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

Categories: Brews, Etc.

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


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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Rain and local brews at 22nd annual City Pages Beer Festival

Denis Jeong Plaster

The 22nd annual City Pages Beer Festival was a wet affair, but the steady rain wasn't enough to deter us and our fellow beer-lovers -- especially after the first dozen samples.

The festival featured a variety of brewers, local and national, along with live music from Viva Knievel, Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, accordionist Bill Koncar, and games such as hammerschlagen and a mechanical bull.

The growth of the local scene was evident in this year's participating breweries, with around half of them calling Minnesota home. Fulton had the largest presence, owning the VIP area, and others such as Day Block, Tin Whiskers, Summit, and Stagecoach were all serving multiple beers. Standouts overall were the offerings from Clown Shoes, Big Wood, and Sierra Nevada.

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Esquire magazine names Palmer's one of the best bars in America

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Esquire names Palmer's bar on the West Bank one of the best bars in America
Over the course of the past few years, our local bar scene has been on a serious upswing. New restaurants are incorporating trendy cocktail bars into their floor plans; taprooms come standard with any upstart craft brewery; and just on the horizon, we'll have a wave of craft cocktail rooms as part of the local distillery boom. 

Still, here in the Twin Cities, we never forget our roots. Which is why we were so pleased to see that in the newest issue of Esquire, cocktail historian David Wondrich has gone and named south Minneapolis institution Palmer's Bar to his 2014 list of Best Bars in America.

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A Perfect Pint's Michael Agnew releases definitive guide to upper Midwest breweries


For those who find it too daunting to keep up with the brew scene in the upper Midwest, Michael Agnew has a primer. The owner of A Perfect Pint and Minnesota's first certified cicerone (like a sommelier, but for beer), Agnew has compiled a guide book that examines every brewery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

"About four years ago I had this feeling that something great was happening to the beer scene in the region," says Agnew. "As grandiose as it sounds to me now, I really wanted to help make the upper Midwest into the next Colorado Front Range." To do so, Agnew hit four states, tacked 10,000 miles on his odometer, and sampled everything he could find.

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Town Hall to celebrate Minneapolis Cider Week with tastings, contests, and a bike crawl

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Alma Guzman
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Starting today, May 19, and running through Saturday, May 24, the fourth annual Minneapolis Cider Week will take over Town Hall Brewery. The local brewpub chain often promotes beers crafted in-house, but for this unique event the spotlight will be on cider, with a week of special offerings and a bicycle crawl that covers much of Minneapolis.

"Minneapolis Cider Week started as a Town Hall Tap event when that location first opened," says owner Pete Rifakes. "We created it to celebrate the craft of making artisan cider. Now that cider has grown in popularity, so has the event."

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Red Cow hosts Oskar Blues Brewery and introduces new grass-fed burgers

Edina's Red Cow launches a new weekly grass-fed beef burger and celebrates with Oskar Blues
At the beginning of the month, Oskar Blues Brewery announced it would be moving its brand of canned craft beer into the Twin Cities market. Now this Colorado-based brewery has taken over a tap at Edina's Red Cow, with a selection of 12 drafts, including a few highly exclusive beers that will only be available at Red Cow and only while supplies last. That's not all: To celebrate the brewery's arrival, the Red Cow has also introduced a weekly burger special to its gourmet burger offerings. Consider this an invitation to get your beer and burger fix.

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Butcher & the Boar hosts first ever brunch bash

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Butcher & the Boar hosts their first Brunch Bash this Sunday at 11 a.m.
If you've ever dreamt of waking up on a Sunday morning and heading down to your local meat palace for brunch, hold on to your seats, because that dream is about to come true. This Sunday, in lieu of their regular weekend beer bashes, Butcher & the Boar will be hosting their first ever brunch bash.

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Grain Belt gets a "friendly" facelift

Grain Belt gets itself a new, friendly, retro-style label

Did you know that Grain Belt was once known as "the friendly beer"? The company picked up the nickname after the repeal of Prohibition, when brewing companies were pushing to gain back the market. The folks over at Grain Belt are now digging deep, re-examining their roots and resurrecting the old campaign, and with it, they're adopting a new, retro-style redesign for their locally brewed line of beers. 

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