General, Share-topia 2018

Breweries and soft drinks: a rant

Hey breweries! You guys with all the awesome taprooms that I love to visit? Ya you. You all probably know how much I love visiting new breweries. I love the craft beer scene that we have here in the Twin Cities, and heck, even all over Minnesota. I love craft beer, and you guys have […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

Death of a brewery

Today the news broke that local brewery NorthGate has ceased operations. I only recently learned that they had sold the business to an investor, and it appears that the new owners decided it was time to shut it down. This is a sad day, as this was one of my favorite breweries in the metro […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

Blue Wolf Brewing

The nearby suburb of Brooklyn Park has gotten its first brewery, Blue Wolf Brewing. Their grand opening was Thursday, so I decided to swing by and check them out. After having a hard time locating their building (behind Broadway Pizza), I went in to see what was up. That’s when I discovered that opening day […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

More fat bike testing

My buddies Abe and Chuck joined me today at a fun event at Surly Brewing. The bike maker by the same name (Surly) joined forces with the brewery for a fun little event called the Surly Masher. There was music, door prizes, silent auction, fat bike testing, and of course beer. We arrived mid-way through […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Need to alter the homebrew strategy

The other day I went downstairs to get a beer from my keezer and realized that I’ve been pouring the same two beers for a LONG time. I went back to my homebrewing software and checked, and sure enough the two 5 gallon kegs have been in there since April of 2017. One of them […]

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Maple Extract in Beer Works

This past weekend I was at 10K Brewing and got to sample their Maple Black Ale. I’ve had maple stouts before, most notable Sugar Shack from Third Street, and found them to be enjoyable. However, because maple syrup is pure sugar, and yeast eat sugar, you have to be very careful in how you brew […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Birch’s on the Lake

On Saturday, I spent the morning running and volunteering at a local half-marathon with good friend Mike B. The race was held at Gear West in Long Lake which is right near a brewpub that I had never been to, Birch’s on the Lake. Despite not running a half marathon, we were both ready for […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Macro-brew

I’ve never been a fan of macro-brews from the large scale breweries like Miller or Coors. I’ve always found the taste of corn in them to be unappealing, and they’re generally lacking in much depth of character or flavor. One night a week ago we were at a restaurant and I asked the server if […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Another 50 mile bike ride

Last year I did a 50 mile solo bike ride around a bunch of breweries near the SW metro area. This year I turned it into a bit of an event, and was joined by 4 friends. We started the morning around 9:30am at Lake Calhoun, and from there jumped onto the Cedar Lake Trail. […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

The beer count fail

As many of you know I enjoy recording my beer in the Untappd app. It’s a fun way to keep track of what you’ve tried before, and rack up badges for doing various beer drinking related tasks. I haven’t had any beer related tourism in the past month or so, and do I decided to […]

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