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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Crafted to Last Campaign for Music

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 27, 2014 - 7:36 PM

David Okar has been a busy guy lately. Busy as in filming a documentary that follows 16 Minnesota breweries since 2012 documenting their experience with the recent law changes regarding beer. The documentary called Crafted to Last - Minnesota Beer Blossoms is a full length film and is expected to premier on July 19th in Minneapolis and in other communities throughout the state.

However, he is going to need some help specifically raising funds for the soundtrack featuring local musicians such as Zach Lozier, Eldon Hagen, Steve Pikal, and Steven Hobert. These artists will be compensated for their work which will be on display throughout the film and into the bonus footage—as well as at all opening night events.

An IndieGoGo campaign was started in order to obtain the remaining $7,500 needed for this project and there are only 21 days left to support it. Let’s show our support for local musicians and film makers who are looking to tell a great story about our craft beer scene here in Minnesota. You can visit the IndieGoGo site found here if you’d like to contribute.


Crafted to Last Campaign for Music from D. Okar on Vimeo.

Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 18, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Fifty years ago Minnesota passed legislation that would protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and make it a destination for future generations looking to escape chaotic, everyday life. Well, it worked, and the Friends of the Boundary Water Wilderness (FBWW)—a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting this sacred area—are seeking beer entries from local Minnesota craft breweries that capture the spirit of our wilderness.

“We are excited to see and taste how Minnesota’s best breweries capture the spirit of the Minnesota outdoors,” said Paul Danicic, executive director, FBWW. “Brews and Canoes is an easy and fun way for Minnesotans to learn more about the Wilderness Act and take an active role in helping preserve the Boundary Waters for future generations. We hope breweries and outdoor lovers across the state will join us in raising a glass and commemorating this historic anniversary.” Below are the categories:

·       Best Northern Lights (Light-bodied, light-colored beers including, but not limited to lagers and pilsners)

·       Best Night Skies (Heavy-bodied, dark-colored beers including, but not limited to ales and stouts)

·       Most Pioneering Brew (Local, interesting ingredients and flavor profiles)

·       Best Representation of the Spirit of the Boundary Waters (Name, label design, back story)

·       Star of the North (Best in show)

Breweries can submit an application here. The entry period goes through June 2nd with beer being ready for judging by August 1st.

Beer and the outdoors seem to go pretty well together. “People who enjoy craft beer are the same people who are going to plan an outdoor trip,” said Aaron Klemz, communications and engagement director of FBWW. Because of this, the judges will be made up of people from both the craft beer world and the outdoors community.

FBWW is no stranger to the local beer scene, having worked with breweries such as Indeed and Bent Paddle in the past. The fit between craft beer and the outdoors is a natural one and according to Aaron, “You even see it coming out in the branding. Bent Paddle Brewing has a paddle right in their logo.” 

There will be a ticketed event for the public in early September, featuring samples of the commemorative collection of brews.

The importance of preserving our beautiful wilderness here in Minnesota seems obvious to most. As Aaron explained, it even goes beyond our generation, “You feel a connection to previous generations. Every generation puts their own foot print on it. We need a place to unplug and it is important to be able to escape from everyday life.”

Here’s to 50 more years of appreciating the outdoors and our wonderful array of craft breweries.


Town Hall Cider Week and Bent Paddle Celebrates One Year

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 15, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Next week is Cider Week at Town Hall Brewery. Starting on Monday, May 19th the flagship location at Seven Corners and Town Hall Lanes in South Minneapolis will each showcase 10 different ciders while Town Hall Tap will spotlight a different bottle every day at 4 PM.

Some of the highlights are the cider tasting and dinner on Tuesday at the Seven Corners location which begins at 6:30 PM and tickets (call 612-339-8696) will cost $50 a piece. On Saturday, March 24th Town Hall and Sociable Cider Werks invite you to hop on your bike and collect stamps at all locations including Sociable Cider Werks. The first person with all four stamps at each site will receive a prize.

Also on Saturday, May 24th the Town Hall Tap will be hosting a cider homebrew competition. Henry Chevallier Guild from Aspall will judge the ciders according to BJCP rules and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Find the full schedule below:


Monday, May 19 through Friday, May 23

 Minneapolis Cider Week - Town Hall Tap features a specialty cider bottle release daily at 4 PM. Town Hall Lanes and Town Hall Brewery will serve more than 10 ciders on draft from a variety of cider makers picked from around the world.


Monday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 Town Hall Brewery Dinner and Cider Tasting - Dine on a paired cider meal with local and international guest cider makers. Tickets available for $50. Call 612-339-8696.

Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.

 Cider Tasting at Town Hall Lanes - Mingle with local and international cider makers, enjoy appetizers, and go bowling. Tickets are $25. Call 612-767-3354.

Saturday, May 24th at 11 a.m.

Minneapolis Cider Bicycle Crawl - Bicyclists and cider lovers are invited to ride between Town Hall Brewery, Town Hall Lanes, Town Hall Tap and Sociable Cider Werks. Start at any location by picking up a spoke card map and a wristband. Try ciders along the route but no purchase is necessary. First rider to arrive at each location with all four stops punched on their wristband wins a prize.

Saturday, May 24th at 3 p.m.

 Homebrew Cider Competition - Town Hall Tap hosts British cider maker Henry Chevallier Guild from Aspall who will judge according to Beer Judging Certification Protocol (BJCP) rules.  Prizes will be awarded.



Town Hall Brewery

1430 Washington Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Town Hall Tap

4810 Chicago Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55417

Town Hall Lanes

5019 34th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55417

Sociable Cider Werks

1500 Fillmore St NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Bent Paddle Celebrates One Year

A year ago our friends at Bent Paddle Brewing began their journey up in Duluth with the goal of making great beer that people can enjoy in the taproom or in the great outdoors. Bryon Tonnis and Colin Mullen along with their wives Karen and Lauren are hosting an outdoor beer festival they are calling Festiversary 2014 on Saturday, May 17th from noon till 6 PM.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness will propose a toast at 4:25 PM and there will be music throughout the day along with numerous activities. Food trucks will be on site and of course beer will be for sale. They have also partnered with WLSSD to make this a zero waste event.  Tickets are $10 and all transactions on site will need to be made with cash.

Find the complete details here.




MN Craft Beer Week Plus News & Notes

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 5, 2014 - 10:17 PM

10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer Week is back again from May 5th until May 11th. This year you can expect to find special firkin tappings, all day Happy Hours, beer art, special releases, and tap takeovers. All in all there are over 80 events and you can find them all on a calendar using this link.

  • Indeed Brewing will be releasing LSD in the taproom in bomber bottles on May 16th and will begin showing up in stores on May 19th.
  • Parkway Pilsner from Lift Bridge is now available in tallboy cans at liquor stores. This is the first time it will be available in stores.
  • Summit will soon (by the end of the month) be available in cans around town. The three varieties available in cans will be EPA, Sága, and Summer Ale. Check out the fancy new packaging here!
  • On Friday (May 9th) Surly will be releasing Pentagram at Amsterdam Hall in St. Paul at 4 PM as part of Minnesota Craft Beer Week.
  • Schell’s has released Noble Star #3 North Country Brünette, the third in the Berliner Weiss Collection. Jace Marti will be pouring samples of this brew at The Four Firkins on Tuesday, May 6th starting at 6 PM.

In political news the growler language was removed from the liquor bill in the Senate Tax Committee today. This is another black eye on modern politics as monetary contributions from lobbies—and threats to re-open contract negotiations from the Teamsters Union continue to influence the way that local politicians vote on the issue. Senator Roger Reinert (DFL from Duluth) will push the matter again (full repeal) in the fall in order to gain support for next session.


Blessing of the Maibock at Town Hall Brewery

Posted by: Ryan Tuenge Updated: May 3, 2014 - 12:09 AM

On Saturday, May 3rd the Town Hall Brewery will release their annual Maibock at all three locations. Father Aron Kramer will be blessing this highly anticipated brew and all three locations will be serving German food to celebrate.

As usual the ceremonies will all expire prior to the Kentucky Derby and patrons are encouraged to stick around for this national event. Check out the details below.

Town Hall Tap Blessing of the Maibock

Saturday, May 3 at 3 PM

One free beer followed by happy hour pricing.

Town Hall Lanes Blessing of the Maibock

Saturday, May 3 at 4 PM

One free beer followed by happy hour pricing.

Town Hall Brewery Blessing of the Maibock

Saturday, May 3 at 5 PM

Free beer from 5 PM to 6 PM



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