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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.31


Two months ago, August Schell Brewing Company, brewers of Grain Belt beer announced some very exciting news. Grain Belt would be releasing a brand new, year-round beer Lock & Dam Lager and the brewery’s acquisition of the historic Grain Belt Beer Sign.

Well it’s finally here the release of Grain Belt Lock & Dam Lager; package will be released April 7th and draught will be released April 11th.


Below is the company’s original press release:

Grain Belt Announces New Brew: Lock & Dam Lager – April release celebrates brewery’s acquisition of historic Grain Belt Beer sign

NEW ULM, MN, (Feb. 1, 2016) — August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota-based brewers of Grain Belt beer, proudly announces the release of a new beer, Lock & Dam, to be on store shelves in April.

Inspired by the Mississippi River and the hard working lock & dam that powered the original Grain Belt brewery, the latest addition to the Grain Belt lineup also celebrates the brewery’s acquisition of another Minneapolis icon, the Grain Belt Beer sign. August Schell completed the purchase of the Grain Belt sign in January 2016.

The beer will be available year-round. Lock & Dam is a copper lager with a crisp flavor profile. At launch Lock & Dam will be available in six-packs and 12-packs of 12oz bottles, as well as kegs. By summer, it will also be sold in 16-ounce cans.

“Grain Belt got its start right here on the Mississippi, powered by St. Anthony Falls and the dam,” said Ted Marti, president and fifth-generation descendant of brewery founder, August Schell. “We are proud to honor that heritage with a brew inspired by the place and hardworking people who gave us our start.”


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Be on the look-out for another new product from Grain Belt Brewery – Grain Belt Blu, a draught only very limited product.


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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.30


With the explosion of craft beer over the last few years it’s probably no surprise that most brands are coming out with new styles monthly, weekly and daily.  Some days are over whelming in trying to figure out the mix of product in your cooler and what beers should go on tap. I’ve compiled a list of newly released products from a few of our breweries below. Please check with your Bergseth Bros. sales person for a full update on new products.

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Samuel Adams NITRO White Ale – Available on draught and 6/4pks (16oz cans)

Samuel Adams NITRO India Pale Ale – Available 6/4pks (16oz cans)

Samuel Adams NITRO Coffee Stout – Available 6/4pks (16oz cans)

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit – Available on draught and 4/6pks

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Fargo Brewing Mighty Red West Coast Imperial Red Ale – Available on draught and 4/6pks


Summit Unchained #21 US & THEM – Available on draught and 4/6pks

Summit 30th Anniversary Double India Pale Ale – Available on draught and 6/4pks (16oz cans)


Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale – Available 4/6pks


Herd of Bocks (Bock, Heirloom, Pre-Prohibition & Dopplebock) – Available on draught


Fulton 300 West Coast Style Mosaic India Pale Ale – Available on draught and 4/6pks

Fulton Maitrise 750ml – Available 12/750ml

Fulton Ursa Black India Pale Ale – Available on draught


Empyrean Carpe Brewem Peanut Butter Porter – Available on draught

Empyrean Carpe Brewem Rye India Pale Ale – Available on draught

Empyrean Fallen Angel Sweet Stout – Available on draught


Grand Teton Double Vision Dopple Bock – Available on draught

Grand Teton Trout Hop Black India Pale Ale – Available on draught


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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.29


What a great weekend of games, chalk full of last second buzzer beaters. March madness is in full swing  which typically will coincide with watching basketball, overindulging on food, and drinking beer. If we are going to overindulge we should do it with great food and beer pairings.

The three most common pairing interactions are complement, contrast or cut. Take a look at what goes into each dish before deciding what interaction will best compliment your food and beer. For example spicy food; IPA will make the food even spicier complementing the food, Vienna Lager will contrast the spiciness with the sweetness of its malt, and Blonde Ale will cut the flavors refreshing your palate from the spiciness.

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These are just a few examples of how you can pair one spicy dish with three different beer styles. Below I will give you a few more examples of beers that can pair with some of your March Madness food. To learn more on this topic check out http://www.craftbeer.com/category/beer-and-food

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Pizza with Red Sauce


Try with:

August Schell’s Firebrick Vienna-Style Amber Lager

Rhombus Guys Brewing Illusion American Amber Ale

LakeFront Fixed Gear Red India Pale Ale

Beer and Wings

Buffalo Wings


Try with:

Lagunitas India Pale Ale

Summit Extra Pale Ale

Fulton Lonely Blonde

Beer pork

Pulled Pork Sliders


Try with:

Empyrean Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango India Pale Ale

Summit 30th Anniversary Double India Pale Ale

Samuel Adams Rouser Double India Pale Ale


Chili Beef and/or Pork


Try with:

Summit Great Northern Porter

Rhombus Guys Brewing Into The Darkness Porter

Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter


Macaroni & Cheese

Try with:

Fargo Brewing Company Stones Throw Scottish Ale

Grand Teton Extra Special Brown Ale

Finnegans Irish Amber Ale

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Nachos with Queso Dip and/or Guacamole


Try with:

Samuel Adams Cold Snap White Ale

Blue Moon Belgium White Ale

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen


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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.28

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, in fact, its Thursday.  I’m sure everyone is well aware of this being in the alcohol industry. St. Patrick’s Day is a great boost in sales for both on and off premise. I was reading a few beer articles this weekend and came across an article that was perfect for this week written by Heather Galanty from Craftbeer.com “Forget Green Beer – 2 Styles with actual Irish Roots”.  Everyone, likes to joke about green beer but the truth of the matter is during St. Patrick’s Day we sell a large quantity to accounts and the public is asking for it. If you took a look around our warehouse you’d know who is injecting the green dye into the kegs – their green hands and arms are a dead giveaway.


I come from a background with the belief of drink what you enjoy, whether that’s green beer or an authentic Irish style of beer. Either way Bergseth Bros. has you covered – Bergseth Bros. is your Irish Beer Headquarters with iconic brands such as Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Murphy’s, and Kilkenny. Bergseth Bros. also carries Guinness Nitro IPA, Guinness Blonde, Finnegans, Killians Red and of course GREEN Beer.

Forget Green Beer—2 Beer Styles with Actual Irish Roots

By Heather Galanty

There are two main beer styles that we typically think of in connection with the Emerald Isle: dry stout and red ale. Stouts are an offshoot of the porter family, and originally the word “stout” was used to refer to a stronger version of a porter.

The most famous Irish dry-stout style, of course, is Guinness, which serves as the template for most modern stouts, but Arthur Guinness actually began by brewing ales and porters. It wasn’t until 1819, with the introduction of Daniel Wheeler’s black “patent” malt, that stouts began to be brewed. The words “dry” or “Irish” are often tacked on to “stout” in order to differentiate it from English and American sweet or milk stouts, which usually contain oatmeal or lactose.


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There is a bit of contention surrounding the Irish Red style, with some debate as to its historical past and true characteristics. We are told that the Celtic ales brewed in Ireland in the Middle Ages had a recognizably red tinge, although the modern version of what we consider the “Irish-style red ale” is most likely very different from the style of this early account.

Traditionally, Irish red ales focus on strong malt flavors with slight nuttiness and light hoppiness. This style seems to have originated with the birth of Smithwick Brewery in 1710 in Kilkenny, Ireland. Today, red ales enjoy more popularity in the U.S. than Ireland, and despite the style’s unclear origins and somewhat contentious history, I think we can agree that it’s a darn good beer.

This Saint Patrick’s Day, deviate from the stereotypical green beer and try a craft-brewed dry stout or red ale.

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Irish-Style Dry Stout

Irish-style dry stouts are black in color, typically with an SRM of 35-40. Their character is mostly defined by coffee-like roasted barley and a roasted malt aroma. Despite the focus on malt, hop bitterness is typically medium to medium high. Dry stouts are often served from nitrogen taps, which create a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

  • Guinness Irish Stout Draught
  • Guinness Extra Stout
  • Murphy’s Irish Stout

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Irish Red Ales

Irish Red Ales are usually well balanced and are brewed with a moderate amount of kilned malts and roasted barley to give them their reddish hue. This style may contain adjuncts such as corn, rice and sugar, which help dry out the finish and lessen the body. Low roasted notes can be present thanks to the use of roasted barley in the grain bill. With notes of caramel and toffee, this style can be reminiscent of lightly toasted and buttered bread.

  • Smithwick’s
  • Kilkenny
  • Killian’s Irish Red

Get out this St. Patrick’s Day – It’s the one day that friends and family can gather around raise their pint of Guinness and celebrate their Irish heritage; most out celebrating don’t have a lick of Irish in them but enjoy the festive atmosphere….. It’s a good excuse to raise a pint!

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What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.27


What an exciting weekend with the turn in the weather to sixty degrees and sunny! I’m sure a lot of you started spring cleaning along with scrubbing the winter sludge off your garage floor. My neighbor was so eager with the first real warm weather and sighting of the sun he started spring planting; too soon my friend.


When spring hits, I find myself thinking of the warmer summer weather ahead. Well, the products featured this week are great to drink anytime but are perfect at the lake, barbequing, or simply hanging out on your deck. Most often these products taste better over ice, with cut-up fresh fruit or poured over ice cream.  Let’s plan early because Summer is knocking on our door!

Palm Breeze Happy Hour Master – Press Play

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NEW – Palm Breeze 12pk Variety Pack

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New – Cayman Jack Cuban Mojito

Caymon Cuban Both

New – Mike’s Harder Original Orange Soda

Mikes Orange Soda

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