Black Friday 5ive: Five Bands Named Black… Something or Other


So it’s Black Friday today. And instead of shopping, you’re here… and we’re rocking. Let’s do this: Black Flag – Rise Above, Damaged. Buy it… (and support MNBeer) Black Francis – Threshold Apprehension, Bluefinger. Buy it. Ballerina Black – Microphones ...

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Surly Doomtree Day Details


You wanted details on Surly Doomtree Day? You’ve got Surly Doomtree Day info… As you know, Surly Doomtree Day will be a special curated bar crawl around Minneapolis and St. Paul to kickoff the Surly Doomtree collaboration and the release ...

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Junkyard Brewing Taproom Grand Opening Today


Our friends from Junkyard Brewing in Moorhead are celebrating tonight from 4pm to midnight. Over the course of about a year, they’ve moved from a tiny brewery in the corner of a woodshop to a brand new brewery and taproom. ...

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Friday 5ive: High School Me Picks Five


I grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1993. I hung out with some of the “weird kids,” kids in accelerated classes and the high school swim team. Though traditional “cool” probably wasn’t seeping out ...

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Insight Brewing Grand Opening


Do you remember when we only had something like seven breweries in Minnesota? It really wasn’t that long ago. Today we add another to the tally, Insight Brewing Company. Their taproom opens at 4pm today (Friday) at 2821 East Hennepin ...

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Friday Five: Some Old Pop/Punk Favorites

If you find yourself bobbing your head along with these, you’re probably not alone. Punching Screeching Weasel into Pandora earlier in the week sent me down this road. I grew up this stuff. Enjoy! Screeching Weasel – The Girl Next ...

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New Life for Minneapolis’ Grain Belt Sign

Photo: Wikipedia

Yesterday our friends at August Schell Brewing Company announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. Better yet, the brewery is in the process of discussing plans for preservation and ...

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Doomtree Gets Surly

Doomtree at Surly. Photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

Happy Monday. As you’ve probably heard, local hip hop collective Doomtree is hosting their last Doomtree Blowout in December. And if you’ve been playing attention, you’ve noticed that one of those days was labeled as a Surly Doomtree Day. Music ...

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Friday 5ive – Five Random Bands from My Collection

This week we pull some random tunes from the collection. Whether they’re good, bad or just plain ugly is up to you. Without further delay… Gun N’ Wankers – Skin Deep David Bazan. Three great songs recorded/filmed at Sacred Heart ...

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Surly Eight Release Party Sunday

Surly Eight

Surly Brewing Company celebrates their 8th anniversary this Sunday with the release of their eighth anniversary beer aptly named EIGHT! From 5-10pm at Dakota Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Mall) they’ll be pouring EIGHT, an Oat Wine style ale aged in ...

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Schell’s Equinox Fresh Hop Pilsner


Our friends at August Schell Brewing Co., are really tearing things up as of late. We’re excited to share a little new about another new limited-release offering, a fresh hop pilsner featuring Equinox, a new hop variety recently developed by ...

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Friday 5ive: My Five Favorite Live Bands


If you read last week’s 5ive, you’ll know that I’ve seen a ton of live bands over the years… it was practically compulsive in the 90s. In any case, let’s jump right the heck in and delve into the five ...

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Schell’s Snowstorm 2014: Grand Cru

Schell's Snowstorm 2014: Grand Cru

I always look forward to Schell’s annual Snowstorm beer. I love that they change up the style year after year, and as far as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed the offerings. This year, Snowstorm is a Belgian-style Granc Cru. ...

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Friday 5ive – Five Bands That Blew Me Away Immediately


This week it’s time to roll out a Friday 5ive featuring bands that have managed to blow me away upon first listen. I caught each and every one of these bands live at one point or another. When I arrived ...

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Bent Paddle Cold Press Black

Photo lifted from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

The first time I tasted the Cold Press variation of Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s black ale, I knew I had to have some more. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Bent Paddle’s Bryon Tonnis says it’s been one of their ...

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