This Saturday we invite you to join us at our NE MPLS production brewery for the 5th annual Fulton Gran Fondo. What are you going to miss if you don't attend? Well, besides a half dozen of MPLS' best local musical acts, we've rounded up some of the city's finest food purveyors to keep your taste buds equally entertained. Oh, and did we mention beer? You'll find Fulton favorites alongside our newest release: a Citrus Wheat Ale we're calling "Cosmic Stallion".
The Fulton Gran Fondo wouldn't be what it is without the help, enthusiasm, and participation of the local cycling community. It's extremely important to us to be able to support that community where and whenever we can. So, for 2018 we've teamed up with The Minnesota Cycling Federation as the official charitable partner of our event. For every beer you drink, we'll be donating $1 directly to them. Giving has never tasted so good.
But what about Friday?
The night before the big party we're throwing a mellow soirée focused on food and our new beer Cosmic Stallion. Chef Scott Pampuch and The Fulton Taproom Kitchen crew will be cooking up goodies fit for someone about to ride 100 miles on a bike. We're going whole-hog again this year with the help of our friends at Tangletown Gardens, which means pulled pork and a slew of other tasty items are on the menu. Friday night's live entertainment is provided by local musician Andy Cook who will be playing songs from his recent new release. You can buy tickets now by clicking here (space is limited).
The Fulton Gran Fondo is many things, but it's centered around two in particular: Bikes & Beer. This year we took the importance of those two pillars to heart and set forth on a path to elevate and highlight them as best we know how. We'd tossed around the idea of collaborating on a beer with our friends All-City Cycles for years, but the right opportunity never presented itself.
Taking inspiration from their premier Gravel/All-Road/Endurance bike, The Cosmic Stallion, we've created a classic Wheat Ale highlighted by a burst of citrus and punctuated by Fulton's signature style of Midwestern approachability. It's the quintessential "bike beer" and to us represents Summer in a can. It's debuting Friday, May 11th at the Friday Fondo Feast and you can grab your tickets here. And when you do so, get automatically entered to win an All-City Cycles' Cosmic Stallion bike.
Join us for a pre-ride feast at packet pickup on Friday, May 11 at our NE MPLS brewery. Chef Scott Pampuch and The Fulton Taproom Kitchen crew will be cooking up goodies fit for someone about to ride 100 miles on a bike. We're going whole-hog again this year with the help of our friends at Tangletown Gardens, which means pulled pork and a slew of other tasty items are on the menu. Friday night's live entertainment is provided by local musician Andy Cook who will be playing songs from his new release. You can buy tickets now by clicking here (space is limited).
This event is open to Gran Fondo riders and the public
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Ticket cost includes one food serving and one Fulton Beer.
The original, the big one, the Gran Fondo. 100 miles encompassing urban riding, trails, suburban county roads and makes stops at 3 aid stations along the way. Just $54.95 through the end of April. Your ride registration comes with a custom Fondo t-shirt, a free beer at the block party, and a goody bag of fun stuff. Click here to register.
Are you new to cycling? Maybe you're just getting your season off to a solid but moderate start (aren't we all with all the April snow?). Maybe sitting down for 100 miles isn't in the cards for you. Let's be honest, 50 miles is still plenty far for a Saturday morning! Whatever the reason, the Medio is here for you. It's all the fun but half the distance, and still offers an aid stop in the middle. It's $54.95 through the end of April, so move quickly to save some $$. Your ride registration comes with a custom Fondo t-shirt, a free beer at the block party, and a goody bag of fun stuff. Click here to register.
Minnesota could use a party after the Winter we endured and the Spring we virtually skipped over. Well, we're here to fulfill that need. Back in its 5th year, we're amplifying all the things you've come to love about the Fulton Gran Fondo. Live music by killer local bands? Check. Top-notch food providers including our own Taproom Kitchen? Check. A gathering of some of Fulton's partners with activities abound? Check. And last but not least, the beer. We've got all your Fulton year-round favorites and of course our newest summer release: Cosmic Stallion.
We're four years strong in our partnership with the good folks at Rhymesayers and we are happy to announce we're back again at their marquee event: Soundset. North America's largest Hip Hop festival descends upon the State Fairgrounds' Midway this coming Memorial Day weekend and 2018's lineup has some of our favorite acts of both past and present (36 Chambers' 25th anniversary! C'mon!). Keep an eye out for the return of the Fulton Beer Garden and your favorite Fulton beers.
We have to re-read that back to ourselves too because it's kind of unreal to type. In past years we've released our beloved barrel-aged beers in 750ml bottles sporadically throughout the year to much fanfare. Well, this year, we figured we'd mix it up a bit (literally). Not only with our style selection but with our barrel selections as well. We're taking 3 beers aged 4 different ways and grouping them together in one package for the first time in Fulton's history. Top that off with our move to cans and we think you'll agree this is going to be something special. Mixed 4pks will begin to arrive in the metro beginning Tuesday, April 3rd. Also worth mentioning: these are our most limited beers ever (really).
FRIDAY: As if a full day of activities on Saturday wasn't enough, we went ahead and added an extra day last year with the Friday Feast. This year, we're going whole-hog again with the help of our friends at Tangletown Gardens. We'll have live music, packet pickup for Saturday's riders, a delicious meal crafted by Fulton's own Chef Scott Pampuch, and last but certainly not least: the release of our newest top-secret beer. You can grab yourself a ticket to Friday's feast right here, and by doing so, you are automatically entered to win an All-City Cycles' Cosmic Stallion bike.
SATURDAY: We're hosting one of Minnesota's biggest rides and block parties in the same day. Join us for either our 50 mile "Medio" or our 100 mile "Gran" routes. The ride departs and arrives at our NE MPLS production brewery and you'll be welcomed back by one of the summer's best parties. The party is free to attend and all-ages. We've got a full afternoon and early evening jam-packed with live music, killer MN food, many members of Fulton's partner community and all the beers. All of them. Our band announcement is coming soon, so keep your eyes and ears open. Register to ride for either routes and learn more about the whole day by heading to Fultongranfondo.com.
Join us Saturday, May 12th for the 5th annual Fulton Gran Fondo for bikes, bands, and beers. The ride departs in the morning from the Fulton Production Brewery in NE Minneapolis. This year, we're again offering the 100 mile "Gran" as well as a shorter (45-50 mile) "Medio" Fondo. The block party is free to attend and open to all who come. Party details including beers available, food options, partners, activities, and band announcements are coming soon.
The original, the big one, the Gran Fondo. 100 miles encompassing urban riding, trails, suburban county roads and makes stops at 3 aid stations along the way. Just 39.95 from now through the end of March. Your ride registration comes with a custom Fondo t-shirt, a free beer at the block party, and a goody bag of fun stuff. Click here to register.
Maybe you're new to cycling. Maybe you're just getting your season off to a solid but moderate start. Maybe sitting still for 100 miles isn't in the cards. Let's be honest, 50 miles is still plenty far for a Saturday morning! Whatever the reason, the Medio is here for you. It's all the fun but half the distance, and still offers an aid stop in the middle. Just 39.95 from now through the end of March. Your ride registration comes with a custom Fondo t-shirt, a free beer at the block party, and a goody bag of fun stuff. Click here to register.
This year, we're offering a brand new, custom Fulton Gran Fondo jersey. Designed by our friends at Twin Six, with fully sublimated graphics, these jerseys will only be available for a limited time -- when they're gone, they're gone. Get yours (along with your ride registration and feast tickets) here.
Join us for a pre-ride feast at packet pickup on Friday, May 11 at our NE brewery. Chef Scott Pampuch and The Fulton Taproom Kitchen crew will be cooking up goodies fit for someone about to ride 100 miles on a bike. The menu will be released soon, and no, this is not a spaghetti dinner. Friday night will also be the first tapping of our top secret new limited release beer for the summer. You can buy tickets now by clicking here.
This event is open to Gran Fondo riders and the public
This event is 21+
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Ticket cost includes one food serving and one Fulton Beer.
Hundreds of thousands of people coming to town and where are they all going to go? We had that same question thinking of ways to accommodate all the new friends coming to MN over the next couple weeks. Enter Cenex to the rescue. We've partnered with this familiar energy company to upgrade our upper patio and winterize it Fulton-style. The Fulton Warming House Powered by Cenex will be party central for 10 straight days right outside the Fulton taproom. Stop on by for live entertainment, giveaways, and specialty beers. For those looking to go all-out, Saturday 2/3 we've got our favorite good times crew (All Tomorrow's Petty) playing live in the Warming House for free.
What's a 10-day long party without food? (It's a mess, trust us on this one). Extraordinary beers are best paired with serious eats and we're adding a daily lunch service to accommodate the pairing of all that is extraordinary. And speaking of accommodating, we're extending our hours all 10 days to give everyone as much time to visit us as we can get away with before the overtime pay kicks in.
Trying to steer clear of (or escape) the city? If so, meet us in Bloomington's South Loop District at the Hyatt Regency. Their Urbana Craeft Kitchen has a custom Fulton Ice Bar up from now till the end of winter Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Creative Placemaking in the most Minnesotan way possible: outside in the winter. Our friends at Northern Lights have partnered with the City of Bloomington and Artistry to bring 3 nights of interactive art installations and performances to the South Loop leading up to SB52. Better yet, Hyatt's Urbana Craeft Kitchen is just across the way. Beers anyone?
We've called upon two of our favorite and most distinguished MN chefs (Erik Sather and JD Fratzke) to join Fulton's own Scott Pampuch for a night of MN-inspired bites and beers. Think casual snacking, sipping, (no pinkies-up necessary) and conversing in your favorite MPLS taproom. Need a ticket still? Get em' here.
The PTO days have been approved, the year-end parties scheduled, and maybe, just maybe, there is a tray of holiday cookies in the oven. We're winding down another crazy, incredible year here at Fulton and as we look back we're pausing for a moment to make sure folks know we're going out in style this year.
Tanager, our barrel-fermented Brett IPA is out now. "Wait, it's been out all year", you might say. Well, yes, you're correct. But what's so special about this release is that Tanager has finally graduated from taproom-only and into the big time with our other packaged product. Now you can get your hands on our most complex IPA to date in the perfect holiday party size of 750ml. Cheers to that!
In the never-ending quest to fill our cupboards with more branded glassware (JOKES!), we're excited to introduce a brand new assortment of pint glasses featuring some of your favorite Fulton mainstays. What's better is that we paid extra attention to packing them up in style just for you and in time for gift-giving season. You can pick up a 4pk at the taproom or online now.
And last (call) but not least, in the spirit of procrastination, we present to you "LAST CALL". It's the local maker market that you didn't know you needed till it was almost too late (hence the name). With dozens of artisans and vendors, food from our buddy Chef Yia Vang at Union Kitchen and of course, Fulton Beer. It's all going down at the Food Building 12/22 & 12/23. Brought to you by our old friends at Bitter Buffalo.
War & Peace: it’s the beer that needs no introduction, but it gets one anyway. Our imperial coffee stout grew from a humble beginning in 2010. That year, we pulled four firkins from our first-ever tank of Worthy Adversary Russian Imperial Stout, and infused each one with a half-pound of whole bean Peace Coffee Guatemalan Dark Roast. Combining a rich, roasty imperial stout with the bittersweet notes of dark roast coffee seemed like a can’t miss proposition, but the first time we tapped a cask, it was even better than we hoped. The casks were gone all too soon, so we randallized a few of the remaining kegs of Worthy Adversary with the same Peace Coffee Beans. (For those not familiar, a “randall” is essentially a filter filled with an infusion agent – often whole-leaf hops, but in this case, coffee beans—placed inline between a keg and the draft tower). Once again, we were blown away by how good the combination was. We decided it had to come back, not just as an offshoot but as its own beer in our lineup.
What makes War & Peace special? It isn’t just a stout with coffee added; it’s an entirely new beer. All aspects of the beer are transformed by the coffee. The dark roast aroma leaps from the glass. The acidity of the coffee provides a counterbalance to the sweetness of the 9.5% stout, while the subtler notes of the beans round off the roasty character that roasted barley, Midnight Wheat, and chocolate malt contribute to the beer. The head is darker and creamier; even the mouthfeel is richer.
War & Peace has become Fulton’s most beloved seasonal release, and this week, it’s available in our taproom, on draft in bars and restaurants, and in bottles. If you take home a four-pack, we suggest drinking it sooner than later. While an imperial stout such as Worthy Adversary will age very well, the delicate coffee oils in War & Peace subside relatively quickly. The beer will still evolve and be enjoyable as it ages, but the coffee character will be diminished.
Fulton has made it's way into the nominations for Growler Magazine's Kind Of A Big Deal awards for 2017! And, not once, not twice, but 3 times! We've got Lonely Blonde in the American Blonde Ale category, 300 is representing in the IPA category, and our newest year-round beer HOPSTAR, is in the mix for Session Beer. So Fulton supporters, we're asking you to click on over to The Growler's voting page and show us a little love. Voting ends November 13th, so don't miss the chance to cast a vote for your favorite (Fulton, wink wink) beers.
Want to race in the dark?
If you find that question even mildly relevant to you, then we think you might want to read ahead. This weekend we're headed to Crystal and taking over the park at Lions Valley Place Park. Meet us for day and night racing, hijinx and a free Saturday night beer garden. Yeah. We typed that right. (21+, bring your ID)
Back-to-back days of cyclocross racing hosted by All-City X Fulton Racing. We'll do what we did last year and make some pretty big changes to the course from day 1 to day 2. Saturday's racing begins at 3:30pm with most fields run under the lights, providing a party atmosphere perfect for the FREE Fulton Beer beer garden built right into the course! Beer will be served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday only. Bring ID, you'll definitely get carded regardless of age. The race is free for spectators, so come out and enjoy a Fulton while cheering on the racers. Sunday's racing begins at 10am and follows the normal MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year schedule. Both days feature free kids races (4:30pm Saturday, Noon on Sunday).
Racing is open to all skill levels, even those who have never raced before. New for this year, all one-day USA Cycling licenses for beginners are FREE thanks to race sponsor Subaru. If you're new to 'cross and need some advice about which category to choose or what to expect, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you started down the correct path.
On November 1st, 2016, Fulton lost one of our family members, Greg Sincheff, to depression. Greg’s loss was felt by everyone in our company, from those who had just met him to friends he worked alongside and had known for half of his life. To honor Greg’s memory, we released a Northeast-style IPA titled “Grog”, which was his nickname. $1 from each pint of Grog sold at the taproom was donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
A year later, the beer first known as Grog is returning under a new name, “Specter.” The word Specter is defined as “a visible incorporeal spirit; ghost; phantom; or apparition.” The name is intended to continue honoring Greg’s memory. He is no longer here with us in the flesh, but we want his spirit to remain visible. This beer is one way for us to remember him. It is also an opportunity to bring visibility and awareness to suicide prevention. We will continue to do so each year this beer appears, by donating $1 for every pint sold at the taproom to the AFSP, and also by opening a dialogue on mental health issues which are all too often invisible.
The artwork on the can is inspired by the “Sugar Skull” commonly associated with the “The Day of the Dead,” a holiday observed each year on November 1st. It is a time traditionally set aside to honor loved ones who have died. Fulton first used the Sugar Skull image in our taproom in September 2016, to commemorate the Death of the Growler. We have brought back the Sugar Skull for Specter, as the day of Greg’s death coincides with this day of remembrance of the dead.
Specter will be available in 4pks of 16oz cans and on draft beginning Monday 10/16.