Minnesota on Tap

Ryan Tuenge is an avid home brewer and craft beer lover who is not afraid to spend his last $5 on a pint of beer at the local pub. As a member of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, Ryan has tried a wide variety of beers and has toured many of the local breweries. He also has a blog about craft beer in Minnesota. He likes to read, write and travel with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @lodgefather.

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Weekend Festivities

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: October 10, 2012 - 9:13 PM
There are a couple beer-related events going on for those of you who are looking for something to do this weekend:
Out east, in Stillwater, on Saturday and Sunday they are celebrating Harvest Fest. On Saturday you can witness a pumpkin weigh-off or purchase tickets to take part in a beer tasting and chili cook-off featuring local favorite Lift Bridge Brewing.  You can also ride the Joseph Wolf BierCycle, a multi-person pedal bike, throughout the two-day event.
On the BierCycle you will be able to take a tour of downtown Stillwater and see all that it has to offer. Right now the BierCycle is also available for private parties, and in the future you will be able to try out beer from the soon-to-be re-established Joseph Wolf Brewery—run by great granddaughters Pat Wolf and Kathy Wolf Swanson. More to come on the reemergence of Joseph Wolf Brewery at a later time. 
If you are going to be out west this weekend, you may want to head out to Excelsior Brewing’s Oktoberfest on Saturday. Here you can check out Tim Mahoney, who was most recently on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” at 2:00 PM while wolfing down some sausage and other german fare. At 4:00 PM, hometown surf rockers Thee Holy 3 will take the stage in front of the fitting backdrop of Lake Minnetonka.
Bitteschläppe Brown Ale will be on sale at the Excelsior tap along with Big Island Blonde, and XLCR Pale Ale. They will be doing cash and credit transactions so you don’t have to bother with tickets. The focus here will be on the fun. Get out and enjoy the weather before the snow starts flying!






Got Pride?

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: June 14, 2012 - 10:14 PM

 On Friday, June 22nd the The Beer Dabbler will be hosting a palette pleasing beer and food pairing event in Loring Park. The event, which kicks off the Twin Cities Pride Festival, will include 20 local food trucks and 20 local craft breweries. It begins at 5:30 PM and lasts until 9:30 PM. The cost is $35 in advance or $45 dollars on the day of the event.

The price of admission includes a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, and access to the food trucks (paired menu items are $3 dollars each and are not included in the price of admission). In addition, there will be a treasure hunt sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota and DJs Jake Rudh and Apollo Cobra will provide entertainment from the Lavender Magazine stage. The Stanley’s Barroom Dunk Tank is sure to be a hit, especially because the proceeds are going to the Finnegan’s Community Fund.
This is a brand new event from The Beer Dabbler and if it is anything like their other events it will not be one to miss. For those that like to volunteer their time they are looking for about 20 more volunteers to help out on Friday. You can check out the volunteer page for more details.
If you have not yet been to Loring Park to celebrate Pride you should make it a priority. It is a great opportunity to get out in your community and celebrate diversity all while having a good time.


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