Congratulations to Clint Lugert for winning Best of Show, with POWER! 

The basis of the illustration for POWER comes from the colossus of industry himself, Cecil Rhodes. An ardent imperialist and almost certainly, a prick, this man founded the infamous De Beers diamond company.  His attempted telegraph from Cape Town to Cairo was a dismal failure which we thought was the perfect image for a sardonic look at the ongoing attempts of Great Britain to successfully colonize Africa. Yes, the word POWER is between his legs on purpose.

Another special thanks to everyone involved in making ARTENBRU 2010 a huge success!

 If you couldn’t make it out last Friday, here’s a quick peep of what you missed:


Brewer: Nick Pederson
Designer: Adam Hoganson

Primary Fermenters Cherry Witbier
Brewer: Mike Walsh & Tony Kutzke
Designer: Nick Brue

BillyCoke’s Edwardian Ales
Brewer: Kristen England
Designer: Cork Leg Nelson

Umber Calamari Ale
Brewer: Tim Sullivan
Designer: Lucas Glusenkamp

Sheep Stealers IPA
Brewer: Stephen Perrier
Designer: Bryan Pieper

Crosstown Brown Ale
Brewer: Sean Kampshoff
Designer: Andy Manthei


Dr. Stock’s Hop Tonic
Brewer: Curt Stock
Designer: Bud Snead

Thank you, and stay tuned for the future of ARTENBRU.


ARTENBRU Parking info! There’s a lot of LRT construction near the Black Dog Cafe. Make sure to check out this map so you’re not getting caught up driving circles around orange construction signs.
Check out a high res version here:

ARTENBRU Parking info! There’s a lot of LRT construction near the Black Dog Cafe. Make sure to check out this map so you’re not getting caught up driving circles around orange construction signs.

Check out a high res version here:

Final ArtenBRU Details


ArtenBRU is TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. at Black Dog Cafe - 4th and Broadway in Lowertown.

It’s a cash-only event, including poster sales. $7 at the door.

Here’s what that gets ya:

  • Admission into an awesome poster show
  • A 20-ounce pint glass (the one featured in the video!)
  • $2 local beers
  • Killer music from DJ Double Trouble

Hope to see y’all there. It’s sure to be a blast.


ARTENBRU is shifting gears.

We were told several months ago that sampling the beers would be on the up and up, but The Man came calling this week to tell us a different story. So sadly, the fantastic beers our BRUmasters created will have to stay in the keg a little longer.

But that’s the end of the bad news.

The good news: ARTENBRU will still take place tomorrow, FRIDAY, NOV. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown. You’ll still see great posters. Pints of Surly Furious and Fulton Lonely Blonde will still be available all night for only $2. DJ Double Trouble will still be spinning records — vinyl style — starting at 9:00 p.m. . And of course, you’ll still have chance to win some great prizes in our raffle.

The good people of ARTENBRU, we will see you tomorrow at 8:00!

Please let us know if you have specific questions by emailing us at:

CHEERS! Nick, Sam and James

Attention: New Start Time 8:00pm

Circumstances have a way of changing, and when they do, we want you to be at ARTENBRU at 8:00pm sharp at the Black Dog Cafe (308 Prince Street, Lowertown, St. Paul). 

I’m no rocket scientist, but… Less Time + Same Energy = More Posters? 

Be there November 19th, 8:00pm for ARTENBRU. DJ Double Trouble goes live at 9:00pm! It’s a win-win.

For more details, check the ABOUT section.

See you there.


How to Sound Like a Minnesotan

Thanks to the wonderful Stuff About Minneapolis tumblr for this:

How To Sound Like A Minnesotan

So your work/school/personal travels has brought you to the Twin Cities for a visit you say? Well welcome to the land of 10,000 lakes! But I should let you know that if you mispronounce a local street, city, or business, we will correct your pronunciation right there on the spot in front of all your friends and business partners. So to help you avoid this “Minnesota Nice” tongue lashing by us, here is a list of words that are frequently mispronounced by out of towners, and guide on how to say them like a local.

Shakopee - shock-ah-pee

Edina - e-dine-ah

Wayzata - why-zet-ah

Nicollet - nick-ah-lit, nick-ah-let, nick-let, nick-clit (don’t laugh, we’ve all said it that way at one time or another)

Hennepin - hen-ah-pin

Lowry - lau-ree

Bryn Mawr - brin-mar

Grain Belt - *burp* HAHAHAHAHAHA….Just kidding, we do drink a lot of that though.

Bottineau - bot-no

Calhoun - cal-hoon

Gluek’s - glicks

Blaisdell - blaze-dell, blaze-dale

Xerxes - zerk-zees

Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit - gas-toff-zur-dhcry278cm0…..Hell I don’t know, just say “that German place on University”.

By the way, if you try that cutesy “Fargo” crap and say MINNEEESOOOTAH at us like a damn fool, you will get smacked in the mouth.

Enjoy your stay!

A Brief History of… ARTENBRU

The beer is crafted and the designs are in! I can feel the collaborative spirit flowing like the taps at Black Dog Café will be Friday, November 19th for ARTENBRU.
For those just joining us, here’s a brief rundown of what you’ve missed:  

We challenged twenty brave local amateur brewers and designers to collaborate, as pairs, to create limited-edition sets of beer and poster design for you to sample and enjoy at this first-of-its-kind event at the Black Dog Cafe on Friday, November 19. 

BONUS POINTS: Custom pint glass, event booklet and entrance to groovy raffle prizes all included with admission. 

 Here’s the dirt:

 + Friday, November 19 - 7:00 - Late

  Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul
  308 Prince, Lowertown
  DJ Double Trouble (of Clubhouse Jager fame) at 9:00

+ $7 at the door. Get there early for your best chance at sampling all homebrews. Or get there late, for the Double Trouble set and go for the cheap local pints.

+ $2 local pints from Surly & Fulton all night

+ Make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Also, make sure to check out our podcast’s to get a better feel of who we are, and what to expect.




Get excited. ARTENBRU is almost upon us. Friday, November 19 at 7:00.

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Hello people of ARTENBRU. We had so much fun doing the first podcast we decided to do it again. Here’s a rough outline of what we talked about:

  • Introduced DJ Double Trouble! The dynamic duo will be doing their thing spinning records starting at 9 PM.
  • BRUmaster spotlight: Nick Pederson of Dank Brewing. Nick’s got some cool things in the works beer-wise and we wanted to introduce him to ya’ll. A great addition to the ARTENBRU lineup. Check his website at
  • Discussed “the perfect pint” in all it’s glory.

Hope you enjoy! More importantly, make sure and come to ARTENBRU on Friday, November 19 at the Black Dog Cafe and check out some of the freshest beer and poster design in the Midwest. It’s not to be missed!.

An ode to craft.

UPDATE: I can’t seem to get the link to embed, so click here to find the video. Cheers!

A craftsman if one ever existed, David A. Smith creates ornate glass works of art from scratch from his London studio. This raises an interesting question of purpose and function as part of the necessity of businesses to promote their services and wares.

He creates a custom process to hand-place gold leaf on a reverse-cut plate of glass for his clients. We tweet 140 characters and move on. Sad, in too many, many ways.