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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #100 on: February 09, 2017, 10:20:51 AM »
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we'll be passing through that area in June. probably hoteling in Rochester for the night.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #101 on: November 07, 2017, 01:36:28 PM »
One night in St. Paul ... where should I go?

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #102 on: November 07, 2017, 01:38:34 PM »
Barrel Theory without a doubt. Can always pop next-door to Dark Horse where they have a ton of awesome taps too (Barrel Theory will eventually have a window where you can order food from Dark Horse but right now you can order pizzas from them and they'll bring 'em over).
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #103 on: November 07, 2017, 02:32:37 PM »
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #104 on: November 07, 2017, 02:49:22 PM »
Barrel Theory without a doubt. Can always pop next-door to Dark Horse where they have a ton of awesome taps too (Barrel Theory will eventually have a window where you can order food from Dark Horse but right now you can order pizzas from them and they'll bring 'em over).

Agreed.  Barrel Theory is by far the best option in St. Paul.  Bad Weather isn't bad either, but if you choose one it's BT.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #105 on: November 07, 2017, 03:17:41 PM »
Barrel Theory without a doubt. Can always pop next-door to Dark Horse where they have a ton of awesome taps too (Barrel Theory will eventually have a window where you can order food from Dark Horse but right now you can order pizzas from them and they'll bring 'em over).

Agreed.  Barrel Theory is by far the best option in St. Paul.  Bad Weather isn't bad either, but if you choose one it's BT.

What are the best bars/pubs that have decent food and a good selection of local/regional beer?

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #106 on: November 07, 2017, 03:29:36 PM »
I think I'd go with Dark Horse. They've got at least 40 taps with plenty of local and regional. The food is good too. They've also got lots of whiskey.

http://darkhorsebarandeatery.com

Could also head to New Bohemia. They've got a ton of taps. They specialize in brats. They've got stuff like alligator and rattlesnake brats, elk, and all kinds of other weird stuff like mac & cheese stuffed brats or alligator (though they all taste pretty similar).

Current tap list: https://www.newbohemiausa.com/tap-list-saint-paul

They've recently opened a place called Seventh Street Truck Park and it's connected/next door to New Bohemia. It's an indoor food truck park. They have one food truck that does tacos and nachos, another that does pizza, a chicken and ribs one, and one that does ice cream and offers a 15lb ice cream sandwich. They sell 40oz bottles and bottles of Boone's Farm. I bought I 6-pack of Mickey's grenades to go with my nachos when I went there. They also have 25 or so craft taps. It's an interesting place to check out and being connected to New Bohemia, you've got plenty of beer options next-door too.

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Their bathrooms look like porta-pottys.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #107 on: November 07, 2017, 04:07:06 PM »
Look like good options, though Dark House may be a bit too fancy for me.  Hard to tell from the web site.

What about the old places like Happy Gnome, Blue Door, etc?  Still good?

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #108 on: November 07, 2017, 04:09:53 PM »
Fair State Brewing does great stuff in Minneapolis, not far from St. Paul really. :mellow:
Is the Red Cow a good option for a juicy lucy? I had that place saved for some reason.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #109 on: November 07, 2017, 04:11:02 PM »
Dark Horse isn't fancy. Last time I was in there we shotgunned multiple cans of White Claw with Paddy, the owner, while he was shirtless in the bar.  :shrug:

The Happy Gnome, The Muddy Pig, and Blue Door are still always great options.

Red Cow St Paul, Ward 6, World of Beers are all options too.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #110 on: November 07, 2017, 04:11:53 PM »
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #111 on: November 07, 2017, 04:12:08 PM »
Dark Horse isn't fancy. Last time I was in there we shotgunned multiple cans of White Claw with Paddy, the owner, while he was shirtless in the bar.  :shrug:
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #112 on: November 07, 2017, 04:12:22 PM »
Fair State Brewing does great stuff in Minneapolis, not far from St. Paul really. :mellow:
Is the Red Cow a good option for a juicy lucy? I had that place saved for some reason.

Yeah it's a good spot. The 60/40 burger is awesome (60% beef, 40% bacon). Good beer list too.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #113 on: November 08, 2017, 10:13:05 AM »
Barrel Theory without a doubt. Can always pop next-door to Dark Horse where they have a ton of awesome taps too (Barrel Theory will eventually have a window where you can order food from Dark Horse but right now you can order pizzas from them and they'll bring 'em over).

Agreed.  Barrel Theory is by far the best option in St. Paul.  Bad Weather isn't bad either, but if you choose one it's BT.

Hmmm ... looking at Barrel Theory's current tap list, and I'm not too intrigued by the variety.  7 IPAs, a Pale Ale, 2 Berliners, a Gose, and a Stout.

Nobody mentioned Great Waters yet ... I assume there's a reason for that.

Bad Weather tap list looks more interesting to me.

ETA:  I really hate the trend of so many new breweries popping up with taprooms, and no food.  I understand why, I just don't like it.   >:(
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #114 on: November 08, 2017, 01:53:10 PM »
Barrel Theory without a doubt. Can always pop next-door to Dark Horse where they have a ton of awesome taps too (Barrel Theory will eventually have a window where you can order food from Dark Horse but right now you can order pizzas from them and they'll bring 'em over).

Agreed.  Barrel Theory is by far the best option in St. Paul.  Bad Weather isn't bad either, but if you choose one it's BT.

Hmmm ... looking at Barrel Theory's current tap list, and I'm not too intrigued by the variety.  7 IPAs, a Pale Ale, 2 Berliners, a Gose, and a Stout.

Nobody mentioned Great Waters yet ... I assume there's a reason for that.

Bad Weather tap list looks more interesting to me.

ETA:  I really hate the trend of so many new breweries popping up with taprooms, and no food.  I understand why, I just don't like it.   >:(

Yeah, don't bother with Great Waters.

While Barrel Theory may not have a ton of different styles, what they have are very well done.  Most of those IPAs are New England style, so make sure to consider that if it's not your thing.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #115 on: November 09, 2017, 08:27:25 PM »
What if I decide to pop over to MPLS for one or two stops?  There are so many new places I have no idea where to start.  What's the best of the best tap room/brewpub/beer bar?

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #116 on: November 09, 2017, 09:26:08 PM »
What if I decide to pop over to MPLS for one or two stops?  There are so many new places I have no idea where to start.  What's the best of the best tap room/brewpub/beer bar?


I still love Town Hall. They have even more on tap these days, with around 8-10 seasonals, the standards, plus a bunch of guest taps and ciders Then a walk directly across the street to Republic where they have 104 taps.

Modist Brewing makes awesome stuff. Then just 1.5 blocks away is Fulton.

NE Minneapolis has tons of options all near each other. Dangerous Man, Indeed Brewing, Insight Brewing, and more.

NEMplsBeer.com gives you an idea of their location to each other, though I need to update it and add a couple new ones like HeadFlyer, 56 Brewing, and Broken Clock Coopertive, though those 3 have only decent beer and aren't worth going out of the way for.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #117 on: November 18, 2017, 10:06:13 PM »
Decided to hit up Bad Weather Brewing first.   All three beers were good - Ominous double brown ale on cask, Weizenbock, and Calamity imperial stout.   On my way to St Paul, IU stopped at Red Eye Brewing in Wausau, WI.  Hadn't been there in about 7 years, but the beer and food were both very  good.  It was good to see that both places were busy, and filled with young people and families.

After Bad Weather I walked to Happy Gnome for more beer and dinner.  It was mobbed when I arrived at about 7:00.  Was able to get a spot at the bar after about 15 minutes, though.   

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #118 on: December 26, 2017, 02:18:13 PM »
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TIL: This brewery has one of the few Belgian feather bowling lanes in the states, outside of Cadieux Cafe in Detroit.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #119 on: March 16, 2018, 02:56:25 PM »
So anyone have the scoop on Disgruntled Brewing in Perham?
Sounds like the investors forced out the head brewer/co-owner.

https://www.perhamfocus.com/business/restaurants-and-bars/4413667-new-head-brewer-place-disgruntled-brewing

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #120 on: March 16, 2018, 03:03:17 PM »
So anyone have the scoop on Disgruntled Brewing in Perham?
Sounds like the investors forced out the head brewer/co-owner.

https://www.perhamfocus.com/business/restaurants-and-bars/4413667-new-head-brewer-place-disgruntled-brewing

I'd heard talk about them potentially closing. Mention that their head brewer left and they were looking to shut things down. Good to see they got someone to replace him and they'll stay open. Will be interesting to see how this change impacts their beer. They made great stuff.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #121 on: March 16, 2018, 03:08:16 PM »
So anyone have the scoop on Disgruntled Brewing in Perham?
Sounds like the investors forced out the head brewer/co-owner.

https://www.perhamfocus.com/business/restaurants-and-bars/4413667-new-head-brewer-place-disgruntled-brewing

I'd heard talk about them potentially closing. Mention that their head brewer left and they were looking to shut things down. Good to see they got someone to replace him and they'll stay open. Will be interesting to see how this change impacts their beer. They made great stuff.

From what i've heard the former brewer developed all the recipes... wonder if he'll land somewhere else soon.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #123 on: March 31, 2020, 03:22:30 PM »


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Reminded me of the Cleveland song video, but more wholesome.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #124 on: March 31, 2020, 04:02:01 PM »
 :mellow:

Oh my.  Quite awful.  My best friend grew up on the "West Side" which is just north of official West St Paul.  If you aren't over there to get Mexican food, there really isn't much reason to go there. :shrug:

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #125 on: March 31, 2020, 08:40:29 PM »
:mellow:

Oh my.  Quite awful.  My best friend grew up on the "West Side" which is just north of official West St Paul.  If you aren't over there to get Mexican food, there really isn't much reason to go there. :shrug:
:lol: Didn’t really seem like much going on in the video either.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #126 on: March 31, 2020, 10:19:30 PM »
:mellow:

Oh my.  Quite awful.  My best friend grew up on the "West Side" which is just north of official West St Paul.  If you aren't over there to get Mexican food, there really isn't much reason to go there. :shrug:

Yeah, can't say I've really ever done much in West St. Paul, other than drive through it.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #127 on: April 01, 2020, 09:56:17 AM »
Lots of mud being thrown in this story, and lots of beer puns. :mellow:

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. Exposed to the open air, the relationships behind Wild Mind were just as surprising—and sour—as the mixtures in its prized coolship.
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http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/wild-mind-artisan-ales-sued-its-former-brewer-then-things-got-ugly/568874941

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #128 on: April 01, 2020, 10:12:10 AM »
Lots of mud being thrown in this story, and lots of beer puns. :mellow:

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http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/wild-mind-artisan-ales-sued-its-former-brewer-then-things-got-ugly/568874941

A former employee of mine is now a brewer at Wild Mind.  I heard about some of this stuff long ago.   :mellow:

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #129 on: April 01, 2020, 05:36:41 PM »
Lots of mud being thrown in this story, and lots of beer puns. :mellow:

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. Exposed to the open air, the relationships behind Wild Mind were just as surprising—and sour—as the mixtures in its prized coolship.
:rimshot:

http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/wild-mind-artisan-ales-sued-its-former-brewer-then-things-got-ugly/568874941

A former employee of mine is now a brewer at Wild Mind.  I heard about some of this stuff long ago.   :mellow:

Would you say the relationships were sour, or more salty? :bag:

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #130 on: April 01, 2020, 10:46:25 PM »
Lots of mud being thrown in this story, and lots of beer puns. :mellow:

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. Exposed to the open air, the relationships behind Wild Mind were just as surprising—and sour—as the mixtures in its prized coolship.
:rimshot:

http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/wild-mind-artisan-ales-sued-its-former-brewer-then-things-got-ugly/568874941

A former employee of mine is now a brewer at Wild Mind.  I heard about some of this stuff long ago.   :mellow:

Would you say the relationships were sour, or more salty? :bag:

:facepalm:

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #131 on: April 01, 2020, 11:19:05 PM »
The article is pretty funny. Wild Mind doesn't really have a case and their lawyer is obviously a novice, throwing out silliness like non-compete. He should know that note a single judge in Minnesota has ever upheld a non-compete agreement in over 40 years (and most other states don't do so either).

It's also really weird (and bad for their part) that their new brewer Tyler posted in the comments on that article, to say that he doesn't know about the situation but then goes on to write paragraphs about it. I'm guessing the brewery wouldn't like that posted but it's been copied and posted elsewhere by others at this point.

Seems a mess. Really bad on Wild Mind to bring it into the public light. Not sure what they'd hoped to get but they certainly didn't get the community support they must have hoped for. Matt is a good dude and I've talked to him plenty of times since he's been at BlackStack. He's not doing anything proprietary there. Straight sour action like plenty of brewers do.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #132 on: April 01, 2020, 11:29:57 PM »
The article is pretty funny. Wild Mind doesn't really have a case and their lawyer is obviously a novice, throwing out silliness like non-compete. He should know that note a single judge in Minnesota has ever upheld a non-compete agreement in over 40 years (and most other states don't do so either).

It's also really weird (and bad for their part) that their new brewer Tyler posted in the comments on that article, to say that he doesn't know about the situation but then goes on to write paragraphs about it. I'm guessing the brewery wouldn't like that posted but it's been copied and posted elsewhere by others at this point.

Seems a mess. Really bad on Wild Mind to bring it into the public light. Not sure what they'd hoped to get but they certainly didn't get the community support they must have hoped for. Matt is a good dude and I've talked to him plenty of times since he's been at BlackStack. He's not doing anything proprietary there. Straight sour action like plenty of brewers do.
Thanks for the info, sounded like a mess to me too.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #133 on: July 21, 2020, 07:04:52 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #134 on: July 21, 2020, 09:08:48 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #135 on: July 22, 2020, 07:35:14 AM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team.  Earth Rider isn't bad.  DON'T go to Carmody.  Bent Paddle is probably your best bet in Duluth.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #136 on: July 22, 2020, 07:42:26 AM »

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team. 

Well that sucks to hear.   :(

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #137 on: July 22, 2020, 08:49:30 AM »

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team. 

Well that sucks to hear.   :(

Former brewer Dave Hoops opened his own joint in Duluth.
Not sure how it is but when he brewed any lager at Fitger's, it was outstanding.

https://hoopsbrewing.com/
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #138 on: July 22, 2020, 08:59:09 AM »

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team. 

Well that sucks to hear.   :(

Former brewer Dave Hoops opened his own joint in Duluth.
Not sure how it is but when he brewed any lager at Fitger's, it was outstanding.

https://hoopsbrewing.com/

Wow - I love the taplist.  Three different smoked beers and lots of German styles.  I haven't been up that way in years now, but I hope to again once things return to "normal."  Duluth is one of the places I've thought about as a retirement location someday.

I sure wish there were more brewpubs, instead of tap rooms/beer halls/tasting rooms, but they seem to be fading away for the most part. 

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #139 on: July 22, 2020, 11:57:48 AM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #140 on: July 22, 2020, 12:00:21 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team.  Earth Rider isn't bad.  DON'T go to Carmody.  Bent Paddle is probably your best bet in Duluth.
Glad I asked, I looked at the tap list and was less than impressed.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #141 on: July 22, 2020, 12:00:45 PM »

Fitger's has gone way downhill.  Different ownership and brewing team. 

Well that sucks to hear.   :(

Former brewer Dave Hoops opened his own joint in Duluth.
Not sure how it is but when he brewed any lager at Fitger's, it was outstanding.

https://hoopsbrewing.com/

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #142 on: July 22, 2020, 12:32:09 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

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I haven't been, but it looks pretty solid for beer, coffee, & basic grub. Only thing I had marked in the area.

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #143 on: July 22, 2020, 12:47:58 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

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I haven't been, but it looks pretty solid for beer, coffee, & basic grub. Only thing I had marked in the area.
Yeah I checked out their website, I was thinking of stopping there on the way up or back depending on timing. Seems like a cool place in an otherwise largely empty area, so would love to support it.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #144 on: July 22, 2020, 12:49:44 PM »
Going to be up near Duluth/Superior area next week(Barnes, WI). Anyone with opinions on stuff in that area? The only ones I have heard of are Fitgers, which I remember being good ten or so year ago and hearing of Earth Rider but never having had any of there stuff.

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I haven't been, but it looks pretty solid for beer, coffee, & basic grub. Only thing I had marked in the area.
Yeah I checked out their website, I was thinking of stopping there on the way up or back depending on timing. Seems like a cool place in an otherwise largely empty area, so would love to support it.
Sounds good! :cheers:

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #145 on: October 15, 2020, 11:52:45 AM »
Let me guess, their beer is...not good. Wonder if Eric coughed into the fermenter for good luck. :-X

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #146 on: October 15, 2020, 12:20:01 PM »
I've never had their beer. 

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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #147 on: December 09, 2020, 12:22:38 AM »
Thoughts on BlackStack? they are all over Madison lately and up there in price with the likes of hype breweries. Had a Double 755(I think) that was good.
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Re: Minnesota Breweries Popping up Everywhere
« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2020, 08:34:24 AM »
Thoughts on BlackStack? they are all over Madison lately and up there in price with the likes of hype breweries. Had a Double 755(I think) that was good.

I can literally walk there from work (and won't).  They make almost only hazy beers.  Those aren't my favorite styles.  They do them ok, but certainly not well enough that I'll pay for them.  Going to their taproom is one of the worst service experiences of my life.