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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State Fair Preview—Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: August 23, 2013 - 9:54 AM

For the second year in a row, Minnesota craft beer will be on display in the Agriculture Building. You can learn everything about our local suds; from where the ingredients come from to how it is made and who produces it. The exhibit will feature local examples from some of the 40 breweries represented at the fair.


The response to this exhibit could not have been better during last year’s Great Minnesota Get Together, where flocks of people came to learn about and sample various local brews. “We had people knocking the door down at 9 AM last year,” said Clint Roberts, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.


That success prompted the Brewers Guild to double the space for this year, which will include a wall dedicated to brewery art and two additional flights of beer bringing the total to six. “We don’t want people to just come in for a beer, we want them to take in the entire cultural aspect,” said Roberts. This year they are also introducing Firkin Friday. That means on Fridays they will switch out one of the typical beers in your flight with a special beer drawn from a firkin (basically a small keg). These are usually limited or rare varieties that the brewers don’t brew every day.


Once again the exhibit will feature speakers from all corners of the craft beer scene from brewers to educators. If you happen to be at the fair on Sunday, August 25th you won’t want to miss Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota. Doug is well-versed in the history of brewing in Minnesota and is extremely interesting to listen to.


One of the best presentations last year involved both Mike and Dave Hoops—two brothers brewing at two different brewpubs here in Minnesota. Mike brews at Town Hall Brewery at Seven Corners in Minneapolis and Dave brews up at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. They will be presenting again this year on Tuesday, August 27th at 6 PM.


Another promising presentation in the lineup is Artifacts and Agriculture, which will cover a variety of topics such as old brewery memorabilia (Dave Wendl of Breweriana Collectors Club of America), the growing of hops (Charlie “Hop Star” Rohwher Ph.D.) and the malting/barley industry (Cargill’s Mark Ruark). 


Here is the full presentation schedule:


Thursday, August 22

  • 3pm – Getting to Know the Guild: Clint Roberts, Guild Executive Director
  • 6pm – Beer Tourism: Dan Justesen, Guild President, Vine Park Brewing Co.

Friday, August 23

  • 3pm – Member Showcase: 612Brew, Indeed Brewing Co.
  • 6pm – The Art of the Cask: Tony Digatono of Great Waters Brewing Co.

Saturday, August 24

  • Noon – Homebrewer Award Program
  • 3pm – Primary Fermenter Showcase
  • 6pm – Member Showcase: Surly Brewing Co., Fulton Beer

Sunday, August 25

  • Noon – A Historian’s Perspective: Craft Beer with Doug Hoverson
  • 3pm – Minnesota Hop Star: The U of M’s Charlie Rohwer, Ph.D.
  • 6pm – Member Showcase: Third Street Brewhouse, Boom Island Brewing Co., Flat Earth Brewing Co.

Monday, August 26

  • 3pm – Member Showcase: Excelsior Brewing Co., Lucid Brewing Co.
  • 6pm – Exploring Beer Artifacts: Steve Ketcham

Tuesday, August 27

  • 3pm – Discussing Different Brewing Styles: Damian McConn from Summit Brewing Co., Jace Marti from August Schell Brewing Co., and Todd Haug from Surly Brewing Co.
  • 6pm – Brotherly Brewing: Mike Hoops (Town Hall Brewery) and Dave Hoops (Fitger’s Brewhouse)

Wednesday, August 28

  • 3pm – Member Showcase: Castle Danger Brewery, Lift Bridge Brewery
  • 6pm – Member Showcase: Dangerous Man Brewing Co., Big Wood Brewery

Thursday, August 29

  • 3pm – The Flavor Profiles of Beer: Michael Agnew
  • 6pm – Member Showcase: Lift Bridge Brewing Co., Town Hall Brewery

Friday, August 30

  • 3pm – A Veteran Perspective on Minnesota Craft Beer: Mark Stutrud of Summit Brewing Co., Ted Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.
  • 6pm – The First Family of Minnesota Craft Beer: The Marti Family of August Schell Brewing Co.

Saturday, August 31

  • Noon: Local Flavor: Artifacts and Agriculture: Dave Wendl, North Star Chapter, Breweriana Collectors Club of America, U of M’s Charlie Rohwer, Ph.D. (hops), Cargill’s Mark Ruark (barley/malt)
  • 3pm – Duluth Beer City: Tim Nelson, Frank Kaszuba, and Dave Hoops from Fitger’s Brewhouse
  • 6pm – Exploring the World of Barley and Malt: Chris German from Brewers Supply Group

Sunday, September 1

  • Noon – From Farm to Glass: Joe Pond (Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co.) and Dustin Brau (Brau Bros. Brewing Co.)
  • 3pm – Member Showcase: Excelsior Brewing Co., Third Street Brewhouse
  • 6pm – The Craft Beer Consumer: The Four Firkins

Monday, September 2

  • 3pm – Homebrewing 101: Jeff Merriman of Northern Brewer
  • 6pm – Another side of craft beer.


Be sure to check out the Minnesota Brewers Guild site for the rest of the details and remember to ask questions while you are there.





Craft Beer on a Stick

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: August 24, 2012 - 4:28 PM
This year at the Minnesota State Fair you will be able to enjoy some high quality beer options at the new Land of 10,000 Lakes Craft Beer Hall which will be hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. The exhibit will be located in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building which is on the southeastern side of the fairgrounds. The hours will be from 9 AM to 9 PM daily beginning on Thursday, August 23 and going through Tuesday, September 3rd.
There will be some beer education on-site where you will learn about Minnesota beer and it’s history with special guests such as Chad Hilgenberg head brewer at Great Waters, and Doug Hoverson author of “Land of Amber Waters.” More than 20 different local breweries will be selling flights of their brews in the exhibit and there will even be a spot for the kids to hang out and enjoy some root beer. 
Do not miss this opportunity to meet some of the local brewers and check out all that Minnesota breweries have to offer.
Check out the schedule below taken directly from the Brewers Guild website:
Friday, August 24
  • 3:00pm : Malting 101 – Chris German, Brewer’s Supply Group
  • 6:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Surly Brewing Co.
Saturday, August 25
  • 12:00pm : Homebrewing Awards – *home brewers
  • 3:00pm : From Crops to Craft Beers – Professor Gary Meuhlbauer, U of M
  • 6:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. | Boom Island Brewing Co.
Sunday, August 26
  • 12:00pm : Beer History – Doug Hoverson, author of “Land of Amber Waters”
  • 3:00pm : Culinary Compliments – Andy Alander, Tycoon’s Alehouse | Paddy Whelan and Billy Morrisette, Muddy Waters
  • 6:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Fulton Beer | Excelsior Brewing Co. | Leech Lake Brewing Co.
Monday, August 27
  • 3:00pm : Beer Agriculture – Charlier Rohwer, PhD
  • 6:00pm : Beer Tourism – Dan Justesen, Vine Park Brewery
Tuesday, August 28
  • 3:00pm : Craft Beer 100 – Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint, certified cicerone
  • 6:00pm : Beer Tourism – Dan Justesen, Vine Park Brewery
Wednesday, August 29
  • 3:00pm : Craft Beer 101 -Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint, certified cicerone
  • 6:00pm : Art of the Cask – Matt Hall, Liftbridge Beer Co. | Chad Hilgenberg, Great Waters Brewing Co.
Thursday, August 30
  • 3:00pm : Brewery Showcase – August Schell’s Brewing Co.
  • 6:00pm : Malting 101: Why the Brewer Cares – Mark Ruark, Cargill
Friday, August 31
  • 3:00pm : Homebrew 101 – Jake Keeler, Northern Brewer
  • 6:00pm : Homebrew 101 – Jake Keeler, Northern Brewer
Saturday, September 1
  • 12:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Finnegans
  • 3:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Liftbridge Beer Co.
  • 6:00pm : Brotherly Brewing – Dave Hoops, Fitger’s Brewhouse | Mike Hoops, Town Hall Brewery
Sunday, September 2
  • 12:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Third Street Brewhouse/Cold Spring Brewing Co. | Flat Earth Brewing
  • 3:00pm : Starting in the 90s – Pete Rifakes, Town Hall Tap/TownHall Brewery
  • 6:00pm : Brewery Showcase – Lucid Brewing | Mankato Brewery



Photo courtesy of Andrew Schmitt

Photo courtesy of Andrew Schmitt




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