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Artenbru Update

ARTENBRU is shifting gears.

We were told several months ago that sampling the beers would be on the up and up, but The Man came calling this week to tell us a different story. So sadly, the fantastic beers our BRUmasters created will have to stay in the keg a little longer.

But that’s the end of the bad news.

The good news: ARTENBRU will still take place tomorrow, FRIDAY, NOV. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown. You’ll still see great posters. Pints of Surly Furious and Fulton Lonely Blonde will still be available all night for only $2. DJ Double Trouble will still be spinning records — vinyl style — starting at 9:00 p.m. . And of course, you’ll still have chance to win some great prizes in our raffle.

The good people of ARTENBRU, we will see you tomorrow at 8:00!

Please let us know if you have specific questions by emailing us at:

CHEERS! Nick, Sam and James


  1. Pitmonkey says:

    The question of where and when you can pour homebrew has come up several times recently. I am curious who called and said it could not be poured. From what I understand there is nothing in the books saying whether it can or can’t be served, so it would be good to know who is saying it can’t.

  2. Ben says:

    Pitmonkey: Most likely there has been a law on the books for quite some time but people have just turned their heads or were unaware of it. After 22 years, the Oregon state fair had to stop their homebrew competition this year due to laws that do not allow it. I wouldn’t be surprised if MN had similar laws in place. It’s also in the interpretation of the laws.

    “471.403 License required to produce alcoholic liquor; exception. (1) No person shall brew, ferment, distill, blend or rectify any alcoholic liquor unless licensed so to do by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. However, the Liquor Control Act does not apply to the making or keeping of naturally fermented wines and fruit juices or beer in the home, for home consumption and not for sale.”

  3. Dan says:

    With the Oregon deal, it was a law about serving to the “public.”

    Here, it was about charging money for admission to the event and serving homebrew, technically selling it. No homebrew can be served when commerce is taking place,

  4. Ben says:

    Dan: That makes sense.

  5. Duke says:

    Yeah, I would think that if the beer was free there would not have been any issues. Probably more complicated than that though. I am curious to know the specifics.

  6. Zeller says:

    I would be very curious to know as well. I’ve glanced around a few mn .gov sites but haven’t found anything in plain terms about when you can and cannot serve homebrew.

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