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  • Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music City Brewers homebrew club. MCB president John Malone shares his […]

    Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off

    Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music City Brewers homebrew club. MCB president John Malone shares his […]

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  • It’s not MN Beer officially, but likely something that will interest beer lovers and homebrewers here in the Upper Midwest. In this episode of the locally-produced Chop & Brew webshow, a discussion and Q&A with John Kimmich, head brewer at The Alchemist in Vermont, famous (infamous?) for the traders’ cult […]

    Chop & Brew #22: John Kimmich from The Alchemist

    It’s not MN Beer officially, but likely something that will interest beer lovers and homebrewers here in the Upper Midwest. In this episode of the locally-produced Chop & Brew webshow, a discussion and Q&A with John Kimmich, head brewer at The Alchemist in Vermont, famous (infamous?) for the traders’ cult […]

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  • In this episode of Chop & Brew, we hit the road from the Twin Cities to New York City for the NYC Homebrew Tour. The C&B crew join beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein and dozens of beer tourists as they visit three homebrewers and their homebreweries in Brooklyn. Maybe some […]

    Chop & Brew #19: NYC Homebrew Tour

    In this episode of Chop & Brew, we hit the road from the Twin Cities to New York City for the NYC Homebrew Tour. The C&B crew join beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein and dozens of beer tourists as they visit three homebrewers and their homebreweries in Brooklyn. Maybe some […]

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  • In this episode of Chop & Brew, what begins as a simple basement tasting-notes session for a can of Green Apple Joose quickly evolves into a discussion about the booming kraft joose moovement and what it means for homejuicers and future craft joosemakers. What are your thoughts on the current […]

    Chop & Brew #18: Joose Tasting Notes

    In this episode of Chop & Brew, what begins as a simple basement tasting-notes session for a can of Green Apple Joose quickly evolves into a discussion about the booming kraft joose moovement and what it means for homejuicers and future craft joosemakers. What are your thoughts on the current […]

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  • A bit late on this post. You know – holidays and life and all. Chop & Brew rounds out the triology of homegrown hop episodes with this episode in which the krewe tastes the massively hop-backed / fresh-hopped beer homebrewed in Episode 14… with hops seen in their infancy in […]

    Chop & Brew #17: Fresh Hop Tasting Notes

    A bit late on this post. You know – holidays and life and all. Chop & Brew rounds out the triology of homegrown hop episodes with this episode in which the krewe tastes the massively hop-backed / fresh-hopped beer homebrewed in Episode 14… with hops seen in their infancy in […]

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  • In this Chop & Brew Roundtable episode Chip, DonO and Dawson taste and discuss several IPAs fermented with Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA (Private Collection strain for Sept-Dec 2013). The conversation focuses on the characteristics and usage of Wyeast 1217, but also includes discussion of the new high-alpha German hop […]

    Chop & Brew #16: Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA

    In this Chop & Brew Roundtable episode Chip, DonO and Dawson taste and discuss several IPAs fermented with Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA (Private Collection strain for Sept-Dec 2013). The conversation focuses on the characteristics and usage of Wyeast 1217, but also includes discussion of the new high-alpha German hop […]

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  • The Krewe of Chop & Brew gathers for a wet-hop brew day in St. Boni to wrap up this year’s series on “Growing Hops at Home.” We pick hops straight off the bine and stuff more than 10 pounds into a double-size batch of homebrew. Epic fresh hop usage ahead! […]

    Chop & Brew #14: Brewing with Fresh/Wet Hops

    The Krewe of Chop & Brew gathers for a wet-hop brew day in St. Boni to wrap up this year’s series on “Growing Hops at Home.” We pick hops straight off the bine and stuff more than 10 pounds into a double-size batch of homebrew. Epic fresh hop usage ahead! […]

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  • Grab your fatigues… er, well… Anyway, A Perfect Pint & Amusée are pairing up for three great sessions of “Beer and Wine Bootcamp.” Given the hosts, Cocerone Michael Agnew and Sommelier Leslee Miller, this should be a fun time. Read on: What happens when two of the Twin Cities finest […]

    Beer & Wine Bootcamp

    Grab your fatigues… er, well… Anyway, A Perfect Pint & Amusée are pairing up for three great sessions of “Beer and Wine Bootcamp.” Given the hosts, Cocerone Michael Agnew and Sommelier Leslee Miller, this should be a fun time. Read on: What happens when two of the Twin Cities finest […]

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  • Chop & Brew is joined once again by Wyeast brand manager Michael Dawson for a backyard brew session. The goal: a high-gravity Belgian Dark Strong Ale. We discuss what it takes to create a successful “big beer” while sampling a high-octane brew from Dawson’s homebrew cellar. Brewers, we’d love to […]

    Chop & Brew #12: Belgian Dark Strong Ales

    Chop & Brew is joined once again by Wyeast brand manager Michael Dawson for a backyard brew session. The goal: a high-gravity Belgian Dark Strong Ale. We discuss what it takes to create a successful “big beer” while sampling a high-octane brew from Dawson’s homebrew cellar. Brewers, we’d love to […]

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  • Just a quick reminder – Better Beer Society University classes begin on Wednesday. As a kid, I always had reservations about heading back to school. Perhaps if my parents would have sent me to BBSU, things might have been different!   We’re pleased to announce that campus will once again […]

    Better Beer Society University: Classes Begin Wednesday

    Just a quick reminder – Better Beer Society University classes begin on Wednesday. As a kid, I always had reservations about heading back to school. Perhaps if my parents would have sent me to BBSU, things might have been different!   We’re pleased to announce that campus will once again […]

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  • Beer dorks… if you’re not familiar with the only Michael Jackson that mattered (the English beer writer, not the pop singer with the Peter Pan complex), someone should probably slap you. Jackson wrote a number of influential tomes on the subject of beer and advocated the enjoyment of great beer […]

    Minneapolis Debut of “Beer Hunter” Sunday

    Beer dorks… if you’re not familiar with the only Michael Jackson that mattered (the English beer writer, not the pop singer with the Peter Pan complex), someone should probably slap you. Jackson wrote a number of influential tomes on the subject of beer and advocated the enjoyment of great beer […]

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  • It’s summer in The Cities and we’re in need of a low-alcohol, yet high-flavor beer. Enter Wyeast Brand Manager (and Saint Paul local) Michael Dawson with the cure: Boat Bitter. Dawson has some great advice for crafting a superb session-strength British Bitter utilizing a limited edition yeast strain, an off-the-beaten-path […]

    Chop & Brew #10: Boat Bitter (Brewing Session Ale at Home)

    It’s summer in The Cities and we’re in need of a low-alcohol, yet high-flavor beer. Enter Wyeast Brand Manager (and Saint Paul local) Michael Dawson with the cure: Boat Bitter. Dawson has some great advice for crafting a superb session-strength British Bitter utilizing a limited edition yeast strain, an off-the-beaten-path […]

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  • A couple of months ago, Better Beer Society University hosted the one-and-only Homebrew Chef Sean Z. Paxton and a presentation Paxton called “How to Cook with Beer.” If you aren’t aware, Paxton is a frequent contributor to Beer Advocate, Zymurgy and The Brewing Network. He is not only one of […]

    Chop & Brew #8: How to Cook with Beer

    A couple of months ago, Better Beer Society University hosted the one-and-only Homebrew Chef Sean Z. Paxton and a presentation Paxton called “How to Cook with Beer.” If you aren’t aware, Paxton is a frequent contributor to Beer Advocate, Zymurgy and The Brewing Network. He is not only one of […]

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  • A group of local homebrewers is having a barrel of fun. Actually, FOUR barrels of fun! The Nordeast Brewers Alliance is on an epic mission: to fill four 59-gallon French oak wine barrels with some big batches of homebrew. Twin Cities’ own Chop & Brew webshow rides shotgun on barrel […]

    Chop & Brew #7: Roll Out the Barrels

    A group of local homebrewers is having a barrel of fun. Actually, FOUR barrels of fun! The Nordeast Brewers Alliance is on an epic mission: to fill four 59-gallon French oak wine barrels with some big batches of homebrew. Twin Cities’ own Chop & Brew webshow rides shotgun on barrel […]

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  • This sounds like a lot of fun – from June 17-23rd,  Brooklyn Brewery brings a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings to the Twin Cities, all featuring “humanity’s favorite beverage.” “The Mash is an expression of Brooklyn art, music, food and the cultural links we see with […]

    Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer

    This sounds like a lot of fun – from June 17-23rd,  Brooklyn Brewery brings a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings to the Twin Cities, all featuring “humanity’s favorite beverage.” “The Mash is an expression of Brooklyn art, music, food and the cultural links we see with […]

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