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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Minnesota Brewer's Ball Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: March 24, 2014 - 11:12 PM

On Friday, March 28th from 7 PM to 11 PM Chris Reuvers from ESPN 1500 will be hosting an event benefiting research for Cystic Fibrosis in the DQ Club at TCF Bank Stadium. Present will be many regional brewers pouring samples of their handmade brews.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. In the 1950’s many children didn’t live to attend elementary school but thanks to medical advances, it is now possible for people to make it into their 30’s and 40’s. With more research, the foundation seeks to find a cure for this chronic disease.

General Admission tickets are $95 ($44 of this amount is tax-deductible) and will get you unlimited beer and food samples, a tasting glass, $20 off an UBER ride and access to live and silent auctions.

The VIP package will cost $150 ($76 of which is tax-deductible) and includes unlimited beer and food samples, special beer pours exclusive to VIP guests, a dinner reception with local sports celebrities and ESPN 1500 radio personalities, a tasting glass, official Brewer's Ball t-shirt, access to live and silent auctions, and $40 off an UBER ride. Tickets can be purchased here.

For further details on this event follow this link to the event website.


Are Sunday Sales in Minnesota a Possibility in 2014?

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: March 16, 2014 - 10:57 PM

Ask just about anyone on the street here in the Twin Cities how they feel about Sunday Sales and, unless they own a liquor store or work for a distributor, they will likely say they support the selling of alcohol on Sunday. This, of course, is not true of all liquor store owners as it is estimated that at least 30 - 40% are in favor of a law change.

Daniel Mays of Stinson Wine Beer and Spirits is a big supporter of Sunday Sales and believes that his business will increase if the legislation were to pass. “We want the choice to be open because our customers want it and we believe we will do more business not just spread it out,” said Mays. “Between tourists who are flocking to the Twin Cities for the craft beer/craft distillery revolution, sporting and special events, last minute plans, and simply convenience we will sell more and the costs to us are negligible.”

Mays also points out that liquor stores “[A]re already paying rent and heating/cooling whether [they] are open or not,” and goes on to say that the, “[N]ew sales which will happen will off set labor easily and this is for a store that pays a living wage. We want the choice to be open and in Minnesota 2014 that just seems like common sense.”

Andy Schmitt, who runs Minnesota Beer Activists has been busy drumming up support for a bill that would make Sunday Sales legal in Minnesota for the first time since prohibition. He believes that legislation in support of this bill would bring more revenue and jobs to Minnesota. “If a bill like Sunday liquor sales that would undoubtedly bring money and jobs to Minnesota doesn't pass then Governor Dayton’s ‘unsession’ is the same as every other session,” said Schmitt.

You might wonder why, after 80 years, nothing allowing Sunday sales in Minnesota has passed. The answer is money from opposing lobbies, not just in our state, but also in North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. It makes sense that Wisconsin and the Dakotas don’t want Sunday Sales to be legalized here as it would take away valuable business from border stores in these states. So much so, that according to an unnamed source, their Sunday business “keeps the lights on, and the rest of the week is all profit.”

According to Schmitt, the time is now for people to act and to get involved. In fact, he explained that this week is crucial and if the hearing doesn’t happen this week, the issue could be dead for 2014. Supporters of Sunday Sales can go to sundaysalesmn.org to send emails to their representatives, but calling them is most effective. The direct link to find your Representatives is right here.

This is a current list of Minnesota establishments who support Sunday Sales:

Village Wine and Spirits in Lakeland

Fifth Street Liquor in Winona

Merwin Liquors in Falcon Heights

East 7th Liquor in St. Paul

Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in Minneapolis

Chicago Lake Liquors in Minneapolis

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits in Minneapolis

Stinson Wine Beer and Spirits in Minneapolis

Dangerous Man Brewing in Minneapolis

North Loop Wine & Spirits in Minneapolis

Merwin Liquors in Minneapolis

Boom Island Brewing in Minneapolis

Shakopee Wine Cellars in Shakopee

Southbridge Liquor in Shakopee

Princess Liquor & Tobacco in St. Paul

Arbor Pointe Liquors in Inver Grove Heights

Booze Mart in West St. Paul

Diffley Square Liquors in Eagan

Old Vine Wine & Spirits in Bloomington

Pairings Food & Wine Market in Minnetonka

The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park

Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park

Liquor Boy in St. Louis Park

Maddie’s Market in St. Paul

Merwin Liquors in Maplewood

Barley John’s Brewpub in New Brighton

Domacin Wine Shop in Stillwater

Hansen’s Liquor in Stillwater

On the Rocks Wines & Spirits in Hugo

Haye’s Public House in Buffalo

JT’s Corner Bar and Grill Liquor Store in Houston

Day Block Brewing in Minneapolis

La Crescent Wine & Spirits in La Crescent

Bissen’s Tavern in Brownsville

Fetketter Family Bar and Grill in Eitzen

Don’t Remember in Harmony

Shellhorn Roadhouse in Brownsville

Peterson Off Sale in Peterson

Southside Corner in La Crescent

3rd Street Liquor in Winona

Golfview Liquor Store in Winona

Kato Liquor Ltd in Winona

Bergies Bar and Grill Liquor Store in Houston

J & B’s Liquor Store in La Roy

Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester

Hometown Wine & Spirits in Wanamingo

Wenonah Brewing Co. in Goodview

Red Wing Brewery in Red Wing

Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter

Sawmill Saloon Liquor Store in Virginia

Leech Lake Brewing Company in Walker

99 Bottles in Moorhead

Bridgeview Liquors in Moorhead

Boathouse Brewpub in Ely

Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis


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.



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