Get Some Uniquely Minnesotan Beers at Grumpy's Limited Action Beer Fest

Categories: Beer, Events

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Beer festivals are all the rage, but they can be a bit too similar, with a lot of the same old beers being poured into those 4-ounce tasting cups. Grumpy's is sponsoring the Limited Action Beer Fest to challenge that notion.

The idea behind the festival is that participating breweries -- 612, Fulton, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Mankato, Rush River, and Summit at present -- will each brew a unique beer that includes the following ingredients: hops grown at Grumpy's Northeast, wild rice, and "something Minnesotan."

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Massachusetts-Based Clown Shoes Barrel Ages a Beer Especially for Minnesota

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Somebody's got a crush on Minnesota.

In the brewing world's version of making a mixtape for your boo, Clown Shoes Beer, based in Massachusetts, has made a special, limited edition beer for the Minnesota market: the Itasca Loonidragon Russian Imperial Stout. Released only in Minnesota, the beer is a bourbon barrel-aged version of their Russian Imperial Stout, the Blaecorn Unidragon.

Why us? We like to think it's because we're pretty and popular and have a quiet confidence that is endlessly attractive. Oh, and because we drink all the beers.

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Merchant and Flat Earth: Chef & Brewer on Their New Beer and The Maury Povich Show

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Gavin Kaysen and Flat Earth are teaming up.

Like ships that pass in the night, Gavin Kaysen of the soon-to-be Merchant Restaurant in Minneapolis and Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company in St. Paul were unlikely to meet from the very beginning. Gavin is not a beer drinker. Bob is a vegetarian who rarely dines out. Yet somehow, they've forged a delicious collaboration over the river, due in November.

We sat down with the both of them in Flat Earth's taproom on a Saturday afternoon to chat about Mercantile, the Flat Earth commissioned brew, as well as the role of a beer program, the perfect day off, and other fun tidbits. Spoiler alert: One of them was once on Maury Povich.

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Town Hall Lanes to Pour 23 Fresh Hop Beers This Weekend

Categories: Beer, Festivals

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Fresh hop season in Minnesota is short. The aromatic beer ingredient is touchy when used fresh, and a brewer must get it into the kettle as fast as possible. And while Minnesota grows more of the stuff every year, most hops need to be shipped in to meet the demand, which makes finding fresh hop beers a challenge.

That's where Town Hall Lanes comes into the picture.

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LynLake Brewery Is Open for Business [PHOTOS]

Categories: Beer, First Look

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Loren Green

LynLake denizens rejoice: The "coming soon" sign has come down and LynLake Brewery is officially open for business. This weekend the new neighborhood taproom is pouring its offerings for the first time, inside the iconic former theater building located near the intersection of Lake and Lyndale.

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It's a Fair State Brewing Grand Opening at Co-Optoberfest

Categories: Beer, Events

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Loren Green

Fair State Brewing Co-op held a soft opening one month ago, but now, with the kinks worked out and the taplines filling up, they're throwing a grand opening party to make it official.

From 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, the country's third cooperative brewery (and Minnesota's first) will be throwing Co-Optoberfest with an expanded beer garden in back and the release of their seasonal Festbier, a traditional German Marzen. Along with the new beer, there will be eight total taps available, games such as hammerschlagen and bag toss, and food including pretzels from Aki's Breadhaus and brats (meat and vegetarian options) from Gerhard's.

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After Darkness Day It's Lights Out at the Surly Taproom

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Loren Green

Bring out the bugle: It's time to play taps for Surly's taproom.

For the time being, the local star brewery will be without a watering hole, as its taproom in Brooklyn Center closes -- a step that signals the brewery's big plans for a new brewery in Minneapolis are well underway. The final chance to visit the space will be on Darkness Day, October 25.

While the closing will create a dry spell for Surly Nation citizens desperate to get some rare cask offerings, it's also a step forward in the company's growth. The Brooklyn Center space was an add-on to the original brewery, meant to be temporary until the new site opens in 2015. State law allows only one taproom per company, and while production will continue in Brooklyn Center, the public face of the company will be located at the Minneapolis location.


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NorthGate Taproom Opens This Friday in Northeast Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

Categories: Beer, Now Open

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Loren Green

NorthGate Brewing is moving into its new digs this weekend and hosting a grand opening celebration in its brand new taproom on Friday, October 10. The brewery's new location is in Northeast, just east of 35W near the UPS facility on Broadway. Industrial on the outside, the taproom's interior is anything but: The space has been designed by Domain Architecture to feel reminiscent of an English pub.

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Surly Brews The Devil's Work for Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Concert Tonight

Categories: Beer, Events

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When British band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats roll through town tonight, their unique brand of doom metal won't be the only dark and evil presence at the Triple Rock. Surly has brewed a special batch of The Devil's Work, a one-off small batch beer unique to the occasion.

The beer is a porter in style with blackstrap molasses, star anise, and dry-hopped Sterling hops, giving it flavors of black licorice and blackened malt with a spicy, floral hop aroma. It will be on draft at the concert in limited supply.

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The 10 Best Minnesota IPAs

Categories: Beer, Lists

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Adam Barhan

India Pale Ale: The name alone brings location to mind. It's a beer of varied style and story. From floral West Coast ales to malt-forward British IPAs and fruity-nosed Belgian IPAs, each IPA has a sense of place in its recipe.

Minnesota IPAs are no exception. We sipped our way through this most popular and accessible of craft beer styles to identify the top 10 IPAs in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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