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Surly Brewing's Todd The Axe Man hits shelves this week

Minnesota’s best hop bomb is hitting store shelves this week. The four packs are certainly not going to be cheap but Todd The Axe man will warrant its price with heavy doses of palate-wrecking Citra and Mosaic hops.

This beer was originally brewed in collaboration with Amager Bryghus in Denmark and was named by Amager to honor the six string skills that Surly brewer Todd Haug possesses. For those who don’t know, Haug is a cat loving metal guitarist most famous for his shredding ability with the band Powermad — who have seen a great deal of success within the metal community since their humble beginnings in the mid 1980s.

Join Surly at Pat’s Tap tonight in Minneapolis for the official release which will begin today at 3 p.m. The event features $7 Surly cans plus brand-new Axe Man swag. The beer itself won’t always be available so you’ll want to get your hands on some while you can.


All Pints North beer festival in Duluth this Saturday

The backdrop for All Pints North is second to none; a scenic stage of green set against the seemingly endless blue water, crashing onto the rocky Lake Superior shoreline. This event, described by Fitger’s Brewhouse head brewer Dave Hoops as “the next Great Taste of the Midwest,” is going on its fourth year. And it promises to deliver again this year with over 90 breweries pouring. The festivities will take place on Saturday, July 25 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Duluth. Tickets will cost $40 in advance at $50 at the door.

Sidhe, Voyageur, Lyn-Lake, and 56 Brewing (along with several others) will be making their inaugural trip to Bayfront Park to pour for the 3,000 plus people expected to attend. The Current is again expected to procure the live tunes and the food vendors are set to include Natedogs, Chow Haul, K&B Concessions, King of Creams, Mobile Joe, Pizza Luce, and The Rambler. Jamming on stage will be The Melismatics and The Sunny Era along with DJ Dave Campbell.  

Here are some beers you’ll want to check out for yourself:

Flanders Sour Red Ale Aged on Blackberries and Raspberries from Bemidji Brewing - Anyone who tried the Raspberry Sour Ale at Winterfest knows that Bemidji can make a damn good sour beer and this looks promising.

Summer Crush from Castle Danger Brewing - A Sorachi Ace hop-heavy beer that promises to imitate a summer shandy. Expect a big lemon presence from the hops but with a very clean finish—fitting for a hot day in July.

Batch 4000 on Nitro from Fitger’s Brewhouse - A Chocolate Milk Stout with a touch of heat from chilies. This creamy beer celebrates 20 years of brewing excellence and will be a great option to contrast all of the summer beers that will be present.

Wooden Soul No. 2 Sour Blonde from Indeed Brewing - This was probably the best sour beer I’ve had yet this year and it will only taste better now given the heat wave we’ve been experiencing. This Art-A-Whirl darling was aged in Sauvignon Blanc wine barrels and provides hints of Granny Smith apples and melon rind.

Brett Mikkels IPA from Surly Brewing and Mikkeler Brewing - A hopped up Belgian IPA with a touch of sweetness from honey and bubble gum aromas and flavors.


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