1. Eric Salazar of New Belgium Coming to Minnesota

    May 30th, 2013 :: eddieschauer

    Eric Salaza

    The man that puts the sour in your mouth from New Belgium Brewing is coming to the Twin Cities! Eric Salazar, head of New Belgium’s sour program, will be hosting a variety of events June 17th-19th that you won’t want to miss.

    The Happy Gnome
    Sour Taste Social Hour
    June 17th | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Meet Eric and taste a variety of New Belgium sours. 10 drafts will be poured, featuring New Belgium Love, a special one of a kind sour beer aged in Leopold’s Oak Whiskey Barrels will be tapped at 6:30pm sharp.

    Butcher & the Boar
    New Belgium Brewing Tap Invasion
    June 18th | 4:00pm
    Starting at 4:00pm play Eric in a game of Rolle Bolle (New Belgium’s latest summer seasonal Rolle Bolle Ale available now) and have a few pours of some delicious Lips of Faith beers for the tap invasion, including Eric’s Ale!

    Lone Oak Grill
    New Belgium Tap Invasion & Fat Tire Cruiser Giveaway
    June 19th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Lone Oak Grill will have a special New Belgium Tap Invasion Featuring Clutch brewed with chocolate and black malts for a rich and roasty overtone, then fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor. Also, enter to win a New Belgium Cruiser bike!

  2. The Brooklyn Brewery MASH

    May 30th, 2013 :: eddieschauer




    Twin Cities: June 17–23

    MAY 23, 2013, BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road.Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into TheBrooklyn Brewery Mash. Including the Twin Cities from June 17–23, The Mash will drop in 11 cities during 2013 and roll out a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage.
    Watch the trailer here.

    “The Mash is an expression of Brooklyn art, music, food and the cultural links we see with many cities around the world,” says Brooklyn Brewery President & Co-founder Steve Hindy. “There is a revolution happening in the world of food and the world of beer, and we are happy to celebrate this revolution with our friends around the US.”

    NYC food and art organizations have been closely linked to Brooklyn Brewery from the beginning. Be it a beer dinner, cook-off, concert or film festival, the ethos of these happenings has consistently mirrored the consideration and creativity behind the making of The Brewery’s beer. Paired with the flavor and flair of Brooklyn, classic nightlife is re-imagined as a more interactive experience. During The Mash, participants will enjoy an array of perennial and rare Brooklyn beers.

    Helping color in The Mash, NBNY, the organizers of Brooklyn’s Bring to Light festival, will create their immersive installations of light and projection art throughout the tour. Continuing Brooklyn Brewery’s long tradition of giving back, proceeds from every ticket sold will go to The Land Stewardship Project, a nonprofit dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming system by fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing sustainable communities.

    Tue, June 18–Fri, June 21, 5-7pm; The Happy Gnome; 498 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN
    Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, cheese pairings, giveaways and info on all thingsMash.
    Wed, June 19, 10pm; The Amsterdam; 6th & Wabasha; Saint Paul, MN – $5
    Togather and Brooklyn Brewery present a conversation on craft beer featuring Christian DeBenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail and Twin Cities’ own Joseph Alton, editor of The Growler. Performances to follow by The Ericksons and Bora York.
    Wed, June 19, 7pm; Haute Dish; 119 Washington Ave, N Minneapolis, MN – $85
    Multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish and Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.
    Found Footage Festival: Best of The Midwest
    Thu, June 20, 8pm; Heights Theater; 3951 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN – $12
    A hilarious show that features footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country. The “Best of The Midwest” edition will feature footage found exclusively in MN, WI, MI and IL. Special guests from videos harvested in the Twin Cities will appear live at the show.
    NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
    Thu, June 20, 11pm; Turf Club; 1601 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN – $7
    Compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and $100 cash prize after getting warmed up with the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin. Must be 21 years of age to win.
    Sun, June 23, 10:30am; 312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
    The Brooklyn Brewery House Chef will be cooking up some of his favorite finds from the market. Stop by for cooking and beer pairing tips.
    Sun, June 23, 4pm; for location details, go to ChaosCooking.com – Free
    A stalwart citizen opens their kitchen for a dinner party where all the guests are cooks. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty ofBrooklyn beer to enjoy.
    Slow Supper with Chef Jamie Malone at Soap Factory
    Sun, June 23, 8pm; Soap Factory; 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN – $100
    Guests will feast on a meal prepared in collaboration by Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson and Chef Jamie Malone of Sea Change. Co-produced by Dinner on the Farm. Custom art installations byBrooklyn’s NBNY. All proceeds benefit The Land Stewardship Project.
    Mash Specials
    Throughout the week we’ll be featuring specials, pairings or fixed menus at the following locations: Bryant Lake BowlStanley’s Northeast Bar RoomStout’s PubTiffany Sports Lounge.
    Every installment of The Mash is custom tailored to the cities it visits.
    Go to BrooklynBreweryMash.com for info on the rest of the tour.

    AUSTIN, TX: March 5 – 10
    NEW ORLEANS, LA: March 12 – 16*
    NASHVILLE, TN: April 11 – 14
    BALTIMORE, MD: April 30 – May 5
    TWIN CITIES, MN: June 17 – 23
    BOSTON, MA: July 9 – 14
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: September 19 – 22
    CHICAGO, IL: October 1 – 6*
    PITTSBURGH, PA: October 22 – 27
    PHILADELPHIA, PA:  November 5 – 10
    MIAMI, FL: December 10 – 15

    * with Vendy Awards

    Food Republic, our media partner, explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences. This is the site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart. Food Republic aims to be the global hub for news and information about the new culture of food across a multitude of media platforms, for a vibrant community of people who put food and drink at the center of their lives.

    The Vendy Awards is NYC’s premier street food showcase and an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs. The Vendys is a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights.

    Togather is a new literary resource that connects authors directly with readers to fansource events and make great cultural experiences accessible to audiences everywhere.

    Found Footage Festival began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video in a McDonald’s break room. Since then, the duo has compiled an unprecedented collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos on VHS.

    Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY) designs, curates, and produces installations of light, sound, and projection art. They collaborate with leading contemporary artists to create immersive experiences that uniquely engage audiences. Their nighttime events explore new artistic mediums through site-specific interventions at the intersection of art, technology, and multimedia performance.

    The Mash Trailer on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/61659572
    The Mash on TumblrBrooklynBreweryMash.tumblr.com

    Brooklyn Brewery on FacebookFacebook.com/TheBrooklynBrewery

    Twitter @BrooklynBrewery

  3. Pouring a Proper Pint

    March 2nd, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    Better Beer Society and BrewingTV Present: Pouring a Proper Pint

    A great partner of the #MNCleanPint campaign, Better Beer Society brews up a short clip demonstrating the importance of pouring a proper pint and attaining “beer clean” glassware. Thanks for doing your part in serving better beer!

    And for those of you pouring your beer from a bottle, check out this video with A Perfect Pint & Cambria Style Magazine.

  4. #MNCleanPint Winner!

    March 1st, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    #MNCleanPint winner is Nomad World Pub (Minneapolis)!

    Congrats to Nomad on achieving the title of cleanest pints in Minnesota! Nearly 900 #MNCleanPint tweets were published during the month of February. Thanks to everyone who supported the #MNCleanPint Twitter campaign!

    Special thanks to our our partners Tom Horgen of the Star TribuneBetter Beer SocietyMNBeerActivistsCicerone Certification ProgramMicro Matic A/SA Perfect Pint, & MNBeer.com – by, for and about Minnesota beer. Party details to come!

  5. Miller Lite Nascar Driver Causes a Frenzy on Twitter

    February 29th, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    Miller Lite Nascar driver, Brad Keselowski, caused a frenzy on Twitter during the Daytona 500! He didn’t take the checkered flag, But he was Daytona 500’s social media champ gaining 150,000 Followers in hours!

    Ask me who won the race.. I don’t know! Everyone is talking about what driver Brad Keselowski did at a stand still while behind the wheel of his Miller Lite car! Isn’t Nascar supposed to be about speed? Keselowski changed the way thousands view Nascar with his iPhone! ESPN explains how Keselowski took over the twitter verse during the Daytona 500 – ESPN 

  6. Beer It Forward – How to Share Beer Digitally

    February 28th, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    How many times have you written “Happy Birthday!” on someone’s Facebook wall, only to see that one-hundred other people wrote those exact words, maybe with the variation of a smiley face or a link to a cat video. Doesn’t make you feel like less of a friend?

    Technology brought us all closer, then added new distances we couldn’t have foreseen. Fortunately, things are on the upswing again. FINNEGANS has teamed up with Schmoney, the social money app, to create Beer It Forward. This ingenious new app allows you to buy your friends a beer whether they are across town or across the country. Doesn’t that sound better than a half-hearted attempt that really only shows that you check Facebook often enough to be reminded when your friends are having birthdays?

    Beer It Forward combines the power of PayPal and Foursquare. You can see when your friends check into a bar or restaurant, and then, using your paypal account, you can send the $5, $10, or $20, depending on how many rounds they are in need of.

    But this wouldn’t be a FINNEGANS app if we didn’t find a way to feed the hungry while helping you surprise your friends with free beer. On top of the donated profits that all FINNEGANS beer provides, a 3.5% surcharge from each transaction goes to the FINNEGANS Community Fund.Users can also friend the FINNEGANS Community Fund on Foursquare and make donations directly.
    If you keep drinking our Amber and Blonde Ales, we’ll keep thinking up ways to make it easier for you to help your community without leaving the barstool.

    Here’s to doing good!

    -Matt Beachey


  7. Summit Brewery Plans a $6 Million Expansion

    February 28th, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    Summit Brewing Co. said Monday that it plans to spend about $6 million to expand capacity at its St. Paul brewery within the next two years.

    Summit, Minnesota’s largest craft brewer, aims to add to its current building to create more space for fermentation, storage and packaging. With demand for its beers growing, “we will be in a world of hurt if [the expansion] doesn’t happen,” said Summit founder and Chief Executive Mark Stutrud.

    Summit spearheaded craft brewing in Minnesota when it launched in 1986. Today, the beer is sold in 15 states, though 90 percent of sales come from Minnesota.

    The expansion, for which Summit will break ground in late 2013 or early 2014, should slake projected demand in its current territory, Stutrud said.

    The company had an 8 percent increase in production last year to almost 105,000 barrels. Also, Summit has made $3 million in capital investments in the past two years to its brewery near Interstate 35E and W. 7th St.

    They include a cask washer for cask-conditioned beer or “real ale,” and the installation last fall of a new pilot brewery system to more efficiently research and develop new beers.

    Summit, which has just over 50 employees, also said that its workforce should expand by about 20 percent by the end of this year.



  8. National Geographic’s Ultimate Factories: Heineken

    February 27th, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    National Geographic’s Ultimate Factories: Heineken

    Even after 8,000 years, beer remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. Across the globe, more than 200 bottles of Heineken are opened every second of every day. 200 Bottles each second!! We sure like to drink beer! A great documentary from National Geographic gives us an inside look into Heineken!


  9. Valentine’s Day.. Lets Drink Beer!

    February 14th, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air and it is safe to say beer is in my stomach! Enough with the same old chocolate and red wine on this romantic day! It is time to change the mold! I want beer!!! Yeah, red wine is sure romantic, but beer is more my style! What better way to substitute red wine than a nice pint of a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or a Rogue Chocolate Stout! There is already so much damn chocolate on this holiday, it is only right we drink it too! The craft beer scene is exploding and chocolate beers have hit the scene! I’ll pass on the fancy red wine this Valentine’s Day and go with a few pints of beer!

    There are many reasons why I prefer a pint of beer over a glass of wine, but I will not bore you with a ridiculous long blog of my personal opinions! Instead, I will just list a few of my favorite chocolate beers for you to consider to replace red wine! Many breweries have made excellent chocolate beers and should be recognized on this lovely day! Here is a short and sweet list of a few of my favorites!

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout! The award-winning rendition of Imperial Stout style and once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. Brooklyn uses three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. Brooklyn brews it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years! Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is excellent with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, fruit tarts, and ice cream. It is also a very good accompaniment to a strong cheese. The alcohol by volume is a nice 10%! Two of these for my lady and she will be googly eyed!

    Rogue Chocolate Stout

    Ebony in Color with a rich creamy head, the Rogue Chocolate Stout is perfect for Valentine’s Day! The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts, and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish! The recipe for Rogue Chocolate Stout was created several years ago for export to Japan. The exported twelve ounce Chocolate Bear Beer bottle label is in Kanji and features a teddy bear with a pink heart on his belly. Chocolate Stout was released for Valentine’s Day in 2001 in a twenty-two ounce bottle for the US market. The label features a Roguester on the label. The alcohol by volume 6%.

    New Belgium Cocoa Mole

    Spice things up this Valentine’s Day with the Cocoa Mole from New Belgium Brewing! Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers! Don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to the Cocoa Mole. Scents of cinnamon when poured will add the perfect aroma for a romantic night! The alcohol by volume is listed as 9%. Be careful with this one or it may come back to bite ya in the butt!



    There are plenty more chocolate beers in the trade, but I just listed a few of my personal favorites! Like I said before, wine is nice and romantic on Valentine’s day, but how lame! Switch it up this Valentine’s Day and add some flare with a unique craft beer that both you and your significant other can enjoy!

    To all you lovers out there, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! To everyone that is single or who could care less about Valentine’s Day, Drink a few more pints tonight and show your beer some lovin! Couples in love shouldn’t be the only ones having fun on this romantic holiday!



  10. Search for the Cleanest Pint in MN

    February 1st, 2012 :: eddieschauer

    You clean your glassware with what?!? You can’t be serious! Dirty glassware needs to disappear in restaurants, bars, pubs, and other establishments! You can’t disrespect a perfectly brewed beer by pouring it in a dirty pint! Would you eat a prime New York Strip off a plate that still had residue from leftovers because it wasn’t washed properly? I didn’t think so! J.J. Taylor Distributing Company is on a search for the cleanest beer pints in Minnesota. We are taking a stand against dirty glassware in restaurants, pubs, & bars!

    Your glassware may look nice and shiny, but it does not mean a beer should be poured in it! A “beer clean” glass is the first step to pouring a fulfilling beer! “Beer clean” is a term used to describe a glass that is free of impurities, oil, residue, and other crud! When a pint is considered “beer clean” a ring of lacy goodness will appear around the glass. The two pictures represent a “beer clean” pint. When “beer clean” is mentioned at an establishment, it means damn clean!

    A dirty glass can affect the overall look and flavor of a wonderful brewed beer. Serving a beer in a dirty glass will make the beer taste soapy, flat, or just plain off. Disrespecting a breweries perfectly crafted beer by pouring it in a dirty glass is flat out rude! Breweries take pride in their craft of beer and establishments should take pride in serving a wonderfully brewed beer.

    Simply throwing glassware in a dishwasher will not cut it if we are talking “beer clean”. Most likely, after washing glassware in the dishwasher, there will still be residue and film on your glass. Check out this great video from Beer U by Bob Mack of World Class Beer! He explains the importance of having clean glassware in bars, restaurants, and pubs!

    Take a stand with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company against dirty glassware! This is for the love of beer! Come on people! You deserve a clean glass when your are drinking a wonderfully crafted beer. When 5:00 pm hits and it’s time for happy hour, the last thing you deserve at the end of a tiring workday is a flat, soapy, watered down beer because of dirty glassware! Next time you’re in an establishment that is serving dirty glassware, take a stand and mention something! Breweries spend their life to make perfectly crafted beer and establishments should take time to make sure that beer is represented right! For the love of beer, take a stand!

    J.J. Taylor Distributing Company’s very own, Joe Falkowski, has created a Twitter campaign to raise awareness and praise establishments that take pride in clean glassware! It may be the easiest and most rewarding campaign to hit the twitterverse! Drink beer, tweet your clean pint with the hashtag #mncleanpint and what fine establishment served you, win prizes! Pretty damn simple! J.J Taylor would like to thank Better Beer Society, Cicerone Certification Program, MNBeer, A Perfect Pint, Micro Matic, and MN Beer Activists for their support of #MNCleanPint! Follow the action at the J.J. Taylor Facebook page and the J.J. Taylor Twitter page!