Community Tap House Will Bring Brewing Back to Grain Belt's Old Building

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A new taphouse in Grain Belt's former kegging room will offer pour-on-demand beer and cider.

Northeast Minneapolis has blossomed into a brewer's haven over the past decade, with brewhouses like 612 Brew, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and Indeed Brewing Company leading a renaissance in the shadow of the dormant Grain Belt Breweries building. But this fall, a career landscaper and his associates plan to bring beer back to 34 13th Ave. NE.

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Sidhe, a Wiccan Brewery, Opens and Impresses in East St. Paul's Payne-Phalen

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Amanda Pruka

It's easy to paint the newly opened Sidhe Brewing Company (pronounced "she") as "the Wiccan brewery," but the new start-up isn't just a female-owned nanobrewery with an affinity for Mother Earth. It's also a much needed watering hole addition to St. Paul's east side.

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5 Brewpub Beers to Try: Great Waters' Tony Digatono Shares His Picks

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photo from Great Waters Facebook page

Brewpubs are known for keeping a steady rotation of brews. These restaurants that make and serve their own beer take advantage of their smaller systems to crank out a greater variety of recipes than the average brewery.

Though the influx of brewery taprooms and canned craft beers has snagged a bit of the limelight from brewpubs, the staples of the local brewpub scene are going strong: veterans like Great Waters, Town Hall, and Barley John's alongside newcomers Northbound Smokehouse, Day Block, and the Freehouse.

Great Waters head brewer Tony Digatono has some suggestions for beer drinkers who want to get to know their local brewpub.

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Have a Beer Party Every Day During Minnesota Craft Beer Week

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A beer party for each day of the week? You betcha. Today marks the return of 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer, a weeklong celebration of local brewing. Wherever you live, something will be happening nearby.

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Keepsake Cidery Will Put MN Apples in Your Glass

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Photo courtesy of Keepsake Cidery

Beer lovers in the Twin Cities are taken care of, but many cider drinkers are wondering when the taps will turn toward their tastes. After all, Minnesota is known for its dynamic orchard industry.

This summer, Keepsake Cidery will marry local orchard and cider in a collaborative venture with Woodskeep Orchard in Dundas.

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Newcomer 56 Brewing to Introduce Its Beer at Grumpy's NE Tonight

Categories: Beer, Now Open

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Loren Green

Keeping up with the newest beers and breweries in the Twin Cities is like a full-time job. Minneapolis's newest brewery, 56 Brewing, will add to your workload this week, offering a preview of their lineup at Grumpy's NE and pouring all four of their flagships at a discounted price.

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New St. Paul Brewery, Sidhe's Beer Hits the Market at El Señor Sol Tap Takeover

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Forget the taproom, Sidhe Brewing Company, set to open on St. Paul's East Side next month, knows it's about getting the beer into the marketplace. They aren't letting the hold-up of their final taproom inspections get in the way, either. Instead, they're taking their beers next door to El Señor Sol for a series of tap takeovers, which started last weekend and will take place again this weekend, April 24-25.


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Northeast Brew District Is Growing (and Malting) with Able Seedhouse and Brewery

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Loren Green
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The Northeast Brew District keeps growing, and Able Seedhouse + Brewery is the latest outfit to join the trend. Slated to open this fall or winter, the new brewery will be located in the Highlight Center at Quincy and Broadway, just two blocks south of Indeed.

MPR recently reported that Minnesota will see roughly 110 breweries in the next year -- that's a 60 percent increase from 2014 totals in the rapidly growing industry. Even with that remarkable growth, Able will stand out in a crowded field.

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A Definitive Ranking of Trader Joe's Craft Beers

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Jerard Fagerberg
Are Trader Joe's beers worth the bargain? There's only one way to find out.

We've all seen the shelves of JosephsBrau, the discount craft beer label from Trader Joe's. Maybe you've even considered tossing a sixer your cart, but you invariably thought better of it, ponying up the extra two or three bucks for Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas.

TJ's house-brand craft brews are tempting, but it's an odd look for any beer geek (TJ's fanboy or otherwise) to roll to a party with a cooler full of knockoff microbrews. Plus, at $5.99 a six pack ($1.09 per single), they can't be any good.

Can they?

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5 Saisons to Try Right Now: Lift Bridge's Brad Glynn Shares His Picks

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Lift Bridge Brewing launched in 2008 with Farm Girl saison -- a style not commonly found in the Midwest and deemed risky as a flagship, because not many people knew what it was. Oh, how the times have changed. With Boom Island's spring saison release and the recent return of Fulton's Ex Pat, among many others, the scene is booming with examples of the Belgian farmhouse beer.

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