Inspired by Oktoberfest, a small band of local hockey dads decided to craft their own beer with hockey-themed names.
It all began in Helsinki. Four Grayslake hockey dads went to Helsinki in 2009 to watch the Chicago Blackhawks play, the season they won the Stanley Cup. Don Chatten, Kurt Engdahl, Bill Hermes and Jeff Shepherd soaked in the culture and sampled the Helsinki beers, even having a drink with Coach Q, Joel Quenneville. There, an idea was born. "Why don't we make microbrews with obscure hockey names?" asked Chatten. "That's what we asked ourselves. And here we are." And so Light the Lamp Brewery, at lightthelampbrewery.com, was born. They incorporated in November 2010 and began experimenting with recipes and bottling processes, designing logos and T-shirts. Light the Lamp offfically went into production in 2011. Two more men have joined the COB…
The North Shore Wine Beer Cigar Food Festival will be held from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Brainerd Community Center field.
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- Samuel Rong
Monday, August 8, 2011
As commercial brewers again prepare to fill the tents at this year’s North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar and Food Festival, organizers are bringing a new addition: a home-brew beer contest. “Small local brewers are becoming more and more popular,” said Fred Losch, owner of Losch Beverage Co., and one of the contest organizers and judges. “We thought presenting them would draw more people to the festival.” Contestants must pay a $5 entry fee, register online, and drop off two bottles of their brews at Mickey Finn’s Brewery between Aug. 8 and 18. The best beer will be chosen based on blind judging at the start of the festival. “We don’t know who the brewer is or where the beer is from,” said Mickey Finn’s brew master Greg Brown. “We only know what…