Fair State Brewing Cooperative
The first co-op brewery in the state of Minnesota is scheduled to open May 1st on Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis. And they have a Tumblr…
Check Out The Brewer’s Union!
Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post. No, no, no, Stuff about Minneapolis didn’t sell out to “the man”, I was contacted by The Brewer’s Union to help get the word out on their company though. BUT…they are a local Twin Cities company, are 100% employee owned, and my cousin’s husband works for them, so there is a family connection.
The holidays are coming up, so if you know someone who likes home brewing, or want to get started yourself, go check them out. They sell kits for all sorts of different Pale Ales, Stouts, and even have one called Peanut Butter Porter.
What’s my take? No money exchanged hands on this, but I will probably be rewarded in tasty local brews. So, please help Stuff about Minneapolis acquire tasty local brews, and support a local company at the same time.
LOTS OF LIQUOR: 20,000 sq ft store to open in Maple Grove
Soon, Maple Grove will be home to the largest liquor store in the state. The 20,000-square-foot space next to Target used to be an Office Max, but it is now being transformed into Haskell’s.
"The current model of averaging about 8,000-square-feet is just not enough," said Ted Farrell, president of Haskell’s.
Farrell says the big box booze store will more than double the size of his other 12 locations. He envisions space for wine tasting and classes.
"The growth in the liquor store is so massive," Farrell continued, pointing to the proliferation of craft distilleries in the state. "Minnesota now has 15 wineries. The liquor industry is growing by leaps and bounds — not to mention craft beers."
"The metro area keeps on growing. So, you got to keep on growing," says Farrell.
Haskell’s in Maple Grove is expected to open in time for the holidays.
Local brewer launches mini donut beer for MN State Fair
Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is launching a mini donut-flavored beer for the Minnesota State Fair.
The Stillwater brewery teamed up with Dan and David Thiesen, co-owners of the fair’s Ball Park Café, to create the beer. It will have a warm tan color, like the exterior of a mini donut, and a sweet, malty taste. As an added touch, it will be served in a glass with cinnamon and sugar on the rim.
“We did several test batches to develop a mini donut beer recipe that would give taste buds the ultimate state fair experience,” Lift Bridge CEO and co-owner Dan Schwarz said in a statement. “We are feeling great about the final recipe and hope it is a home run with fair goers.”
Lift Bridge Mini Donut Beer will be sold at Ball Park Café, alongside numerous other craft beers, including Lift Bridge’s Farm Girl Saison and Hop Dish IPA. Ball Park Café is located on Underwood Street outside The Garden.
The Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 2.
Ale, yeah! Minnesota becomes the No. 10 craft beer state as sales and interest surge
The amount of suds produced in the state in 2012 skyrocketed with an 80 percent increase in barrels over 2011 — the second highest jump of any state in that period, according to the Brewers Association, a national trade organization.
With about 50 craft breweries — more than double the amount in 2011 — Minnesota became the No. 10 craft beer-producing state, the association said.
And with passage in 2011 of the state’s taproom law, or the “Surly bill,” allowing breweries to sell pints on site and with the upswing of an overall “locavore” movement to consume more locally produced food and drink, brewers and industry insiders are raising their glasses to what looks to be a growing future.
Great article by Deadspin on cheap American beer, click the link to see the full list. But you should know, our beloved Grain Belt took home the #1 ranking!
36 Cheap American Beers, Ranked
I realize you’re going to spend Independence Day happily drinking whatever cold adult beverage you’re served, because you’re polite and you’re an alcoholic. And I trust you’ll have a fine old time no matter what you drink. But that doesn’t mean America’s shitbrews are all the same. The list below breaks down 36 of them, from worst to least-worst.
1. Grain Belt Premium. I always think of Minnesota as a secretly sexy place, and not just because of Kent Hrbek and Al Franken. Maybe it’s all the trout and music and Lutherans. Toss in a smooth, creamy, and dreamy local budget brew like Grain Belt and it’s a wonder Minnesota hasn’t seceded to form its own naked blond utopia. Grain Belt Premium is America’s finest cheap beer.
Surly unveils new Minneapolis brewery renderings
Craft beer brewer Surly has released new images of their long-anticipated “destination brewery,” which will soon be built in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood.
The images were unveiled Sunday night at the company’s seventh anniversary party. The company purchased the 8.3 acre site on Malcolm Avenue and 5th Street SE this April, and have said they could be brewing there by 2014.
The $20 million facility is expected to feature a brewery, a bar and an event center.
America’s Best Beer Cities
Readers rated 35 major cities for features such as food trucks, friendly locals, and microbrews, a category that reflects a growing trend. As of 2012, there were more than 2,300 operating craft breweries (those making fewer than 6 million barrels a year) in the U.S., according to the American Brewers Association—the highest number since the late 19th century.
No. 1 Portland, OR
No. 2 Denver
No. 3 Portland, ME
No. 4 Seattle
No. 5 Kansas City, MO
No. 6 Minneapolis/St. Paul
The Twin Cities climbed nine spots in the survey this year, and the buzziest beers seem to channel the outdoorsy, hipster vibe that voters love about Minnesota. Indeed Brewery prides itself on its retro, back-to-basics cans, while Fulton Beer offers a Russian imperial stout—a bracing 9.2% ABV (alcohol by volume) brew that, the site promises, “if left outside during winter, won’t freeze, even in Minnesota.” Readers might not want to test that claim: they ranked the Twin Cities near the bottom among places to visit in winter.
No. 7 San Diego
No. 8 Boston
No. 9 Providence, RI
No. 10 Nashville
Jack Clark’s Bar and Cafe sign, Minneapolis. (1977) via Minnesota Historical Society
Thirst Things First.