The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill September 23 2014

Daniel Murphy / Growler Magazine

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag.


PourForParksWe’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One week from Friday is the debut of “Pour FOR Parks: Tapped and Uncorked!,” Roseville’s first brew fest. Organized by the Friends of Roseville Parks, the party is set for 5pm–9pm Friday, Oct. 3, at the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL on County Road C just east of Lexington Avenue. Tickets get you unlimited beer and wine samples from 17 local breweries and wineries, and plenty of food trucks will be on hand as well. Find tickets and more information on their website, ($30 in advance, $40 at the door, $10 for designated driver tickets) and can also be purchased in person at Roseville Parks and Recreation at City Hall.

So you probably didn’t score tickets to Autumn Brew Review, did you? Well, you can drown your sorrows at Uptown Tavern this week, with tap takeovers in honor of ABR featuring cheap pints of great beer from a different brewery each day.

Bryant Lake Bowl is hosting a Stout Bout for the 4th Annual Party to kick off Autumn Brew Review week. Minnesota-brewed stouts will face-off against Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin stouts.

The Muddy Pig is tapping their 1,500th beer, a collaboration with Fulton, in honor of ABR week, tomorrow at 5pm.

Head down to Red Cow on 50th Street for an Indeed Tap Takeover on Friday. At 4pm they’ll tap Peloton Saison, Mexican Honey, and a cask of Midnight Ryder on mole (which we’re assuming is the Mexican chili pepper sauce, not the subterranean mammal, but let us know if Indeed’s throwing a curveball.)

Sisyphus Brewing will be hosting the closing show of the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival on October 25th.

And there are still plenty of chances for polka-dancing and lager-drinking in the next two weeks: ICYMI, check out our roundup of local Oktoberfest celebrations.


And yet more intrigue in brewing’s raw materials market as “Waters of the U.S.”—a proposed EPA regulation, is dividing the industry. Some brewers claim it’s a necessary step to ensure their water supply. Barley and hop growers, represented by The Farm Bureau, call the regulation unnecessary and expensive.

In a win for brewers in the US, the FDA is backing off their position to increase regulations on handling of spent brewing grains.

The deal we mentioned in last week’s Mill went through: Moscow-based Oasis Beverages bought the Pabst Brewing Company for a reported sum of over $700 million. That’s right, Lone Star is officially owned by the Ruskies.

Joshua Bernstein follows up to his July piece for Bon Appetite about standing out in a crowded craft beer market, with fresh thoughts on the ever-popular “When will the craft bubble burst?” controversy.

And this week in “Is this really necessary?” news, Starbucks is testing out a stout-flavored latte.


Day Block Brewing will release a fresh-hopped Harvest Pale Ale, featuring Mighty Axe Hops, on Thursday at 4pm.

Drink a cask of Bad Weather Brewing‘s Firefly Rye on grapefruit zest tonight at Burger Moe’s, 5pm.

What say you, homebrewers? Is The Beer Tree a “homebrewing work of art” or an non-functional catastrophe waiting to happen?

About John Garland

John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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