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.

Crafted To Last Premiere on Saturday

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Movies, Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Crafted To Last Minnesota Beer Blossoms will debut at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis at 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 19th. Dave Okar spent a lot of time and put in a lot of work making this documentary which covers the local craft beer boom since the Taproom Law passed back in May of 2011. Featured in the documentary are interviews featuring Ted Marti from Schell’s, Mike Hoops and Pete Rifakes from Town Hall, Todd and Omar from Surly, Joe Pond from Olvalde, Rob Miller from Dangerous Man and many more.

Tickets to the Minneapolis show can be purchased right here for those who would like to attend.

A second screening will be held in Duluth at Zinema 2 Theater in Duluth next Friday, July 25th at 9 PM and tickets to that showing can be found here. This is good news for those of you heading up north to All Pints North that weekend.

Crafted to Last - Minnesota Beer Blossoms 2012 - 2014 from D. Okar on Vimeo.


Bauhaus Brew Labs Set to Open Friday

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer Updated: July 17, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Bauhaus Brew Labs is set to open Friday, July 18th from 3 PM to 11PM (their typical Wed-Friday hours) at the brewery and taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. On Saturdays they plan to be open from noon to 11 PM and they will have food trucks on site.

There is something different about the beers that they will offer and that is that their beers will be all made using lager yeast with recipes not limited to traditional lager styles. The plan is to play around with different hops, malt, and other ingredients. On their beer menu will be a Bohemian Pilsner, Schwarzbier, West Coast Lager, and a West Coast IPA. 

Mike Schwandt who is one of the owners likes the idea of brewing lagers and feels that it sets them apart from the typical offering around the Twin Cities. “You can get amazing IPAs all over but we didn’t want to jump into that realm,” he said. They will however feature a couple special offerings in say the fall and winter months to keep things interesting. “We will still have a big beer on here and there but it won’t be our focus.”

The brewery is family owned and operated and despite the fact is has taken longer to open than once thought, they couldn’t be more excited. “Its been a dream since November of 2012. It’s been a long time coming,” said Mike.

Bauhaus plans to can all four of their beers but they won’t be ready until late August or early September.


Bauhaus Brewery opening


Friday, July 18th from 3 PM till 11 PM


Bauhaus Brew Labs

1315 Tyler Street NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413


Beer and Baseball: All Star Recommendations

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Beer, Beer, Baseball, Professional baseball Updated: July 11, 2014 - 10:45 PM

Here are my local brewery recommendations for those visiting the Twin Cities this weekend.

Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub: Located just two blocks off the light rail in south Minneapolis, this brewpub is a convenient stop for craft beer lovers on their way downtown. Both the beer and the food are great here and are even more enjoyable on their outdoor patio. Go with the Smokehouse Porter and the porketta sandwich and don’t forget the waffle battered onion rings either.

Steel Toe Brewing: This is a necessary stop for those who enjoy a perfectly made brew. Size 7 IPA is a must try at this St. Louis Park brewery. This brew packs plenty of IBUSs and is considered by many to be the best one in town. You also do not want to miss out on their Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Scotch Ale available exclusively this weekend. This limited release tips the scale at 11.8 % ABV making the quick 10 minute drive from downtown well worth it.

Town Hall Brewery: This Minneapolis beer institution just remodeled and added a bunch of guest taps and a nice cider menu as well. Made famous by their Masala Mama IPA, this brewery takes pride in brewing high quality beers and they have the GABF medals to prove it. The talented brewing team led by Mike Hoops is ambitious and you will often find palate pleasing one offs that leave you wishing they were made year round.

Surly Brewing: You’ve most likely heard of this brewery even if you are from out of town. Surly was canning before it was cool in these parts and their brewmaster Todd is literally a rockstar. They are building a new destination brewery currently but for now you will have to make a short 15 minute jaunt to Brooklyn Center where their brewing operations and taproom are located. Get to the taproom and try everything they have to offer. They always have beers on tap that you won't find in stores or bars. Head banging is encouraged.

Dangerous Man Brewing: The coolest looking taproom in the Twin Cities brews a fantastic Chocolate Milk Stout and is conveniently located in Northeast Minneapolis. Also on tap now are a Black Lager and an Imperial Hemp Brown Ale. Don’t forget to grab a growler on the way out as the brewery/taproom is the only place you can purchase their beer.


Sisyphus Brewing Sets Opening Date

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge under Art, Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Beer 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 under Beer, Food, beer, wine events, Food and drink, Beer 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.



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