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.

Posts about Minnesota musicians

Crafted to Last Campaign for Music

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 27, 2014 - 7:36 PM

David Okar has been a busy guy lately. Busy as in filming a documentary that follows 16 Minnesota breweries since 2012 documenting their experience with the recent law changes regarding beer. The documentary called Crafted to Last - Minnesota Beer Blossoms is a full length film and is expected to premier on July 19th in Minneapolis and in other communities throughout the state.

However, he is going to need some help specifically raising funds for the soundtrack featuring local musicians such as Zach Lozier, Eldon Hagen, Steve Pikal, and Steven Hobert. These artists will be compensated for their work which will be on display throughout the film and into the bonus footage—as well as at all opening night events.

An IndieGoGo campaign was started in order to obtain the remaining $7,500 needed for this project and there are only 21 days left to support it. Let’s show our support for local musicians and film makers who are looking to tell a great story about our craft beer scene here in Minnesota. You can visit the IndieGoGo site found here if you’d like to contribute.


Crafted to Last Campaign for Music from D. Okar on Vimeo.

Autumn Brew Review 2013 First Look

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: September 26, 2013 - 10:52 PM

The old Grain Belt brewery will once again play host to one of the top annual craft beer festivals (sold out) this Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM. There are plenty of things to be excited about including musical entertainment, food trucks, beer education, and of course beer.

The Jack Brass Band will be performing as will the Southside Aces and we will again witness the Traditional Bagpipe Opener. At this point it seems to be a right of passage. 

Highlighting the food trucks are Natedogs, Ngon Bistro, World Street Kitchen, Stanley’s, Foxy Falafel, Gastro Truck and more. For those of you who have not tried something from World Street Kitchen you really ought to try either the Red Curry Burrito or the Lamb Belly Tacos—both of which will be served on Saturday.

Beer Education will feature an Identifying Off Flavor Beers by Michael Agnew from a Perfect Pint, From Wort to Wonder, The Magic of Homebrewing by Northern Brewer, and A Blind Tasting Sensory Experience by Better Beer Society. All of the above instructors certainly have the credentials and experience to make all of these worthwhile.

The best part of course is going to be the beer. Here are just some of the many beers this writer is excited about:

Lunker Barleywine 2011 from Steel Toe Brewing- This one has been aging in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels and is sure to be heavy.

Ovila Abbey Saison Collaboration from Sierra Nevada Brewing- This one looks interesting, mandarin  oranges and peppercorns in a Farmhouse Ale brewed by one of the best breweries in the country.

Black Forest Ale from Excelsior Brewing- A dry Black Ale infused with cherry. The interesting part is that it’s not supposed to be all that roasty.

Ghostface Fatha from Bent Brewstillery- A brand new brewery/distillery from Roseville is bringing this American Emperial Stout which is light in body and infused with ghost peppers. Midwestern palates be warned!

Lavender ESB from NorthGate Brewing- This Bitter style brew is apparently dry hopped with lavender. Sometimes lavender can be a bit overwhelming and perfume heavy in a beer but when done right it can be rewarding. We’ll have to see with this one.

Can Morning Wood from Big Wood Brewing win best beer for a third straight year? You will have to be here to find out. For more on this event check out the MN Brewers Guild site here.



Rauchfest at Harriet Brewing

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: September 24, 2013 - 9:55 PM

If you are looking for something beer-centric to do on Saturday you may want to check out Rauchfest at Harriet Brewing. This Oktoberfest event will not only feature craft beer but also a good looking lineup of bands, local artists, and food trucks. The event is from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM and is located at the brewery in South Minneapolis.

Some notable bands are The Boys ‘n The Barrels, the Duluth locals Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, and folk rockers Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers from St. Paul. All of the bands are either regional or local here to the Twin Cities and should keep the crowd lively. As you may know, Harriet is very good about supporting local artists at every turn and this event is no exception. Where else can you see live painters or fire dancers while you sip suds?

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without Rauchfest (Smoked Lager) or any of the other seven Harriet beers that will be available on Saturday. The lineup features a variety of beer including a Sour Belgian beer called Saison Nourrice, an Oktoberfest, a German Dunkelweizen, a Belgian IPA and a few others.

Tickets to this event are going to be $15 and can be ordered here. See below for more details.


Rauchfest Lager - German-Style Smoked Lager5.5% ABV • 25 IBU
Oktoberfest / Márzen - German-Style Lager5.0% ABV • 25 IBU
West Side  – Belgian-Style IPA6.5% ABV • 40 IBU
Dark Abbey - Belgian-Style Dubbel7.5% ABV • 25 IBU
Divine OculustBelgian-Style Golden Strong8.5% ABV • 35 IBU
Woluptuweiss - German-Style Dunkelweizen5.5% ABV • 12 IBU
Wodan Weizen - German-Style Weissbier5.0% ABV • 14 IBU
Saison Nourrice “Sour” - Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale – 6.0% ABV • 35 IBU
Tickets: $6 or 4/$20

Boys ‘N The Barrels (7:30-9pm) ~ Bluegrass
Useful Jenkins (5:30-7pm) ~ Bluegrass. Funk. Rock
Dérobé Dance Band (3:30-5pm) ~ Afrobeat
The Blackberry Brandy Boys (1:30-3pm) ~ Cosmic Americana

Dead Larry (8:30-10pm) – Funk. Rock. Dance.
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (6:30-8pm) – Roots
Erik Koskinen Band (5-6pm) – Roots Rock
Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers (4-5pm) – Americana Roots
The Jolly Huntsmen (2-3:30pm) – Polka
Mark Andrew Duo (1-1:45pm) – Songwriter

DWITT - Tap Room Exhibit + Live Painting
Jeff Troldahl – Tap Room Exhibit + Live Painting
Chuck Hues - Main Stage Live Painting
SJ Gray – Alley Exhibit + Live Painting
Jesse Brodd – Tap Room Exhibit
Twisted Groove - Tye-Dye Exhibit
Shell Kelley – Live Painting
LLK Designs – Alley Exhibit
SaraCura – Henna & Jewelry
Archaic Aberrations – Natural & Handmade Items

Mobile Screen Printing by Wentworth Screen Printing
Harriet H Logo & Rauchfest 2013 Plates will be ready to press on any of your clothes. Come prepared!

FOOD TRUCKS by MN Food Truck Association
Tollefson’s Family Porkyelp!
AZ Canteenyelp!
Potter’s Pasties - yelp!
R.A. MacSammy’s - yelp!

KFAI - 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul
Midwest Supplies - Main Stage in Big Top Tent
Promo Advantage – Taproom Stage
Blick’s Art Materials – Art Alley
The Growler - The Patio
MN Food Truck Association – Food Court
Zeke’s Unchained Animal - Backstage
Yelp! – Social Media
MJG Productions - Street Team
Secret Stash Records – Rauchfest Vinyl




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