The Mill: Stouts, Trademarks, World Records and More

The Mill is bracing for the cold. We’ve seen the videos of snow in Calgary and hear that same front is headed our way. So, looks like it’s time to hunker down with some great stouts and terrible movies.

Bryant Lake Bowl is gearing up for Stout Bout 2014 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Bryant Lake Bowl is gearing up for Stout Bout 2014 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Upcoming Events:

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is hosting Brews And Canoes at Aria tomorrow. Admission includes beer sampling, food from Chowgirls Killer Catering and music from The Boomchucks and The Roe Family Singers.

Three events of note, all happening on Saturday, September 20th: The 7th Annual SurlyFest will happen at their Brooklyn Center brewery, Bent Brewstillery will host the official Grand Opening of its new taproom, and a Tin Whiskers beer dinner at Rival House in St. Paul.

Bryant Lake Bowl will be hosting Stout Bout 2014, Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 5pm. It’s a kick-off party to that Saturday’s Autumn Brew Review in which a flight of stouts from Minnesota will square off against a flight from the greater Midwest.

Often cited as the worst movie of all time, Sisyphus Brewing will host a showing of Troll 2 on September 25th.

News:

Long Trail Brewing Co. of Vermont has filed suit against Bent Paddle, alleging trademark infringement of their “distinctive logo design depicting a silhouette of a person hiking while wearing a backpack.” Both sides expressed a willingness to reach a friendly resolution.

Strange news out of Germany—research laid out in Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A found a preponderance of “microplastics” contaminating German beer. They define microplastics as “fibres, films, fragments or granular particles smaller than 5 mm in size and made of synthetic polymers.”

Awesome video out of Germany—a new world record for beer-mug-carrying has been set by Oliver Struempfel of Abensberg who toted 27 full one-Liter mugs a distance of 130 feet.

Finnegans will welcome Dead Irish Poet to its lineup after reaching their Kickstarter goal.

Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewing is in the final week of their Kickstarter campaign.

Suntory has announced a successful full analysis of the hop genome. They predict that by determining the function of its genes (for flavor-imparting, or growing characteristics, for example) that more scientific hybridization will produce customizable hops in the future.

Arizona Wilderness Brewery is teaming up with rockers Jimmy Eat World on a prickly pear cactus beer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their gold album “Futures.”

And Paul Smith’s College in New York will now offer a minor in craft-beer studies.

Releases:

The official release of Summit‘s Unchained #16: Herkulean Woods is tonight at MacKenzie downtown.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is finally open. Check out their calendar of soft open hours through Sunday.

Four Daughters Winery of Spring Valley, MN, will soon be flooding the market with Loon Juice Hard Cider.

Guinness Blonde will hit shelves later this month, begging the question, why?

Finally, Michigan’s Saugatuck Brewing Company has announced distribution in the Twin Cities. Get your first taste at some release events: Bulldog Uptown today at 8pm, and at Muddy Pig tomorrow at 5pm.

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