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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GetKnit will host a Light Rail brewery crawl with special cask beers next month

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Loren Green

Just in case you've been looking for an incentive to get on the new Green Line, events company GetKnit is offering a Light Rail brewery crawl -- Rails & Ales -- on Saturday, September 13. Yes, technically, one could ride the rails and drink the beers without a planned tour, but GetKnit has teamed up with partners at the various stops to offer an "event passport" with discounts, exclusive beers, and merchandise at all eight stops along the line.

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10 Wisconsin beers worth the road trip

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Andrew P. Han

Wisconsin beers are finally finding their way across the border, and that's good news for neighboring Midwestern states like Minnesota. Wisconsin's strong brewing traditions have helped it cultivate one of the most active and noteworthy craft brewing scenes in the nation. Whether you're on vacation, on business, or just on a run across the state line to stock up on the best beers Wisconsin has to offer, keep an eye out for these brews.

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The new Fulton brewery will bring bottling back to MN and increase distribution

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Loren Green

Fulton is expanding, though most fans won't notice much of a difference.

That's because while Fulton has officially started producing beer in its new Northeast Brewery on 2540 Second St. NE, the new and much larger space will not be open to the public. Instead, the brewery will use it to brew the majority of Fulton's beer lineup while the existing space in the North Loop will be used for small-batch releases and the taproom. The current taproom will remain the public face of operations, as Minnesota law allows for only one taproom license per company.

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Finnegan's launches Kickstarter for its seasonal Irish stout

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The Finnegan's lineup is getting heavier with the addition of an Irish stout this fall.

Starting in October, the for-charity brewery will release a new Irish inspired stout named Dead Irish Poet to sell in sampler packs and on draught. The "Saintly Sampler" packs will offer 12 bottles, consisting of six stouts, three of their flagship ambers, and three blonde ales.

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Urban Growler in St. Anthony Park is open for business

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Loren Green

Start-up brewery Urban Growler is now open for business, six years after revealing its plans for a St. Paul suds factory. For now, the brewery is in its soft-opening phase, operating for limited hours on Wednesday through Saturday, with a promise to increase hours as more beers have completed brewing. In the meantime, the St. Anthony Park brewery is serving two beers: CowBell Cream Ale and Sission IPA -- both mild and easy-drinking beers that pair well with the brewery's kitchen offerings.

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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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