Which Bargain Beer Should Be the Official Tallboy of Minnesota?

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Gaal Levine
The competition
When it comes to canned brews, Minnesota's beer drinkers aren't beholden to a 12-ounce limit. Ours is the Land of 10,000 Tallboys, with aluminum pints as far as the eye can see. Which makes choosing a single state representative difficult.

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Shakopee's First Post-Prohibition Brewery Now Open

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Amanda Pruka

It took longer than planned, but the taps are now flowing at the new Badger Hill taproom in Shakopee.

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Day Block Brewing Lets Drinkers Vote on Beer Lineup

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Alma Guzman
Let's take a vote.

All those in favor of drinking on Wednesdays, say aye. Okay, all those in favor of drinking on Wednesdays and then spouting off opinions, say aye.

Great. Since we're all in agreement, we'll proceed to Day Block Brewing's monthly drink-and-opine series, Pilot Batch Wednesdays. Starting today, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, the Downtown East brewpub is pouring out exclusive pilot batches of new recipes -- and customers are invited to select which beers make it to the taps.

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A Look Inside Surly's Destination Brewery

Categories: Beer, First Look

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Loren Green
Bone marrow and other food offerings at the new Surly brewery.

Four and a half years and over $30 million dollars in the making, the Surly Destination Brewery finally opens at 11 a.m. today. This day has been courteously dubbed Surly Brewing Day by the city of Minneapolis, which is (understandably) proud to host the popular brewery that opened in Brooklyn Center in 2006 and has now moved into a larger, more ambitious space within the city limits.

The space is wide open, with community seating and a large bar containing three tap stations and space for 18 different beers, though they will open with 12. The seating is primarily community tables that allow strangers to engage in conversation, but there are four- and six-seat tables that give personal space as well. In addition to the beer lineup, Surly will serve sodas, coffee, and local tea, with plans for house-made sodas in the future.

There is also a pretty killer menu.

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The 12 Beers of Christmas: One Man's Attempt to Drink Himself into the Yuletide Spirit

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Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons/PDPhoto; Tony Nelson & Benjamin Carter Grimes

I'm lagging in the Christmas spirit this year. Just like last year. And the year before. Scrooging has always been my go-to reaction to the yuletide, but as I grow older, fatter, and more sentimental, it's increasingly unacceptable to be crotchety and contrarian. It's unsavory. So, I decide to be proactive. I set aside a December Friday to gorge myself on Christmas cheer.

By which I mean Christmas beer.

Since December 1, Bulldog Uptown has been tapping a 12-pack of holiday brews in a variety of different styles. I see this as the perfect opportunity to fill my gullet with good tidings. I'm sure it's not Bulldog's intention for patrons to take on all 12 in a single evening, but, from my experience, Christmas is about nothing if not overconsumption, and I've got a lot of catching up to do.

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At Long Last, Surly Beer Hall Opens on Friday

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

Minneapolis will enter the Surly Age, beginning at 11 a.m. this Friday.

It's been (roughly) eons since the Surly "Destination Brewery" was announced. Well, the local beerscape may have changed, but Surly's new space is as ambitious as ever and it's ready to open in the new Prospect Park location.

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Where to Have a Beery Festivus in the Twin Cities

Categories: Beer, Events

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Ed Eaton

Seinfeld, that show about nothing, the one that aired for 180 episodes, left devoted fans with hundreds of inside jokes, references to slip into party chitchat, and a place in the modern lexicon. Oh, and a cherished winter holiday -- Festivus -- complete with its own absurdity and anti-traditions.

This year a few local spots will host Festivus celebrations. Prepare yourselves for the airing of the grievances, the aluminum Festivus pole, and (a milder version of) public feats of strength.

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Eastlake Brewery Opens Today in Midtown Global Market

Categories: Beer, Now Open

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Loren Green

Since opening in 2006, the Midtown Global Market has been an embodiment of multi-culturalism in the Twin Cities. Today, its first brewery, Eastlake Craft Brewery, opens as a self-defined "post-modern brewery," one that keeps with the MGM pluralism by welding traditional brewing techniques with modern flair and influences from across the globe.

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Details on That Surly-Doomtree Beer Hitting Town This Weekend

Categories: Beer, Events

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This year marks the 10th and final Doomtree Blowout, and the hip-hop collective is going out big. They're playing eight local stages in the coming week, but it's not just about the music anymore. With Surly getting on board, it's also about the beer.

While the beer collaboration was announced previously, details were scarce on what will be a dark gold convention-defying beer.

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HammerHeart's Winterblot Tap Takeover and Black Metal Fest at Triple Rock

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Alma Guzman
HammerHeart Brewing

Winterblót is a Norse pagan tradition. While the event is historically a winter solstice feast or sacrifice, the Winterblót that HammerHeart Brewing is planning is, mercifully, a concert instead of a bloodletting.

On December 20 at Triple Rock Social Club, six HammerHeart beers will be on tap, including a special one-time brew made just for the occasion. The sweet sounds of black metal will ring through the bar: Wodensthrone, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Woman Is the Earth, Nechochwen, and False.These bands cover the metal genre expanse from atmospheric and brooding to loud, epic, and powerful -- all fitting terms for the HammerHeart line of beers as well.

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