Naysayers who think microbreweries have saturated the market and there's nothing new to offer should look no further than 56 Brewing. The new brewery is set to open in late March or early April in Northeast and will offer a unique, green-themed operation, including a sort of subscription service for beer.More »
Photos by BJohnsonPhotos.com Brewer Adam Theis check on a barrel of Wooden Soul series beer.
Craft beer is an exploration. Every time you have something figured out, there's a new style: West Coast hybrid, a classic gem from Europe, or an entirely new flavor profile. Sour beers have made a splash on the Minnesota scene lately, with regular programs from the likes of Schell's, Bent, Surly, and now Indeed's Wooden Soul Series.
A sour beer is just as the name implies. Where drinkers have come to expect grain heartiness, hoppy bitterness, or roasted malt smoothness, a sour is instead an acidic beer that can pucker up the lips with a lemon-like effect. Some love the flavor, others hate it, but since craft beer is all about trying new things, brewers like seeing where the key four ingredients in beer can go.
"They are so far off the beaten path of what is readily recognized as 'beer,'" says Indeed brewer Adam Theis. "For me, sour beer is so quenching and refreshing, while at the same time you keep drinking if only to try and figure out just what the hell is going on in that liquid?"More »
Loren Green Implosion IPA, Snowblower Porter, and Son of Eric Cream Ale
Wabasha Brewing may not have the hype of some recent start-up breweries. That's fitting, as St. Paul's West Side is quiet, historic, and working-class. But while the construction and licensing have taken longer than anticipated -- they once predicted a December opening -- the brewery opened yesterday to an anxious public.More »
Lakeville will be getting its first microbrewery this summer. Sometime before the city's Pan-O-Prog festival in July, Angry Inch Brewing will open in the former Ace Hardware building on Holyoke Avenue.More »
At nearly 29 years old, Summit is still up for new things. Debuting this weekend, the brewery's Hop Silo Double IPA will be its first DIPA and its first tallboy.More »
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This weekend, Four Firkins and Craft Beer Consulting LLC owner Jason Alvey dug into his mailbag to discuss the most prevalent scourge of the craft brewing industry -- misogyny.
Craft beer, for all its brilliance and innovation, is stuck in a virile infancy, one that frequently crops up in marketing and advertising. This is the impetus for Alvey's piece -- which can (and should) be read in full here. When asked by an East Coast distributor whether he'd ever refused to sell a beer because of its sexist label, he points to Stark Brewing's Mt. U Cream Ale as an extreme example of a poorly branded brew he's banned from Firkin's shelves.See also:More »
photo courtesy of Davanni's Now serving: Fulton Lonely Blonde and Bad Weather Ominous, among others.
The Millennials have spoken and it's unanimous: Craft beer is the beverage of choice and restaurants are scrambling to get on board.
Local pizza institution Davanni's has taken notice. Owners are in the process of updating beer options at all of their locations. Currently, 11 of 21 restaurants (soon to be 22 when they open in Chanhassen) have increased their craft selection with a decidedly Minnesota bent.More »