The Twin Cities Are Foaming Over ‘The Craft Beer Boom’

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Governor Mark Dayton signed the Surly Bill into law back in 2011. The new bill created an exception in Minnesota’s aging “Three-Tier System of Liquor Regulation” which allowed brewers and beer entrepreneurs to directly satisfy a growing demand for craft beer spurring economic and community growth in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

“Three-Tier System of Liquor Regulation” initiated after the repeal of prohibition decades ago was designed to separate the roles of liquor manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. This system was put in place for a variety of reasons which include denying access to minors, limiting overconsumption, ensuring public safety via a clean supply, and allowing community control over the type and nature of liquor venues.

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Insight Outside Beer Fest Saturday

insight outsideThis Saturday, if you’re looking to relax and drink beer, there’s not a much better place than Insight Brewing just off of 280 and Hennepin Ave.

The event runs 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music, food trucks, games and, of course, beer inside and outside of Insight’s taproom, including their relatively new patio.

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Remember the Beer Dabbler Come January!

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Although for some Minnesotans January can be a flurry of busyness and outdoor activities (while for others it’s the complete opposite), the 24th should absolutely take priority for the most important Midwest winter activity: drinking beer.

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Robert and Erik Enjoying Beer – Burning Brothers Brewing

A Half Pint at Burning Brothers Brewing

One recent start-up that has been gaining interest (and distribution) is Burning Brothers Brewing. Their specialty is gluten-free beer; not just gluten-free in the legal sense, but an actual zero parts per million sense. They do this by brewing in a completely gluten-free facility and by using sorghum, an ancient and drought hardy crop that has changed little through the modern era. We decided to pay them a visit.

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Robert and Erik Enjoying Beer — ‘Urban Growler’

The Shine of Stainless Steel at Urban Growler Brewery

The northwestern corner of St. Paul has followed the lead of nearby northeast Minneapolis and started brewing in earnest. The most notable of these newcomers is Urban Growler; Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch (who is famous among home-brewers for her accolades in beer competition) established this St. Anthony Park brewery over the past summer.

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Robert and Erik Enjoying Beer – ‘Bauhaus Brew Labs’

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Beer has always been important to us (Robert and Erik). Be it home-brewing, savoring a Bavarian masterpiece or just frothing our respective mustaches on pitchers of Hamms at a local dive bar, we think about, discuss and enjoy our ales and lagers all the time. So it’s with great pleasure that we introduce the first of (hopefully) many articles (and podcasts!) on Minnesotan breweries. Not enough is being said about Minnesota beer! It’s time to start navigating the yeasty, hoppy renaissance that is sweeping our state.

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Insight Brewing Open House Sept. 26

Insight Brewing Company Open House

By now, you’ve probably noticed all of the craft brewers and microbreweries throughout Minnesota that continue to pop up after the “Surly Bill” was passed in 2011.

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City of St. Paul Evaluates Potential Sunday Taproom Sales

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This Wednesday marks another effort to make St. Paul a friendlier city to local St. Paul taprooms and micro-distilleries. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a public hearing will address a motion to allow taproom beer and micro-distillery cocktail room sales in the capitol city on Sundays. Though the oft-mentioned “Surly bill” of 2011 set precedent for the evolution of taproom sales in Minnesota, Sunday sales were left to the same fate of off-sale liquor stores.

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Landslide Leaves Jordan Nanobrewer with Uncertain Future

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An aspiring and historic renovation of the old Jordan Brewery (Jordan, MN) has been hit hard by recent rains: a landslide brought tons of mud and debris into the third floor apartments of the building on June 19th. A small batch brewery and taproom, the Roets Jordan Brewery, was in the process of moving into the space. Serious doubts have risen on whether they’ll get to stay.

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Duluth to Host Third Annual ‘All Pints North Summer Brew Fest’

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Next month the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is bringing some hoppy and malty cheer to America’s Best Outdoor Town; All Pints North Summer Brew Fest is returning to Duluth for a third year. With the heat of the summer in full swing, the “Air-Conditioned City” and Minnesota craft beer are perfect temptations for taking that weekend road-trip out of the metro.

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