The Heavy Table linked to this LA Times Article on Boulevard’s Chocolate Ale, which was released last week in Kansas City, and I was lucky enough to get 2 bottles of it

I also had 3 glasses of it on tap while checking out some KC bars with family. It’s good stuff, not as in your face as some of the other chocolate beers out there like Southern Tier Choklat, but still incredibly enjoyable.

Mainly I just love that it was made with KC’s own Christopher Elbow chocolate, which is some of the best chocolate I’ve ever had (Seattle’s Theo is still my #1).

Kansas City doesn’t quite have the same huge beer scene that we do here in Mpls, but it’s growing, and beers like this sell fast. Kansas City is also very much owned by Boulevard beer when it comes to craft brewing, and their brewery is located just outside of downtown, with a big glowing sign with a clear shot of Downtown.

Whenever I drive by it, I think about the new Surly Brewery, and how I bet they would love to have that same exposure in the city. Summit should have done something similar with their space off of Shepard Rd in St. Paul, but instead they have a brewery that you barely even know exists while driving by.

Surly Turns Five: An Interview with Omar Ansari and Todd Haug
Beer nerds, read this excellent interview with Surly’s Todd and Omar, where they talk about Surly 5 and plans for the new Surly Brewery.

When the new facility does open that will probably be immediately in charge of the flagship beers and probably all the canning operations. And the current brewery we’re hoping will become a bottling facility only. That’s kind of what we’re thinking now.
I think it will be a great training ground for new guys or for a place for guys who want a break from the bigger brewery and want to get hands on. We could do a lot of sour stuff here. We could do a lot of different things, which is pretty exciting because we could go into it with the ball rolling. That will be a nice luxury. As this brewery fades out of the regular beer production and the new one takes over we’ll be able to immediately start making different cool beers here.

Oh, and the site could be announced as early as September, which is great news for those of us that really want to know!

Surly Turns Five: An Interview with Omar Ansari and Todd Haug

Beer nerds, read this excellent interview with Surly’s Todd and Omar, where they talk about Surly 5 and plans for the new Surly Brewery.

When the new facility does open that will probably be immediately in charge of the flagship beers and probably all the canning operations. And the current brewery we’re hoping will become a bottling facility only. That’s kind of what we’re thinking now.

I think it will be a great training ground for new guys or for a place for guys who want a break from the bigger brewery and want to get hands on. We could do a lot of sour stuff here. We could do a lot of different things, which is pretty exciting because we could go into it with the ball rolling. That will be a nice luxury. As this brewery fades out of the regular beer production and the new one takes over we’ll be able to immediately start making different cool beers here.

Oh, and the site could be announced as early as September, which is great news for those of us that really want to know!

Not much has been reported on this yet, but last week, Shawn from the Beer Genome Project tweeted that Pracna was pulling all of their Surly beers because of the recently passed MN Pint Law, which will allow breweries like Surly to open up brewpubs and sell pints at their breweries.
The Beer Advocate Forums picked up on it (must be a member to read the comments), including a few notes from Megan, one of the Bar Managers at Pracna (and huge Surly fangirl). She couldn’t officially say why Pracna decided to pull Surly, but no one has discounted the rumor that it’s due to the pint law.
All of this seems really short sighted and a poor business decision to pull the biggest Craft beer in town. Pracna is still a good place to get a beer, but once a place tries takes a hard stand against something that a majority of beer lovers in this state supported, you have to question their (the owners) dedication to the beer scene.
Also, MN Beer Activist posted about this last week.

Not much has been reported on this yet, but last week, Shawn from the Beer Genome Project tweeted that Pracna was pulling all of their Surly beers because of the recently passed MN Pint Law, which will allow breweries like Surly to open up brewpubs and sell pints at their breweries.

The Beer Advocate Forums picked up on it (must be a member to read the comments), including a few notes from Megan, one of the Bar Managers at Pracna (and huge Surly fangirl). She couldn’t officially say why Pracna decided to pull Surly, but no one has discounted the rumor that it’s due to the pint law.

All of this seems really short sighted and a poor business decision to pull the biggest Craft beer in town. Pracna is still a good place to get a beer, but once a place tries takes a hard stand against something that a majority of beer lovers in this state supported, you have to question their (the owners) dedication to the beer scene.

Also, MN Beer Activist posted about this last week.