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Continued: Dreams of craft beer don't exclude liquor

  • Article by: MICHAEL RIETMULDER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 14, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Michael Rietmulder writes about bars, beer and nightlife.


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  • New, unused kegs that Bartley Blume will soon fill with his first batch of beer. At left is an interior component for a still Blume will assemble to get his distilled spirits operation off the ground.

  • Bartley Blume’s Bent Brewstillery is starting to make both beer and spirits.

  • Bartley Blume's Bent Brewstillery is joining the surge of craft breweries in the Twin Cities. His brand will have something the others don't: a still for making small batches of distilled spirits. Like whiskey. For now, he's contracting with Pour Decisions in Roseville to brew his beer. By fall he hopes to have his still up and running under their roof. An interior component that is part of the Mega Still Bartley Blume will be assembling when his distilled spirits operation gets off the ground. This part is one of several stages that separate the different kinds of...

  • St Paul Summer Beer Fest notables

    With 100 breweries pouring at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest Saturday at the State Fairgrounds, it’s impossible to try them all (nope, not a challenge). Luckily, we’ve got the scoop on some of this year’s notable beers.

    Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale: The Chicago brewery made this ESB with “rich malt and rustic hop flavors” intrinsic to the English ales that inspired its founder a quarter-century ago.

    Tallgrass Brewing/Third Street Brew­house Boyz N the Hood: In honor of the SPSBF’s fifth anniversary, the Kansas and Cold Spring, Minn., breweries and festival organizers collaborated on this one-off, festival-exclusive beer billed as a double India brown ale.

    Bemidji Brewing Co. Brett-Saison: The less-than-year-old brewer is bringing a saison aged for three months with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, a potently funky yeast strain. This one probably isn’t for the craft-brew newbies.

    Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Cold Press Black: The newly opened Duluth brewery is making its Twin Cities debut this weekend, and this coffee-infused version of its year-round black ale is a good day-starter.

    Flying Dog Brewery Raging Bitch and Snake Dog casks: Hop-happy cask fiends should surely flock to this big-wig brewery’s booth. The Colorado-born, Maryland-based beer-makers will have casks of their beloved Belgian-style and regular IPAs.

    Michael Rietmulder

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