Ever Wondered What the Electric Fetus Tastes Like? Try It in Beer Form for Record Store Day

Categories: Beer, Brews, Etc.

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Dávid Kótai

Record Store Day isn't all about split 7-inches and excessive lines to grab rare vinyl. It's a chance to take in the killer local music scene and support your local record store.

Dangerous Man Brewing is giving you the opportunity to savor the experience, to really drink it all in. They're pairing up with Electric Fetus to make an exclusive beer named, naturally, Record Store Day Beer.

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GetKnit Visits Every Brewery in St. Paul This Weekend

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Loren Green
A Tin Whiskers flight

There was a time when a brewery crawl could hit every stop in town, from Summit in St. Paul to Surly in Brooklyn Center. These days, it's tough to even make it through a city. GetKnit, an event and tour company, has a plan to bring curious city explorers to as many stops as possible with their inaugural Brews & Buses "city crawl," taking place this weekend in St. Paul.

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MN Beer Activists: Sunday Sales Fight Is Like David vs. Goliath

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Photo courtesy of Minnesota Beer Activists
Andrew Schmitt and his son at the March 15 Capitol event

Our alcohol laws are outdated, and a 2013 poll shows Minnesotans agree: It's embarrassing when we have to tell Wisconsin visitors that we'll need to stockpile beer on Saturday night.

Local consumer advocacy group MN Beer Activists has been working tirelessly to change that. After a recent Capitol rally cry, we caught up with founder Andrew Schmitt to talk about his inspiration, his motivation, and why he keeps fighting for progressive alcohol laws year after year.

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Sociable Cider Werks Hoping Cans Will Bring Cider to a New Audience

Categories: Brews, Etc.

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Loren Green

Craft cider is getting easier to come by in Minneapolis, as Sociable Cider Werks' new canning line is up and operational.


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A Cider Boom Is Coming, with Dan Kelly's and Republic Igniting the Fuse

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Photo courtesy of Dan Kelly's Pub

With the opening of Dan Kelly's Pub, the Twin Cities is getting an infusion of cider options. Owner Matty O'Reilly, who also owns Republic 7 Corners, has a longstanding interest in the apple-derived brew, which he sees following a similar trajectory to craft beer: Once consumers learn there are better, less gimmicky options available, cider will have its day in the sun.


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There Is Now a Board Game for Craft Beer Nerds

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Courtesy of Brewin' USA

These days everybody owns a brewery, right?

Soon you can do so from your own home, with the Brewin' USA game from Twin Cities designer Adam Rehberg. And you don't even have to clean out the kettles or wait for the Feds to finish their paperwork first. In fact, it advertises that you can take over the country's beer market in just 60 minutes, using bottle caps as currency.

The game combines Risk-like geographic strategy with bidding wars over ingredient cards. It's a game of conquest, but with a fun subject matter and a fast pace.

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Welcome to Minneapolis: Our Convention Center Now Has a Bar

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Loren Green
A pint of Boom Island at the new Craft Bar and Lounge

Minnesota is proud of its beers, a fact that is well established by the industry's recent growth -- doubling, in fact, the number of breweries since 2011.

Minneapolis is also a proud city in general, one that likes to showcase what makes it distinct. Bring in the booze.

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Triple Your Money at the Herkimer If the Packers Make the Super Bowl

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Photo courtesy of the Herkimer

The Herkimer is betting on the Packers in the Super Bowl -- or maybe betting against the bar's favorite team instead, as they could end up giving away a lot of beer should the Green and Gold advance. The Lyn-Lake brewpub is offering a special deal this weekend where any gift card purchased before noon on Sunday (up to a $250 value) will triple in value if the Packers advance to the big game.

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Sotapitcher's State-Shaped Mugs Take "Drink Minnesota" Literally

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Loren Green
A selection of Nice Pint Club steins -- note the traditional pint glass and dairy creamer for scale.

You've got your local craft beer, your favorite local brewery t-shirt, and your regular seat at the local taproom bar, but how local is your drinking glass?

"Many have heard of the German tradition of drinking beer from a boot-­shaped glass," says Sotapitcher, the company that has created a stoneware pitcher/pint in the unique shape of our beloved state. "But we're Minnesotans, why not drink out of a state-shaped glass?"

Touché.

The start-up company, which premiered earlier this year on Kickstarter, has introduced the Nice Pint Club, a series of new mugs and shooters designed in a Minnesota likeness and adorned with the logos and locations of eight Minnesota breweries.

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The Essential Holiday Gift Guide for Local Beer Lovers

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Danny Nicholson

Shopping for a fanatic can be nigh impossible -- they already have everything, right? Fortunately, the beer fan consumes the collection, so there's always room for more.

Still, to give the best gifts one needs a background on the subject, and not everybody knows the difference between Centennial Hops and Cascade, nor cares about why a tulip glass is superior to a shaker. The Hot Dish is here with a guide to what your closest beer-loving friends want for the holidays.

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