Category: Grumpy’s NE

Art-A-Whirl 2016

The Electric Fetus and Dangerous Man Brewing have teamed up again for a full day of music and beer on Saturday, May 21st from noon – 10 pm in the parking lot behind the brewery. This year the beer garden will only be serving Dangerous Man beer (last year they teamed up with a few breweries to serve their beers as well) which will include the highly anticipated collaboration beer they made with Surly called Blutpakt.

The food truck lineup is fantastic with the highlight being the BBQ truck Bark and the Bite. Rumor has it that they may just be selling chicken quarters right out of the smoker on Saturday. Oh, also….Chocolate Milk Stout makes for an excellent accompaniment to your breakfast.

Music lineup at Dangerous Man:
12:15 pm Tony Peachka
1:15 pm Still Pacific/Shellycoats
2:15 pm Driftwood Pyre
3:15 pm Rabbit Holes
4:15 pm Tiny Deaths
5:15 pm New Years Steve
6:15 pm Frankie Teardrop
7:15 pm Mike Mictlan
8:15 pm Forever Young Dance Party
Food Trucks:
Hot Indian Foods
Bark and the Bite


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Bauhaus will be hosting The Liquid Zoo which kicks off Friday, May 20th with the “Haus” band Viva Knievel. On Saturday Andrea Swensson from The Current will be there to get things going before a lineup of Jeremy Messersmith, The 4onthefloor, and Sonny Knight and The Lakers take the stage. That’s one hell of a party…


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Indeed will be hosting Whirlygig again and the big highlight will be Charlie Parr who is performing on Sunday, May 22nd at 5 pm. Nate Dogs will be on site slinging wieners along with Blue Door Pub throughout the weekend. The event goes Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd.

Grumpy’s will have the best music lineup on Saturday, May 21st with Babes in Toyland headlining a set that features Romantica and Mississippi Hot Club. Brian Oake from 89.3 The Current will be the emcee for the day. NE Tattoo will be on site in case you want some ink.

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Fair State will be hosting another Art-A-Whirl event but this time it will run both Friday and Saturday. The highlight will be Frankie Lee who takes the stage on Saturday, May 21st at 9 pm.

612Brew will have also have music both Friday and Saturday with a lineup that features Hapduzn and Sara Streitz on Friday. Saturday Nooky Jones and The Satellites will perform while Outlaw Grill and Market BBQ will be cooking up a storm.

Also, be sure to visit the many studios and support local art. After all, that’s what Art-A-Whirl is all about.


NorthGate Celebrates 3 Years


NorthGate opened quietly in Northeast Minneapolis back in 2013 with a capacity of only 500 barrels. With their recent expansion in their new building [they moved in 2014], the brewery is now able to produce 4,500 barrels of beer thanks to some new equipment. “They [two new tanks] make our current ones look tiny” says owner Adam Sjogren. “I can’t even reach the sample valve.”
The brewery also made the move to cans for their flagship brews this past year despite the apparent can shortage affecting the industry. “I can’t get Crown cans at all unless we get bigger. “That being said, I’m never not going to have cans.” The shortage is real, and manufacturers are being forced to give priority to larger breweries. Sjogren says that this could be related to the “bubble bursting” that so many are talking about. “The bubble will burst when there are no more raw supplies.”
According to Adam they are at least a year and half ahead of where they projected they’d be at this time. “I thought we learned our lesson the first time [in their original space], the space is shrinking fast.”
They are planning to celebrate the same as they always have, at Grumpy’s in Northeast on their anniversary which is January 28th beginning at 5 pm. Special casks will be on site and they anticipate a full house in celebration of 3 years. That wasn’t always the case though. At their one year they didn’t know what to expect. “That first anniversary party started at 5 pm and I didn’t think anyone would show up” he says. Instead the place was packed, much to his surprise. Looking back Sjogren can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. “It’s been way better, way faster, and way more challenging.”
The brewery will also host a party on Saturday, January 30th beginning at 10 am. They will be releasing 750 ml bottles of their 2016 Fiddle Smasher which is a Wee Heavy, and also a new Imperial Red Ale (also will debut on tap at Grumpy’s on the 28th) which will both only be available for sale at the tap room. What’s really neat about the deal is that if you buy a pair of this year’s bottles, you can buy a pair of last year’s for $30 as well.
After 3 years and what seems like a lifetime of comradery among industry folks, he seems content doing what loves in the Northeast portion of the city. “It seems to be ingrained [comradery] in the industry, we are closer than the outsiders know.”
If you go:
Thursday, January 28th at 5 pm
Grumpy’s Northeast
2200 4th Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Saturday, January, 30th at 10 am
NorthGate Brewing
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413


More Art-A-Whirl Fun from the Beer World – Fair State, Grumpy’s NE, Bauhaus, Indeed

For the uninitiated, take note. Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. Cool, eh? Art-A-Whirl is your opportunity to tour tons of studios and galleries, connect with artists and of course buy their work. Breweries and craft beer bars have been stepping up their game as well, and you really don’t want to miss this.

Fair State Co-op
Fair State will be swinging the doors open to their new Beer Garden, and throwing down with lots of live art, games and music. They’ll be partnering with Recovery Bike Shop as well. The shop will feature comic artists, painters, photographers, sculptors, and more!

Friday music schedule:
5pm: J.E. Sunde
6pm: JiLL
7pm: Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
8pm: Zoo Animal
9pm: Gramma’s Boyfriend


Grumpy’s NE
Grumpy’s NE is going to make your Saturday special. Live music and art is a given. They’ll also feeature Aardvark Records Travelling Record Show. And the music line-up… well it may just be the best you’ll find at Art-A-Whirl. Barb Abney hosts the festivities.

Saturday music at Grumpy’s NE
Sims (Doomtree)
The Cactus Blossoms
Grant Hart
Farewell Milwaukee
Private Oates (A Tribute to Hall & Oates)
Animal Lover
Dumpster Juice
The Mill City Devils
From The Midwest
Uncle Bob
…and a special guest band to be announced the week of Art-A-Whirl.


Bauhaus Brew Labs
Bauhaus Brew Labs is hosting an event dubbed The Liquid Zoo as part of Art-A-Whirl. They begin with music, casks and games Friday night with host Barb Abney. Bauhaus follows this up with a music-filled Saturday in their parking lot with lots of great bands and host Jason Nagel. Sunday wraps up with lots of art and artistry ranging from jewelry and ceramics to tattoos. Good times.

Saturday music line-up:
BBGUN 3:00-3:45pm
Pho 4:00-4:45pm
Carroll  5:00-5:45pm
Van Stee 6:00-6:45pm
Black Market Brass 7:00-7:45pm
Black Diet 8:00-8:45pm
Night Lights (90s R&B Cover Band) 9:00-10:00pm


Indeed Brewing Co.
Indeed is throwing another big bash this year, dubbed Whirlygig. Whirlygig will feature three days of music, food trucks, beer and other fun things. This may well be the largest and most-ambitious collection of music of the weekend.

Friday music line-up
6:00pm Driftwood Pyre
7:00pm Little Man
8:00pm Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

Saturday music line-up
1:00pm The Ventures Cover Band
2:00pm Mike Gunther
3:00pm Rich Mattson & The Northstars
4:00pm Sam Cassidy
5:00pm Erik Koskinen Band
6:00pm American Scarecrows
7:00pm Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band
8:00pm Rupert Angeleyes
9:00pm Mark Mallman

Sunday music line-up
1:00pm Steve Palmer
2:00pm Peter Lang
3:00pm Ben Weaver
4:00pm Paul Metzger
5:00pm Grant Hart