Collab Chronicle: Follow the breweries competing in the 2016 In Cahoots!

12 Minnesota breweries will form six teams to brew six unique collaboration beers for In Cahoots! at the Red Stag’s annual summer bash

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Collaboration beers waiting for a home at In Cahoots 2015 // Photo by Joseph Alton

Collaboration and competition don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but when 12 of Minnesota’s best craft breweries combine the two, delicious things have been known to happen.

Back for a third year is In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft Brewing at the 10th Annual Red Stag Block Party, August 14, 2016 from 2–8pm. The event brings together craft beer, live music, great food, local merchants, and more, all outside on a summer afternoon at The Red Stag in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Beer

This year’s In Cahoots! brewery teams were hand-picked by The Growler and The Red Stag. As pictures and information about their collaborations are shared on social media, we’ll update this post with that info—think of it as a realtime journal of the collabs leading up to the event (click the links below for more info on each beer). We hope you’ll follow along and try the beers for yourself on August 14.

The best part is that this isn’t just another try-the-beers-and-be-on-your-way beer festival. The responsibility for crowning the winning team falls on the attendees. The people at FairVote Minnesota will be running the balloting and educating attendees about ranked-choice voting.

The Music


Night Moves will perform at this year’s In Cahoots! // Photo via Nights Moves Facebook page

In addition to the six new beers being premiered, block-party guests will also be treated to entertainment from MC Foxy Tann, Night Moves, Mark Mallman, Sims, Black Market Brass, Farewell Milwaukee, BradyScott, and Epitome No Question.

The Food and The Fun


The 2014 In Cahoots! // Photo via Red Stag Facebook page

The Red Stag will be serving a wide selection of the delicious, locally-sourced food they’re known for, including Peterson Farms Limousin Burgers, black bean burgers, The Herbivorous Butcher Huli Huli Hawaiian Ribs, fish tacos, Peterson Farms limousin brats, Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds, grilled sweet corn, french fries, and watermelon.

In addition, local vendors like The Beer Dabbler Store will be there selling their wares.

Eureka Recycling, a local nonprofit waste-reduction organization, will also be on hand to make the block party a zero-waste event again this year. Want to help reach the zero-waste goal and get some free food and beer while you’re at it. Volunteers are needed and you can click here to learn more and sign up.

The Collaborations

By Louis Garcia

Craft beer is an industry notorious for collaboration. Stories of brewers sharing advice with newcomers, brewing beer together, and lending ingredients to each other like neighbors giving out cups of sugar, abound in the brewing community. And, in the case of In Cahoots!, even competitions are collaborative.

The event has proven to be the perfect battleground for local breweries to test their mettle against each other, while still working together.  The Growler got in touch with each of the teams to find out their approach to competing in a festival of collaboration.

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About Brian Kaufenberg

Brian Kaufenberg is the editor-in-chief of The Growler Magazine.