2014 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

People & Organizations


Chelsea Carlson Steel ToeChelsea Carlson, Steel Toe Brewing

Brewery taprooms rely on bartenders to be exemplary brand ambassadors, and no one spreads the love of local suds quite like taproom manager Chelsea Carlson. She’s a Cicerone-certified beer server and her warm, inviting manner has us driving out of our way for a Size 7 in St. Louis Park.

Honorable Mention: Broc Allen, Fitger’s Brewhouse



Homebrew Club

Minnesota Home Brewers Association LogoMinnesota Home Brewers Association

Whether organizing trips to hop farms and breweries, arranging homebrew competitions, or expanding knowledge of techniques and styles, the MN Home Brewers Association is once again voted the premiere club in the state for anyone looking to bring their brewing game to the next level.

Honorable Mention: Nordeast Brewers Alliance

Michael Agnew, A Perfect PintBeer Writer (MN and National)

Michael Agnew

He can give you a detailed history of the Berliner Weisse, warn you about the perils of aging beers, and can sniff a molecule of diacetyl from a mile away. Cicerone Michael Agnew knows his suds like no other and he’s once again voted your go-to source for expert beer commentary not in only Minnesota, but the nation.

MN Honorable Mention: Michael Dawson
National Honorable Mention: Garrett Oliver

Beer Blog

MN-Beer-Activist-logo-final-paths1MN Beer Activists

From releases and events, to Sunday Sales activism and beer ballot initiatives, for all the latest news in local booze, you turn to Andrew Schmitt and company at MN Beer Activists. They’ve really stepped up their blogging game in the last year, and you responded, giving them their first win in this category.

Honorable Mention: MN Beer (mnbeer.com)

Beer Artist

Adam TurmanAdam Turman

There’s something about Adam Turman’s wavy-haired, beer-loving women that we can’t get enough of. His 2014 beer artistry included the Sisyphus Brewing mural, prints for 612Brew, a beer and pizza mural at Digby’s Roseville, and screen murals for the Butcher & Boar tent. He’s painting the town with beer love like no one else.

Honorable Mention: David Witt




Bob Roepke, Flat Earth Kristine Erickson 22 copy“Friday” Bob Roepke,
Flat Earth Brewing

The newest heir to the hirsute brewing throne is Bob Roepke and his bushy face warmer. Just look at this wondrous mane—as thick and impressive as Cygnus X-1.

Honorable Mention: Bjorn Erickson, Bent Paddle Brewing




Beer Tattoo

Paul Wentzel - tattooPaul Wentzel,
The Ale Jail & The Wine Thief

The best bottle shop in the Metro also features the finest tattoo. Paul Wentzel’s arm art is a glorious canvas of Bacchanalia and “Hop-analia”—a well-deserved win for a guy who undoubtedly wears his heart on his sleeve.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Campbell, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub




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