An OG among the garage taproom lot, Fulton might be one of Minnesota’s best-kept secrets. Its Sweet Child of Vine is a hoppy-sweet staple, and the Lonely Blonde is a reliable lunch-pail kind of brew. Doing simple things exceptionally well has been Fulton's calling card, but there’s plenty of creativity to be found as well. Its taproom, which just launched a permanent Airstream-housed kitchen from chef Joe Majeski, is full of playful beers that are sometimes so good they have to become a permanent fixture like the Mosaic-hopped 300. It’s also ideally situated for grabbing catching a Twins or Timberwolves game.
Winter Seasonal to Try: 300 Brut IPA (7% ABV)
Fulton is getting on the Brut train with a new mixed pack. The four-pack has two variations on 300, a west coast IPA crammed full of Mosaic hops. The 300 Mango is a solid drink, and the mango isn’t overwhelming. However, the star of the show is the Brut IPA variation.
Holidazzle continues at Loring Park in Minneapolis this weekend. Along with the festive fun are a number of food and drink offerings. (3:38) WCCO Saturday Morning - Dec. 8, 2018
Leah Wong from the Minneapolis Downtown Council gives a look on what to expect from the annual holiday tradition this year, including the Fulton Holidazzle Cold Press Proper Porter.
Blonde Ale – Fulton Lonely Blonde
Can a beer that’s so well loved really be lonely? We’re not convinced, but we do know that Fulton’s slightly sweet, always smooth blonde ale has captured your hearts and your taste buds.
Holidazzle is up and running at Loring Park through Dec. 23 (shown in the above photo, by the Star Tribune's Aaron Lavinsky). The themed refreshments include a cold-press-coffee-infused Holidazzle Proper Porter from Fulton; Sociable Cider Werks’ Fat Bike Hot Mulled Apple Cider; and Kramarczuk’s Holidazzle Sausage stuffed with cranberries and wild rice. Other vendors will have paella, pierogies, smoothies, pancakes and cookie cups. (612-376-7669, holidazzle.com)
Despite its many transformations over the years, Holidazzle continues to thrive. Once a nightly parade, these days Holidazzle is a yuletide village that celebrates Minnesota’s unique character. Hosted by Loring Park, the festival boasts an array of diversions for all ages, including complimentary ice skating, outdoor movie screenings, live music, and fireworks. Santa Claus will be making the rounds, and there will be a special kids’ zone stocked with slides, mazes, and a climbing wall. Adults will find their own form of refuge in the Fulton beer garden, where the Minneapolis brewery is tapping the Holidazzle exclusive Proper Porter. Those hankering for further sustenance will find a wide assortment of local vendors serving up a smorgasbord of food and drink. At the holiday market shoppers can peruse handcrafted gifts, jewelry, apparel, and more. As for those seeking a reminder of Holidazzle’s classic light shows, Christopher Lutter-Gardella’s Wolf and Moose, an interactive twinkling art installation (made from 90% recycled materials), will return. For the daily lineup and more info, visit www.holidazzle.com. 5-10 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis.
And don't forget Holidazzle! There's new food at the Loring Park holiday spectacular, including North Mallow for roasting on Friday bonfires, Lady A's Cupcakes, I Look So Good Smoothies, and on Sundays, you can tuck into some Holidazzle Hash from Kabomlette while sipping on Micheladas in the Fulton Beer Garden.
On the Other Hand from Fulton Brewing and Left Hand Brewing: This super-delicious, limited edition beer brings together two of my favorite trends: collaborations and Brut IPAs.
Like other bruts, this beer is bone dry, with little to no residual sweetness. That allows the sparkly, tropical hops to really shine. Obscene amounts of Mosaic and Galaxy hops are added late in the process, which means they bring all the flavor with very little bitterness.
Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 23:The Minneapolis holiday tradition Holidazzle has settled in to Loring Park for five weekends of festivities. New attractions this year include: The Thwing, an interactive multiperson swing; sleigh rides to and from downtown on Nicollet; photo ops inside giant snow globes; storytime on Sundays; s’mores stations with specialty marshmallows on Friday nights; and drag queen bingo at the Fulton Beer Garden on Friday nights. Returning faves include fireworks, movie nights, Santa meet-and-greets, bonfires and warming houses, food and shopping and free ice skating.
Some new features like a Sunday brunch, Friday night s’mores and rafts and records in the Fulton beer tent are also open to festival-goers.
Holidazzle has it all. Whether you want to meet Santa, get some Christmas shopping done or go on a sleigh ride, all your Christmas-themed excitement can be found at Loring Park.