Category: Red Cow

Fair State Celebration

medallion-smIn case you hadn’t heard, several Minnesota breweries were honored by RateBeer recently. The list includes the likes of Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery and Surly Brewing Co.

Fair State had the distinction of beating out over 5400 new breweries to be named one of the top ten new breweries in the world. Pretty rad. This is the first time a Minnesota brewery has been on this list. RateBeer also ranks Fair State’s lagers highly, with its Festbier and Kazbek Kellerbier ranked 7th and 2nd in their respective categories.

Minneapolis Town Hall was recognized as best brewpub in Minnesota and also was honored as of the top 100 breweries in the world. The ever-awesome Town Hall Tap was also honored as best restaurant in Minnesota.

Surly Brewing Co. also received some nice awards, ranging from being listed as one of the top 100 breweries to individual worldwide and Minnesota specific awards for beers such as SurlyFest, Abrasive, Todd the Axeman and more. Visit RateBeer for the full list of winners.


Fair State is celebrating their honor with a month of parties to say thank you to their supporters and fans. They start on Friday at Grumpy’s NE and follow up next week on Thursday at Republic 7 Corners (5:00pm),  331 Club on Friday 3/4; Red Cow North Loop on Wednesday 3/9. We’ll be doing special tappings at each place, and Matt, Niko, and Evan will all be in attendance to chat with whoever wants to say hi.

They cap things off with a party at the brewery on Friday, 3/18. Members get half priced beer all night, but everyone is welcome.  If anyone’s not a member, for this whole celebration new sign-ups will get a free t-shirt with their Membership. They’ll also be tapping the second in their series of Member Designed beers, a Baltic Porter with maple and black pepper.

Red Cow “Cowlaboration” No. 2 with Lift Bridge

cowlaborationWe love collaborations. Hell, we’re even down for “cowlaborations,” provided that the brewers keep our bovine friends out of the mash tun. (In a bun, of course, is just fine.) In any case, here’s just such a cowlaboration: Red Cow and Lift Bridge Brewing Co., are teaming up for a special beer release this weekend, the second beer in Red Cow’s Cowlaboration Series – Red Rye IPA.

Those of you playing along at home may recall the previous Cowlaboration, a session Red IPA brewed in conjunction with Odell.

The beer comes as a colla… er cowlaborative  effort from the Lift Bridge brewers, Red Cow owner Luke Shimp and Red Cow’s go-to beer guy, Grant Fabel. We’re told we should expect a beer with “a slight spice and peppery nose, rustic earthiness, undertones of citrus (grapefruit) hops and fresh cut pine with a light caramel and toast notes, yet not sweet. It’s soft on the palate, medium dry finish with light zest, and color is a rich amber-copper, reddish hue with an ivory head.”

Thirsty? The folks at Red Cow suggest that it will cut through sweet foods and accentuate the heat profile with spicy offerings. They like it paired with the 60/40 Burger, the Brooklyn (double patty in-house ground meat w/bone marrow, white American & crispy leeks) and Ahi Crisps. Gah. Thanks. Now I’m hungry, too.

If you want to get your hands on this beer, visit Red Cow’s North Loop location this Sunday (August 23rd) during Open Streets Downtown Minneapolis celebration. Red Cow will host a beer and cocktail garden in a nearby parking lot on the corner of 1st Ave. and Washington, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with food, yard games, DJ music and of course, tasty cold beer. In addition to the new Red Rye IPA, Red Cow will also serve up 60/40 sliders, Double Barrel (two patties), Chips-n-French Onion Dip sliders, cocktails, Lift Bridge Farm Girl, Lift Bridge Hop Dish and Odell Easy Street Wheat. All beers will be available for $5. For more details, visit