The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

Insight Brewing // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Insight Brewing // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag.

Insight Brewing Opens This Friday:

We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek at their newly-completed taproom in advance of their grand opening festivities this weekend. Brewer Ilan Klages-Mundt has built up a healthy stock of their five year-round brews, including their flagship Lamb & Flag English-style bitter and, our new favorite, the Chiswick Porter—a wispy, chocolate-scented brew that any Smithwick’s fan will surely gravitate towards. Taproom hours start at 4pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon on Sunday. Friday’s festivities will also include the O’Cheeze food truck and live music from The Dead Pigeons.

Other Events Upcoming:

Get over to Four Firkins in Oakdale this evening for a Lift Bridge Commander Barleywine release party and tasting.

Tomorrow night, hit up Sisyphus Brewing‘s monthly comedy showcase (no cover) and drink some Batch 50.50 imperial stout while you’re there.

They’re tapping some serious barrel-aged tastiness (Including Indeed Rum King, Founders KBS and Surly Eight), tomorrow starting at 4pm, at Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill in Plymouth.

Also on Thursday, head over to Bluestem Bar on Lyndale for a Sociable Cider Werks tap takeover. Eight to ten Sociable pints will be tapped for $5 each, alongside small-plate food specials from $4-9.

Drink some Bent Paddle beer and enter to win some crazy giveaways at Midwest Mountaineering’s Beer and Geer Night, Friday from 2-9pm.

News:

Controversy abounds in Seattle: The Seahawks may be selling fans watered-down beer. Anheuser-Busch refutes the claim, but one can only hope the Seahawks send Richard Sherman to St. Louis to demand some answers.

William Bostwick, beer critic for the Wall Street Journal, writes a wonderful history of bittering agents in beer.

Absurd or exciting? A new machine called The Hoppier—described as a mix between a regular tap beer tower and an espresso machine – gives drinkers the ability to create bespoke beers by adjusting contact with dry hops and other adjuncts.

Regulators in Massachusetts have subpoenaed several breweries, distributors and retailers, to probe the depths of the state’s pay-to-play beer industry.

The inaugural Flo Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, TX, are two weeks away (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like – a four-lap, four-beer running race). Austin resident and blood doping-enthusiast Lance Armstrong attempted the race, dropping out after a single lap.

Releases/Announcements:

Indeed’s Old Friend holiday ale is making its rounds right now, plus gift packs are available at the brewery starting today.

Get some cask-conditioned Masala Mama at Town Hall Brewery starting this afternoon.

Summit Brewing‘s latest Union Series release, 3x Mild Ale, is filtering out to stores right now.

Bauhaus Brew LabsJingle Fever, an 8% ABV Baltic porter, is pouring in their taproom and in 22oz bombers around town.

Growlers from LynLake Brewery will be available this afternoon for the very first time.

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