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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Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest Tickets on Sale Friday

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: November 26, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Tickets will go on sale for the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest on Black Friday at 10 AM. This festival taking place on Saturday, March 28th 2015 features rare beers from around the country and is going to be worth every penny.

This is going to be one of the best beer festivals in town for years to come and I would imagine that starting this year tickets are going to be hard to get. I heard only great things about last year about the beer and about how short the lines were. I will not miss this event going forward.

For one, the location is as good as it gets with the Minnesota History Center and with a brewery lineup featuring Deschutes, Lagunitas, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Surly, and Steel Toe bringing some rare beers you can’t go wrong. On top of all of this some of the proceeds will be donated to Pints for Prostates.

Tickets are going to run $100 and will include a catered meal and the opportunity to try a ton of rare brews.


Bauhaus Introduces Jingle Fever

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: November 18, 2014 - 6:28 PM

On November 19th, Bauhaus is introducing their first winter seasonal offering Jingle Fever. This 8% ABV Baltic Porter will be available in bombers (22 oz bottles) and is described as smooth with flavors of chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, earthy spice, and toast.

Why did they choose a Porter? “We really want to make our seasonal releases special, not just beers that could be part of our year-round lineup” said President and Head Brewer Matt Schwandt. Most of their beers are sessionable lagers and this one will definitely stand out.

It was also announced that Bauhaus will be expanding by 50% in the next few months which is a sign that they have struggled in keeping up with demand for their unique local brews. “We can’t put our beer in cans fast enough,” said Schwandt. “But when we get the additional fermenters and a second brite tank, we’ll be able to keep pace with demand and experiment even more with seasonals and one-off batches.”

Be sure to stop in at the taproom if you haven’t been there yet. They definitely have one of the coolest taprooms in town and it would be a good excuse to try Jingle Fever on tap.


No Shave November at Town Hall Brewery

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: November 6, 2014 - 6:09 PM

Town Hall Brewery is partnering with ESPN 1500 to fight prostate cancer in the month of November. Here is how it works. Go in to any Town Hall location with a clean face and donate $10. In return you will get a card that permits you $2 pints at any location (must present card) all month long as long as you don’t shave.

If you can’t grow a beard you can always donate $10 and get a free pint at any location. Then at the end of November you will have a chance to compete for prizes if you are still sporting that nice foam catcher.

One has to wonder if Town Hall brewer Mike Hoops is participating. He was looking a bit grizzly last time I saw him but that was a couple weeks ago. I do know that owner Pete Rifakes is participating and he was looking quite baby faced in a recent photo.

The ESPN 1500 crew is also participating and it will be interesting to see my two favorite sports writers and radio personalities Reusse and Judd grow beards. Twins closer and now homebrewer Glen Perkins is also participating and here’s to hoping for another fabulous neck beard. You can follow their progress here.

Happy beard growing!


Surly Eight Release Party Set

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: October 30, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Surly has been around for 8 years and they plan to celebrate in style at The Dakota Jazz Club on Sunday, November 9th from 5 PM to 10 PM with the release of Surly Eight. As you know the brewery has come a long way in 8 years growing steadily into their beautiful destination beer hall in Prospect Park.

Production is set to exceed 3 times what they are already producing and the structure itself is one that won’t disappoint, complete with a massive outdoor patio and a beer hall with seating for 300. The plan is to have beer ready sometime in early December and then open the doors to the beer hall.

This year Surly’s potion is an Oat Wine Ale aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels and utilizes milk sugars, Golden Promise malt and of course oats. The beer is dressed with a haunting label that depicts a woman holding a skull in a room surrounded by whiskey barrels. The artwork was created by Jawsh Lemke in collaboration with brewer Todd Haug.

The event showcase a lineup of Surly beers (list below) and there will be a menu item specifically made to pair with Surly Eight. DJ Paper Tiger will be performing with special guests and rumor is that some of the details of the DOOMTREE/Surly Brewing event on December 7th will be announced. If you plan to go know that the event is free but the space is very limited. Your best bet is to call The Dakota at 612-332-1010 and make a reservation.

If you go:

Beer List


Todd the Axe Man

Devils Work





The Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55403


5 PM until 10 PM


Metered street parking. It sucks, take the bus (the 17 from Uptown) or ride your bike.


Summit Unchained #17 Harvest Fresh IPA

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: November 3, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Count me as someone who was excited to hear that Summit was releasing a Fresh Hop IPA for their next beer in the Unchained Series. Summit brewer Tom Mondor took on the task of brewing the very first Fresh Hop beer to come out of Minnesota’s pioneering craft brewery.

He accomplished this by sourcing freshly pelletized Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops from Roy Farms in Moxee, Washington. Wet Chinook hops were brought in from Michigan as well which contribute a nice piney flavor to the Caramel Malt based beer. The Cascade and Centennial hops give a nice citrusy aroma and flavor to this well balanced brew which clocks in 70 IBUs and a surprising 7% ABV. Anyone who knows anything about fresh hops knows that this beer was not cheap to make.

This offering is one of my favorites in the series and it makes me want to smoke one last brisket to pair it with before the snow starts flying. While I wouldn’t put this up against Surly Wet, rest assured I will buy the hell of out this until it’s no longer available.

Fresh Hop Pellets: Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook

Wet Hops: Chinook

Malts: Full Pint 2 Row, Munich, Caramel Munich, Best Caramel Malt Light

Yeast: American Ale

IBUs: 70

ABV: 7%



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