Minnesota brews win medals at US Open Beer Championships

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Here's another reason to celebrate Minnesota's beer scene.

Earlier this month, Badger Hill Brewing Company won two awards at the annual US Open Beer Championships in Atlanta. Its MSB (Minnesota Special Bitter) took the gold for the Extra Special Bitter category, and the High Road Everyday Ale won a silver in the Golden Ale category.

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Beer, cider, spirits, and food trucks: NE Brewer's Block Party is this weekend

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If there are two things Minneapolis can't get enough of, it's block parties in the summer and breweries, well, really anytime. It only makes sense to pair the two, and that's just what Sociable Cider Werks is doing with the NE Brewer's Block Party this Sunday, July 27.

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Red Stag Block Party premieres collaborative beers from 8 Minnesota breweries

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Tis the season of neighborhood block parties, and as these community gatherings become more frequent, they start to run together in our minds. Organizers of the eighth annual Red Stag Block Party are making sure their event stands out, by teaming up with The Growler to present "In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft."

For the August 3 block party, eight Minnesota breweries have paired up -- August Schell's and Sociable Cider Werks, Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing, Fulton Brewing and Dangerous Man Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger's Brewhouse -- to release one-of-a-kind collaborative beers.

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LTD Brewing on small-batch brewing, setting up shop in Hopkins, and fruit beers

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photo courtesy of LTD Brewing Co.

Jeremy Hale and Blake Verdon are former home brewers living their dream in Hopkins. The two opened LTD Brewing Co. last month (LTD stands for Live the Dream), and they've been busy brewing small-batch beers and connecting with the community ever since. The two plan a smaller brewing approach with a rotating lineup of a few staples but also leaving room for experimentation and variation coming from their 8bbl system.

Starting out with taproom-only sales and aiming to feel out demand before expanding to bottles and cans, the two are enjoying their new business while always keeping an eye toward the future. Right now they have six beers on tap, but have capability for 12 and are thinking about adding casks and barrel-aged beers when the time is right.

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Minneapolis cracks down on Pedal Pub shenanigans

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Keep it classy, pedal people.

Everyone's favorite traveling bar is facing tighter restrictions from the city of Minneapolis.

We're speaking, of course, of Pedal Pub, the 16-headed beast on wheels that courses through the city streets all spring and summer, fueled by beer and yelling and 32 woozy legs pedaling as hard as they can. After receiving numerous complaints about the mobile pubs in 2013, the Minneapolis City Council will soon vote on renewing the company's license -- and the council is taking this opportunity to tighten the reins.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs, Northeast's colorful new brewery, opens tonight

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Loren Green

The latest northeast Minneapolis brewery will open its doors today at 3 p.m. Bauhaus Brew Labs, just up the road from 612Brew, brews German-influenced beers with an American craft twist. The brewery will be serving Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Coast Style Lager, and Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier for their opening, with a fourth flagship, Midwest Coast IPA, coming soon.

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9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

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Bala Sivakumar

Brews and Canoes, a beer-themed celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act, is approaching, and to celebrate the milestone, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) put out a call to Minnesota's commercial brewers to submit special brews that reflect the spirit of the FBWW.

The final entrants in the contest have now been identified, with nine local breweries and 25 unique recipes in various thematic categories. Judges will determine a winner among the competing brews with a September 10 public tasting and awards event.

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The Four Firkins will open second, smaller location in Oakdale with tastings and classes

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Craft beer haven the Four Firkins, currently operating a single 2,200-square foot store in St. Louis Park, has announced the location and details of their upcoming second location. If all goes according to plan, this second store, bordering Woodbury near Best Buy and Buffalo Wild Wings off the I-94 Radio Drive exit, should be up and running in September.

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Urban Growler in St. Anthony Park: "We are the new Northeast"

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Loren Green

When Urban Growler went public with plans to open a new brewery in St. Paul, owner Jill Pavlak and head brewer Deb Loch predicted they'd open up shop around the time of the Green Line opening. They weren't too off in their predictions: The 10bbl brewery recently secured its final licenses and started brewing and fermenting earlier this month in preparation for opening to the public.

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Sisyphus Brewing in Loring Park will open its taproom Friday

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Loren Green

Residents of Loring Park and comedy fans, the time has arrived: Sisyphus Brewing, the craft brewery from local comedian Sam Harriman, will open at noon on Friday, July 11. Located near the Walker and Loring Park at 712 Ontario West, the new brewery has a unique set-up, featuring onsite only consumption from a small two-barrel brewing system.

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