Weekend Brew round-up: Release parties, taprooms, and more

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The outdoor beer-drinking events may have ceased, at least until the Beer Dabbler at Winter Carnival (look forward to it on January 25), but the seasonal beer release parties are in full effect. 

There are a few exciting ones going on this weekend, starting with Lift Bridge's Commander Barleywine release at the Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater. The party starts at 3 p.m. this Saturday and will keep going until 10 p.m. with live music, food truck eats, and a mustache contest. This is your first chance to get a taste of this limited release English-style brew, aged in bourbon barrels that came straight from Heaven Hill distillery in Kentucky. Tickets for the party are $10 and can be purchased at the brewery.

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Big Wood Brewery hosts its release party for Forest Fire, a slightly spicy smoked imperial rye beer. The festivities will take place on Sunday at Washington Square Grill in White Bear Lake where Big Wood will take over all the taps from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

It's not a local brew, but Laguinitas Brown Shugga releases are going on at area bars all this week and next. It's on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul already, will be paired with a special plate at Brasa in St. Paul on November 19, and will be released at Bryant Lake Bowl on the 20th.

In food truck and taproom match-ups this weekend, we have Fork in the Road parking at Fulton tonight.

Moral Omnivore will be at Harriet Brewing's taproom tonight and Little G's Mobile Pizza truck will be there all day tomorrow.

Indeed's lineup includes Simply Steve's tonight and Hot Indian Foods as the featured food truck for Saturday.

Hibachi Daruma will be parked outside 612Brew tonight and Tollefson Family Pork will be there tomorrow. 612 will also be offering tours on Saturday.

Surly's taproom has added Abrasive, an oatmeal double IPA, to its draft lineup. Tollefson Family Pork will be there on Friday and Gai Gai Thai will be serving up the spicy on Saturday.


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