A COLLAB BEER WITH DANGEROUS MAN, PROSCIUTTO FEST, KRAFTSKIVA, & MORE

TONIGHT: MORE PROSCIUTTO THAN YOU'VE EVER SEEN IN ONE PLACE (THAT'S A GOOD THING)

Tonight (July 31st) at The Muse Event Center: celebrate your love for local beer and Italian charcuterie at Cured and Crafted. The Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma is pairing Minneapolis’ top chefs with the city’s finest craft brewers for a night of pigging out on Prosciutto di Parma and awesome beer. Eight local chefs will each serve a bespoke dish created just for the event and featuring Prosciutto di Parma. Better yet, each dish will be paired with a carefully chosen beer from a lineup of local breweries that includes Indeed, Dangerous Man, Bauhaus, and of course, Fulton. We're paired up with Chef Erick Weed from Rinata, who knows a thing or two about Italian cooking. Other chefs include Beth Fischer from Wise Acre, Landon Schoenefeld from Haute Dish, and Stewart Woodman from Union. Jason DeRusha is on hand to emcee the event, and Jake Rudh from The Current will be spinning the tunes, so the quality of entertainment will match the quality of food & beer.

FRIDAY: SAMPLE 100+ CRAFT BEERS AT NORTHGATE LIQUORS

In the northern suburbs and looking to pick up some craft beer for the weekend? Kickstart the fun and swing through Northgate Liquors in Blaine  between 6:30 and 8:30, where you'll find 100+ beers to sample from Fulton and other breweries, as well as the House of Hunger food truck.

SATURDAY: KRAFTSKIVA @ THE BACHELOR FARMER

Whether or not you have Scandinavian ancestry, you're in Minnesota, so you should consider it your state-patriotic duty to attend The Bachelor Farmer's Kraftskiva festival each year. The 3rd annual party takes place Saturday from 5-10, and features loads of crayfish, local music, and beers by yours truly - including a Lingenberry Lonely Blonde specially infused just for this event. It's only $5 to get in, and the weather is supposed to be perfect on Saturday. See you there.

SUNDAY: IN CAHOOTS! FULTON & DANGEROUS MAN PAIR UP

Save part of your Sunday for the 8th Annual Red Stag Block Party - this year retitled as "In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft." It's happening from 2pm-8pm outside the Red Stag, and it's free to get in. The Red Stag & The Growler are putting on the event, which is Minneapolis's first ever collaboration festival. Eight Minnesota breweries formed four teams to create four new collaboration beers that will debut at the party. You vote on the best brew, and better yet, a portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team's chosen local charity. In Cahoots! teams are: August Schell & Sociable Cider Werks Fulton & Dangerous Man Bang & Summit Bent Paddle & Fitger's We, of course, will be casting our vote for The 13th Task, which is the Golden Ale hopped with Mosaic & Medusa that we brewed with Dangerous Man. It came out of the tanks this week and it's delightful. Don't take our word for it - have one yourself on Sunday.

MONDAY: SW BURBS BEER FEAST & FEST

Let's be honest: your Monday evenings are boring. So why not head to Tavern 4 & 5 in Eden Prairie for beers from 8 local brewers and pairings to boot? We can't think of a reason why not either. A $45 ticket gets you 8 delicious beer/food pairings and a rock solid excuse to do something interesting with your Monday. The event runs from 4-8.

ALL-STAR WEEKEND, EXPANDED DISTRIBUTION, NEW GARAGE SERIES BEER, & MORE!

Every month is a new adventure at the brewery, but July 2014 will be one of the most memorable in Fulton's five year history. We're commissioning our new brewery, adding distribution, expanding taproom hours and premises, and releasing a new beer, all while preparing to participate in the excitement the MLB All-Star game will bring to Target Field and the North Loop neighborhood.

ALL-STAR WEEKEND & OTHER TAPROOM NEWS

Next Sunday-Tuesday, Target Field is hosting the 2014 MLB All-Star festivities, and our taproom is geared up to keep all of you baseball fans refreshed and entertained. Here's a rundown of just some of the fun. Expanded beer garden: Just in time for the heart of summer, we've expanded our patio! The new beer garden area will include a mobile bar, so you'll be able to visit the food truck and get a fresh Fulton without even going indoors. Sunday taproom hours: Thanks to new Minnesota legislation this spring, brewery taprooms can now open on Sundays! We'll be open from 11-11 on this coming Sunday for All-Star festivities, but will also be open on pursuant Sundays, baseball game or not. Note that growler sales are still not legal on Sundays, so you'll have to enjoy your Fulton(s) on the premises. Food trucks & bands: Each day from Friday - Tuesday, we have a collection of food trucks and live music to please your ears and satisfy your hunger. See the full lineup on the right. Not to worry if you don't have tickets to the game -- you can still join us for a beer and an entertaining weekend.

NEW GARAGE SERIES BEER: DESIGNATED BITTER

Brewed just for All-Star weekend, we're excited to release the Designated Bitter, an English-style Premium Bitter ale. Designated Bitter steps up to the plate as a session beer of 4.3% ABV and 40 IBU. It will be available only at a handful of downtown Minneapolis bars, as well as on draft and in growlers at the taproom beginning today.

FIND FULTON IN FARGO

We're pleased to announce that Fulton is now available in Fargo-Moorhead! Fulton has partnered with Bergseth Brothers to distribute our beers in the Fargo area, as well as in Western Minnesota all the way to Park Rapids, and in eastern North Dakota as far as Jamestown. Availability in the new territory will be draft only in the first few months, until we're able to begin shipping beer from the new brewery in August - September.

FIRST BREW AT THE NEW BREWERY - 7.9.14

Ten months after getting the keys to our new building, we're brewing our very first batch today! Building the brewery has been a monumental effort; what we've lacked in sleep and days off over the last year we've attempted to make up with caffeine and SBA loans. The roller coaster ride of startup work is far from complete, but nonetheless the hiss of steam and the sweet aroma of wort coming to a boil are a warm sensory greeting from the first of many brew days in NE Minneapolis. We're not sure of the right way to express our gratitude to all of our customers, families, friends, suppliers, and everyone else who has supported us along the way, so we'll do so in the best way we know how, by brewing another batch of extraordinary beer.

MEET THE RANDONNEUR, OUR ALL NEW SUMMER SEASONAL

This year, for the first time ever, we've brewed a true summer seasonal, The Randonneur. We'll get it out of the way right now: it's pronounced "ran-doe-near," or at least something close to that. Nobody's really sure. You can call it Rando for short, if you'd like, and if you didn't snag a sneak preview at the Fulton Gran Fondo, you can get your first pint today at Grumpy's NE, or Wednesday in our taproom. Evocative of the day-long bicycle touring rides for which it is named, The Randonneur is a summery saison brewed with German malt, Australian hops, French yeast, and American flair. Melon and tropical fruit notes breeze through a crisp, dry palate, and at just 4.1% ABV, it's the perfectly refreshing companion to your summer's adventures - whether by bike, boat, or barbecue. Randonneur will be available all summer on draft throughout our Minnesota distribution territories and in the taproom on draft ($5/pint) and in growlers ($13). Bottles won't be available until next year.

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR A TANGLETOWN CSA!

There's only a short time left to sign up for Tangletown Garden’s CSA Program. You’ll receive 18 weeks of farm fresh sustainably grown produce. For convenience you can pick up at our brewery on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. Of course, we won't mind if you stay for a bit and grab a pint! To sign up today, call Tangletown at 612.822.4769, or do it online. Don't miss out on Minnesota's bountiful summer produce. We're only a few weeks away from your first pick up!

THERE'S NO EXCUSE TO GO THIRSTY THIS MONTH

...because we have a great lineup of events on the docket. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Head over to Blackbird this Wednesday (6/4) for a tap takeover. In addition to perennial favorites, they'll have Randonneur, Mild, and Maitrise on tap.

Part 1 of a Sunday June 8th double header celebrating Open Streets MPLS takes place at French Meadow Bluestem Bar. Beer, games, and great food from 10-4.

Open Streets double header, Part 2: Uptown Tavern is having us & our friends from Indeed Brewing bring 8 draft beers each to pair with a pig roast. Need we say more?

WE'RE EXPANDING DISTRIBUTION, AND A NEW BREWERY UPDATE TOO

IT'S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A BREWERY IN HERE

March and April have been exciting times for Fulton. Our new brewery in Northeast Minneapolis has transformed from a shell of a warehouse filled with construction debris to looking like a bona fide brewery. While there is still plenty of work to complete before the first cases of Sweet Child of Vine roll off our bottling line, that day is finally visible on the horizon. Until then, take a quick virtual tour of the new digs.

FULTON: NOW AVAILABLE IN ST. CLOUD, BRAINERD & (SLIGHTLY) BEYOND

Starting this week, all you beer lovers throughout Central Minnesota will finally find Fulton a little closer to home -- or the cabin, as it may be. We've partnered with C&L Distributing to bring Sweet Child of Vine, Lonely Blonde, The Ringer, and more to your local watering hole. The first few months will be draft only, and later this year as our new brewery comes online, bottles will be coming as well. We'll be travelling through the area all summer doing release events and special tappings, so if you see us out, come say hi and we'll buy you a beer.

THE FULTON GRAN FONDO IS ALMOST HERE

May 10th is just around the corner! The first ever Fulton Gran Fondo is two Saturdays away. If you enjoy bikes, beers, bands--or all of the above--you should be here. If you're up for the 100 mile bike ride, be sure to register ahead of time, and be here ahead of the 9:00 start time. The block party starts at 2:00 and goes til 8:00. You'll have the chance to enjoy live music from four bands and eats from three food trucks, and to cheer on the bikers as they return from their century ride. The party's free and it's the first chance to try our new summer seasonal, The Randonneur, so there's no excuse not to be here.

2 GARAGE SERIES BEERS OUT THIS WEEK! PLUS, JOIN US AT THE TAPROOM TODAY TO CELERBATE EARTH DAY.

MAITRISE IFA LAUNCHES IN THE TAPROOM ON SATURDAY

Maitrise (“May-treese”; translates from French as “expertise” or “mastery”) is a new world imperial farmhouse ale crafted as a tribute to the creativity, dedication, and ingenuity required by the profession of brewing. As a truly original blend of American & German wheat & barley malts, New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops, and French saison yeast, Maitrise defies classification and convention. It’s an unexpected 9.5% ABV and 80 IBU, brilliant with tropical fruit, yet balanced with a tart palate that finishes soft and dry. Maitrise is out at local draft accounts this week, and will be launching at the taproom ($5/12 oz pour; $18 growlers) on Saturday at noon. As with all Garage Series releases, it will only be around for a short time.

MPLS MILD: AVAILABLE NOW

Making its second Garage Series appearance, MPLS Mild returned this year with a new name, modified recipe, and the same all-day drinkability of last year's version. Now nearly a forgotten style, Mild ale originates from England, where less than a century ago it represented the majority of beer brewed there. At 4.0% ABV, MPLS Mild is the definition of a session beer. Six grains, including flaked oats and Britain’s prized Maris Otter, lend it a garnet brown color, silky mouthfeel and surprisingly substantial body. The Mild greets your palate with a subtle interplay of nutty, roasty, and toffee malt character. It’s so easy to drink, you’ll soon find yourself ordering another, and another – if our brewers haven’t finished it all already. MPLS Mild is available now through May in pints ($4) and growlers ($10) in the taproom, as well as on draft in select metro accounts.

EARTH DAY AT THE TAPROOM -- TODAY, APRIL 22ND

Today is Earth Day! We're opening the taproom at 3:00, and $2 of every pint sold today will go towards planting trees in the North Loop neighborhood this summer! You can eat Gastrotruck; listen to Mississippi Hot Club; sign up for a Tangletown Gardens CSA; and learn about some local organizations doing great work - Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)Friends of the Mississippi River, and Slow Food USA. We will also tap a very limited Brewers Series Beer made with Gorst Valley Hops and organic malt from Malterie Frontenac. See you there!

JOIN US MAY 10TH FOR THE FULTON GRAN FONDO!

Like bikes, bands, and beers? Then save May 10th on your calendar for the Fulton Gran Fondoa 100 mile bike ride and block party presented by Blood Sweat Chemo, Inc at our new brewery in NE Minneapolis. If you're up for several hours in the saddle, the 100 mile ride departs at 9 AM from the new brewery. It's a spirited ride, not a race, so regardless of your compeitive disposition, it will be fun. The $25 registration gets you into the ride, a t-shirt, a commemorative pint glass, and 2 beers at the block party as well. The block party runs from 2:00 to 8:00 pm, and is free & open to all. There will be $5 beers all day, including the first tapping of The Randonneur, our all-new Summer Saison, and food truck offerings from Get SaucedMidNord Empanda, and Cafe Racer.  Live music will be provided by All Tomorrow's Petty, Tramps Like Us, Wangs, & Drew Peterson and the Dead Pigeons. The Fulton Gran Fondo is an event by Blood Sweat Chemo, and all proceeds that BSC raises will go to benefit the Minnesota Cycling Centeran upcoming NE Minneapolis cycle racing and education hub built to serve cyclists of all stripes and function as a multi-purpose event center. Check out theirwebsite to learn more about the Center and how to help make their vision a reality for Northeast Minneapolis.

SPRING IS NEAR.

THE EXPAT IS BACK IN BARS TODAY & TAPROOM TOMORROW

Reason #1 to believe spring is almost here: The Expat, our spring seasonal, is back! If you didn't come across it last year, Expat was Fulton's first production beer fermented with a yeast other than our house ale yeast. The combination of the French saison yeast, a heavy addition of rye into the grain bill, and Sterling hops makes for a unique take on the classic saison heritage: The Expat is crisp, dry and refreshing, punctuated by a pronounced spicy character that makes it both a delightful food pairing and great on its own. Get your first Expat of the season this evening from our neighbors over at Smack Shack. They'll be preparing a special Fat Tuesday feast alongside their delicious daily menu items. Then, starting tomorrow, you can get Expat in pints ($5) and growlers ($13/fill) in the taproom. Expat will be available (once again it will be draft only this year) in bars & restaurants across the metro area throughout the spring.

FARM-SHARE (CSA) SIGN-UPS HAPPENING NOW

Reason #2 to believe spring is almost here: Our friends at Tangletown Gardens are taking sign-ups for CSAs!  Tangletown offers two options, a full share and a half share. Each is chock full of a delicious and ever-changing variety of locally grown produce, so the decision is just a matter of how much you and your family can eat. As in years past, our downtown brewery is one of several pickup location options. This year's brewery pickup day will be on Wednesdays from 4-6 -- which coincides nicely with our taproom hours, we might add. You can sign up on Tangletown's website,via mail, or by picking up a form next time you swing by our taproom. The deadline to sign up is March 15th, so don't let it slip to the bottom of your list.

WAR & PEACE BRUNCH FRIDAY, PLUS MORE MARCH EVENTS

We have some great events on the docket for March. This Friday, Lyndale Taphouse will have a War & Peace brunch special featuring two delightful breakfast entree options, a glass of War & Peace and a bottomless cup of Peace Coffee, all for just $10.95. On Sunday, March 16th, let's head to Butcher & The Boar to celebrate their 2nd birthday! And (thankfully) unlike most 2 year olds, B&TB is really into beer. They will be celebrating with 10 Fulton beers on tap (including two never-before served) as well as a custom cocktail concotion featuring our brewery-made Citrus Ginger Ale. Need more March distractions? Check out our events calendar for more.

WAR & PEACE RETURNS ON SATURDAY

It's nearly February, and fans of coffee stouts already know that means the return of War & Peace is imminent. Beginning at noon on Saturday in our taproom, it will be available -- as is the case with all Garage Series -- for a very limited period of time. The taproom will be offering $6 (10 oz) pours and 750mL bottles to go for $15 each (limit 2, until we run out). To add to the fun, our friends from Peace Coffee will be there sampling their delightful brews as well.

In the following weeks, you'll happen upon War & Peace around the metro on draft and in bottles. Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 6th, when Butcher & the Boar will be tapping not only one of the first War & Peace kegs, but also Patience and one of just a few kegs of Libertine that's been aged in special Butcher & the Boar edition Knob Creek bourbon barrels. Yum.

Never had War and Peace? It's our Russian Imperial Stout conditioned with whole bean Peace Coffee in the tanks. It's an epic work of beer, featuring historic quantities of chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark roast Peace Coffee. Like Tolstoy's masterpiece, it may take some time to finish, but by the end, we think you'll find yourself better for the effort.

SO, WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE NEW BREWERY?

Many, many things. Our contractors have been busy setting floor drains, tiling in the brewing, fermentation, and packaging areas, framing new walls, installing hangers for glycol runs, preparing steam piping, painting...and that's just this week! Early January saw the completion of process plumbing, pouring 8,000 square feet of new concrete, and much more.

The building renovations are rapidly nearing completion, and meanwhile, our brewing equipment is getting closer and closer. We already received our glycol chillers, and in just a few short weeks, we'll be receiving our fermentation tanks and boilers. From there, it won't be long before the brewhouse and bottling line arrive. Check out some more progress photos below.

Setting the trench drain in the brewhouse area and framing in the boiler room walls (background).

Painting!

One of six 160 barrel fermenters getting ready for its trip to Minneapolis.

GARAGE SERIES #6: PATIENCE -- RELEASE THIS SATURDAY

The recent arctic cold spell has had most of our state bundled up indoors, wondering if it will ever be safe -- or sane -- to venture outdoors again. Just when we thought we couldn't endure any longer, it looks like temperatures might spike not just above zero, but all the way above freezing this weekend.

That alone is reason enough to leave your lair, and here's another: when the taproom opens on Saturday, we'll have our new barleywine, Patience, available on tap ($6/10 oz pour) and in bottles to go ($15/750mL).

At 13.2% ABV and 88 IBU, Patience is deserving of its namesake. Grant it the time to warm in your glass, and Patience will reveal layer upon layer of malt complexity. Give it time to age in the bottle, and it will mellow and develop further for up to several years.

At just over 200 cases, this is the smallest bottling run we've ever done. Liquor stores will receive small quantities of bottles next week, and a handful of kegs will make it to bars as well. Patience may be a virtue, but in this case, if you don't act quickly you may be left out in the cold.

 

FIND YOUR FAVORITE FULTON IN DULUTH THIS MONTH

We are pleased to announce that beginning later this month, you'll be able to find Fulton on draft in Duluth. We're launching on Tuesday, January 21st with a beer dinner at Grandma's in Canal Park. Tickets are $55 (including all beer, food, tax & gratuity) and can be reserved by calling 218-727-4192.

The next day, we'll be next door at Grizzly's for a tap takeover. In addition to Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde, expect to see such rare treats as Libertine, Batch 300, and maybe even the all-new Patience.

In the following weeks and months, you'll notice our draft lines all over town, and later this year, bottles will be available in Duluth as well.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PACKAGING BREWERIES -- AND GET A GREAT DEAL ON GROWLERS & PINTS, TOO!

Here's a great excuse to visit more Minnesota breweries and get a discount too: pick up an MNBA Punchcard. The punchcards come in two versions, one for growlers, the other for pints. The growler version retails for $75 and gets you a growler fill (growler deposit not included) at each of 11 participating breweries, while the pint punchcard retails for $35 and can be redeemed at 10 different breweries. The only way to get one is by visiting a participating local brewery. Participating breweries include Fulton, Indeed, Liftbridge, Excelsior, Castle Danger, Steeltoe, 612, Hammerheart, Third Street, Bent Paddle, Jack Pine, Flat Earth, and Northgate. Quantities are limited, so pick one up before they're gone.

What is the MNBA, you ask? Last year, Fulton and nearly two dozen other breweries formed the Minnesota Brewer's Association, a group dedicated to monitoring, protecting, and advancing the legislative interests of Minnesota's packaging breweries. The MNBA made an immediate impact at the Minnesota legislature with our "Save the Growler" campaign, which extended the rights of small breweries to sell growlers. All proceeds from the punchcard sales will go to funding further efforts by the MNBA.

TAPROOM HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS & NEW BREWERY UPDATE

TAPROOM HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

If you're like us, the real Black Friday is today - the day you realize you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, and your last chance to get it done is now. You almost start to panic, then you remember that you can get almost everything you need at the Fulton taproom -- apparel, gift packs, growlers, and most importantly, a chance to stop and enjoy a brief respite from the Christmas frenzy over a pint with friends. Our taproom is open normal hours this weekend. After that, our holiday hours are: December 23rd:              3-6 pm (growler & merchandise sales only; no bar sales) December 24th:              12-4 pm (growler & merchandise sales only; no bar sales) December 25th:              Closed December 26th – 28th:    Open; normal Thursday - Saturday hours December 29th – 31st:    Closed January 1st :                  Open 3-10pm; normal Wednesday - Saturday hours return. You can also check out our taproom calendar for hours and the food truck schedule.

NEW BREWERY CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

We're not to the exciting part just yet, but we're making great progress on our new brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. November and December have been busy preparing for our equipment to arrive. Our contractors have removed concrete, excavated dirt, installed drain pipe and electrical runs, and poured new concrete outdoors for our new glycol chiller and C02 tank. In January, we'll be pouring new concrete and installing tile in our brewhouse, fermentation, and packaging line areas. Beginning in February, equipment starts to arrive. The cellar tanks will come first, followed by the brewhouse and bottling line over the next couple months. After that, it'll be a marathon couple of months as we start to piece everything together. We'll have much more info to come in the upcoming months - for now, enjoy some photos of the progress.

Panorama of Entire Warehouse

Brewhouse Area

New Concrete Pad for Glycol Chiller

WORTHY ADVERSARY: THIS WEEKEND, AND ONWARD.

WORTHY ADVERSARY LAUNCHES THIS SATURDAY

First, we'd like to apologize. We have been bottling Worthy Adversary all week, and we think that may be partially to blame for the present winter storm and pending cold snap. So, sorry about your commute and we hope your snowblower started okay. On the brighter...errr, darker side: you can get your first Worthy Adversary of the season starting on Saturday. When the taproom opens at noon, growlers will be for sale ($18/fill) and the taps will be flowing ($5/12 oz pour). If you haven't had Worthy Adversary before, let us introduce you: it's our winter seasonal, a Russian Imperial Stout. It's rich, roasty, and almost 10% ABV. It's delicious on its own, an almost-too-obvious dessert pairing, and a surprisingly superb match for (or ingredient in) many savory dishes. Starting on Monday, Worthy Adversary kegs will be flowing into bars and restaurants and 750mL bottles will start appearing on liquor store shelves. We brewed more of it this year than ever before, so just like the winter weather, the Worthy is here for the long haul.  

NEED A GIFT FOR THE CYCLIST ON YOUR LIST?

Designed by our friends at Twin Six and Made in the USA, we have these sleek cycling jerseys in both Men's and Women's sizes.

Made of Coolmax fabric, we've found that our cycling socks are great not just for cycling, but really for any activity that you want to keep your feet cool, dry, and looking good -- which is to say, almost anything.

It's a water bottle. What else do you need to know?

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