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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Autumn Brew Review Will Be a Showcase for Experimental and Specialty Beers

Categories: Beer, Festivals

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Austin Fassino

Picture 114 breweries, the old Grain Belt building, and a sunny day: There's not much more that beer aficionados could ask for at this Saturday's 14th annual Autumn Brew Review -- except perhaps some samples.

And so samples they shall have. Breweries and brewpubs alike will be pouring tastes of their finest into commemorative four-ounce glasses. Explore the beers of breweries old and new, nationals like Clown Shoes, Deschutes, Grand Teton, Lagunitas, and Tallgrass and local start-ups such as Blacklist, Fair State, Fytenburg, and Pryes.

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Newcomer Pryes Brewing on Brewery/Taproom Plans and What Makes a Beer Creative

Categories: Beer, Q&A

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Earlier this month, Pryes Brewing (pronounced "prize") hit local bars and restaurants with flagship beer Miraculum IPA, a citrus, hoppy take on the popular style that originated in England. The brewery is located in Minnetonka, sharing space and equipment with Lucid in what has been termed an "alternating proprietorship," a unique arrangement where Lucid and other breweries share the business needs while getting established. Space in the building opened up when Lucid's partners, Badger Hill and Bad Weather Brewing announced plans for their own breweries and taprooms.

The partnership is a perfect fit for Pryes, which was originally scouting buildings in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood before zoning restrictions (being too close to a school) caused the brewery to reconsider that plan. They've settled into Minnetonka and are now on tap across town at locations such as Butcher & the Boar, Pat's Tap, and Mac's Industrial.

The Hot Dish spoke with co-founder and chief marketing officer Benjamin Schuster to get a feel for what makes Pryes beer different in a rapidly shifting marketplace.

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Harriet Brewing Makes Rauchfest 2014 Free

Categories: Beer, Events

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Drinking beer is the people's pastime, a chance for camaraderie and community-building. So should there be an entry fee to this populist's pursuit? Nay! Harriet Brewing understands. They've made their annual Rauchfest, which takes place at the brewery on Saturday, September 27, free to all.

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