My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium

Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of Iowa and studied for a semester in Göttingen, then in … [ Read more]

The Glockenspiel restaurant and bar to close for good this Wednesday

Sad news this weekend for St. Paulites with a hankering for German beer as the West 7th Street fixture The Glockenspiel announced it will close its doors Wednesday night. In a post on the company’s Facebook page, The Glockenspiel explained the building’s landlord and the restaurant, which leases the first floor corner space of the Czech Slovak … [ Read more]

GermanFest 2014 VIP Ticket Giveaway

The first-ever GermanFest will be held in St. Paul at the Historic Schmidt Brewery on West 7th Street on Saturday, June 21 from 10am–10pm and Sunday, June 22 from 10am–7pm. Celebrate German culture with authentic food, quality beers and traditional Music. Enter below for your chance to win four (4) tickets to Friday, June 20 VIP … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Müncher Hell

Brewing up a good kind of Hell. This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. The upside of this long-ass winter’s polar vortices, citizens, is ambient lager temps in unfinished basements and attached garages. This month, let’s harness Mother Nature’s apparent hatred … [ Read more]

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PRESS RELEASE: New Belgium Brewing to Release Summer Helles

Ft. Collins, Colo., March 26, 2014 –New Belgium Brewing has released Summer Helles, the brewery’s summer seasonal. It was originally created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of both Telluride’s famed Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass Festival. Due to its popularity at those events, New Belgium decided to give more people a chance to enjoy Summer Helles and made it the … [ Read more]

Schell’s Brewing Company Bock

Schell’s Brewing Company Bock ABV: 6.1% Why has bock fallen off the craft beer radar? Leave it to Schell’s to admirably keep this German style alive and well. This beer pours a gorgeous, shiny brown/copper capped with an off-white head, which doesn’t hang around for long. Bock is meant to be sweet and rich and the Schell’s version … [ Read more]

Food With Beer—From the Brewer’s Perspective

This edition of Deep Thoughts explores the delicious, delicious interplay between food and beer By Dave Hoops This issue, we are going to touch on beer and food, two topics I sure love. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. In this issue we address two of my favorite topics: … [ Read more]

Wrath of the Keller: The story of the Minnesota State Capitol’s lost rathskeller

 Even accounting for home state favoritism, Minnesota’s State Capitol is the most beautiful architectural specimen of the fifty. The dome is nicely proportional, while some have seriously mutant dome shapes. The white marble on the outside is the perfect background for the golden Quadriga above the main entrance. The grand stairwells, vast paintings, and colored … [ Read more]

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