryan Maloney, dreamed up a beer brewed with electrolytes. After months of experimentation with sports drinks aplenty, Maloney’s final iteration is War Kitten, a “slightly grapey,” five percent ABV “SportsBerliner,” brewed with high quality electrolytes and lactobacillus. It’s available in 16-ounce cans.

Beer and sports go together, and now curling has a dedicated beer. Inspired by Omaha’s Aksarben Curling Club, Nebraska Brewing Company made Sliding Stones Scotch Ale with “plenty of rich malt flavor but isn’t so strong that you can’t keep your stones sliding in the right direction.”

Kevin Evans of the Duluth Whiskey Project received his distilling license recently. Evans has been working at Vikre Distillery in Duluth’s Canal Park for the past four years, and is starting Duluth Whiskey Project using Vikre’s extra still capacity, with plans to build his own distillery in the future.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales announced its opening membership to The Forgotten Barrel Society, a members-only club guarantees exclusive beer releases and other benefits at the South Minneapolis brewery. The one-year memberships will be available on November 7 and will be capped at 300.

Wildfires have ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres in Sonoma and Napa counties, California’s wine growing region. The fires have destroyed homes, wineries, and commercial buildings across the region. Thousands have evacuated the area, while at least 15 people have been killed by the fires and hundreds more are reported missing.


Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is closing for good // Photo via Tin Fish's Facebook

Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is closing for good // Photo via Tin Fish’s Facebook

Lake Calhoun’s Tin Fish restaurant is closed for the season… and for good. After 14 years of outdoor eating, owners Sheff and Athena Priest decided to not renew their lease with the city.

Now that temperatures are dropping, The Lexington is bringing Tiki Happy Hour to their indoor martini bar on weekdays, 4–6pm. Drinks and Polynesian fare will be available—items like potstickers, crab rangoon, kimchi grilled cheese, Korean chile fries, wild boar sausage, and fish sliders.

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn owner, Conagra Brands, is acquiring Angie’s Artisan Treats, maker of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn. The price tag on the deal: $250 million.


Renderings of the Dayton's building renovation were leaked this week

Renderings of the Dayton’s building renovation were leaked this week

Blueprints for renovating the iconic, former Dayton’s building on Nicollet Mall are out. The leaked renderings illustrate rooftop terraces, a food hall, retail space, and a street-level eatery.

New York City bartender and Macalester graduate, Austin Rogers, became the fifth highest winning contestant in Jeopardy’s history.

The Minnesota Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven seasons last Wednesday night at the U, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks, 85-76, in a winner-take-all Finals, Game 5.

Minnesota United’s Brent Kallman scored the game tying goal in the Loons’ final home game draw last Saturday with Sporting KC. At the 84th minute mark, the center back equalized the score to 1-1.

Hastings-based startup and “Shark Tank” winner, Extreme Sandbox, is opening an indoor version of its concept at the Rosedale Center mid-November. Instead of the 10 acres of dirt that customers excavate at the Hastings location, Extreme Sandbox Mini will hold rubberized playground mulch in roughly 5,700 square feet of space on the first floor next to Herberger’s.

After going from a 100-loss season in 2016 to making the playoffs in 2017, the Minnesota Twins announced yesterday they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, keeping him with the team through the 2020 season.

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