Category: charity

Rockabilly Street Dance Saturday at Bent Brewstillery


The fine folks from Bent Brewstillery and Beerploma are throwing a fun party for charity Saturday at the brewery. Visit Bent Brewstillery for a Rockabilly Street Dance benefitting Folds of Honor Minnesota. They’ll have a DJ playing rockabilly tunes all night long, the Katfish Kittens will be present collecting donations and you’ll find no shortage of Bent Brewstillery beers, food and giveaways.

This event is free, but free-will donations will be collected for Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen or disabled soldiers.

Beermuda Triangle


Midwest Supplies, The Four Firkins and Steel Toe Brewing are teaming up again for another round of The Beermuda Triangle, a walk/bike-friendly beer tour around St. Louis Park that benefit’s St. Louis Park’s local food shelf (and more), the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP).

As a 13-year resident of St. Louis Park, I can’t say enough about the good things that STEP does for people in need in this community as well as their work to mobilize the community to lend a hand and/or donate. So combining a great beer store, a great brewery and a great homebrew shop only amplifies things in my mind…

…but I digress. For $30, you get a Beermuda triangle t-shirt, a pint of beer at Steel Toe and a number of other goodies, like specials on recipe kits from Midwest, trivia and giveaways.

$30. June 22nd, noon-4pm.

Fulton Preservation Mild

preservationCoolio. Fulton is releasing the latest beer in their Garage Series, Preservation, a mild ale and is donating $1000 to support Friends of the Mississippi River. Incidentally, be sure to check out FMR’s “Mississippi River Challenge” in July – it’s always a fun paddle event.

Now nearly a forgotten style, Mild ale originates from England, where less than a century ago it represented the majority of beer brewed there. At 3.2% ABV, Fulton Preservation Mild is the definition of a session beer. Six grains, including flaked oats and Britain’s prized Maris Otter, lend it a garnet brown color, silky mouthfeel and surprisingly substantial body. Preservation greets your palate with a subtle interplay of nutty, roasty, and toffee malt character. It’s so easy to drink, you’ll soon find yourself ordering another, and another – if our brewers haven’t finished it all already.

There’s more to this Mild. Preservation is named in honor of local non-profit Friends of the Mississippi River. Since 1993, FMR has worked to preserve and improve the quality of the Mississippi’s waters. The folks from FMR will be joining us at the taproom launch tomorrow, and our Ful10 Fund will be donating $1,000 to support their ongoing efforts.

Preservation will be available on draft and in growlers at the taproom, and you’ll also be able to find it on draft at local bars and restaurants. We won’t be limiting the availability of growlers, so you can get them until we run out. Better yet, growlers will be just $10, and pints can be had for just $4 (tax included, as always). No bottles this year, unfortunately.

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Preview

November is on its way out and along with the cold weather and (shudder) snow comes ticket sales for the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. Tickets went on sale Wednesday November 7th with a release party at The Cherokee Tavern in West St. Paul. Besides being stumbling distance from my humble abode, it’s also the perfect spot for a release party with awesome food like ribs and onion rings, fantastic pizzas and a solid craft beer lineup. Did I mention the good beer on tap?

The Cherokee Tavern is a popular local spot and it was no different for the release party. Many beer lovers descended on the West St. Paul staple to enjoy some great beer and, most importantly, buy tickets for one of the many Winter Carnival highlights, the Beer Dabbler. The crowd at the Cherokee was impressive as there were two different lines stretching across the bar at one point. I can’t think of too many times I’ve seen people actually lining up to pay money to stand outside in frigid late January weather…the beer definitely makes it a more enticing offer, though.

Besides the excellent local craft beer and great food I consumed, I also got to talk to Matt Kenevan of the Beer Dabbler (with his very stylish Movember mustache) about the upcoming Beer Dabbler and some of the highlights for 2013. Being a self-proclaimed beer festival evangelist, I loved hearing about the many palates the Dabbler has changed. My favorite was the story Matt and his awesome mustache told about the person that came up to him with five bottle caps in their hand. They had collected the bottle caps from the pouring tables and told Matt, “I don’t like craft beer, but I love these five beers because of today!” Having converted a few beer drinkers to the world of craft beer, I understand the pride Matt takes in saving a fellow human being from the grips of domestic light beer.

I’ve had the privilege of attending the Beer Dabbler before and have had a great time. I was very excited when he brought me up to speed on the following:

  • Warm-up – Last year the space was open half an hour before the start of the event, but this year there is a gathering space where they will be able to sell some beer before the event starts at 3:30.
  • Breweries – There will be over 100 breweries this year. Last year was just around 80. I won’t complain about more delicious brews to taste.
  • Brewery List– In a new feature this year, the partial list of breweries will be included in the December issue of the Growler to give patrons a preview of the excellence to come in January.
  • Firkins – In case adding over 20 breweries wasn’t cool enough, there will be around 80 specialty firkins…
  • Second Stage -They are also adding a second stage for music. I love having some background music when tasting delicious brews and their great local line up will definitely achieve that!
  • Extra Space – The already large space at the Farmer’s Market location will be expanded by adding more room over by the Black Dog.
  • Food Trucks – Beer might be the reason everyone is showing up, but there will also be a whole bunch of great local food. There will be about a dozen food trucks and some smaller food vendors as well.
  • Charitable Donations – The Dabbler plans to donate a large chunk of the proceeds to local charities. Now I actually have proof that my beer consumption helps benefit the community!  My mother will be so proud of me…if she isn’t too busy shaking her head after reading this.

Even though the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is still two months away, tickets are on sale already at and at The Beer Dabbler Store, The Ale Jail, Thomas Liquors and the Four Firkins (Cash only at the retail locations). Pick your tickets up, dress warm (seriously, don’t let the sun trick you into thinking it’s warmer than it actually is. It gets real cold when it gets dark) and come out to see what the Dabbler has to offer this winter!

Movember FUNdraiser at Fulton

Its that time of year again. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on more than a million men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Join FultonNatedogsGrowler Magazine89.3 The Current, andThe Beer Dabbler in raising awareness for men’s health issues at the first annual Movember FUNdraiser at the Fulton Taproom on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

$40 gets you unlimited Fulton brews, 2 Natedogs Wieners, and a Team Soakers T-Shirt to commemorate the mighty month of Movember. Party-goers will also be able to bid on cool and exciting silent auction items like Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Tickets, a Growler subscription, a Natedogs Hoody, and many more great prizes.

Tickets here:

ALL proceeds will be donated to Movember USA.