Oskar Blues is now available in the Twin Cities market. You may recognize the iconic Dale’s Pale Ale can, but have you tried Old Chub or Deviant Dales? If not, you should.
Indeed Brewing is expanding distribution to the Brainerd Lakes area, Bemidji, and St. Cloud. This is possible due to a partnership with D & D Beer Company out of Little Falls, Minnesota. Camping in Minnesota is quite popular and anyone who knows the crew at Indeed knows that this has always been important to them.
“We’re very excited to expand our reach in Minnesota,” said Indeed Brewing Co-Founder Nathan Berndt. “At Indeed, we’re all big fans of spending time in the outdoors, so it’s very exciting to make our beer easily available in parts of the state where outdoor recreation is a way of life.”
Coming up on Wednesday, April 16th, Indeed will pair with the fine folks at Dinner on the Farm for some beer and food pairing.
Lift Bridge is having their annual Irish Coffee Stout release party on Saturday, March 8th from 3 PM till 10 PM. Tickets are only $5 to get in and a limited quantity of the Stout will be available for purchase in 750 ml bottles. Ruben (a local Stillwater band) and Langer’s Ball will be showcasing their musical talents at the brewery.
Day Block Brewing will be releasing their Oatmeal Stout on Thursday, March 13th and will be hosting a corn hole tournament on Saturday, March 15th. Happy hour specials will be offered on St. Patrick’s Day the 17th.
Schell’s is releasing a special Pilsner series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their original Pilsner beginning on March 10th. As you know, Schell’s has been producing fine craft brews for a long time and this series is sure to be a hit. Read more about this series here.
Summit is releasing Unchained #15 on Monday, March 10th at 5 PM. The style is Oktoberfest and the beer is properly named Fest Bier. Speaking of Summit, have you seen new logo and packaging? If not, check it out here.
I will be heading to Madison for the weekend to participate in the Madison Tecmo Super Bowl Championship. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!
Get ready for BLAKKR, a collaboration brew between Surly, Three Floyds from Indiana, and Real Ale from Texas. BLAKKR is an Imperial Black Ale that was brewed at all three sites and will be distributed in each market with Minnesota launching on Monday, February 24th. BLAKKR is an old Norse word for dark or black.
Todd Haug, head brewer of Surly, had this to say about the special collaboration brew, ”The most metal Brew Masters felt compelled to learn about each other’s brewery processes, drink beer, listen to metal and brew the most metal beer ever. Black as the sky on a moonless night, BLAKKR has flavors of black licorice and bitter sweet hops with strong hop aromas of pineapple.”
The artwork for the cans, which will be sold in four-packs of 16 oz cans, was done by the talented Michael Berglund. You may recognize him from his past work on the 2011 Darkness design. Inspired by medieval engravings of monsters and chimeras, "The idea came from having to please three metal brewers—a three headed beast,” said Berglund.
Berglund explained that the symbols are from medieval alchemy and are; in order from left to right: water, alcohol, eternal darkness, fermentation, fire, flavor, pint, grain, trinity, boil, union (collab), carbon dioxide, metal, and wizard. He noted, "It’s up to the viewer to decide if the souls in the fire are burning, worshiping, partying, or just asking for a beer."
The official release party for BLAKKR in Minneapolis will be at Grumpy’s Downtown at 6 PM on Monday, February 24th. You can expect to find it on tap along with other Surly specials as well as live music and a head banging good time.
1111 Washington Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Style: Imperial Black Ale
Malts: Pale Malt, Carafa Special, Oats
Sugar: Brewers Crystals
Hops: Bittering – Warrior, Aroma- Simcoe, Centennial
Yeast: English Ale
OG: 22 P
FG: 4.5 P
ABV: 9.99 %
From left to right: Michael Berglund artist, Erik Ogershok head brewer at Real Ale Brewing, Todd Haug head brewer at Surly, and Barnaby Struve VP of Three Floyd's Brewing.
Have you ever wanted to go to a beer fest and try exclusively rare beers? This is an option now with tickets for Northern Lights Beer Fest at the Minnesota History Center going on sale today at noon for the price tag of $100. This may seem like a lot but you get a meal catered by Bon Appetit, world class beer poured by 30 breweries, 10 of which are local plus live music. Not to mention this event is being held at the beautiful Minnesota History Center located in St. Paul.
This is all going down on Saturday, March 29th from 7 PM to 10 PM and portion of the proceeds will be going to Pints for Prostates, an organization founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008.
“This is the first year for the Northern Lights fest,” said organizers Juno Choi and Mark Opdahl of Chop Liver LLC, “and we’re very excited because it will be unlike any other beer event in the area. It will be a great chance to try some really unique, maybe even once in a lifetime, beers.” In fact some of these brews are so rare that you won’t be able to find them anywhere around town.
“These aren’t beers you’re going to be able to go out and buy off the shelf or on tap at a pub,” according to Choi. “These are limited availability, vintage bottles from a past release, and in some cases brewed specifically for the fest.”
You can get your tickets online here, at Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits in Minneapolis, or at The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park where Mark and Juno will be on hand to chat it up from 6 PM till 9 PM. Designated driver tickets are only $20 which includes NA beverages, live music, and a meal.
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
March 29th from 7 - 10 PM
Skol! On Saturday, February 8th, Surly is going to release Asator Viking IPA to celebrate a highly regarded metal show featuring Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch, and Enslaved at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis. This big dark brew was fermented on oak and is made with peated malt.
Head brewer at Surly Todd Haug had this to say about this limited release beer. “The Surly production team is fueled by metal, so what better way to honor three of our favorite bands who have braved the winter to perform for Minnesota.”
The name stems from a song by Amon Amarth and as you will see below, the artwork invokes Ragnarok, The Twighlight of the Norse Gods and it embodies the spirit of everything Surly.
If the artwork doesn’t inspire you then this quote from Haug will. “Asator - Surly Viking IPA is a beer fit for battle, fermented on oak with a ruddy brown color. The ale was brewed with peated, brown and crystal malts to create a shield wall of malt flavors, only to be hacked apart by a swinging sword of hops!”
The beer will make its debut at the show on Saturday and a limited amount will be available at the taproom on Wednesday, February 12th. Poster and Ticket giveaways will be happening throughout the week on social media and in the taproom.
You may just want to grab a helmet for this one….
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
• Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
• Ages 16+
Mill City Nights
111 5th Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
• General Admission: $25
Tickets are on sale now at the Mill City Nights box office, Electric Fetus Minneapolis location, Discland in Bloomington, Into The Void Records in St. Paul and online
This year Winterfest has found a new home at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. With so many great new Minnesota breweries opening, more space was needed to host one of the best beer events of the year. As always, you can expect each brewery to bring their very best to this coveted event. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some brews to look forward to:
Forest Fire from Big Wood Brewing: One can only guess that this will be a big smoked beer, but with so few details this one is surely intriguing. As you may know, Big Wood Brewery has won a few “Best Of” awards at ABR and it’s only fair to assume that they expect big things from this one.
Raisin Liason Saison from Borealis Fermentery: Displaying what may be the coolest pouring station at every event—a stained glass, wooden bar—Borealis is known for some damn tasty entries, and a raisin flavored Saison sounds very interesting. Belgian yeasts play well with fruity flavors and if there was ever a MN brewery to pull this off it would be the fine folks at Borealis.
Batch 500 from Lift Bridge Brewing: A Double IPA from Lift Bridge sounds great, especially when the IBU’s are listed as “pretty high.” Truth be told, Matt Hall is one of the most underrated brewers around, and it was only a matter of time before he attempted a DIPA.
Dawn Juan from Steel Toe Brewing: A Templeton Rye Barrel Aged Black Barleywine? This one screams “gonna run out fast” and with Jason’s attention to detail this is sure to be a contender for The Great Snowshoe Award. For those who don’t know, Templeton is a distillery in Iowa, famous for Rye Whiskey, which was often enjoyed by Al Capone during Prohibition.
Rum King Imperial Stout from Indeed Brewing: This complex beer is in high demand around town, and it is unique in that Jamaican rum barrels were used as opposed to whiskey barrels. Coming in at 10% ABV this one is sure to please the barrel nerds.
For those who need a ride to and from the event, there will be free rides courtesy of Metro Transit, but you will need to print your ticket from this website. Ramp parking is $3 for those who plan to drive, and cars may be left overnight.