The brewpub that offered investors free beer for life is turning two years old. Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub is inviting everyone to their celebration at the brewery on Saturday, September 20th which will feature a tap takeover that includes a bunch of special house brews.
They will also be giving away tickets to the always popular Autumn Brew Review put on by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild along with gift cards to the brewpub. Jamie Robinson and Amy Johnson take pride in their neighborhood establishment and that shines through in the product poured from the draft towers and the food that comes out of the smoker.
Be sure to check this out if you are in town this weekend. Below you will find a list of the beers you will find on tap Saturday.
Anniversary Ale 2014
Anniversary Ale 2013
Fresh Hop IPA
Wild Rice Amber
Bridge Hanger Belgian Dark Strong
Hot Box 2014 (collaboration brew with Indeed)
Clementine Infused Big Jim IPA
Vanilla Bean infused Smokehouse Porter
Big Jim IPA
Light Rail Pale Ale
Fall is typically a busy time of year for the local craft beer scene and this September is proof of that. First off, SurlyFest is taking place on Saturday September 20th from 2:00 PM until 6:17 PM at the current brewery. Tickets will run you $40 but you get a commemorative stein and four beers. The entertainment features The Bratwurst Brothers, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Umbrella Bed, and The Pistol Whipping Party Penguins. Food trucks will be there as well and the list includes, NateDogs, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, Asian Invasion, Aki’s Backstube, Chef Shack, The Red Pig and Truffle, and Gastro Truck.
That’s all for now but stay tuned for my ABR Preview next week.
The latest offering in the Unchained series, Herkulean Woods is an Imperial California Common Lager that utilizes some local ingredients such as maple syrup from Lutsen, spruce tips from a farm in Iowa, and even locally grown malts. This brew was created by Christian Dixon and this is his inaugural attempt in the Unchained lineup.
The beer sports a beautiful amber hue with bread and Belgian candy sugars in the nose. The flavor itself starts off a little sweet but finishes with some alcohol and bitterness from the hops and the slightly piney spruce tips. The complex flavors really benefit from about 15 minutes of warming up so don’t be shy in pulling this one out of the fridge a bit early.
Better yet grab this one on your way to a backyard fire and enjoy with friends outdoors under the beautiful stars.
By the numbers:
Malts: Harrington, Lacey, and Caramel
Hops: Hercules, Northern Brewer, and Exp 05256
Yeast strain: California Common
Kettle additions: Maple syrup and spruce tips
The entries are in and it’s time to find out who the winners of the Brews and Canoes brewing competition are. This ticketed ($30 in advance, $40 at the door) event will be held at Aria in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 10th from 7PM until10 PM. Back in May brewers which included Bent Paddle, Big Wood, Dangerous Man, Indeed, Lake Monster, Lift Bridge, Mankato, NorthGate and Summit were asked to submit beers to compete in the below categories and event attendees will get to sample the beers as well as food catered by Chow Girls Killer Catering. Entertainment will be provided by The Roe Family Singers and the Boomchucks. The beer categories are:
· Best Northern Lights (Light-bodied, light-colored beers including, but not limited to lagers and pilsners)
· Best Night Skies (Heavy-bodied, dark-colored beers including, but not limited to ales and stouts)
· Most Pioneering Brew (Local, interesting ingredients and flavor profiles)
· Best Representation of the Spirit of the Boundary Waters (Name, label design, back story)
· L’Etoile du Nord (Best in show)
This event of course celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act which was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson with goal of protecting our natural resources
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Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Summer Beer Dabbler is set to take place on Saturday, September 6th on the field at Midway Stadium in St. Paul from 5 PM to 9 PM. Tickets are selling for $40 ahead of time or $50 at the door if any remain. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be throwing out the first pitch(er) while bands such as Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Hippo Campus, and Crossing Guards provide entertainment for the crowd.
Seventy-five local and regional breweries will be pouring including Dangerous Man, Clown Shoes, Evil Twin, Kinney Creek, Indeed, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and more. Food trucks will include Natedogs, Gastro Truck, and Potter’s Pasties. If home brewing is your thing there is a contest for that as well. Entries are due by September 5th and the details for that can be found here.
The Beer Dabbler crew is excited that their event will help close out the 32 year old Midway Stadium complete with a fireworks show at 9 PM.
Grab your tickets here before they’re gone.