Another taproom is set to open in Minneapolis, this time in the Loring Park neighborhood on July 11th at noon. Sisyphus Brewing plans to sell its beer exclusively in their taproom without growler sales on Fridays and Saturdays from noon till 1 AM. Some of the advantages to this model are that the quality of the product is much easier to control and they will not incur the costs involved with purchasing and filling growlers.
A mural adorning the building facing the I-94/394 interchange will be created by both Josh “Jawsh” Lemke and Adam Turman—two high profile local artists who are well known in the local brewing and art communities. This will be possible because of a Kickstarter campaign they ran back in May that raised over $8,000, more than $2,000 over their initial goal.
The plan is to create a variety of unique beers that will be rotated frequently and to educate beer drinkers on the different styles and ingredients that go into making it. The taproom will also feature a 100 seat theater for music and stand up comedy, a passion of co-owner Samuel Harriman’s.
Both Sam and his wife (co-owner) Catherine are excited to start this new adventure. “We are so excited that our opening date is nearly upon us,” said Sisyphus Brewing founder Samuel Harriman. “We are so inspired by the great variety of beers out there, and we can’t wait to share the best of what is out there with our customers. Our goal at Sisyphus Brewing is to take the experience we had touring the best taprooms in the country and replicate it under our roof. We think beer is a community experience, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the Minnesota beer community.”
Let’s just say that I’m a bit excited for the opportunity to enjoy a little comedy with a pint of beer.
Grab a ticket and pack your car for this popular beer fest held at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. It’s happening July 11th through the 13th with a great looking beer lineup and a promising food menu. The food (with premium tickets) at this all weekend event is definitely high end featuring Stout soaked oysters, duck, crab, clam with IPA butter, caribou burgers and much more.
This festival is also a favorite of some local brewers including Dave Hoops from Fitger’s Brewhouse. When asked about it, Dave had this to say. "Yes, for a number of reasons, the amazing treatment of the brewers, the high quality food, the intimate setting to really talk to people, and the beauty of Lutsen. It is one of my faves for sure.”
The smaller crowds are better for festival goers but they are also appreciated by Carmody brewer Jason Baumgarth. "I'm looking forward to spending the whole weekend up there this year, “ said Baumgarth. “The smaller crowd is nice, it allows the brewers more chances to talk with attendees and other brewers,”
With the premium ticket package, this event is more of a weekend getaway than a typical beer fest. On Friday night there will be an Hors d’ oeuvres reception followed by Saturday morning breakfast concluding with the beer fest itself. Ticket prices vary depending on if you want the full package or just festival tickets. They can be purchased here.
The brewery list includes :
These tickets are selling fast so you will want to grab them as soon as possible.
The third annual Pride Dabbler is happening on Friday from 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM in Loring Park. Tickets are $40 in advance and if any are left on Friday they will be sold for $48 at the gate. This year there will be 27 breweries and 27 food trucks. What sets this event apart from many others is that the food trucks collaborate with the breweries to hatch up some delicious eats.
Keep in mind that while the beer is included in the ticket price, you will need to pay $3 per item if you want food. Notable food trucks include Nate Dogs, Potters Pasties, Hola Arepa, Cajun 2 Geaux, Rusty Taco and many more. Here are five food pairings to look forward to.
Grab your advance tickets here.
News and Notes:
The new taproom at Excelsior is now open. Be sure to get there and check it out. They gained a ton of space and they are now selling their brews in 6 packs.
Indeed Brewing is set to release Mexican Imperial Honey Lager in early July. This will be for sale in 750 ml bottles. The beer weighs in at 7.2 ABV and 17 IBUs. Brewed with Mexican Orange Blossom Honey, Amarillo hops, and Pilsner and Vienna malts.
The Four Firkins selected a location for their second store. The address is 8338 3rd St. North Oakdale, Minnesota located right next to Buffalo Wild Wings. The site was chosen due in part to it’s proximity to I-94.
Badger Hill Brewing is moving to Shakopee where they will begin canning their lineup of beers. They will also be allowing their former roommates Lucid and Bad Weather the opportunity to use the canning machine if desired. Very cool to see them give back.
On Saturday Uppercut Boxing Gym will be hosting a beer tasting, art show, and fundraiser called Posters and Pints at 6 PM featuring some of the best beer and artwork in town. The cost will be $20 to enter (beer samples included) with a portion going to Art Buddies, a group committed to mentoring urban youth. Artists such as Jawsh Lemke of Surly Darkness fame, CHUX, Adam Turman, David Witt and many others will be selling limited edition posters here as well for $30 a piece.
Some of the breweries that will be pouring 3 oz samples (included in your $20 ticket price) will be Surly, Steel Toe, Dangerous Man, 612 Brew, Lake Monster, Fulton, Indeed, Summit, Lift Bridge, Tin Whiskers, Boom Island, and Day Block. Check out the program listing all the beers available here.
Food trucks will also be present with a lineup of Nate Dogs, Borough, Aki’s Bakery, and Gastro Truck. Food of course will be sold separately and is not included in the ticket price.
If you plan to buy tickets the day of the event they are only accepting plastic. Plan ahead and grab your tickets here if you don't like lines.
When and where:
Saturday, June 21st from 6 PM to 10 PM
Uppercut Boxing Gym
1324 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis MN, 55413
Head Brewer Damian McConn is the man behind Summit’s latest brew in the Union Series Southern Cape Sparkling Ale. For this small batch he sourced ingredients from all over the Southern Hemisphere including malts from Australia (Gairdner Pale), Chile (Sebastian Caramel), and hops from both New Zealand (Waimea) and South Africa (Southern Passion.)
Southern Cape Sparkling Ale is the third beer in the series following Meridan Session Ale and Rebellion Stout. The beer itself is very refreshing given the lighter malt and the high carbonation level. Tropical fruit comes alive in the nose and on pallet thanks to the Waimea hops from Down Under. This one is best enjoyed out on the deck while grilling and listening to your favorite tunes.
The Union Series was born with idea that their brewers will discover new ingredients and apply their creativity to create new and exciting beers brewed in small batches. You can find Southern Cape Sparkling Ale at many liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities.
Malts: Gairdner Pale and Sebastian Caramel
Hops: Waimea and Southern Passion
Yeast: Australian Ale