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Meanwhile Keven Kvalsten, Republic’s kitchen king, governs with a guiding principle: The lighter the beer, the lighter fare. Simple enough. But sometimes rules are meant to be broken, especially in the adventurous kingdom of craft beer.
“The beauty of beer is that you really don’t have to follow the rules,” said Samuelson, chuckling. “That’s the way the beermakers like it, too. They’re kind of a rogue bunch. That’s why they get along with the chefs.”
Michael Rietmulder writes about bars, beer and nightlife.
nightlife news & notes
Brewery sneak peek
While not slated to open until late this year, Urban Growler Brewing Co. is hosting an open house Friday night (it held one Thursday night, too). Beer lovers can tour the brewery- and taproom-to-be and sip samples of founder/head brewer Deb Loch’s brews. Owners are seeking “founding members” with lures of free beer (a la Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub) and other incentives. Part of their mission statement is to make craft beer accessible to women.
5-8 p.m. Fri., 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul, www.urbangrowlerbrewing.com
Party like a Swede
After debuting its Cocktails at the Castle series in April, the American Swedish Institute is toasting its new glass exhibit, “Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal.” with another night of booze, bands and art. Take in the sounds of Southside Desire and the Golden Bubbles or a glass-blowing demonstration from Sweden’s Fredrik Nielsen, while sipping a cocktail or beer by Indeed ($1 off for members and bicyclists who check their helmets). If idly drinking isn’t interactive enough, try making your own pint glass or squeezing in a game of Kubb.
7-11 p.m. Thu., July 25, $10-$12, 21-plus, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls., www.asimn.org
Dabbler moves downtown
After four years embedded in Highland Fest, the Summer Beer Dabbler is uprooting to new downtown digs at St. Paul’s Upper Landing Park. The bash features food trucks, live music and more than 65 breweries for beer freaks to sample.
1-5 p.m. July 20, Upper Landing Park, St. Paul 21-plus $35-$45