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 Food, beer, wine events

Sisyphus Brewing Sets Opening Date

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: July 2, 2014 - 7:24 PM

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.


Hopped Up Beer Festival

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: July 2, 2014 - 7:22 PM

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 :



Fitger’s Brewhouse

Town Hall



Lake Superior

St. Croix

Castle Danger



Third Street

Bent Paddle

South Shore

These tickets are selling fast so you will want to grab them as soon as possible.


Pride Dabbler and Notes

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: June 25, 2014 - 9:17 PM

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.

  1. Nate Dogs and Sociable Cider Werks - Classic Nate Dog topped with CiderWerks Slaw and Freewheeler Mustard. Pairs with Freewheeler Dry Apple Graffe.
  2. Scratch Food Truck and Bent Paddle - Black Ale BBQ Brisket Sliders with homemade pickles. Pairs with Black Ale.
  3. Hot Indian Foods and Bauhaus Brew Labs - Butter Chicken Samosa with mint cilantro       chutney. Pairs with Wagon Party West Coast Lager.
  4. Gastro Truck and Flat Earth Brewing - Spent Grain Cake with Black Helicopter Coffee Stout Caramel and All Spice Creme Anglaise. Pairs with Black Helicopter Coffee Stout.
  5. R.A. Mac Sammy’s and NorthGate - Mac N Cheese made with NorthGate ESB and mustard braised pork topped with sweet red cabbage. Pairs with NorthGate ESB firkin with caraway seed and Brewers Gold hops.

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.



Posters and Pints Art Show

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:14 PM

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


Surly Coaster Art Contest and Craft Beer Round Up

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: June 5, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Calling all artists. Here is your chance to have your work adorn the latest edition of the Surly coaster which will be on display at all bars in Minnesota and Chicago serving their beer. The winner will get free beer and of course some notoriety throughout the local beer scene. The theme is that it has to represent the “Surly” image.

Surly Creative Director Michael Berglund won this contest back in 2011 and it began his long standing relationship with the brewery—affording him the opportunity to design the labels for special releases such as Darkness, SurlyFest, and Six. He even designed that awesome BLAKKR can. Omar and company love talented artists and winning this contest may provide similar opportunities for another aspiring artist. Details on the contest below were taken from their Facebook page.

How to Enter:

• Design a 4-inch diameter circular coaster with your favorite design software OR the old-fashioned way by hand.

How to Submit Your Design:

• Email a PDF of your design to michael@surlybrewing.com. Be sure to mention “Surly Coaster Design Contest” in the subject line and include your contact information (Name, Address, Phone Number, E-Mail) in the body of the email OR

• Mail your coaster design, along with your contact information to:

Surly Coaster Design Contest, 4811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


The Surly Coaster design must following the guidelines below.

• Must be a 4-inch diameter circular coaster. One side will be our standard logo coaster design—we’ve got that covered. Your design will go on the other side.

• Must use Surly colors: Red 484U, Gold 873u, Black and White (white is the paper color) - All designs need to be three color.

• Must include Surly Brewing’s website (SurlyBrewing.com) somewhere on the coaster.

• Must have a white ring around the edge of the coaster for your name and website, if desired, in the space.

Other Information:

• Preferred final format is an Illustrator .AI or .EPS file

• There is no particular message you need to include. Just think about the fact that it’ll be on bar tops everywhere with ALL the different beers sitting on it. So it’s more about overall brand attitude than any one specific beer. 


• The final submission deadline is 8:00pm CT on Monday, June 9

Winner Announcement:

• We’ll put up all submissions on Facebook following the submission deadline where you can Like the coaster you want to set your beer on. The winner will not be chosen based on the number of Likes, but the Likes may tempt us to look at the design longer. 


  • The final announcement will be made when we’re ready to announce it.

Craft Beer Round Up

Saturday marks the 6th annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest which begins at 1 PM at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This is a great festival and was one of my first beer fest experiences. Expect a great lineup of breweries as always and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water. For a list of the breweries and beers click here and if you’d like to purchase tickets you can find those here. I’ll be volunteering on Saturday so make sure to stop by and say hello.

Tin Whiskers Brewery is officially open for business today at 4 PM in Lowertown St. Paul. The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band will be at the opening ceremony to entertain you while you try out the brand new Ampere Ale which is making it’s debut as well.

125 E 9th Street

Suite 127

St. Paul, MN 55101

LTD Brewing is also opening it’s doors in Hopkins on Saturday at noon. The west metro brewing scene continues to grow and their beer lineup looks promising. I’m personally looking forward to trying Night Terror which is their Double Chocolate Milk Stout as well as Sleep Walker Triple IPA.  

All in all this should be a great weekend for local craft beer!



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