Like icy stares as much as icy beers? Then get both at this weekend's inaugural Border Battle Beer Fest, and get ready to straight grill the 'Sconi as you sample 60 beers -- 1/2 from our home state and 1/2 from Wisconsin -- before voting for Minnesota to win the "People's Choice" award, 10x more prestigious than the actual People's Choice Awards. In anticipation of Saturday's big win (and Friday's "Whiskey & Wings", and concerts both nights, and beer-tubing on the Apple, etc), test your knowledge of MN beers by taking the quiz below, then click through for the answers
Founded in 1860 by a German immigrant, this is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States.
This is the first beer in the world to donate 100% of its profits to charity; so clearly the founder has had a few too many.
The founder of this brewery graduated from UND with a degree in social work, but was understandably led to drinking after a couple years in the field.
This is the only beer in the comp that's made from a sorghum malt, and has no wheat, barley, rye, or oats, aka
hardly beer at all gluten free.
This brewery's name would suggest that Columbus would sail off the edge of the planet. Also, they've got a beer named after a black hole, so all in all, it's a pretty cheery operation.
Not only is this brewery on one of the purest sources of water on the continent, it's also the country's top producer of "energy specialty drinks"? Hint: Monster Island isn't a real place.
Much like MJ's mom, this brewery grows their own hops. It also has a style named after an antique firetruck in Lucan, MN, called "Old 56".
All the label designs and tasting/ tap room art for this brewery are originals done by their marketing/ events/ sponsorships director, Jesse Brodd, whose talents clearly are just that.