SurlyFest 7 Offers a New Take on Oktoberfest

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

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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Is a New Town Hall Space Coming to Northeast?

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Sasha Landskov

Can't get enough of Town Hall? Wondering when they might open a fourth location? Good news: Town Hall Brewery is currently eyeing the former site of Little Jack's Steakhouse in northeast Minneapolis.

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Fair State, Minnesota's first co-op brewery, gets set to open

Categories: Brews, Etc.

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Loren Green
Fair State Brewing Co-op's taproom takes shape.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative, a new northeast Minneapolis brewery -- and Minnesota's first co-op brewery -- is in the final stages of preparation for a late-summer opening. The fermenters are filled, the beer is aging to perfection, and the paperwork is being filed. It's now a waiting game for those final licenses and taproom touch-ups before the co-op members can get their first taste.

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Bent Brewstillery in Roseville is modern, industrial, and inviting

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Amanda Pruka
A flight of Bent's beers

This past January, Pour Decisions Brewing Company in Roseville quietly closed its doors, announcing a merge with Bent, an up-and-coming brewery/distillery. The two businesses would become one, located in the Pour Decisions site on Terrace Drive.

Some eight months later, Bent's "brewstillery" taproom is now open to the public with a lineup befitting the merger: Nordic Blond and Dark Fatha beers from Bent's original offerings mingle with several of head brewer Kristen England's recipes from Pour Decisions. The distillery side of operations just received its license last week and has yet to begin making spirits, but the brewery is all systems go.

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Why there will be no Backyard Bash at Summit this year

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photo courtesy of Summit Brewing Company
Doomtree at Backyard Bash 2012

Beer-drinking backyard bashers, prepare to be bummed: There will be no Backyard Bash at Summit Brewery this year.

Summit in St. Paul has decided to take a year off from the popular Backyard Bash celebration. Citing a busy year of expansion and remodeling, the brewery felt it best to allocate its resources toward the business needs instead of throwing a 28th anniversary party. Business over partying? What fresh hell is this?

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Brooklyn Brewery comes to town to celebrate craft beer culture

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photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

When the Brooklyn Brewery Mash hits town this weekend, Brooklyn and Twin Cities cultures will come together in a series of collaborative drinking and dining events. Brooklyn Brewery, often considered among the country's first craft breweries, is hitting the metro area for the second consecutive year with its touring "food, film, comedy, music, books, and beer" themed festival that takes place across town from August 9-16. With exclusive dinners, beer education events, tap takeovers, and a free concert, there's quite a lot on tap.

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Harriet to host Summer Sampler, a food truck rally on August 9

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After a successful run in May, Harriet Brewing is bringing back another food truck rally, dubbed the Summer Sampler and set for August 9.

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

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Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

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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Could mead be the next big drink trend? Minnesota mead-makers weigh in

Categories: Brews, Etc.

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Alberto Alerigi

Craft beer may be all the rage right now, but it started with local homebrewers learning their skills and growing their hobbies into full-on business plans well before it hit the public consciousness. Similarly, Minnesota boasts a strong mead-making scene, and over the past 10 years, five Minnesota mead makers have won top awards at the Nation Homebrewers Conference. So could mead be the next big thing? What is mead, anyway?

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Posters & Pints, the art show with suds, tops our list of beery weekend events

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This weekend brings us the longest day of the year, a brimming Minnehaha Creek, and a ton of beer-centric events. Slip on a poncho and some waterproof shoes and hit the town.


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