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By James Ellingson 3 BY HANS ILLUSTRATION GRANHEIM o you like craft beer, and you like adventure and travel. Have you tried combining the two for a fun vaca-tion? Opportunities for “beer vacations” have been increasing in the last few years. One of my most memo-rable vacations was a beer cruise on the tall ship Manitou on Lake Michigan. The Manitou sails out of Traverse City and does mostly day trips until fall when they have their special beer cruise. It is four glorious days filled with sun and wind (hopefully), gourmet food and Michigan craft beer (most certainly) shared with about 20 or so other craft beer lovers. As you go where the wind takes you, you may have a slightly different experience, but we stopped in some interest-ing little towns; one with a harvest festival and craft bazaar going on, and one had a brewpub in case you wanted some more See Vacations p.3 Top-The Fulton Brewers taking a sample in the barrel room. Photo by James Ellingson. Middle-Patrons enjoy tasting outside the brewery. Photo by Happy Bottle.com. Bottom-a line-up of Fulton beers. Photo courtesy of Fulton Brewing Co. Act One – The Roots of the Fulton Tree ulton Brewing Company is built on, by, and for com-munity. It started back in 2001, when Ryan Petz met Jim Diley during the first day of football practice at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Later that same year, Jim Diley met Brian Hoffman and they lived in the same dorm as sophomores. Peter Grande married Jim's sister and the three Johnny's graduated in INSIDE Event Calendar ............................. 2 Import Report ................................ 7 Beer Beacon ................................. 8 Homebrew ...................................... 10 Map/Directory.........................18-23 Jolly Giant Review...................... 33 State by State News Illinois ........... 12 Chicago ......... 13 Indiana .......... 14 Ohio ............... 15 Wisconsin ..... 16 N. Wisconsin . 17 Minnesota ...... 30 New York ....... 24 Central NY ..... 26 Western NY ... 27 Ontario .......... 32 Pennsylvania . 34 Michigan ........ 36 SW Michigan . 36 SE Michigan .. 38 2005. The four friends found themselves living in the Fulton Neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis. Robert Fulton is the namesake of the neighborhood and the brewery. He's credited with developing the commercial steamboat in the late 1700s. Next, as the story goes, Team Fulton formed as a homebrew club in 2006, and See Fulton p. 6
So you like craft beer, and you like adventure and travel. Have you tried combining the two for a fun vacation? Opportunities for “beer vacations” have been increasing in the last few years. One of my most memorable vacations was a beer cruise on the tall ship Manitou on Lake Michigan. The Manitou sails out of Traverse City and does mostly day trips until fall when they have their special beer cruise. It is four glorious days filled with sun and wind (hopefully), gourmet food and Michigan craft beer (most certainly) shared with about 20 or so other craft beer lovers. As you go where the wind takes you, you may have a slightly different experience, but we stopped in some interesting little towns; one with a harvest festival and craft bazaar going on, and one had a brewpub in case you wanted some more beer. Back on board, chef and craft beer aficionado Amy Sherman was our host and guide for happy hour beer tastings with hors d’oeuvres, followed by specifically designed food pairings with dinner.
Other ways to combine travel with your love of craft beer would be the obvious scheduling your vacation around some of the premier beer festivals. The Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison is a good choice, as is Michigan’s Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti, or Hopped Up on Caribou at the Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, Minn, in July. Those are only a day or two, so how about the Mondial de la Biére in Montreal? It might be a little late to plan for this year as it runs June 8-12, but it is five days long, held in beautiful downtown Montreal, and is free (You do have to pay for your beer samples, but there is no admission charge). You can combine the beer fest with a little sight-seeing or maybe hike Mount Royal or visit a brewery or two. There’s even an excellent meadery (Intermiel) close by.
The Beer Weeks
Then there is beautiful Athens, Ohio and its week-long festival celebrating Ohio craft beer. Athens is nestled in the Hocking Hills of southern Ohio and is home to Ohio University. This year Ohio Brew Week is July 15-23, and will have fun events planned for all nine days! Everything from beer tastings, pairings, dinners, guest speakers, a home-brew competition, a Brew-B-Q, and even a train ride to ensure you enjoy your vacation.
Other cities also have a designated “beer week” with tons of activities planned for a week or more, sometimes culminating in or in conjunction with a beer fest. Cities such as Cleveland, Kalamazoo, Madison, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Dayton, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and many others. So, if there’s a city you want to visit anyway, why not plan to visit when they have their beer week?
Take the Bus
Many cities also have beer bus tours so you don’t have to bring a designated driver. Most of the bigger cities (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland) have such tours. Some are regularly scheduled; some are by appointment, so check ahead. My favorite is a pedal tour… a party on a bicycle built for 15! While most of these are in warmer climes, Buffalo has pedal tours (buffalopedaltours.com). They have four bikes that are pedal-powered and can hold up to 15 passengers and a driver. They rent by the hour so the more people you have, the cheaper per person, and you can rent more than one for bigger groups. You can bring your own music, food, snacks, appetizers, and even beer (one can per person, no glass), and pedal around town to your choice of breweries and pubs or other sightseeing attractions. If you’ve ever seen one of these party buses, you know it’s a fun way to have a pub crawl. Rochester also has a similar operation as do Ann Arbor, the Twin Cities, and Traverse City. Also in Traverse City, you can do a brewery tour of six breweries by paddling your kayak! Not sure any other city can match that. Wonder if you’d need a designated paddler?
Inn at Cooperstown
Have you ever been to Brewery Ommegang? It’s in the idyllic countryside just outside Cooperstown, New York, and looks more like a farm than a brewery. The Inn at Cooperstown has the ultimate package for the beer enthusiast. It’s a two night Vacations conituned from cover Bed & Brew that includes a VIP guided tour and tasting at Brewery Ommegang with a brewer and a multi-course, gourmet beer and food pairing dinner. The package also includes a rare jeroboam (that’s a 3 liter bottle!) Of Ommegang beer, an Ommegang glass, and a sweatshirt or two t-shirts. If you’re a baseball fan, you know that Cooperstown is also the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a few other craft breweries, as well as several other great museums, so you can add those to your itinerary.
In what may be a first for the American craft beer industry, the Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania has a unique twist on the beer vacation. The Lodge at Woodloch is a globally recognized spa and resort (#3 in the world according to Travel and Leisure magazine), and has introduced a series of Dogfish Head beer-inspired spa treatments that blend stress remedies with ingredients from beers. The spa is set on 70 acres in the Pocono Mountains and, in addition to the standard spa treatments, they offer a Mud and Suds pedicure and a Mud and Suds body treatment. Check their website for rates and a recipe for a makeyour- own hops and barley body polish! And speaking of Dogfish Head, do you know about the Dogfish Head Inn…just a frisbee toss from Lewes Beach?
The Brewery Creek Inn in Mineral Point, Wisconsin is listed as one of CNN’s top 10 luxury beer vacations. Described by CNN as “equal parts small town B&B and living history museum”, the Inn occupies two restored cottages on historic Shake Rag Street and five rooms in an 1850s converted limestone warehouse. One of the Inn’s buildings houses Brewery Creek Brewing, which focuses on European beer styles. There is also the Brewery Creek pub and restaurant. So you can stop for a brew or stay for a while and explore the Mineral Point area that has such attractions as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, Cave of the Mounds, Mineral Point Railway Museum, House on the Rock, and shops of local artists and craftsmen. Their website has more information on local activities and attractions.
If you are a history buff, maybe you’d like to stay at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites in Milwaukee. The building used to be the Pabst Brewery, and has been converted into a 90-room boutique hotel featuring a stained glass window of Gambrinus, the patron saint of beer. The beer they serve is PBR of course, but plan to visit the nearby Lakefront or Water Street Breweries for your craft beer.
I’m trying to keep this mostly Great Lakes or East Coast regions, but there are beer cruises and beer tours to Europe out there if you Google them. There is also one vacation I just can’t not mention: Chris Swersey has been a brewer for over 20 years and is the Competition Manager for the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. He is also the owner, along with his wife Mary Wright, of Silver Cloud Expeditions in Idaho. They offer fishing and rafting trips on the Salmon River. Because of Mary’s background in the restaurant industry and Chris’s beer expertise, you will be treated to excellent gourmet food paired with craft beer and wine on your trip.
These are just some ideas to get you thinking about combining your love of craft beer with your next vacation. Some of us are already so ingrained with beer and travel that we never travel anywhere without searching out local craft breweries along the way, or at least the airport brewpubs. Even the Manitou beer cruise started out with stops at breweries along the way and then doing the Traverse City Ale Trail (9 breweries in 26 hours) before embarking on our cruise. So plan ahead and make all your travels Beer-y ones!
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The Fulton Four
Act One – The Roots of the Fulton Tree
Fulton Brewing Company is built on, by, and for community. It started back in 2001, when Ryan Petz met Jim Diley during the first day of football practice at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Later that same year, Jim Diley met Brian Hoffman and they lived in the same dorm as sophomores. Peter Grande married Jim's sister and the three Johnny's graduated in 2005. The four friends found themselves living in the Fulton Neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis. Robert Fulton is the namesake of the neighborhood and the brewery. He's credited with developing the commercial steamboat in the late 1700s.
Next, as the story goes, Team Fulton formed as a homebrew club in 2006, and many Saturdays were invested in perfecting the fine art of brewing, first five and then ten gallons at a time. The brewery started out in a basement before moving up to Peter's one car garage. Eventually the garage brewery, or garagery, graduates to Jim's two stall unit.
The members bring a wide range of skills to the table. Peter is a carpenter by trade – and remains the go to resource for all things structural, mechanical, and brewhouse logistical. Brian's degree is in Biology. Ryan's degree is in English – nice job on the website text – and then an MBA from the Carlson School. Jim's law degree comes in very handy in this business. The players are in place, let the games begin.
Act Two – Going Pro
Fulton LLC is formed in June of 2009. Fulton partners with Hohensteins for distribution and with Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, Wisc for brewing and packaging. The relationship with Sand Creek allows for Team Fulton to brew their beer on the Sand Creek system. These guys are hands on! The first kegs of Fulton are distributed to seven bars in the Twin Cities area with the first pint of Sweet Child of Vine being sold at the Happy Gnome on October 28.
By the end of 2009, Fulton has product in the pipeline and is building brand recognition. Fulton works with city officials to pass the Minneapolis Growler Law, and signs a lease for their dream brewery in August of 2010. The 6000 square foot building at 414 N 6th Ave is just a long foul ball and great bounce from Target Field, but Minnesota packaging breweries are not allowed to sell pints — yet. Considerable effort and cooperation from the Craft Beer Nation, including direct citizen pressure from many of you, resulted in the passing of the Minnesota Pint Bill in May of 2011. Fulton begins selling growlers at the 414 location in November of 2011 and becomes the first tap room in Minneapolis in March of 2012.
Act Three – Going Long
Rapidly increasing demand for Fulton beers quickly maxes out the 20 barrel (620 gallon or 5,000 pints!) Direct-fired brewhouse at 414. The Fulton team looks to expand, selecting a production facility in NE Minneapolis. At 51,000 square feet, it is almost ten times the size of the tap room brewery. Fulton signed the lease in 2013 and began brewing 100 hectoliter or 85 barrel batches in 2014. While the building is old, the system is new, a state of the art Esau & Huber three vessel brewhouse with WINBREW controls, a Kombi (now owned by Krones) bottling line and a 1994 KHS kegging line. Soon, they're brewing eight to ten times a week and bottling every day. The bottling line is capable of packaging 300 cases per hour while the kegging line cleans and fills 50 kegs per hour.
Fulton sold about 15,000 barrels of beer in 2014, 20,000 in 2015 and is looking to make 30,000 barrels this year. Over 80 percent of Fulton beer is sold within 45 miles of the brewery. Five full time brewers keep the barrels rolling. Head brewer Mikey Salo joined Fulton back at the 414 taproom in 2011. His team includes Matt Moon, Jeff Seidenstricker and Dylan Ice, and founder Peter Grande is always close at hand. The beer is packaged in kegs, bottles and cans.
Fulton had just two labels in 2014. By 2015 the lineup had grown to eleven. Last week’s tap room menu featured no fewer than sixteen beers on tap including four imperials, a cask, a brett beer and a beer on nitro.
Fulton Lonely Blonde, the number one seller, earned a bronze medal in the English Summer Ale category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. It drinks clean and smooth, and goes great at the lake. Sweet Child of Vine is Fulton's excellent take on an IPA. Glacier and CTZ hop aromas dance in the glass along with a good dose of biscuit and caramel malt notes. It weighs in at 6% abv balanced with 69 IBUs of bitterness. Per the Fulton Brewing Manifesto, “Complexity and approachability can and should coexist...” The Ringer American Pale Ale uses Cascade and Perle hops to good effect. Fulton brewed their 300th batch in 2014, 300 West Coast IPA and it flew off the shelves. The new production facility and a hop contract has allowed for the Mosaichopped 300 to be available year around. It weighs in at 7% abv with a solid 74 IBUs of bitterness.
Sessionable beers are well suited to the summer sun and Fulton offers several good choices. Lonely Blonde, Randonneur, MPLS Mild, Eleven O.G. and Standard Lager are all less than 5% alcohol. On the other side of the scale, Fulton offers their Imperial Series. The Libertirne imperial red ale gets the ball rolling at 8.5%. Next up, Worthy Adversary, a big Labrewski of a Russian Imperial Stout invading your space at 9.5% and 90 IBUs. Good on release but the complexity and approachability will develop even further given a few months or more in your beer cave.
Fulton has an impressive barrel aging program, using whiskey, cognac, red and white wine barrels to excellent effect. Fulton's been barrel-aging their beers since moving into the 414 Taproom. The northeast production facility equates into beer (capacity) for barreling and floor space for aging. I lost count at 100 barrels. These rich beers are bottled in 750 ml glass bottles suitable for aging and also show up on draft.
Pay it Local
Back on page one, we talked about the importance of community to Team Fulton. Part of their commitment to community is the Ful10 Fund program – a full ten percent of all profits go into a fund to support other start-ups. It's micro-lending, Minneapolis style.
Fulton also sponsors several sports teams including biking, running and cross country skiing. The bicycle racing team, the All City X Fulton team, leads out the 1,500 (this year) riders in the Fulton Grand Fondo. Riders choose either the Grand Fondo (100 mile) or Medio Fondo (40 mile) course. The bikes head out in the morning in order to be back at the Northeast brewery for the block party. Another 15,000 or so folks come just for the party. Mark your calendar for next May. It's a great time.
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