LynLake Brewery Sets an Opening Date

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Johanna Heidorn

The Lyn-Lake neighborhood will soon be home to a namesake brewery. LynLake Brewery, located inside a former theater building at 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., has been building excitement with a marquee announcement since last winter, and on October 9 those dreams will become reality for the start-up business and Uptown residents alike.

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Fed Up With Minnesota Laws, Barley John's to Open Brewery in Wisconsin

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The Barley John's crew breaks ground in New Richmond

When the much publicized Taproom Bill, or Surly Bill, passed in 2011, it gave the green light for a brewing boom in Minnesota. But for John Moore, co-owner of Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, it was the final insult after years of striving for legislative action that would allow his business to expand locally.

That's because while the bill allowing taprooms gave an economic boost to production breweries, it did nothing to help local brewpubs increase distribution. (Brewpubs can serve their own beer -- and the beer and liquor of other companies -- to patrons, but they cannot can, bottle, or keg their beer to sell to bars, restaurants, and stores.)

So earlier this year, Barley John's announced plans to keep its New Brighton brewpub but open a production brewery in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

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Minnesota gets into a beer-fueled brawl with Wisconsin at the Border Battle Beer Fest 3

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On September 20, Minnesota will wage war with Wisconsin the best way we know how: by pitting our top breweries against theirs in a tasting competition for bragging rights.

This year marks the third annual Border Battle Beer Fest and the grounds in Somerset have expanded accommodations to make a weekend of the beer competition. Breweries such as Indeed, Big Wood, Summit, New Glarus, Rush River, and Oliphant will be there pouring samples, as well as fighting for the title of Golden Firkin and People's Choice, both of which went to Minneapolis's Indeed last year for the fall seasonal Sweet Yamma Jamma Ale.

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Bad Weather Brewing is bringing its taproom to downtown St. Paul

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Bad Weather is coming to St. Paul, and we aren't just talking about the encroaching winter. The Minnetonka-based brewery that opened in 2013 is moving from the space it currently shares with Lucid Brewing to a new space in downtown St. Paul, set to open sometime in the first half of 2015.

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Summer Beer Dabbler heads to Midway Stadium this weekend

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Want to drink beer at Midway before Midway is no more?

Here's your chance: The sixth annual Summer Beer Dabbler takes place on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The festival is a boozy doozy, with over 80 breweries, live music, food trucks, and, naturally, a baseball theme. And since the stadium will soon be demolished, this will be your first and last shot at sipping all your favorite beers on this particular St. Paul Saints baseball diamond.

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Get free beer from Eastlake Craft Brewery, coming soon to Midtown Global Market

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Pitman enjoys a slug of cold beer and he wants you to have one, too.

Beer fans at the Midtown Global Market, your taproom dreams are ever closer to becoming a reality. While the brewing hasn't yet begun at Eastlake Craft Brewery, owner and head brewer Ryan Pitman is teasing fans with merch and access to free beer.

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Oktoberfest comes to Minneapolis early this year, with beer and Bavarian-themed contests

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Polish your steins, put a feather in your cap, and make amends with your liver: An early Oktoberfest celebration is moving downtown for three days in mid-September.

September 12 through 14, Oktoberfest will take place in a parking lot near Target Center on North 10th Street. The party will feature about a dozen bands and access to limitless German-themed food and drink with a VIP ticket.

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Grain Belt Blu, a blueberry-infused beer, on tap exclusively at the State Fair

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Sure it's rainy, but is that going to stop you from hitting the first day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? We certainly hope not, especially since August Schell Brewing of New Ulm announced they will be selling their limited edition Grain Belt Blu exclusively at this year's State Fair.

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Tall boys of Indeed's Day Tripper coming soon to First Avenue

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Indeed's Day Tripper is getting a tall can makeover starting September 17. First Avenue will be the first to debut the new 16-ounce can of Day Tripper pale ale from Indeed Brewing in Northeast.

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Lake Monster Brewing to open brewery and taproom in St. Paul

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The Creative Enterprise Zone in St. Paul will soon be home to another brewery. In early 2015, Lake Monster, currently contract brewing in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, will open a brewery in the Vandalia Tower. Known for Empty Rowboat IPA and Calhoun Claw Pilsener, Lake Monster will add more beers to the lineup once brewing in the new space begins, and has plans for a taproom as well.

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