About Author: ryan

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Ryan Anderson (that's me!) is the editor & founder of MNBeer. MNBeer launched in the fall of 2005 and quickly became Minnesota's resource for craft & local beer news, events & education. My history as a "writer" date back to the early 90s with a print zine called Sally's Lowrider that morphed into (arguably) the Fargo/Moorhead area's most celebrated zine, Carothers Brothers, whose six issues largely poked fun at the area's mid-90s punk rock scene with sarcastic wit and punk rock naïveté. During that time I also contributed some reviews to Alternative Press' Demorandum, which probably sounds cooler than it actually was. Sometime in the late 90s I became an editor of Yahtzeen, Fargo's longest-running print and web zine and had the pleasure of interviewing a number of fairly cool people including (but not limited to) Sean Tillman, Mike Watt and others. Yahtzeen suffered from technology issues, and perhaps being a little big for our britches and died in the early 00s. I still maintain that if we had the proper resources, we would have continued to be more interesting than Pitchfork, one of the very few indie webzines to survive the early 00s. Oh, and I know who Indieshite is/was, so there.

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  • Cool news from the gang at Finnegans – this fall they’ll be rolling out a limited release Extra stout, Dead Irish Poet, in October. I love the name! This beer is designed for the cold months and will feature dark chocolate and stone fruit notes not unlike stouts found in […]

    Finnegans Extra Stout

    Cool news from the gang at Finnegans – this fall they’ll be rolling out a limited release Extra stout, Dead Irish Poet, in October. I love the name! This beer is designed for the cold months and will feature dark chocolate and stone fruit notes not unlike stouts found in […]

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  • Hey. Hey you! Yeah, you. Come to Duluth with us. We’re going to have an excellent time and enjoy some great beers with great people, all with the largest of the Great Lakes in the background. Does that sound good to you? Tickets are still available for next weekend’s All […]

    All Pints North!

    Hey. Hey you! Yeah, you. Come to Duluth with us. We’re going to have an excellent time and enjoy some great beers with great people, all with the largest of the Great Lakes in the background. Does that sound good to you? Tickets are still available for next weekend’s All […]

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  • Another new kid on the block… Bauhaus Brew Labs is open to the public starting today! Welcome to the scene, guys! I’m a fan of their aesthetic, from the logo to the space to the quirky (if not a little cheesy) videos. It fits with the first impression I have […]

    Bauhaus Brew Labs Opens Today

    Another new kid on the block… Bauhaus Brew Labs is open to the public starting today! Welcome to the scene, guys! I’m a fan of their aesthetic, from the logo to the space to the quirky (if not a little cheesy) videos. It fits with the first impression I have […]

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  • Eat Local, formerly the Twin Cities Originals, will open doors to the Taste of Eat Local event on Thursday, July 24, at TCF Bank Stadium for a culinary tour of favorite local dishes and new flavors from member restaurants. The event offers 13 signature dishes from a variety of great local chefs, each […]

    Taste of Eat Local

    Eat Local, formerly the Twin Cities Originals, will open doors to the Taste of Eat Local event on Thursday, July 24, at TCF Bank Stadium for a culinary tour of favorite local dishes and new flavors from member restaurants. The event offers 13 signature dishes from a variety of great local chefs, each […]

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  • Bent Brewstillery will be releasing their Lakeside Blonde on Thursday, July 17 at Digby’s Roseville from 6-8pm. This beer is their Nordic Blonde brewed with passion fruit, honey and guava to make a great summer beer. They’ll be pouring samples and talking all things beer and Brewstillery.

    Bent Brewstillery Lakeside Blonde Release

    Bent Brewstillery will be releasing their Lakeside Blonde on Thursday, July 17 at Digby’s Roseville from 6-8pm. This beer is their Nordic Blonde brewed with passion fruit, honey and guava to make a great summer beer. They’ll be pouring samples and talking all things beer and Brewstillery.

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  • Here’s a little news and some artwork for Bent Paddle’s latest, Day Pack. Thirsty? They’ll have it in their taproom starting next Wednesday and then at All Pints on Saturday and then in the market the week of 7/28. From the can: This sessionable Pale Ale is the ideal complimentary […]

    Bent Paddle Daypack

    Here’s a little news and some artwork for Bent Paddle’s latest, Day Pack. Thirsty? They’ll have it in their taproom starting next Wednesday and then at All Pints on Saturday and then in the market the week of 7/28. From the can: This sessionable Pale Ale is the ideal complimentary […]

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  • Here’s another one coming down the pipes at Surly Brewing Co. Misanthrope, their oak-aged saison with brettanomyces. I was so excited to post the artwork from Jawsh for Eight that I totally overlooked the fact that Misanthrope artwork was ready to roll as well. Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the […]

    Surly Misanthrope Artwork

    Here’s another one coming down the pipes at Surly Brewing Co. Misanthrope, their oak-aged saison with brettanomyces. I was so excited to post the artwork from Jawsh for Eight that I totally overlooked the fact that Misanthrope artwork was ready to roll as well. Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the […]

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  • Here’s the artwork for Eight from Surly Brewing Co. Nice label work from Jawsh. Here’s what it says: “When it’s done” is a phrase we’ve used to describe release dates for our beers for many years. When you’re putting the beer first, it just makes sense. Our anniversary is technically […]

    Surly Eight Ale Label

    Here’s the artwork for Eight from Surly Brewing Co. Nice label work from Jawsh. Here’s what it says: “When it’s done” is a phrase we’ve used to describe release dates for our beers for many years. When you’re putting the beer first, it just makes sense. Our anniversary is technically […]

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  • As I polish off this beer…er post, we find ourselves less than 24 hours from the grand opening of Minnesota’s newest brewing, Sisyphus Brewing Co. Skip out of work at noon on Friday and head over to their taproom at 712 West Ontario in Minneapolis. This will be a great […]

    Six Pack: Sisyphus Brewing Co.

    As I polish off this beer…er post, we find ourselves less than 24 hours from the grand opening of Minnesota’s newest brewing, Sisyphus Brewing Co. Skip out of work at noon on Friday and head over to their taproom at 712 West Ontario in Minneapolis. This will be a great […]

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  • First… The Red Stag Block Party is in it’s eighth year?! Wow. How did that happen? In any case, it’s back, once again with a fun music line-up, and of course the requisite good food & beer. Should be chock full of awesomesauce, right? “Wait Ron, there’s more…” and I […]

    Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots

    First… The Red Stag Block Party is in it’s eighth year?! Wow. How did that happen? In any case, it’s back, once again with a fun music line-up, and of course the requisite good food & beer. Should be chock full of awesomesauce, right? “Wait Ron, there’s more…” and I […]

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  • This year’s limited edition State Fair beer is called The Villain, a black lager brewed by brewer Gabe Smoley. Early notes on the beer from Smoley’s notepad: “The working concept for this year will be a hybrid Schwarzbier brewed with a Kolsch yeast. The beer will be jet black, weighing […]

    Summit’s State Fair Beer for 2014, The Villain

    This year’s limited edition State Fair beer is called The Villain, a black lager brewed by brewer Gabe Smoley. Early notes on the beer from Smoley’s notepad: “The working concept for this year will be a hybrid Schwarzbier brewed with a Kolsch yeast. The beer will be jet black, weighing […]

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  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of Schell’s Hefeweizen hitting the market. To celebrate, they’ll have 4 different variations of hefeweizen in a limited edition 12 pack and on draft. I asked Schell’s Jace Marti for a bit of insight on the series and got some good information as well […]

    Schell’s Weizen Series

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Schell’s Hefeweizen hitting the market. To celebrate, they’ll have 4 different variations of hefeweizen in a limited edition 12 pack and on draft. I asked Schell’s Jace Marti for a bit of insight on the series and got some good information as well […]

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  • Back in October of 2012, we reported that the parent company of Fitger’s Brewhouse had won a bid to purchase the historic Endion Station train depot in Canal Park. Today we’re excited to share that the Endion Station Public House will open in July! Endion Station Public House will feature […]

    Endion Station Public House to Open in July

    Back in October of 2012, we reported that the parent company of Fitger’s Brewhouse had won a bid to purchase the historic Endion Station train depot in Canal Park. Today we’re excited to share that the Endion Station Public House will open in July! Endion Station Public House will feature […]

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  • Tonight! Head over to The Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for the release of the third beer in Summit’s Union Series, Southern Cape Sparkling Ale.  Come meet the brewer and sample the latest in the Union Series – perfect for a rainy evening. 5-8pm. Union #3 Southern Cape Sparkling […]

    Summit Union Series: Southern Cape Sparkling Ale

    Tonight! Head over to The Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for the release of the third beer in Summit’s Union Series, Southern Cape Sparkling Ale.  Come meet the brewer and sample the latest in the Union Series – perfect for a rainy evening. 5-8pm. Union #3 Southern Cape Sparkling […]

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  • In celebration of the new Green Line, our friends at Summit are throwing down with a pub crawl of mass (transit) proportions. From 4-10pm on Saturday, hop a on board and join them in celebration of the first day of the new Green Line light rail route connecting St. Paul […]

    Off the Rails with Summit

    In celebration of the new Green Line, our friends at Summit are throwing down with a pub crawl of mass (transit) proportions. From 4-10pm on Saturday, hop a on board and join them in celebration of the first day of the new Green Line light rail route connecting St. Paul […]

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