I drink Caribou, and I drink Surly.
Lots of both.
Grain Belt by Lonnie Broden
Drink Local by UncomfortableYeti
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.