We're bigger than beer


Posted Thursday August 22, 2013
Pronto pups, cheese curds, and Fulton!


It’s that time again!  Today is the first day of the great Minnesota get together, so get ready for multiple visits, MN nice crowds, the biggest pig you’ve ever seen, and more food than anyone could possibly eat in 12 days.  And while the all-you-can-drink milk stand might be your best bet for washing down the tub of Sweet Martha’s cookies, we think a cold Fulton is your best pairing for just about anything else at the fair (pairs well with another Fulton as well!).  Here’s a map (and some more details) to help you find the 7 spots you can grab one:

L-31 – While checking out a horse show at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum, you can grab a bottle of Lonely Blonde at the concession stands inside. V-12 – Giggles Campfire Grill, Located at Cooper St. & Lee Ave. in The North Woods, will have Sweet Child of Vine on Draught.  Stop by for a beer on their brand new, and beautiful, Timber Frame patio, and grab a few of their famous walleye cakes or an Elk Burger while you’re there. K-27 – Coasters, Located on Liggett St. & Carnes Ave, will be serving bottles of Lonely Blonde. M-27 – Café Caribe, Located on Carnes Ave. & Clough St., will be pouring Sweet Child of Vine to pair with their delicious crab cakes, taco slider trio, and the live music playing on their stage in the back. K-27 – Frontier Bar, Located on south side of Carnes Ave. between Clough St. and Liggett St., will be serving bottles of Lonely Blonde.  Saddle up partner. N-21 – Planning on checking out a show at the Grandstand this year?  Well, you can get a Sweet Child of Vine on draught in the Minnesota Craft Beers section on either side of the stage while you’re there. T-28 – The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild will have the same spot as last year in the West Hall of the Agriculture Horticulture Building.  They’ll be serving up some education regarding the role of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild along with interactive and static displays showing the brewing industries longtime linkage to Minnesota agriculture and heritage.  The science and process of brewing beer will also be displayed, and individual craft brewers from around the state will be on site to discuss their unique brews and breweries (we’ll be there talking this Saturday at 6:00).  Oh, and they’ll also have flights of a variety of Minnesota craft beers available for sale.


Not a fan of the fair?  Really?  Well, we’ll just assume that you moved to Minnesota recently, and we’ll give you some time to come around.  In the meantime, you can stop out to Sea Salt this weekend for a Fulton Patio Party!  We’ll have a tap trailer parked outside on Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 – 9:00, pouring Lonely Blonde, The Ringer, Sweet Child of Vine, and Fulton Mild.  A softshell crab sammie or catfish Po’Boy, and a few afternoon beers at Sea Salt?  You didn’t really want to head back to work after lunch, did you?


Posted Tuesday August 20, 2013
You’ll never guess the secret ingredient!
These chewy blondie bars are guaranteed to draw a crowd, so the
ale may be Lonely, but you certainly won't be!
This recipe yields about 4 dozen bars, which is perfect for a party. We suppose you
could halve the recipe to make less, but...why?
1 ½ c. (3 sticks) butter
3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
3 eggs
1 (12 oz.) bottle Lonely Blonde
1 T. salt
4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. granola
1-2 c. mix-ins (dates, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips... use your
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and set aside 3 square baking pans, or 2 9x13” pans, 3 9” cake plates, or 1 giant bar pan.
1.)  Unwrap the 3 sticks of butter, place in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on
high for 1 minute to partially melt butter.
2.)  Open the beer. Measure out and set aside 1 c. for baking. Drink the rest and
give some serious thought to how great your life is at this moment. Repeat
with a second bottle if necessary.
3.)  In an electric mixer, beat the partially melted butter on medium until smooth.
Mix in the brown sugar and beat on high for 2-3 minutes to cream the butter
and sugar (mixture should increase slightly in size, which means it’s captured
some air).
4.)  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition to incorporate fully.
5.)  Scrape the sides of the bowl, turn the mixer on low, and slowly pour in beer
until fully incorporated. Beat on high another minute. Mixture should have
grown again (plus, now it smells awesome!).
6.)  Add flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing carefully after each addition. Repeat until
the mixture has taken in all of the flour (note—in low humidity or high
altitude conditions, you may need to slightly reduce the amount of flour).
7.)  Mix in the granola (quickly pat yourself on the back for making something so
healthy!) and whatever other mix-ins strike your fancy. Dates pair
ridiculously well with the Lonely Blonde, and coconut gives a great,
chewy texture to these bars. There was a big debate here at the brewery
about the merits of butterscotch versus chocolate, but before it came to
blows, we all agreed that the best solution would be to just add both.
8.)  Bake for 30-40 minutes. If you’re using dark pans, reduce oven temperature
to 325°F. If you have the patience to allow the bars to cool completely in the
pans, even overnight, you’ll need less colforful language to help remove the
bars from the pan (if you want them to look pretty on a serving plate, that is).
Then again, you and your friends could each just grab a fork. We’re just


Posted Thursday August 8, 2013
Is it Friday yet?


The North Loop neighborhood is the place to be this weekend. On Friday, we're finally christening our newly-finished patio with a grand opening celebration. If you're still thirsty after that, Saturday is an even bigger day, with not one but two festivals in the North Loop. Read on for more delicious details.


If you've visited our taproom anytime this year, you've noticed we've had all sorts of construction going on. This spring it was a bathroom remodel, and as summer rolled around, we started building a patio in our (former) parking lot. The patio has been unofficially open for several weeks now, but just this week we finally put the finishing touches on the landscaping. It's been quite the undertaking, so it only seems right that we do a proper grand opening. How's this for grand? When we open tomorrow at 3:00, we'll have no less than ten Fultons on tap for your enjoyment in the delightful 79 degree sunny afternoon. Count 'em up: that's every beer we've ever released,* plus one. That means Barrel-aged LibertineWar & PeaceInsurrection, and ExpatWorthy AdversaryMild, and Ringer; and of course, Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde. We're even tapping a new black farmhouse ale, which is the latest entry in our small batch Brewer's Series. Fair warning: some of the harder-to-find beers (we're looking at you, Insurrection) will go quickly. *Apart from one-offs such as our taproom-only "Brewers Series" and our Great Lakes collaboration from last fall. If we could go back in time and rescue a keg of each of these, we would.


Go ahead and cancel your Saturday plans now, because it's almost guaranteed you'll have more fun hanging out at the festivals our North Loop neighbors are planning. In fact, you may want to cancel your Sunday plans too... First, Smack Shack is throwing Crayfest 2013, and yes, it's what you're hoping for: for a $40 ticket, you get all the crayfish you can eat (featuring Minnesota crayfish), all the beer & hurricanes you can drink, and all the live music you can listen to. The party runs from noon to 8:00, with live music from Year of the Horse, The Devine Collection, Root City Band, Hard Luck and Tambuca. Anytime after 6:00, head just a block down Washington Ave to Cuzzy's parking lot, where North Loop Fest will be taking place until 10:00. In addition to Cuzzy's, North Loop favorites The LoopJD Hoyt's, and Darby's will be bringning the food, and there will again be enough Fulton to go around. Flash Mob! will be providing the live tunes. Tickets are $15. Also, if you're looking to get a little physical and mental exercise between Saturday's festivities, check out the Twin Cities Urban Dash