Ryan Tuenge

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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Sunday Sales Concert at First Avenue

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: March 13, 2014 - 6:39 PM

Have plans for St. Patrick’s Day? On Monday, March 17th First Avenue will host a concert to raise funds for the Sunday Sales push led by Minnesota Beer Activists. Tickets are very reasonable at $10 pre-order or $15 at the door and the band line up looks really good.

Playing at the show which starts at 8 PM will be Mark Andrew (who you might know from NBC’s The Voice), Romantica, Silverback Colony, White Iron Band, and hosting will be Ian Rand from Drinking With Ian. As you may know, the Minnesota Beer Activists have been trying to repeal an old law here in Minnesota that prohibits liquor stores from selling you beer on Sunday.

“The mission of the MN Beer Activists is to raise awareness of alcohol-related issues that are outdated or harmful to consumers,” said MN Beer Activists director Andrew Schmitt. “The biggest of these is the prohibition on Sunday Sales, which literally sends money over our borders every single week. This concert is the highest-profile event we’ve ever done, and it should also be the most fun!”

You can pre-order your tickets here or find them at these fine locations around town:

Day Block Brewing

The Four Firkins

Dangerous Man Brewing

The Beer Dabbler

Event Details:

Monday, March 17th at 8 PM (doors open at 7 PM)

Ticket cost is $10 pre-order or $15 at the door

First Avenue

701 1st Avenue North

Minneapolis MN, 55403


Craft Beer Roundup for March

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: March 6, 2014 - 11:24 PM

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!


Surly Set to Release BLAKKR

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: February 19, 2014 - 8:21 PM

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.

Grumpy's Downtown

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 %

IBU: 85

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.


Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: February 6, 2014 - 11:30 PM

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


Asator Viking IPA Limited Release from Surly Brewing

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: February 4, 2014 - 3:52 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



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