MN Beer Notebook: Early April 2016

Surly just released Xtra-Citra Pale Ale into the market in 4 packs of 16 oz. cans. The beer itself is bright and beautiful with big citrus notes and a very crisp, clean finish to go along with a very low ...

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Wild Mind Ales Brewing Up Something Different


It all started back in college when Mat Waddell tried a Saison for the first time. “That got me into fermenting with fruit” he says. Next were a series of internships at breweries like Summit and Badger Hill where he ...

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Summit Celebrates 30 Years With Double IPA


Back in 1983, Summit founder Mark Stutrud received a letter from The American Brewers Association. It read: My dear Mr. Stutrud: Thank you for your letter, and I note that you are working on a feasibility study on establishing a ...

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Lawyers, Refrigerators and Money

The Minnesota Legislative session is nigh, and with that, constituents will surely again take up the call to pass a bill for Sunday Sales of alcohol in Minnesota.  Supporters (and I’m one) have been taking up the cause for several ...

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Finnegan’s Releases Hoppy Shepherd

Jacquie Berglund founded Finnegan’s back in 2000 with the hopes of turning beer into food. Her organization donates 100% of profits to feed the hungry in the communities where their beer is sold. They’ve made a few different styles over ...

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