Dave Hoops / Forum News Service
DULUTH, Minn. — Greetings to all my northern Minnesota friends. As I write, we are all going through uncharted waters. I read Sam Cook’s piece in the paper recently and was so grateful for his leadership and perspective. Many other columnists have also offered comfort and support in their writing.
DULUTH — Another year has come and gone, and it was a real roller coaster of a ride in the craft beer world. Some of the largest and most-beloved craft breweries, including New Belgian, Anchor, Brooklyn, Boulevard, Kona, Founders, Firestone Walker and many others, are now owned by foreign companies. Sales slowed a bit overall while IPAs, especially hazy versions of these much-loved hoppy ales, ruled the market. In Duluth, we saw innovation, growth and a glut of great beer.
DULUTH — The long tradition of the Munich Oktoberfest began in 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig von Bayern and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and the entire population of Munich, Germany, was invited. Munich residents lovingly call the area on which the world’s largest folk festival has traditionally taken place since then as the ‘Wiesn’ (meadow). This year, the festival began on Sept. 21, and as tradition dictates, will end the first weekend in October.
DULUTH, Minn. — As the nights start to lose the heat and humidity and a hint of fall drifts in, I’ve been mulling over the current climate of beer trends. The trend today seems to be "go big" and "go bigger." Have you found yourself in your local beer aisle feeling overwhelmed by the choices?
DULUTH, Minn. — It's the most wonderful time of the year. I am a huge fan of this season, and as I was asked to provide some gift ideas for the craft beer lover on your list, I'll get right to it. Breweries all over the Twin Ports and the nation have been upping their game on beer swag since the craft beer movement swept the nation. In the last 10 years, growth has been exponential, with beer fans being offered new and cool stuff to buy and share. Here are this year's recommendations: