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In Cahoots

Collaboration brewing is a serious interest of mine. The idea of two or more brewers getting together to create something synergistic is very appealing to me as both a writer and a drinker. When I consume collaboration beers, I imagine [...]

August 4, 2015 competition, news and annoucements, the twin cities, Uncategorized
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buzz and buzz head to head, part three

[please pardon the appearance of ABV as some necessary upgrades are in progress!] Never mix uppers and downers, you’ve been told since your days as a doe-eyed freshman in the marching band. My college years were decidedly boring – and [...]

February 5, 2015 competition, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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buzz and buzz head to head, part two

This is the second match up in the coffee beer taste-off. First see part one: Southern Tier vs. Tyranena. How coffee is added to beer greatly influences flavor. Some types of dark malt possess coffee flavors, depending on their degree [...]

January 20, 2015 competition, tasting and critique
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buzz and buzz head to head, part one

Ah, coffee beer. I can recall the very first time I encountered beer made with coffee. It was Surly Bender, a pioneering beer here in the northland. At the time I was working at Cafe 28 in Linden Hills. You [...]

January 8, 2015 competition, tasting and critique
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off the rails, over the moon, and vote!

Let me take a minue between pints, tours, photos, and travels to express my sincere gratitude for readers and friends like you. Blog followers have meant so much to me from day one. The mere fact that other humans subscribe to [...]

October 30, 2014 competition, news and annoucements, the twin cities, Travel
six cheers for Minnesota beer!

six cheers for Minnesota beer!

5,507 beers from 1,309 breweries were submitted to the Great American Beer Festival this fall. Out of the vast sea of beer, 234 breweries earned recognition in the form of gold, silver, and bronze. Minnesota was awarded six medals despite [...]

October 7, 2014 competition, greater minnesota, news and annoucements
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Great American Beer Festival Awards

Congratulations to Minnesota on the 4 awards it took home. Congratulations also to Oliver Gray who won the Best Blogger award from the North American Guild of Beer Writers! Check out his blog, Literature and Libation, which focuses on beer [...]

October 16, 2013 competition, greater minnesota, news and annoucements
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kind of a big deal

Growler Magazine recently published nominations for the 2nd Annual Kind of a Big Deal awards. These are prestigious awards among the Minnesota beer community, and a very wide variety of solid choices creates some difficult decisions. Categories are quite diverse [...]

October 10, 2013 beer stores, competition, greater minnesota, homebrewing, news and annoucements, the twin cities
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the Oktober-Off recap

Happy first day of October! It’s my absolute favorite month and I am elated it is here, and not because of the accompanying candy — because of the beer! My friends and I tasted seven Oktoberfests in a series of [...]

October 1, 2013 competition, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique, the twin cities
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Brooklyn v. Central Waters: Oktober-Off

The final round of the Oktoberfest tournament took place between Brooklyn and Central Waters. In terms of ratings, these two beers are very close. The Brooklyn Oktoberfest is much more widely distributed while Central Waters reaches those in the Midwest. [...]

September 30, 2013 competition, history and traditional styles, tasting and critique