Town Hall Lanes to Pour 23 Fresh Hop Beers This Weekend

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

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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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SurlyFest 7 Offers a New Take on Oktoberfest

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The 7th annual SurlyFest is upon us, and the annual event, slated for Saturday, September 20, might be the last one held in the original brewery.

"It's too early to say if this will be the last SurlyFest in Brooklyn Center, so we're just going to treat this one like we have every other SurlyFest," says Surly president Omar Ansari, "and that's to throw a kick-ass Oktoberfest-style party fueled by SurlyFest, which is not your traditional Oktoberfest-style bier."

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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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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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Kramarczuk's Kielbasa Festival: Sausages, pierogies, beer, and more this weekend

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Kielbasa is Kramarczuk's Sausage Company's most popular meat -- so popular in fact, that they've built an annual fall festival around the smoked Polish sausage.

The long-tenured Kramarczuk's will host its annual Kielbasa Festival this weekend, September 5-6, in the parking lot at 215 East Hennepin. The festival is in its fifth year and includes a sausage recipe contest, a pierogi eating contest, live music, an impressive beer selection, and more.

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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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New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat: A celebration of bikes, beer, and being weird

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This may be the greatest number of bikes and costumes a Minneapolis parade has seen since Mayday. At Tour de Fat, bikes, beer, whimsy, live music, and more are served up in a circus-like environment. New Belgium Brewing, the company behind Fat Tire amber ale, has scheduled its annual charity fundraiser for July 26 at Loring Park, and it promises a spectacle.

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9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

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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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St. Paul Summer Beer Fest: Over 400 brews, Finch's Beer makes MN debut, and more

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On Saturday more than 4,000 thirsty patrons will gather to sample beers and talk shop at the sixth annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest.

The event itself will feature just over 100 breweries, both local and national, and several unique and specialty brews. The festival has doubled the number of participating breweries and attendees since its inception in 2009. Surly, Finch's Beer Company, Fitgers Brewhouse, Lagunitas, Boulevard, Founders, Rogue, and Urban Growler are just a few of the many who will hold booths at the 2014 festival.

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