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

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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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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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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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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

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

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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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