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.

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Town Hall Brewery Annual Pig Roast and Bocce Tournament

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge 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 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 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 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


Crafted To Last Premiere on Saturday

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge 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.



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