Updated: 07/18/2014 10:57 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 4:00 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
A Northland brewery will share their craft on the west coast at a nationally-known festival next week.
Fitger's Brewhouse is the only brewery from Minnesota invited to the Oregon Brewers Festival this year. They will join 87 other breweries in Portland, where each will bring one of their craft brews to pour.
Fitger's master brewer Dave Hoops said Portland is the nation's unofficial craft brew capitol. The city has 50 breweries within their city limits.
Hoops is bringing one of their popular IPAs, Hoppelujah.
"It's the quintessential North Shore-style IPA, meaning it's drier than a bone...and the nose, you can stand here and smell it. Grapefruit, citrus, and blueberry," explained Hoops.
This will be Fitger's Brewhouse first time to the festival.
"We are the only Minnesota brewery this year that has been invited so it's a huge honor for our brewery, Dave Hoops, and his crew that we are invited to this," said Brad Nelson with the Brewhouse.
Nelson said 80,000 people come out for the festival each year. Admission to the festival is free and it runs from July 23-27.
Volunteers Work to Revitalize Lester-Amity Chalet
Friends of the Lester-Amity Chalet (FLAC), a group trying to reopen and revitalize the Lester-Amity Chalet, had an open house at the building this weekend to encourage their project's progress.
1,000-foot Laker Freed After Being Stuck near Bayfront Park
A laker ran aground near Bayfront Park in Duluth. Right before 4 p.m., the 1,000-foot laker got stuck right near shore. The laker was finally freed, with the help of two tug boats, at around 7 p.m.
Judge Rejects Minn. Plan for Disability Reforms
A federal judge has rejected a state plan to reduce the segregation of people with disabilities, saying it was too vague and lacked measurable goals.
A Special Feat for a Very Special Athlete: Superior Man Earns Black Belt
Brandon Moe has been training in Karate Taekwondo since he was a little boy. Saturday, he went for his first degree black belt, a proud moment for his mother who said complications at his birth didn't guarantee he'd be here today.
"Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" Raises Money for Steps Center
We all know that getting enough exercise is an important factor in staying healthy, but on Saturday, the annual "Walk a Mile In Our Shoes" event also raised thousands of dollars for the Steps Center.