Gold Medals, ICA and Arctic Fever

We have quite the exciting Friday on our hands, folks! Just found out that Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter, our first of many tribute beers to Jimmy Hutmaker, won a GOLD medal with the World Beer Championships (full details can be found here). Full credit to Bob and Niles for coming up with such a freakin awesome beer and bringing recognition to a style that flies under the radar.

Another great aspect that this beer brings to the table is the idea of giving back. When deciding to honor Jimmy Hutmaker with a series of beers, we wanted folks to remember the legacy of giving back that his name conjures up among locals. For every pint of Mr. Jimmy’s we sold in the taproom, $1 would go back to the local ICA Foodshelf as our way of remembering Jimmy. On Wednesday, we were proud to walk over the ICA with a check for over $1,600 (plus another $500 raised in the taproom separately). We’re fortunate to be involved with a program like the ICA and always look forward to contributing to their cause whenever possible.

We plan on celebrating our Gold this Saturday during Arctic Fever, taking place at the brewery. We are hosting our Fat Bike race, starting at 2:00, and setting up our heated beer garden for folks to embrace the MN winter, all within the comforts of a warm tent. Live music from Tim Mahoney will start at 5:00, with Bob Barley and the A’lers finishing out the night at 7:00. Amazing food from Deli by the Bay will be available, plus plenty of beer to warm up the bikers coming in from the race. It will be an event to witness, don’t be ‘that guy’ who misses out.

As always, thanks to the folks that have come out to the taproom and those who grabbed a pint of beer at one of the restaurants/bars carrying our beer. You allow us to do what we love and for that, we are always grateful.

Cheers to you folks, see everyone tomorrow!