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.

State Fair Preview 2014—Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Entertainment, Food, beer, wine events, Food and drink, Beer Updated: August 21, 2014 - 8:06 AM

For the third straight year, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is hosting the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit in the Horticulture/Agriculture Building daily (Aug 21-Sep 1st) from 9 AM till 9 PM. The exhibit has been a huge hit over the past couple years which has been attributed to the educational nature of the hall and thirsty crowds of people.

There will be four different flights available for purchase including Belgian, Hoppy, Dark, and Light with special cask releases on Fridays throughout the fair. There will be a stage in the exhibit hall where a host of different people from throughout the industry will speak about various topics such as distribution, brewery expansion, marketing, ingredients, contract brewing, and more. Check the schedule below.

Thursday, August 21 

3:00pm  Member Profile: Behind the Beer, John Klick & Bob DeVernois of Excelsior Brewing Co.

6:00pm Barrel-Aged Beer and Cask Beer, Frank Kaszuba of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Matt Hall of Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Friday, August 22 

3:00pm Running a Brewpub, Tim Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Pete Rifakes of Town Hall Brewery

6:00pm Beer Tourism, Dan Justesen, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Board Member

Saturday, August 23 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing Co. and Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse

4:30pm Brotherly Brewing: Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Mike Hoops of Town Hall Brewery

6:00pm Homebrewing 101: Jeff Merriman of Northern Brewer

Sunday, August 24 

12:00pm The Craft Beer Consumer, Michael Wagner of the Four Firkins

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewery and Robert Kasak of 612Brew

6:00pm What It Takes To Open a Brewery, Dane Breimhorst of Burning Brothers Brewing Co. and Adam Sjogren of NorthGate Brewery

Monday, August 25 

3:00pm Beer Distribution 101, Joe Falkowski of JJ Taylor and Griffin Lewis of Dahlheimer Beverage

6:00pm Marketing to the Craft Beer Consumer, Brad Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Bartley Blume of Bent Brewstillery and Ryan Widuch/Tom Boland of Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits

Tuesday, August 26 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Mark Stutrud of Summit Brewing Co.

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jim Diley, Brian Hoffman and Ben Flattum of Fulton Beer

Wednesday, August 27 

3:00pm Brewery Expansion and Beer Styles, Broc Krekelberg of Badger Hill Brewing Co. and Tim Tupy of Mankato Brewery

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Franco Claseman and Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Co. and Jeff Moriarty of Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

Thursday, August 28 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Joe Pond of Olvalde Brewing and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

6:00pm Family Business: A History of Beer, Ted and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

Friday, August 29 

3:00pm Liquor Laws and Big Breweries, Justin Weinberg, Briggs & Morgan

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer and Contract Brewing, Doug DeGeest of Third Street Brewhouse

Saturday, August 30 

12:00pm Malted Barley and Beer, Chris German of Brewers Supply Group/Rahr Malt

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Spencer Anderson of Surly Brewing Co. and brewers from Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

6:00pm All You Need to Know About Hops, Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops

Sunday, August 31 

12:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Duluth Beer City, Colin and Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jason Medvec of Big Wood Brewery

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Business Side of Brewing, John Hayes of ENKI Brewing

Monday, September 1 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Canned Beer 101, Tom Whisenand of Indeed Brewing Co.

6:00pm Craft Beer in Minnesota, Clint Roberts, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

The Ballpark Cafe will once again be pouring craft beer from many of the local breweries including Lift Bridge, Lucid, Bauhaus, Indeed, Surly, Excelsior, Badger Hill, Steel Toe, Third Street, Summit, and Bent Paddle. Mini Donut Beer from Lift Bridge will again be available this year and the supply is much larger than it was last year.

New to the fair this year is the Shell’s bar and stage at the West End Market. There you will be able to purchase the fair exclusive Grain Belt Blu which is a Blueberry Radler style beer (a gallon of blueberries per half barrel) and a fun twist on one of Minnesota’s most beloved brews.

You will also be able to try one with frozen foam (called Frozen Blue) which is supposed to keep your beer colder longer. Oktoberfest with blueberry foam will also be available and will be called Black and Blu.

One final note, Summit will be offering a fair exclusive brew called The Villian this year. This is a Black Lager brewed up by Gabe Smoley and it will only be available at their Summit on a Stick booth located in the International Bazaar.

Stay tuned to my Twitter handle @lodgefather for the latest craft beer news from the fair.


Town Hall Brewery Annual Pig Roast and Bocce Tournament

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer Updated: August 13, 2014 - 8:46 PM

On Saturday August 16th Town Hall Brewery will host their annual pig roast and bocce tournament at the Seven Corners location. This event tends to draw a pretty large beer and beast loving crowd. On tap you can expect to find all the house beers plus Sunshower Lemongrass Honey Lager,  Broken Paddle ESB, Thunderstorm Honey Ale, Rotating Infusion Belgian Ale, Citra Mania Single Hop IPA, and Blueberry Hill Summer Ale.

The tournament is made up of four person teams who participate in pool play with the top eight teams advancing to play in the double elimination bracket on Sunday the 17th. The entry fee is $80 per team with the winner taking over $1,000 and the following two places taking home some cash as well. Competitors will also get food and drink discounts throughout the day. Sign ups will take place at the brewery.

Get your team together and sign up fast as spots are filling quickly.


1430 Washington Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55454



Castle Danger Brewing Taproom Set to Open in Two Harbors

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer Updated: August 6, 2014 - 6:56 PM

The North Shore beer scene keeps growing and with the news that Castle Danger Brewing is set to open their gorgeous 10,000 square foot Two Harbors taproom on August 15th and 16th—this is becoming further evident. Jamie and Clint MacFarlane started this small 3 barrel resort brewery back in 2011 offering on-site growler sales to North Shore beer lovers and visitors.

The festivities kick off at 3 PM on Friday the 15th and will run until close at 11 PM. On Saturday they pick up again at noon until close which will again be 11 PM. There will be food and beer for purchase along with music and games. On tap will be Danger Ale, 17-7 Pale Ale, Castle Cream Ale, Double Crossing IPA,  and Red Hop Rising IPA. Growlers will also be available for purchase.

Jamie and Clint have worked very hard over the past three years and their tasty brews back that up. If you decide to go:—


Castle Danger Brewing

17-7th St.

Two Harbors, MN 55616


Friday from 3 PM until 11 PM

Saturday from noon until 11 PM


Out of State Beer Wish List

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Beer Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:45 PM

It’s true, fresh beer is the best beer and that is typically brewed by local breweries. However there are some fantastic beers to be had from out of state and here are some of the beers I wish were distributed here in Minnesota.

Firestone Walker: A brewery set in the heart of California that creates fantastic Barrel Aged beers such as Sucaba a monster of a Barleywine that weighs in at 13.5 ABV—and Parabola which is a chewy bourbon soaked Russian Imperial Stout. If there is one thing that Minnesota needs it is Barrel Aged beers available year-round.

The Bruery: Another brewery from California that focuses on Barrel Aged brews with interesting flavors. A couple that would be nice to have in our market would be Loakal Red which is a dry hopped Red Ale aged in oak barrels. Saison Rue would also be a welcome addition concocted with fruity wild yeast, rye, and is designed to put in the cellar for some delayed gratification.

New Glarus: This wonderful brewery sits just outside of Madison, Wisconsin and is known for the popular and delicious Spotted Cow Lager. What you may not know though is how good their Thumbprint Series is. Oud Bruin is part of this series and is a Flanders Ale with nice toffee notes that will only get better sitting in your cellar. Their Berliner Weiss is a tasty choice as well, made with Riesling grapes and five yeast strains.

Cigar City: A gem of a brewery located in Tampa Bay that puts out excellent beers such as the citrusy Jai Alai India Pale Ale and Cubano Espresso Brown Ale with cacao nibs. A trip to The Sunshine State would seem incomplete without a stop at their brewery.

Dogfish Head: Many people know of this brewery because of their big 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPAs but to have only tried both of those would be a shame. Dogfish Head is known for using bizarre ingredients to make unique beers such as Raison D'ȇtre and the sweet Midas Touch which are both worth trying.

Which beers would you like to see in our market?


Crafted To Last Minnesota Beer Blossoms and Endion Public House Debut in Duluth

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Movies, Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer Updated: July 25, 2014 - 12:04 PM

At 9 PM tonight Crafted To Last Minnesota Beer Blossoms will be shown for the first time in Duluth. The host will be Zinema 2 downtown and tickets will run at $10 each and can be purchased here. You can find out more about this homebrewed film by Dave Okar here.

Also set to debut tonight in Duluth is Endion Station Public House. This rehabilitated train depot will open to the public at 3 PM today and has history dating back to 1899. It is owned by the same people behind Fitger’s Brewhouse. The pub will feature Fitger’s Brewhouse beers and pulled meat sandwiches all with a spectacular view of beautiful Lake Superior.

If you are headed up for All Pints North this weekend you should have plenty to explore.

Zinema 2

222 East Superior Street

Duluth, MN 55802

Endion Station Public House

200 Lake Place Drive

Duluth, MN 55802



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