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Dangerous Man and Electric Fetus Collaborate on Single Hop IPA Record Store Day Beer

A few years ago, Electric Fetus owner Aaron Meyerring was trying to bring in some more stuff to sell for Record Store Day—a day that kicks off the spring/summer festivities here and around the country. He decided that he wanted to work with a local brewery and Dangerous Man stepped right up. “They’re great people over there and it’s been a great partnership” he says. The record store sells some Dangerous man merchandise and the brewery makes an exclusive beer for this day. Unfortunately, they can’t serve it at the south Minneapolis retailer, but if you bring your Electric Fetus receipt in to the brewery you’ll get a dollar off a pint of the beer.

Meyerring wishes they could serve the beer but notes that they don’t want to take away from what Record Store Day is about. “We didn’t want to make Record Store Day a beer fest or anything like that” he says. The beer itself is Single Hop IPA brewed with Eureka hops. Vinyl collector and Dangerous Man Operations Manager Hilari Bandow describes the flavor of the beer. “Black Currants, pine, dark fruits, slight citrus and herbal notes from the hops blanket the aroma and flavors of this ale. Crisp, clean simple malts round out the backbone to keep the balance all in check.”

New merch at the store will include some official Prince (a known supporter of Electric Fetus) merchandise not available anywhere else in the world. A year ago Aaron had the opportunity to attend Prince’s last show in Atlanta. “We got call saying Prince would like you to come to his show in Atlanta. It was an opportunity you can’t pass up.”

An opportunity he’s sure to remember for the rest of his days.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday:

Music schedule:
10:00 a.m. – DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission
Noon – Marah in the Mainsail
1:30 p.m. – Sims
3:00 p.m. – Flipp
4:30 p.m. – Monica LaPlante

Peace Coffee will be on hand outside the store before we open.
Heggies Pizza will have breakfast pizza for those in line, starting at 7 a.m.
Glam Doll Donuts will have tasty treats inside at 9 a.m.
Natedogs and Chef Shack Ranch Minneapolis food trucks will be on site behind the store starting at 10 a.m.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Relax in the Red Bull Sound Select lounge behind the store and check out the rockin’ kids’ craft area in the lounge…
DJ FunSize spins tunes
Cool activities for kids including projects recycling old vinyl, design your own album cover and more!
Warner Music Group will be here with posters and other free goodies behind the store.

Pick up your coupon for the special Electric Fetus Record Store Day beer at Dangerous Man Brewing Co all day Saturday.

Thanks to these additional sponsors:
Twin Town Guitars, Audioengine

Check out the list of Record Store Day exclusives here in PDF or web form:
We can’t guarantee what we’ll have, but we’ve tried to get in as many as possible.


Inbound and Modist Celebrating One Year in the North Loop

Two of the breweries that make up the new brewery hot spot in town are celebrating one year anniversaries. Both events are free to the public but you’ll wanna get there early because the parking can be cumbersome in the North Loop.
Modist will celebrate on Saturday with a bash that will include live music, live painting, a beer release, and fundraiser supporting Free Arts MN. The Curious Goat is the food truck in residence and will be there selling food all day. Their anniversary beer will be a bright pink kettle sour fruited milkshake IPA called Turbulent Juice.

We’re having a Music Concert, Live Painting, Beer Release, Free Arts MN Fundraiser Party!

Our first year in almost in the books, and it’s already been a crazy ride. Now it’s time to celebrate. On April 15th, 2017, we’re going have 4 live music acts, and have 8 artists create live art on large canvases, and release a crazy beer – all while raising funds for Free Arts Minnesota. There will also be a dunk tank.

The music lineup will feature 4 MN artists, including:

– The 4onthefloor (9 PM)
– Greg Grease (8 PM)
– Sarah White (7 PM)
– Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (4 PM)

and DJ sets by:
– Sophia Eris (5 PM)
– Mike 2600 (also the designer of our First Call cans 🙂 (10 PM)

And it’s all hosted by Go953MN’s Auggie 5000!

Alongside the musicians, 8 LOCAL ARTISTS will each be creating a piece on 4′ x 4′ canvas that will be auctioned off to the benefit of Free Arts MN, an organization that supports the artistic and personal development of youths in challenging circumstances.

Some of the artists involved, include:

– Wes Winship of Burlesque of North America(also the designer of our DREAMYARD cans)
– Artists from Rogue Citizen, including Lizardman, Dalsen, and Blaster
– Erin Sayer
– Joy Spika

We’re also helping out Free Arts MN by having an Art Supplies Drive. If you’re in the giving spirit, here is a list of supplies they’re in need of. Please bring something from the list along with you on the 15th:

-glue sticks
-scotch/masking/duct tape
-canvas paper/multi-media paper
-drawing pencils
-kneaded erasers
-cardstock paper

We’ll also be releasing another one-of-a-kind beer. It’s still a secret. More details soon!

We’re going to have custom birthday donuts from Sssdude-Nutz!

We’re going to have a make your own button station from SiK PiN!

We’re going to have a dunk tank!

Inbound will celebrate next Saturday (April 22nd) with live music, a Berliner Weisse release, one-off beer infusions, and games. Mighty Axe Hops will also be on-site to talk about locally grown hops. The Outlaw Grill will also be there serving food at the event.
Thanks for joining us on our journey into beer. This celebration is all for you. You’ve been through the seasons with us, drank all 55 beers we’ve released, and you continue to impress us with your ability to pack our taproom each and every day.

It’s been a wild ride, but we’re excited celebrate 1 Year of Beer together.

Let’s Party:

11am: Taproom Opens
12pm: Live Jams by Alex Rossi Music
12pm: The Outlaw Grill-Food Truck
1pm: Free Brewery Tours [Every hour, on the hour. 20 slots per tour. Sign up in the Merch Shop. Must have close-toed shoes.]
2pm: Local Vendors – Mighty Axe Hops & Brewing a Better Forest
7pm: Live Jams by DJ Adatrak
12am: The party ends, but come back tomorrow for Sunday Funday!


20+ craft beers will be on tap
New Beer Release – Berliner Weisse
Tons of new infusions


Life size jenga
Bean Bags
Tons of board games

Outdoor patio will be open (pending weather)
Minnesota Twins game is at 1:10pm
It’s Earth Day, so learn a little about locally grown hops from Mighty Axe Hops or donate to Brewing a Better Forest and help water local trees.

Happy birthday to both breweries!


News and Notes Early June 2016

On June 15th Fair State Brewing will release their sour Saison Roselle in cans. This beer is brewed with Hibiscus and is a perfect beer for warm summer days. Speaking of Fair State, they will be hosting a sour beer festival on June 25 called Mixed Culture. At this event they will be tapping 7 new barrel-aged mixed culture beers and bringing out some oldies from the cellar. Oakhold will also be previewing some of their beers at the event. As you may know, Caleb Levar (Co-owner of Oakhold) has been helping Niko and the Fair State crew around the brewery with their sour program.

The Lift Bridge folks made a trip out to Fort Collins earlier this spring to collaborate on a Belgian Ale with Odell Brewing called Peaks and Prairies. This recipe utilizes Colorado Palisade peaches and Cardamom and was aged on oak. This release is a part of Taps & Tables which is a celebration of craft beer and restaurants in June. For $30 you and a guest will be able to enjoy food and the beer at participating restaurants with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Click here for the schedule.

This is the 5th year for Pride Dabbler which will take place on June 24th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. More than 50 breweries will be on-site pouring beers while food trucks such as Natedogs, The Anchor Fish and Chips, Hot Indian Foods and more will be selling food. Grab your tickets here.

Summit will be releasing the 22nd variety in their Unchained Series called Zingiber Cream Ale with ginger. Expect this to hit shelves and tap lines in the next couple of weeks.

Bent Paddle’s Lollygagger Pale Ale hits store shelves this week. 5% of all sales of this beer will go to helping Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores build a 100 mile mountain biking trail system called The Duluth Traverse. This copper colored beauty is sure to please those that appreciate a well-balanced Pale Ale.

That’s it for now.


First Look: 612Brew

612 brew logoYou might have heard of 612 Brew.  (Pronouned “Six-One-Two” – not “Six-Twelve”).  You might have been told they were a t-shirt company.  You were wrong.  While 612Brew has been conceptualized for several years, and they have been selling t-shirts emblazoned with an early logo, 612Brew is a soon to be addition to the growing nordeast Minneapolis beer scene.  If you follow their Facebook page, you’ll notice they’re making great strides to turn their building on Central and Broadway into a brewery.   A while back I had the chance to talk with the guys of 612 Brew while they were brewing a test batch in their garage.   Here’s what you should know about 612 Brew.

The 612 Crew: Ryan Libbey, Robert Kasak, Jamey Rossbach, Adam Schill (not pictured: Adit Karla)

Ryan Libby, Robert Kasak, Adit Karla, Jamey Rossbach and Adam Schill make up 612 Brew.  Adam is the head brewer and has previously worked at Magic Hat, Tyranena and Cold Springs learning all facets of the brewery’s process.  Adam and Robert will assume the brewing work, while Ryan will focus on marketing, Jamie on sales and marketing, and Adit is the wheelin’ and dealin’ businessman of the group.

Years ago at a B&B in Duluth, Robert had a few flights at Fitger’s and saw the how expansive the world of beer can be.  When he started homebrewing some 6 odd years ago, there weren’t many locally produces American Pale Ales.   While you could find Sierra Nevada at the local liquor store, you never really know how long it’s been on the shelf – Chico’s quite the drive.  Starting with kits allowed for good batches of beer, but it felt like buying frozen cookie dough and baking it.  The product is tried and true, but it doesn’t change.  By 2009, Robert had his recipes dialed in for what would become the base of the 612 line up.

The goal of 612 Brew is to bring that feeling of hanging out in a garage with friends to the big scene.  With beers that aren’t over the top in alcohol, and the personalities the individual members exude, this shouldn’t be a problem.  In my short time with the 612 Crew, it was apparent these are the kind of guys anyone can get along with, and some killer brews definitely helps.  612 Brew is building a taproom on site to convey their relaxed atmosphere, and will also be made available to a selection of local bars and taverns.

The question they hear all the time is why has it taken so long for the concept to come to fruition.  It’s not because the group was hesitant.  612 Brew is wholly owned and financed by the 612 crew.  Without any outside investors, they had to amass enough capital to do things right.  When that point was reached a while back, things started moving at full speed, and currently they are constructing their brew house.

Taking a little time to get going doesn’t bother them though.   Over the next 5 years, they envision the area blossoming into a destination beer area.  With the growth in Minneapolis, let alone the NE district, it’s hard to disagree.

While you can find a nice description of all the brews on their website, I was lucky enough to sample a few of them.  Here are my thoughts:

 Six – American Pale Ale, not overpowering from the malt or the hops, but something you could drink all night (or day) long.  Brewed entirely of American hops and malts, this session beer exudes what an American Pale Ale should be.

 Mary Ann – Ever had ginger ale?  Think of that, but “beery.”  This beer is something special that will bring people back to the 612 tap room.  Using fresh ground ginger, this beer takes on all the flavor and spice, but none of the harshness the root can produce.

 Rated R – A Rye IPA, this offering hits the nose with the rye spice while at the same time bringing out the citrusy American hop aroma.

 When you consider the variety of beverages 612 Brew will be offering, it’s rather exciting to see yet another local brewery open up with yet another different lineup of brews.

When asked why they are starting a brewery in the booming Minnesota scene, Adat summed it up quite nicely.  “If we can’t make the next Facebook, we might as well make the next beer.”  612 Brew has the end of the year targeted for their first public release of their beer.  Until then, follow them online for updates.