Welcome to the Brewmasters Series blog.

At Northern Brewer, we are equal opportunity beer lovers! Sure, there’s nothing like a beer made with our own two hands, but you won’t find us turning down one of our favorite craft brews, either. (And we have a lot of them.) If it’s got barley and hops and water and yeast, we’re all about it. So we’re constantly on the lookout for the latest, greatest stories on beer in all its forms. And the Brewmasters Series blog is where you’ll find the topics that caught our attention, served up along with a side of exclusive commentary and perspective from our team of brewmasters. So, here’s to beer!

 

 

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Java junkie brewers, this one’s for you.

How much coffee is too much coffee when it comes to beer? According to this Punch article on an all-coffee beer fest, there’s no such thing. We reached out to one of our favorite local, fair-trade bean bros, Peace Coffee Community Manager, Ryan Brown, for his take on the latest coffee beer trends.

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For your viewing pleasure: Brew Rebellion’s road to going pro!

If you’ve ever dreamed about opening a brewery, here’s your front-row seat. Next month, Amazon Prime will be airing “Barely Beer Barons,” a series offering a no-holds-barred look at what it takes to go pro, from the ground up. Spoilers: It’s a lot of hard work and even more heart. We’re pulling for the guys at Brew Rebellion because we know a lot of talented

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10 reasons to toast the end of Dry January

A few of us here at Northern Brewer have bitten the bullet and committed to a dry January…otherwise known as the world’s longest month. Because as soon as the word got out, seems like every brewer in the building brought in some tantalizing bottle they needed notes on, ASAP. But the dry spell is over, and we’re ready to get back to enjoying these health benefits. If you celebrated Drynuary, too, here’s to you and welcome back!

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We call shotgun: A guide to the ultimate brewery road trip.

By this time tomorrow, a few lucky bastards brewers on our team will be trying hard not to fanboy all over the country’s greatest brewers at the RateBeer Best Beer Festival in California. Must be nice…But, if you can’t get your favorite breweries to come to you, there’s only one solution: Pack your bag and pilgrimage to 70 of the top-ranked breweries in the world, obviously.

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Beer Halls: A good excuse to get social

Know what’s a great cure for that? Beer halls! Seriously, there are not many things left in the modern world that encourage striking up conversation with a complete stranger like communal tables and good beer.

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Breweries that go above and beyond the generous pour

You’ve heard of do-gooders, right? Say what you will about 2016, but according to this Porch Drinking article, there were a whole lot of brew-gooders making the world a better place last year. Kudos to the breweries who stepped up (as if filling it with beer wasn’t enough). While you won’t find the Northern Brewer team shooting a “Beerdoir” Calendar for charity (you’re welcome!), we are proud to support Pints for Prostates with donations supporting prostate cancer research.

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Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and bother brewing our own beer.

Puhleeze. If everybody thought like this, we’d soon be reduced to a race of people eating entirely out of vending machines. Sure, the convenience and availability of great craft beer is wonderful. But for most of us at Northern Brewer, drinking great beer doesn’t replace the experience of making great beer.

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A brewery on every corner? Sounds amazing.

This article predicts the beer version of “a taco truck on every corner” and we at Northern Brewer couldn’t be happier. Our own HQ is based smack dab in the heart of one of the greatest beer cities in America, according to Thrillist. And knowing you’re never too far away from amazing, local beer is, we can attest, really good for the soul. Not to mention, strike up a conversation with just about anybody, and you’ll find out they’re somehow linked to either beer and brewing, or simply a die-hard, knowledgeable fan.

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Happy to see MN leading the way when it comes to women brewers!

We’re proud to count many of these brewers among our friends and brew heroes…including Urban Growler’s Deb Loch, who was our very own Product Development guru way back when!