Want Sunday Sales? Dangerous Man Brewing is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, December 14th from noon until 6 PM (and also serving a specially brewed beer called Archaic Ale) for MN Beer Activists, a consumer focused non-profit group led by Andrew Schmitt.
This non-profit organization fought to defeat the excise tax that the state was attempting to impose on consumers this past year. They were also behind the Save the Growler movement which increased the amount of beer that breweries were allowed to make while still being able to sell growlers. A silent auction will be held and will feature art, craft beer, craft beer swag, gift cards to local businesses, and event tickets.
The most interesting item is an American Oak Red Wine Barrel which has a retail value of $150 and would really improve that homebrew you have fermenting in the basement. Other items of interest are a $100 gift card to Stinson Wine and Spirits as well as a Northern Brewer Deluxe Starter Kit valued at $170. Also up for auction is an ENKI Brewer’s Reception complete with hors d’oeurvres and beer.
Why do MN Beer Activists need money? It’s simple, it costs money to run the organization, pay third party vendors, and to advertise. With Sunday Sales being discussed again it is important to get out and support organizations such as MN Beer Activists who are working hard to make craft beer even more viable for future generations.
12 PM - 6 PM
Dangerous Man Brewing
1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
For sixteen years Town Hall Brewery has been a Twin Cities beer destination. After winning fifteen GABF awards and opening an additional two locations—Town Hall has a lot to be proud of. Last month they celebrated their sixteenth year which included multiple beer releases throughout their anniversary week and they also held their annual anniversary dinner.
The hors d'oeuvres consisted of beef dolmades and meatball Timballo and were served with their Dortmunder Lager. The meatballs inside this pie like dish were quite tasty and had a great texture but the pasta was quite dry.
The second pairing was a very nice salad consisting of kale, prosciutto, feta cheese, shaved brussel sprouts with a squeeze of lemon juice. This was paired with the palate cleansing Mango Mama, a variation of Masala Mama IPA with mangoes. This was an excellent pairing because of the high salt content of the feta and the prosciutto.
Next came the main course which was a succulent portion of filet mignon wrapped in bacon and served on the rare side. Then it was topped with a lovely rosemary portebello mushroom cap, foie gras and nice pan gravy and served with a twice baked potato. This dish was paired with Anniversary Ale which was similar to a certain hoppy Holiday Ale from Sierra Nevada.
For dessert was a red wine poached pear with honey, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla. Le Grand Whiner their special Grand Cru which was aged for 18 months in red wine barrels was paired with this and was definitely the highlight of the event. There was a very special quality to this one most likely from the tannins in the wood barrel in which it was aged.
Finally there was an unannounced dish which was some sort of a chocolate truffle. Velvety and rich this melted in the mouth and would please any chocolate lover. This was paired with 3 Hour Tour which is a fantastic Coconut Milk Stout and is a customer favorite. This was the perfect conclusion to a wonderful dinner.
Happy Birthday Town Hall Brewery!
Remember that local show last year called Beer Geeks? Well, it has gone national and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub is going to be the first Minnesota brewery to be featured on the show, which will air on WFTC/MyFox 29. If you remember Amy Johnson and Jamie Robinson opened the brewpub just a year ago and have enjoyed much success over that time.
The focus of the segment will be on the collaboration they did with Indeed Brewing called Hotbox, which is a Smoked Imperial Porter made with 150 lbs of jalapeño and Fresno peppers along with smoked malt. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first Minnesota breweries featured on Beer Geeks TV,” said Amy. “Having recently celebrated our first birthday, it’s quite an honor to receive national attention. We’re also thrilled to share the spotlight with our good friends at Indeed Brewing.”
They will be hosting a viewing of the show at Northbound on
Saturday Sunday, November 9th 10th at 12:30 AM. To celebrate they will be having an extended happy hour ($3 house beers) from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM. They will also be featuring some Indeed beers with a partial “tap takeover” to commemorate the partnership. One thing you may not know is that Jamie Robinson and Josh Bischoff (brewer at Indeed) brewed together at Town Hall and have remained friends, sharing their passion for brewing.
If you can’t make it on the 9th they will be hosting two more showings on November 10th at both 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM. “We truly hope that our loyal customers will join us to watch our television debut with us,” said Johnson. “None of this would be possible without their continued support.”
Congrats to Northbound on 1 year and cheers to many more.
This was very tough to write considering all of the great brews that were to be had at the Autumn Brew Review. Although it was wet and the line to get in was long, beer lovers were rewarded with some of the best fall offerings around. Here is my top five list of beers from ABR:
5. Mole Midnight Ryder by Indeed Brewing - At first sip this one seemed to have a little too much heat, but the warm chocolate and cinnamon notes came through over time and helped this cask ale to achieve one of the top five spots.
4. El Hefe Negro by Surly Brewing - A very enjoyable and unique brew that was subtly sweet with that familiar banana clove flavor and kicked in the mouth with a dry hop addition. Something, it would seem, that only Surly could pull off.
3. Barrel Aged Saison Nourrice by Harriet Brewing - A slightly fruity and dry Farmhouse Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with a subtle sourness to it that was certainly gratifying. This is sure to be a favorite of Harriet Tap Room goers.
2. Nitro Cold Press Black with Whole Bean Madagascar Vanilla by Bent Paddle Brewing - Certainly the best coffee beer at the festival and with a beautiful kick of vanilla beans. What really set this one apart from everything else was the velvety texture. Smooth and creamy from the nitrogen and wonderful roasted flavor from the Duluth Coffee Co. cold press coffee.
1. Royal Pale India Ale by Town Hall Brewery - The best use of hops at the festival goes to Town Hall for this brew. Citrusy Mosaic hops hit you in the face right away but the beer finishes nice and clean unlike some IPA’s out there. A world class beer, without a doubt.
A few notes from ABR:
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.