What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol. 4

What a busy weekend in the world of craft beer with the 2015 Great American Beer Festival taking place in Denver, Colorado along with the Fargo Beer Festival in Fargo, ND. The Great American Beer Festival experienced a record year for the competition in terms of entries so anyone taking home a medal should be extremely proud this year. In fact, Fargo Brewing Company took home a medal for their new Fargo Original Lager (New Year-Round Brand launching soon) – marking the first time that an area brewery has ever won a medal from this prestigious event! Below is a short article about the event and a list of brewery’s that Bergseth Bros. represents that took home some metal…….Great Job!

Denver, CO • September 26, 2015—The 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 275 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur brewers paired with professional brewers.

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting competition.

Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition

Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

This year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts from 15 countries, including the U.S., and 155 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 91 Pro-Am entries.

Courtesy: https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2015-gabf-award-winners/

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA

Gregory Deuhs


Category: 37 American-Style Lager or Light Lager – 55 Entries

Gold: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO


Category: 27 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 128 Entries

Gold: Ctayt, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, CO

bronze-GABFFulton Lonely Blonde

Category: 30 Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 45 Entries

Bronze: Fargo Original, Fargo Brewing Co., Fargo, ND

Category: 50 English-Style Summer Ale – 38 Entries

Bronze: Lonely Blonde, Fulton Beer, Minneapolis, MN

Category: 39 Vienna-Style Lager – 46 Entries

Bronze: Firebrick, August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN

Category: 44 German-Style Schwarzbier – 37 Entries

Bronze: Eastside, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI


What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.3

I wanted to take a quick break from Oktoberfest Beers this week and talk about a subject that has taken the craft beer scene by storm – Heineken buying 50% stake of Lagunitas Brewing. I’ve had numerous conversations with retailers both on and off premise in regards to this subject. The main question brought up is; what will change and will this affect the quality of either brand? The long story short –NO…..



This gives Lagunitas Brewing an opportunity to distribute its products worldwide and give back to its original investors. It does not affect operations in the United States. This was a merger for the future growth into international markets. In fact, Heineken wasn’t the highest bidder just the better fit. Enough from me let’s hear from the man who started this tremendous brewery Tony Magee. I’ve attached a few links to read and I highly recommend watching the video below of Tony Magee at the California Craft Beer Summit (29:00 minute mark).

Click on the play button below and go to the 29:00 minute mark –

Be Careful Tony is very passionate about his brewery…

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HEINEKEN and Lagunitas Brewing Company Partner to Take Craft Beer Global

HEINEKEN to invest in a 50 percent stake in leading U.S. craft brewer

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands and PETAFUKINLUMA, Calif. (Date) – HEINEKEN N.V (“HEINEKEN”), established in 1864 and now the leading brewer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands, and The Lagunitas Brewing Company (“Lagunitas”), based in Petaluma, California, today announced that they have entered into a powerful new partnership, which will allow Lagunitas to export the exciting vibe of American craft beer globally.

HEINEKEN and Lagunitas will form a joint venture and Lagunitas will continue to operate independently in the US, maintaining the integrity of its brews and culture. Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas, will remain at the helm, with the same leadership and staff, same brewers, same recipes and same suppliers and distributors helping to drive the brand forward.

Both companies will benefit from the partnership. HEINEKEN provides Lagunitas with a global opportunity to present its beers to new consumers and Lagunitas provides HEINEKEN with the opportunity to build a strong foothold in the dynamic Craft Brewing category on a global scale, with the category growing in popularity almost everywhere now

“This venture will create a way for Lagunitas to help HEINEKEN’s global distribution network participate in the growing craft beer category in places from Tierra Del Fuego and Mongolia to the far-flung Isle of Langerhans,” Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas, said. “Lagunitas will share in the best quality processes in the world and enjoy an open door to opportunities that took lifetimes to build. This alliance with the world’s most international brewer represents a profound victory for American craft. It will open doors that had previously been shut and bring the U.S. craft beer vibe to communities all over the world.”

Jean-François van Boxmeer, a lifelong beer aficionado and now CEO of HEINEKEN added: “We are very excited to partner with Lagunitas. We recognize and respect the tremendous success of Tony and his team in building one of the great American Craft Beer brands. We look forward to that same team partnering with us to expand Lagunitas globally, so it can reach parts that other craft beer brands have not.”

Lagunitas has breweries in Petaluma, California, and Chicago, Illinois, with a total capacity of 1.2 million barrels. A third brewery under construction is scheduled to open in Azusa, California, in 2017, which will help Lagunitas keep pace with current demand. HEINEKEN, on the other hand, has 180 of those buggers everywhere.

The partnership details have been agreed to and signed and is expected to close early in the 4th quarter.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Lagunitas and Sidley-Austin LLP and McNeil, Silveira, Rice & Wiley served as legal counsel.

View the complete article at: https://lagunitas.com/heineken-and-lagunitas-brewing-company-partner-to-take-craft-beer-global

 Tony Magee Guitar
A few more words from Tony Magee’s blog http://lagunitast.tumblr.com

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What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol. 2

Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite seasonal beers – Samuel Adams Octoberfest… This beer is talked about more often than any other seasonal beer we have in house; retailers & customers are asking for it in July! Samuel Adams Octoberfest is one of the largest seasonal beer offerings in the world and the largest Oktoberfest beer in the world. Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a 30% share of the fall seasonal segment and satisfies 74% of seasonal drinkers – significantly more than any other fall seasonal brand.

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After one sip of Samuel Adams Octoberfest you’ll know why it’s so popular every fall –



Appearance:        Deep red amber

Aroma:                 Roasted malt, slightly sweet

Flavor:                  Smooth with a deep malt complexity and roasty sweetness with a light hop character

Mouthfeel:           Medium-bodied

Finish:                  Smooth and sweet


The smoothness and roasted malt character of OctoberFest make it a great pairing with roasted meats, bringing out a bit of sweetness that perfectly balances their savory flavor.  For a classic pairing you can’t beat sausage and roasted pork.  OctoberFest will also cut through the richness of creamy dishes like mac ‘n cheese or Crème Brûlé.


Small Plates:      Hummus, French Onion Soup, crab cakes, mac ‘n cheese, fried clams

Entrees:             Sausage, roasted chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, pot roast, burritos,

Desserts:            Crème Brule

Please Click on the Play Button Below to watch

Jim Koch Tasting Video with Samuel Adams Octoberfest

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What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol. 1

I hope you had a safe and spirited Labor Day Weekend with friends and family.

Mine was rather uneventful, I cleaned out the garage and did yard work between the several rain falls that we had all weekend long but of course, I made time to enjoy some beer J.  As I stated last week I will be focusing on our vast selection of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers the next several weeks. This week the beer I will be focusing on comes from a local brewery located in New Ulm, Minnesota – August Schell’s Oktoberfest.

August Schell’s Brewery is deeply rooted in German heritage as August the first generation of brewers laid the first brick for the brewery in 1860 after arriving from his homeland Germany. Today, their beers are living proof of their German heritage. Ask your Bergseth Bros. Sales Rep about the draft program “When the Keg Blows the Boot Goes”.


Dave McDonald  – August Schell Brewery Rep, ND & SD


August Schell Okotberfest – 5.5% ABV – Available 4/6 btls, 2/12 btls, 1/6 bbls & ½ bbls

With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season.  A slightly higher strength, and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota.  The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma.  It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness.  Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.

Food Pairings-

Those who have had the opportunity to experience Oktoberfest in Munich will no doubt have vivid memories of the “halb hendl” or rotisserie chickens they serve with a side of French fries. You will also find pork knuckles, wurst, kraut, assorted sausages, and salted white onions. Germans have perfected the art of pork and beer pairings by means of the sausage. The sweeter, toasty malt flavors and relatively subtle hopping pair well with rich but not strongly flavored pork. Soaking or cooking the brats in beer will only strengthen that marriage of flavors. Moving away from the traditional pairings, Oktoberfest is a very versatile beer. Steaks and burgers fresh off the grill will pair nicely as long as they aren’t drown in sauces. Sweet-sauce pizza also works well, as the bready malts pair nicely with the tomato sauce and crust, while the crisp carbonation and light hops keep if from being cloying. For cheese pairings, try highlighting the nutty, malty flavors of Oktoberfest with creamy, earthy, nutty varieties like robust Swiss, Emmental and Gruyére.

Click on the PLAY Button below to Experience the

2014 August Schell Oktoberfest Celebration

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Brian J. Frank | Craft Beer Specialist | Cicerone ® Certified Beer Server

701.388.5803 | 501 23rd Street North | Fargo, ND

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