Features Archive

  • 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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  • 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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  • Another spring, another hop crop gets underway in Minnesota. This episode of Chop & Brew looks at the basic steps to planting hop rhizomes in containers and in the ground. The C&B crew helps new hop-growers with tips and techniques for the start of the growing season. Chop & Brew […]

    Chop & Brew #6: Growing Hops at Home (Part 1)

    Another spring, another hop crop gets underway in Minnesota. This episode of Chop & Brew looks at the basic steps to planting hop rhizomes in containers and in the ground. The C&B crew helps new hop-growers with tips and techniques for the start of the growing season. Chop & Brew […]

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  • The Herkimer was one of the first bars I visited upon moving to Minneapolis.  Looking for a place to watch the Packer game on a brisk Sunday, I had heard good things about the crowd and the food, but was up in the air on the beer.

    Herkiwho? New Ideas at The Herkimer

    The Herkimer was one of the first bars I visited upon moving to Minneapolis. Looking for a place to watch the Packer game on a brisk Sunday, I had heard good things about the crowd and the food, but was up in the air on the beer.

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  • ...It is hard not to notice is that Aaron and Dan are young: 24 and 21 respectively.  I asked about Aaron’s background and how he went beyond the macro lagers, and I got a nice story of how he was in college in Michigan on the rugby team...

    Junkyard Brewing Company

    ...It is hard not to notice is that Aaron and Dan are young: 24 and 21 respectively. I asked about Aaron’s background and how he went beyond the macro lagers, and I got a nice story of how he was in college in Michigan on the rugby team...

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  • “Leaf springs for Zambonis!”

So replied developer and co-owner, Rocky Kavajecz, when asked what sort of business operated in the space Canal Park Brewing Co. now occupies

    First Look: Canal Park Brewing Co.

    “Leaf springs for Zambonis!” So replied developer and co-owner, Rocky Kavajecz, when asked what sort of business operated in the space Canal Park Brewing Co. now occupies

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  • If you fear variety, beware of the danger lurking at 1300 2nd Street NE on January 25th when Dangerous Man Brewing Co. opens its doors to the thirsty residents of NE Minneapolis. The plethora of recent brewery openings promises variety in the beer scene, but Dangerous Man will be a place where patrons can always experience the new and exciting without ever leaving their barstool.

    First Look: Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

    If you fear variety, beware of the danger lurking at 1300 2nd Street NE on January 25th when Dangerous Man Brewing Co. opens its doors to the thirsty residents of NE Minneapolis. The plethora of recent brewery openings promises variety in the beer scene, but Dangerous Man will be a place where patrons can always experience the new and exciting without ever leaving their barstool.

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  • You might have heard of 612 Brew.  (Pronouned “Six-One-Two” – not “Six-Twelve”).  You might have been told they were a t-shirt company.  You were wrong.  While 612Brew has been conceptualized for several years, and they have been selling t-shirts emblazoned with an early logo, 612Brew is a soon to be […]

    First Look: 612Brew

    You might have heard of 612 Brew.  (Pronouned “Six-One-Two” – not “Six-Twelve”).  You might have been told they were a t-shirt company.  You were wrong.  While 612Brew has been conceptualized for several years, and they have been selling t-shirts emblazoned with an early logo, 612Brew is a soon to be […]

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  • For the out-of-towner, a trip to the Brainerd Lakes area typically means recreation. Cabins, kitsch, Paul Bunyan Land and maybe a trip through the ice on Pelican Lake [not that anyone ever did that in April of 1996].  Not surprisingly, there’s been a great deal of development in the area […]

    First Look: Jack Pine Brewery

    For the out-of-towner, a trip to the Brainerd Lakes area typically means recreation. Cabins, kitsch, Paul Bunyan Land and maybe a trip through the ice on Pelican Lake [not that anyone ever did that in April of 1996].  Not surprisingly, there’s been a great deal of development in the area […]

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  •   A new beer-conscious dining option on the East Side of Saint Paul has opened on a street already rich with local history. Ward 6 on Payne Avenue is now open daily for dinner as well as for brunch on the weekend. Proprietors Eric Foster and Bob Parker, both East […]

    Beer Bars: Ward 6, Saint Paul

      A new beer-conscious dining option on the East Side of Saint Paul has opened on a street already rich with local history. Ward 6 on Payne Avenue is now open daily for dinner as well as for brunch on the weekend. Proprietors Eric Foster and Bob Parker, both East […]

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  • For those of you who didn’t catch their launch yesterday, I’m excited to share a little news about a new brewery-in-progress in Duluth, Bent Paddle Brewing Company. It’s been a long journey and no doubt they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them, but I have no doubt brewers […]

    Introducing Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company

    For those of you who didn’t catch their launch yesterday, I’m excited to share a little news about a new brewery-in-progress in Duluth, Bent Paddle Brewing Company. It’s been a long journey and no doubt they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them, but I have no doubt brewers […]

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  • Back in August, we told you a little bit about a couple of Schell’s beers set to hit the market in fall. No doubt you’ve seen their Citra Pils fresh-hop pilsner around by this point. Today marks the release of Chimney Sweep, a black lager “with a roasty maltiness, sturdy […]

    Schell’s Chimney Sweep Arrives

    Back in August, we told you a little bit about a couple of Schell’s beers set to hit the market in fall. No doubt you’ve seen their Citra Pils fresh-hop pilsner around by this point. Today marks the release of Chimney Sweep, a black lager “with a roasty maltiness, sturdy […]

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  • If you want to see what a destination brewery might look like, head down I-94 a few hours and see for yourself one brewery’s take on the concept. What could be considered – by volume only, let’s make no qualitative comparisons – a Surly proxy in Wisconsin, Ale Asylum in […]

    Beer Travels: Ale Asylum, Madison, WI

    If you want to see what a destination brewery might look like, head down I-94 a few hours and see for yourself one brewery’s take on the concept. What could be considered – by volume only, let’s make no qualitative comparisons – a Surly proxy in Wisconsin, Ale Asylum in […]

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  • [Though we champion Minnesota beer first and foremost, we also know that our dear readers like to travel a bit from time to time in search of tasty beers. Below you'll find David's account from a visit to our neighbors to the south. -Ryan] Northeast Iowa doesn’t look like “Iowa”.  […]

    Beer Travels: Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Decorah, IA

    [Though we champion Minnesota beer first and foremost, we also know that our dear readers like to travel a bit from time to time in search of tasty beers. Below you'll find David's account from a visit to our neighbors to the south. -Ryan] Northeast Iowa doesn’t look like “Iowa”.  […]

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