After a much needed break over the past couple weeks I'm officially back with some news and notes from around town.

Indeed Brewing is set to release Mexican Honey Imperial Lager in the next couple weeks. This brew made with Mexican Orange Blossom Honey and Amarillo hops weighs in at 8% ABV and 17 IBUs. It will be available through March.

It's no secret that the beer scene has been blowing up here for a while and with that comes more coverage whether that be print, radio, or television. You may have noticed that there are now a few podcasts popping up that feature great guests from around town. My personal favorite is The Minnesota BeerCast hosted by Andrew Schmitt from MN Beer Activists and Andrew Lee of Twin Cities NewsTalk 1130. The format is pretty relaxed and easy to listen to and the guests are top notch.

Town Hall Brewery is hosting their annual Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook off. I had the pleasure of judging last year and I can say from personal experience that this is worth your while if you are a fan of chili or if you like to cook. Attendance is only $10 for all you can taste chili along with a pint of beer. The winners are judged by a panel who will start tasting at noon on Sunday, February 1st and the winner will be announced at 2 PM. Contact the brewery for more details.

NorthGate Brewing is celebrating two years on Saturday, January 31st from 10 AM to close. The event is called Big Beer Birthday Bash and will feature Fiddle Smasher Wee Heavy, their Russian Imperial Stout, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale. These beer will be available for purchase and will come with a commemorative snifter and bottle opener. You can reserve bottle sets here.

That's all for now.