And that means lots and lots of beer leading up to Saturday's festival. Whether or not you're attending ABR, great beer abounds this week. We'll be out and about tapping special casks and limited release beers across the metro area. Also, our neighbors over at Cuzzy's will be serving up Sweet Child of Vine dirty pork stew and Lonely Blonde-battered walleye all week long. So stop in for lunch or dinner, and have a darn fine brew with a darn good meal.
LIBERTINE FIRKIN - MONDAY, 9/23
The Bulldog NE will be tapping a cask of the Libertine, our Imperial Red Ale, and one of only a few that will be available this year. This Imperial Red Ale is so good cask-conditioned, we almost wish we could put all of it in firkins.
WISE ACRE EATERY DINNER - MONDAY, 9/23
Our friends at Wise Acre Eatery have put together a special three course dinner, paired with Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, and War & Peace. If you've never been to Wise Acre, tonight would be a great time to make your first visit. Wise Acre is run by the same great people behind Tangletown Gardens. Beth, the head chef, is a master of her craft, and at any given time, 80-90% of the ingredients in her kitchen are sourced from their farm just an hour west of here. Call right away to make your reservations - seats are filling up fast as this three course dinner is a steal at $45!
GET IN THE RING! STOUT BOUT 2013 - WEDNESDAY, 9/25
Eight stouts battle it out at Bryant Lake Bowl! Wednesday's card will feature four specific battles: Coffee Battle, Bourbon Barrel Battle, Across the Pond Battle, and Clash of the Titans. The matchup pits two flights of four pours each; both flights will be available at $15 each. Our own War & Peace joins a formidable fracas that includes North Coast's Old Rasputin, Liftbridge's Irish Coffee Stout, Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Surly's Darkness. The throwdown starts at 5:00. It's tough to call the outcome in advance, but one thing is certain: with all of the heavyweights in this fight, the last one standing won't be you.
SISU SAHTI AT THE BACHELOR FARMER - WEDNESDAY, 9/25
Askov Finlayson - the cool men's store next door to the Bachelor Farmer and just blocks away from our brewery - is throwing a party to launch a new clothing brand and a new website for the store. To celebrate, there will be tasty snacks from the Bachelor Farmer, a bar from Marvel Bar, and a special beer from the Fulton Brewers' Series created just for this event by two of our brewers, Mike Salo and Matt Moon. We're tapping a single keg of an 'American Sahti' (our twist on a traditional Finnish Sahti style) called the Sisu Sahti, which rings in at a very sessionable 5.3%. This is the only keg we brewed of the Sisu Sahti, so if you don't stop out, well, you get the idea.
BEERVANA FLIGHT NIGHT - THURSDAY, 9/26
Ginger Hop in NE Minneapolis will be pouring $6 flights to help you along in your quest to acheive beervana. (We're assuming you are, in fact, on a quest of this nature). These three-beer flights will be featuring Bell's Hopsolution, Lagunitas Censored, and our very own Libertine Imperial Red Ale. Stop by for the beer, stay for the food. And maybe some more beer.
ALE JAIL ANNIVERSARY PARTY - FRIDAY, 9/27
The Ale Jail's annual anniversary party is here, and that means from 4-7 on Friday, you can stop by the store and sample some great beers (and some wine) in their back parking lot. The event is free of charge, and a ton of fun.
THE HAPPY GNOME WELCOMES FALL - FRIDAY, 9/27
The Happy Gnome will be helping all of us ring in the new season and the crisp cool weather that comes with it by tapping The Libertine and War & Peace! Both beers will start flowing at 5:00. Two great beers, one great bar (and rumor has it, lots of great whiskey, if it gets to that point). Happy Friday!