Badger Hill and Valleyfair team up to make special 40th anniversary beer

Valleyfair Amusement Park is turning 40 this year. To celebrate, they reached out to their Shakopee neighbor Badger Hill Brewing to create an exclusive beer to mark the occasion. High Roller Extra Park Ale will be released Friday, May 13, and will be available at Atomic Beer, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and Depot Refreshments inside Valleyfair, as well … [ Read more]

Blacklist Artisan Ales expands distribution around Minnesota

Months after announcing their expansion into a new brewery and taproom space in downtown Duluth, Blacklist Artisan Ales has signed a distribution agreement with Clear River Beverage Company. Clear River will distribute Blacklist products to 17 counties within and surrounding the Twin Cities market, including Aitkin, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Benton, Sherburne, Isanti, Chisago, Wright, Hennepin, Anoka, … [ Read more]

Smithsonian announces new initiative to document brewing history

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document, and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers, and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history. … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery adds canning line

Bent Brewstillery has been canning for a while now, but soon they’ll get to do it in their own space with their new canning line. To kickoff this new phase of their business, the Roseville brewery/distillery will be having a ribbon cutting celebration on May 3. The ceremony will take place at 4:45pm at the brewstillery (1744 Terrace … [ Read more]

Bauhaus Wonderstuff 12-packs coming soon to a store near you

Warmer weather and pilsners go hand in hand, and Bauhaus Brew Labs is making the most of that reality by packaging its Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner in 12-packs, just in time for summer. In order to properly commemorate the launch of Wonderstuff 12-packs, Bauhaus did the thing they know best and wrote a song about it…and then filmed … [ Read more]

Sneak peak at the new Lagunitas Azusa expansion

On April 19, Lagunitas Brewing Co, the nation’s sixth largest craft brewing company, opened the doors of its new Azusa campus, reports California Brew Masters. The new Southern California campus spans three warehouse structures and is expected to put out around 1.8 million barrels of beer per year at full capacity. The buildings sit empty for now, but … [ Read more]

Everything you need to know for Bent Paddle’s Festiversary party

Bent Paddle Brewing Company is turning three, and taking over West Michigan Street for its annual Festiversary to celebrate. On Saturday, May 14, from 2–8pm, Bent Paddle’s block of West Michigan Street and surrounding parking lots will be filled with food trucks, vendors, activities, neighborhood groups, live music, and, of course, a whole lot of Bent Paddle … [ Read more]

Craft beer franchises a growing U.S. trend

The growing popularity of craft beer is obvious in many ways. The number of craft breweries is higher than it ever has been in U.S. history. More restaurants are featuring food and beer pairing menus. The Brewers Association reported a 16% increase in overall craft beer retail in 2015. Another indicator is the expansion of such … [ Read more]

Las Vegas creates a beer for its ‘What Happens Here’ campaign

As if Vegas doesn’t have enough going on with its tourism pitches, they just added beer to the roster, reports Ad Age. The agency behind the “What Happens Here, Stays Here” campaign for Las Vegas has created a beer brand as part of an effort to keep the 13-year-old effort fresh and frothy. The black-labeled brew is … [ Read more]

Feds force Indeed to change name of LSD, because drugs

Indeed Brewing Company can no longer market or label its seasonal spring beer as LSD Ale, reports The Pioneer Press. The feds made the brewery change the name of its Lavender Sunflower Date Honey Ale so that the acronym was no longer apparent. The reason the charge is happening now is because the brewery did … [ Read more]

Bauhaus Brew Labs debuts tallboys at Target Field and First Ave

Baseball season is officially upon us, and Bauhaus Brew Labs is marking the occasion accordingly. Last year, Bauhaus joined the craft beer ranks at Target Field alongside the some of Minnesota’s finest craft breweries. This year they are upping the ante and unveiling 16-ounce tallboys of Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner and Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA at Target Field. … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS expands its flock with Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc

FINNEGANS, which just launched Hoppy Shepherd session ale in Feburary, just announced that it has another trick up its sleeve: Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc, which will hit the streets May 1. The 5.8% ABV ale will a limited-edition offering, only available during summer months (or until they run out; they’re planning to brew at least 500 barrels). It … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing expands distribution across Minnesota

As of this week, Insight Brewing beers are now available in northern and south and central Minnesota. Insight recently partnered with Locher Brothers Distributing to expand their market to the south and middle of the state; Bernick’s is bringing the love to northern Minnesota. That means Insight’s five staples—Hell Chicken, Sunken City, Troll Way, Lambton Dragon, and … [ Read more]

Fargo Brewing Company adding second taproom

Fargo Brewing Company is adding a second taproom in Fargo, the brewery announced today. The new Fargo Brewing Ale House will be located at 4445 17th Ave. S. in Fargo and is planned to open this summer. “Our community continues to demand locally made beer and this location is right in the middle of the … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]